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May-June-July 2018 Newsletter



Our 2018 car related events

By Jim & Emilia Seiferling


We have been very delinquent keeping the newsletters up to date; our apologies, but we’ve kept quite busy being fully “retired”.

Every day now is an “anything can happen Monday, Tuesday, etc”, (per Sheldon, on The Big Band Theory).

These are just the car (sort of car) related outings we’ve done since last December.

What interesting things have you done this year; wash the cat?


Dec 2, 2017, Blackhawk talk, Matt Stone “Isky, The History of Hot Rodding”

Jan 18, Cobra Museum movie night, “Two Lane Blacktop” (1971), with James Taylor. (note from J&E; worst movie EVER made)

Feb 10, Blackhawk talk, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West History”

Feb 18, Blackhawk talk, Derek Hill, “Inside Track”, the history of his father Phil Hill, with personal photos taken by Phil.

March 4, Blackhawk talk, Vic Elford, “My Life Racing with Porsche”

March 18, Blackhawk talk, “Burns Saddlery, 142 Years of Cowboying”

March 25, Blackhawk, Danville Community Band concert

April 7, Blackhawk talk, Peter Brock, “BRE’s Japanese Auto Race History”

April 8, Blackhawk talk, “Horses of the Old West”

April 12, Cobra Museum movie night, “The Killers” (1964), with Ronald Regan

April 29, Blackhawk talk, “The Battle of Little Big Horn”

May 11-21, Packard Museum, Dayton, OH + lots of fantastic aviation museums.(Dayton; home of the Wright brothers)

May 26, Blackhawk talk, Graham Robson, “Cosworth and F1”


Every event was very interesting, including the talks about the old west (was never taught this in high school)


Date TBA 2018;

Racing greats Brian Redman, Hurley Haywood, Scott Pruett…And,

a return appearance of the irrepressible David Hobbs, will be making it to the Blackhawk Museum this year.



Meeting Notes

May 8, 2018, Strings

By Jim & Emilia Seiferling


We had a good turn out at the May meeting, with 13 in attendance.  John Drago and Rick Carlile drove their Panteras to the meeting.  The driving for dollars drawing was done and Rick won the $10 prize.  Carl and Rick will both be at the Sonoma Historics, June 1-3, with their respective race cars; Carl’s real Shelby Mustang and Ricks TVR.  Carl also announced that the national Shelby convention/races (SAAC 43) will be at Sears Point, August 3-5.  We’ll find out at the July meeting if Carl and/or Rick have been invited to the historics at Laguna Seca in August.  Tom Leonard talked about his trials and tribulations getting to the fun rally in Las Vegas.


Curt Hall previously volunteered to buy raffle tickets for us at the Las Vegas rally.  He brought back a Himalayan salt lamp (who knew?), a butterfly lamp, and a de Tomaso folding chair.  No one  wanted the two lamps, so Emilia will donate them to a local charity event in Rio Vista this year.  The de Tomaso folding chair was auctioned off at the meeting, and Curt Hall was the high bidder at $31.


Sonoma Historics

June 1, 2018,

By Jim Seiferling


We always enjoy going to the historics on Friday to visit with Carl and Rick.  This was no exception and we found Rick’s paddock in no time.  Carl joined us a short while later and we did some “paddock racing”.  Kind of like “hanger flying” to pilots, but with race cars.  After talking with Rick, we walked with Carl over to his paddock area.  When it was time for Carl to get on the track, Jim and another fellow pushed Carl’s Trans-Am Shelby out of the pit into the traffic lane; the engine making an awesome sound like you hear no where else.  The sound created by the Can-Am and Trans-Am cars is really “ground pounding”.  You need to go to a historic track event at least once a year to get your ears re-calibrated.  After watching Carl run and then the fantastic Can-Am cars run, we headed out to get ahead of the Friday highway 37 traffic mess that would soon develop.  We’ve learned from past years to leave the track by noon, or be prepared for nasty traffic.  We had a very nice Italian lunch at La Strada, on highway 29 just north of the Napa Airport.  We were then off to home to beat the heavy Friday highway 12 traffic between Napa and Fairfield.  It was one more short, but great, day at the historics with our Pantera friends.


Emilia, Carl, & Rick “paddock racing”



Carl getting ready to mount his “steed”



Concours Raduno

North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks

June 12, 2018

By Jim Seiferling


It was a hot June afternoon, but with good A/C in the Fiat Abarth we headed up to Fair Oaks to check out the Raduno.  After parking we found that John Drago and John McNamee’s cars were front and center in front of the clubhouse, along with some other nice cars.  We walked to the back, where the majority of the exhibit cars were staged.   We met Ron Southern walking back up the pathway and he said Lori was also there.  We never saw Ron or Lori that evening again.  We walked around the exhibited cars with John Drago and then proceeded home.  We had dinner before the Raduno, at Palermo Ristorante Italiano, in Elk Grove.  It had great reviews on Yelp, but our experience was totally counter to those.  Maybe it as a bad day for them, but we won’t be back.  A restaurant only gets one chance with us, and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t just an “off day” for them; by the way things went that day.


John & John’s Panteras, front and center



Meeting Notes, at Strings

July 10, 2018

By Emilia Seiferling


We had 9 people at our July meeting at Strings.  Carl reported that he sold his year 2000 winning Trans-Am Mangusta, complete with 4 pallets of spare parts and 15 body panels.  It’s going to New Zealand of all places.  His big race trailer is up for sale.  Henry has been down with vertigo the last couple of months, but has recovered sufficiently to make it to the meeting.  President John asked if we’d like to renew our club membership to the California Auto Museum.  The consensus at the table was to continue our support of the museum.  He also recounted meeting, Ken Caldera of PCNC, at his 40th high school reunion.  They both have Panteras now and went to high school together; small world.


George Potiris volunteered to have a club dinner at his house in Elk Grove.  After everyone checked their calendars, we decided on September 9th at 5pm.  It will be a semi-pot luck with everyone bringing a salad or dessert.  George will supply the entrée.  Please RSVP to Jim if you will be attending with the side that you will be bringing.  So far we have a pasta salad from Sue and a dessert from Emilia.


Rick wasn’t able to make the meeting, but he plans to be racing in Portland, Oregon the weekend of the 28th.  Rick is not going Laguna Seca this year.  The TVR didn't get accepted this year.  A lot of US production cars got squeezed out due to Datsun/Nissan being the Featured Marque.  Lots of 510's and 240 Z's filled up the Group.  He did send us a photo of their new puppy.  You can’t get much happier than that.


Mike Drew sent me the following email.  “Sorry we are at Le Mans, just heading to Normandy and not home until Thursday.   Lori will be at the winery dinner I think, but I’m flying a C-5 to the Oshkosh air show that weekend—looking forward to that as I’ve never been before.....Mike”.  (Jim;how cool is that, going to Oshkosh in a C-5!  For those non aviation folks, the Oshkosh Wisconsin  fly-in is the largest fly-in in the world.  Check it out here;  )



Here is the latest addition to the Carlile family, Maggie the Labradoodle



2018 Events Calendar



4th Annual Cops & Rodders Show & Shine Fly-in

Car & Airplane show. A fund raiser hosted by the Placerville Area CHP

Saturday, September 29th 2018

See website for more information & to register your car:

Vehicle check-in 7am to 8am.  Show is from 9am to 3pm

Location: The Cameron Park Airpark on Boeing Road at Western Drive in Cameron Park.

Directions: Exit 35, Cameron Park Drive off of Hwy 50.  Left on Oxford Drive and follow the signs.

Garry Choate will be one of the judges. They are looking for more judges for the show. If you have

any interest in being a judge please call 530-622-1110 ext 326. Or e-mail



July 12       Cobra Museum, movie night, “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000)

July 12       Dreams & Drivers, 7 pm, @ Serpentine Fox, Sacramento

July 15       Dreams & Drivers, 9 am, @ Dutch Bro Coffee, 8663 Auburn-Folsom Rd

July 22       EuroSunday, Sacramento 8am @  Palladio, Folsom



Aug 3-5      Shelby Club SAAC-43 @ Sonoma Raceway

Aug 4-5      Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug 5          Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 12        Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Aug 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s

Aug 18-19  Monterey Pre-Union, Laguna Seca

Aug 23       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 25        Concorso Italiano,

Aug 23-26   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque is BMW – Celebrating its 100th Anniversary)

Aug 26         Pebble Beach Concours

Aug 26         EuroSunday, Sacramento @



Sept 9      Capitol Panteras Pot Luck dinner at George Potiris’s home in Elk Grove

Sept 11    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s

                  (Nominations for club officers)

Sept 16     Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Sept 22     Ironstone Concours, Murphys Ironstone Winery

Sept 23     EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Sept 27-30  Rennsport Reunion (Porsche) @ Laguna Seca

Sept 29     4th Annual Cops & Rodders Show & Shine Fly-in, Car & Airplane show


Oct 5-7      CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma

Oct 6         6th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento

Oct 7         Niell Concours at Serrano, Celebrating the Italian Marques

Oct 12       21st Annual Car Show, Rio Vista

Oct 13-14  Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @ Thunderhill

Oct 13?      Italian Car Show, Alameda.

                   A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 9          Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s

                   (Elections of club officers)

Oct 18       Cobra Museum, movie night, (TBA)

Oct ?          Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton

Oct 21        Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Oct 27       EuroSunday, Sacramento @



Nov 2-4      CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 13      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s

Nov ?          Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Nov 24        Euro Sunday, Sacramento @



Dec ??      Capitol Panteras Christmas Party

Dec 8         PCNC Christmas Party

Dec 9          Dreams & Drivers


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras



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