July 2010

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2010 El Dorado County Fair,

by Lamar Fairchild

For the 2nd year in a row I received an invitation to show my Pantera at the El Dorado County Fair on Sat. June 19th.  Unlike other shows, I had to be at the gate at 9:00 so I got to sleep in a little.  The fair invites six cars each day and awards a "Peoples Choice" blue ribbon to the car receiving the most votes.  The competition was stiff.  One of my long time friends, Kevin House, a lieutenant in the sheriffs department, brought his purple 1969 Boss Mustang with ghost flames.  His car took home best paint honors at the May Hangtown car show.  He runs the scoreboard as part of my announcing crew for all El Dorado High School home football games.  I have been the voice of El Dorado for the past 45 years and actually announced the games when Kevin played.  Other cars included a beautiful 55 blue & white Pontiac convertible and a red 55 Chevy coupe.  The day was beautiful with the temperature in the high 70's.  I had eaten little on Friday so I could eat a lot of the horrible yummy fair food.  I started out with a huge funnel cake with powdered sugar & cinnamon.  It was even better than it looked.  Later I added the 20/30 Club's famous taco.  They have been famous at the Fair since 1945.  Then came a strawberry/banana smoothie'.  Later I bought kettle corn popcorn and continued with some huge chocolate chip cookies made by the mother's of a local Girl Scout club.  I finished the day with a tasty alligator sausage.  Tomorrow it is back to fruits and veggies, Ha.  During the course of the day I met a lot of people who knew someone with a Pantera or in one case sold them out of a Mercury dealership in Upland, Calif.  This gentleman, who looked like an older hells angel, told me the first time he drove one off the lot he put it sideways and just missed a street pole.  He then offered to be my driver if I wanted to race my car. I told him I would call him, ha.  Perhaps the most interesting contact was two brothers whose dad had a yellow 71 push button door Pantera.  They asked a lot of questions about mine and talked about an hour telling me stories of growing up riding in their father's car.  Seeing mine brought back a lot of fond memories of their childhood and I had a great visit listening to their stories.  I saw a lot of my former students that I had taught to drive and had a nice visit with a lady who drove with me 31 years ago.  I had a signboard advertising my driving school and answered a lot of queries as to whether they got to drive the Pantera.  One older gentleman came along later in the day and asked if I would show it in the Shiner's Concours in Sacramento.  He is going to send an application and this might be another future story.  After a long hot day in the sun, we were escorted out of the gates about 4:30.  There was quite a crowd waiting for me to fire up the 427 and people clapped when I was awarded the blue ribbon for the "Peoples Choice".  I love the deep throaty rumble of my car when it idles, and was in hog heaven as I was escorted through the crowd to the main gates.  It was another wonderful day in paradise driving my Pantera.

Panteras for Sale

by Jim Seiferling

I received the following email from my Maserati Borra owner friend in Walnut Grove.  The Pantera is apparently totally stock and has been in storage in the little town of Clarksburg, up the river from us, for years.  Just an FYI for anyone that might be interested in an unaltered Pantera. 

"Jim, your group might be interested to know that Fantasy Junction has two Panteras for sale, one being the really nice European model from Clarksburg, that I mentioned to you some time ago. Completely original and unaltered, robin's egg blue.

Wilson Werhan"

Barn Find Pantera Update

by Jim Seiferling

I received the following email from Nancy Foster on the restoration progress of their barn find Pantera.

"Dear Capitol Pantera Club members,

Chuck and I wanted to write with an update on the status of #2234. It was rolling in earnest the day after the last meeting, with any bugs being worked out of it currently. This was two years since the purchase, with weekends being focused upon the restoration. Pink slip has arrived and the special plates with 1HOTUFO are due to arrive soon! The original wheels are being refinished and new tires will be purchased. (The wheels on it now are from a Mustang and do not look appropriate, as well as the tires not being safe for a run to Sacramento.) The interior looks great, and the original headliner has been reattached. It still needs paint and some bodywork, but the "to-do list" is getting shorter!

We did take our Pantera to the Auburn Cruise Night, which was a rare sight there. Also, have driven around town several times with it bringing lots of attention. The one question we always get is, "What is it?" 

With the auto repair business and river rafting tour vehicles needing inspections, Chuck has busy until almost dark; therefore we have been unable to make the meetings in time. After the new tires are installed, we will try to bring #2234 to a meeting soon."

Chuck and Nancy with their barn find Pantera

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Summary of the June 2010 Capitol Panteras Meeting

The July meeting had two Panteras, a Bricklin, and a DeLorean in the parking lot at Mimi's.  The drivers were; Ken Montgomery, Lamar Fairchild, Don Gagnon & John Worsley.  Lamar won the driving for gas money.  Others attending but not in a club car were; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Jeff Budelli and friend Robin, Kathy Gagnon, and Rick Carlile.

There was no raffle at this meeting.  It was decided to give the DeTomaso stickers to whoever wanted one. We will ask for a report and/or photos of where the stickers ended up.  Don was wearing the CP hat that he won at the June meeting raffle. Treasurer John sent a special gift for web master Ken, a gold DeLorean Hot wheels car. Thank you John.

There will be a special event for EuroSunday in Grass Valley on Saturday, July 17.  Check out their web site for details.

There was no Treasurer's report.  We do have two out standing bills that need to be paid. Ken has a bill for the Club web site. And Jim needs to be reimbursed for the Reno raffle tickets.

Jeff gave a presentation about the Festa Italiana for those present who were not familiar with the event.  We will meet at Mimi's on Sunday, August 8 at 10:15 AM and drive as a group to the Festa at 10:30 AM. There will be another e-mail about the Festa sent out closer to the date.  Please e-mail Jim if you plan to attend.  Jeff needs a head count to make sure there is adequate parking.  So far we have Rick Carlile, Jim, and Jeff for sure and maybes from Don and Lamar.  Please try to make this fun event; good food, good music, fun and a big tent with plenty of shade!

The summertime outings for the Capital Panteras were updated.  Lamar has planned the drive for September to the Placerville area.  September 18 is the date for the drive.  John Worsley has contacted the Grand Island Mansion and has gotten permission to park in front of the Mansion.  This is a beautiful photo op for the Panteras. This Brunch Run will occur early November.  John will confirm the exact date in October.  We need to have at least 6 cars for this location.  Nancy communicated with us by e-mail about the Coast Drive.  She has several different "AutoZotica" routes from the past that she saved.  She plans to do a "test drive" to determine which route would be the best length for our group. So this activity is still in the developmental stage.

                                2010 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red

Notes:      Capitol Pantera member, Carl Stein, will be racing his Trans-Am Mangusta in the

                   SCC Road  Racing  Series.

                   Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.

           Rick has also applied to race at the Sonoma Historic 

                   Motorsports Festival and has been accepted in the Monterey Historics.

                      Coast Drive led by Nancy Haney  - Date to be announced as soon as it is known

July 18          Concourse at the Presidio in San Francisco

July 23-25    SCCA Road Racing @ Thunderhill

July 25          EuroSunday, Sacramento @ RPM located at Bradshaw and 50.

Aug 7-8       Festa Italiana Sacramento - Pantera Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli


Aug 10        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 12       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 13        Concorso Italiano,

Aug 13-15   Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Laguna Seca 

                      Rick will be racing his TVR.

Aug 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 27-29   SAAC 35 @ Infineon.  Shelby Club

Sept 3-5      SCCA Road Racing @ Infineon

Sept 11       Zoom Zoom,  Woof Woof, El Dorado Hill, Town Center, 10 AM -3 PM

Sept 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept 18       Placerville area drive led by Lamar

Sept 24-26  SCCA Road Racing @ Thunderhill

Sept 25-26   PCNC Placerville Drive

Sept 26        EuroSunday

Oct 1-3        CSRG Road Racing @ Infineon

Oct 3           Concourse at Serrano

Oct  9         19th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Hosts; Jim & Emilia ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 10         Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 12        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct 15-17   SCCA Road Racing @ Laguna Seca

Oct 16-17   Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 24         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ 

Oct 30-31   CSRG Road Racing @ Thunderhill

Nov 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov???    Brunch Run to Grand Island Mansion led by John Worsley.

Nov 28       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @

Dec 4 (Sat)  Capitol Panteras Christmas Party Hosts; Duane & Darice Harlin.


POCA Fun Rally XXX-  Exact date and location to be announced.  It is the Pantera's XL anniversary!

Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.

Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
#1575 [JHSTBAD]
#7114 [JIMS CAT]

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