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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
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
Jim and Kip with the newest Pantera in the
Reno Fun Rally
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
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
If you have attended a car function of any
type, please write about your car adventures and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
June 25- IMAX NASCAR movie - fund raiser for the Towe Auto
June 25-27 - 3rd
annual "Ribs-N-Rods" at Cal Expo
July 13 - Capitol Pantera meeting at
July 25 - Hot Rods and Harleys Car
Show - Lodi Lake
Aug 10 - Capitol Pantera meeting at
Sept 14 - Capitol Pantera meeting at
Oct 9 - Rio Rendezvous Car Show - Rio
Oct 12 - Capitol Pantera meeting at
Nov 9 - Capitol Pantera meeting at
Dec ?? -Capitol Panteras Christmas Party (no
meeting at Mimi's this month)
Suggestions for other activities in the
coming year include;
Great Pantera back road getting
Please keep us informed of other dates and
Jim & Emilia