CAPITOL PANTERAS    
http://www.capitolpanteras.org/
 
June 2004
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We would encourage everyone to become a POCA member, if you aren't already a member.  Your membership in the national club helps fund your local chapter.  You can download a membership application at http://www.panteraclub.com  Please help our club grow.
 
New Pantera in our region
 
Jim and Emilia recently traveled to Lodi to meet new Pantera owner Kip Skelton.  Kip saw his first Pantera at age 12 and had wanted one ever since.  Now he has his Pantera.  He found the car on e-Bay.  After buying the car, he and his brother Larry went back to Iowa to drive his 1974 Pantera (#5228) back to California.  The trip was mainly uneventful until the twosome arrived in Nevada.  It was there that the Weber carbs acted up more than their comfort level allowed.  So the last part of their journey to Lodi had the Pantera on a trailer.  So far Kip has only had a chance to do some minor adjustments and repairs, but it is up and running.  We hope that Kip will soon be the newest member of the Capitol Panteras.
 
Jim and Kip with the newest Pantera in the area
 
Reno Fun Rally
 
Jim, Emilia, and Henry were the representatives of the Capitol Panteras at the fourth annual Reno/Tahoe Fun Rally.  The Reno/ Tahoe group once again put on a wonderful event.  There were two days of driving the Pantera on some very scenic roads around the area.  We drove the road used for the Virginia City Hill climb and the recently finished Reno-Fernley Race Way road course. The final day included a display on Virginia Street in front of Harrah's, which had 20 cars. The banquet on Saturday night was attended by 50 people.  It was the perfect ending to the event, good food, good conversation and raffle prizes!  We have given Mike Drew a much longer and more detailed article hopefully to be  printed in one of the POCA publications.  We hope to return to Reno in 2005 for the next Fun Rally.  Thanks to Jim Nowlin and the rest of the crew for a job well done!
 
Henry and Jim at the Lake Tahoe overlook
 
Thunder Valley Brunch Run
Sunday morning, June 13, turned out to be a wonderful day for driving the Pantera to Thunder Valley Casino.  We met in the parking lot at Mimi's, at 9:30 AM.  Those who needed their morning coffee were able to have a cup as we waited for the entire group to assemble.  We had five Panteras and the Bricklin for this outing.  Those attending were; Harley & Michelle, Rick & Marsha, Jeff & Linda, Jim & Emilia, Henry, and John Worsley.  That is 1/3 of the club!  We headed out for the short half hour drive to Thunder Valley with the Bricklin in the lead.  This was not the usual sequence for a Pantera caravan, but John did put the entire run together and the Bricklin had not been seen for a long time due to past mechanical problems.  John led the group right up to the valet parking area, at the main entrance, where we would display the cars in a mini- car show.  Free parking right at the front door of the Casino and in the shade.  We were the first car club to do this kind of event at Thunder Valley!  We then went in to have brunch at the grand buffet.  The food was very good and we had a lot of variety from which to choose. We were all very pleasantly surprised to pay only $6.99 for the champagne brunch instead of the $16 that we expected to pay.  It turns out that we arrived early enough to receive the breakfast buffet price.  There were plenty of lunch and breakfast items from which  to select, plus the champagne.  After brunch, some people stayed on to do some gaming, some just checked out the place to see what the Casino had to offer.  The drive home was warm, but our car ran fine, with the air conditioning working very well.  Everyone had a good time and I'm sure they would be happy to return again in the future, early of course.  Thank you John for setting up this fun outing. 
 
All the gang at Thunder Valley Casino
 
Meeting Notes, June 8, 2004
 
We had 11 people at Mimi's for the June meeting of the Capitol Panteras.  Next month, if the weather allows, we will be out on the patio for the meeting.  We had three Panteras and the Bricklin driven to the meeting.  The Bricklin was on the road after a long time in the shop.  This was also the first time for CP members to get a look at Jeff's beautifully done 1974.
 
Our POCA membership is now at 16.  Our newest member is Danny Schacht of Antioch.  Danny is looking for a Pantera.  So any club member who has any leads, please let him or us know.  We hope Danny will be able to attend a CP meeting at Mimi's. Welcome Danny.
 
Treasurer John McNamee reported that the club is solvent. We still need to collect the annual $10 fee from some members to help support our website. Please pay John M. at the next meeting.   Remember that this fee was voted on when we voted to establish our Capitol Pantera website.
 
While our membership has grown, there is one person who needs to contact POCA membership chairman Judy McCartney to clarify his membership status.  Rick M. is not on the latest membership list that we have for the chapter.  Please contact Judy at JPOCA2@hotmail.com or you can fax her at 714-892-5990.
 
John M. reported that the Kentucky Derby Day 2004 was to be the last one with a car show.  Sorry to hear that.  It was a fun event for us to attend as a car club.
 
We received a flier about a fund raiser for the Towe Auto Museum.  The IMAX  3D movie NASCAR will be shown on Friday June 25 at the Esquire IMAX Theatre, $20 per ticket, includes popcorn and a beverage.  Call 916-442-6802 for tickets.  We have seen this movie already and it is very well done.  Jim enjoyed it and he is not even a big NASCAR fan!
 
Rick M. is working on a special car night at a Rivercats game in Sacramento.  That should be a fun summer evening.  We look forward to hearing the details for the baseball outing.  Anyone who has any other ideas for a summer or autumn CP outing, please bring your thoughts and ideas to the next meeting at Mimi's.
 
For this years Las Vegas Fun Rally raffle, I made another deTomaso colors afghan (black,white, and blue stripes).  It was donated in the name of the Capitol Panteras and was won by one of the event organizers.  I was told that it was one of the most popular special raffle items!  Those of you who already have one didn't have to buy a raffle ticket, you just had to come to the CP Christmas party!
 
 
 
Wanted: Articles for CP Newsletter
 
If you have attended a car function of any type, please write about your car adventures and send it to jes@rickadee.net  to be included in the next Capitol Pantera newsletter.  If newsletter articles are not received, then it will be more of Jim & Emilia's automotive adventures.
 
2004 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
June 18-20 - Shelby Mini Nats, Thunderhill  http://www.thunderhill.com/
June 20 - King of the Castle Car Show, Ledson Winery  http://www.panteraclubnorcal.com/kingofcastle.htm
June 25- IMAX NASCAR movie - fund raiser for the Towe Auto Museum
June 25-27 - 3rd annual "Ribs-N-Rods" at Cal Expo
July 13 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July 25 - Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show - Lodi Lake
Aug 10 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
August 13 - Concorso Italiano, Monterey http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
August 13 -15 Monterey Historic Automobile Races http://www.montereyhistoric.com/
Sept 4-5 - Shelby Open Track, Sears Point http://www.norcal-saac.org/
Sept 14 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Oct 2 - Concours at Serrano, Gold River  http://www.concoursatserrano.com/info.html
Oct 9 - Rio Rendezvous Car Show - Rio Vista
Oct 12 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Nov 9 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Dec ?? -Capitol Panteras Christmas Party (no meeting at Mimi's this month)
 
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
 
Blackhawk Museum in Danville  http://www.blackhawkauto.org
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista).  http://www.birdslanding.net/ 
Great Pantera back road getting there!!
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575
jes@rickadee.net
http://www.rickadee.net/~jes