June 2012

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A Mike Drew Tech Session

May 27, 2012

Text by Emilia & Jim Seiferling

Photos by Mike & Emilia


The Memorial weekend found us in Vacaville at a Pantera tech session.  Several projects on various Mike Drew cars were to be attempted.  A number of people showed up to work; Sue and Garry Choate with their granddaughter Anastasia, Emilia and Jim Seiferling, Paul Bowden, Mike and Lori, and Lindsey and Bayani from Hawaii.  Paul had met the boys from Hawaii at Sacramento's EuroSunday that morning.  While talking about Panteras it was discovered that they knew Mike, so Paul invited them down to the Tech Session!  They arrived at Mike's in Lindsey's new Aston Martin.  It seems that there is no factory service in Hawaii, so to keep his warranty he had to ship it to California for service.  When it's done, he'll ship it back to Hawaii.  Now that's a service call!


You never know what might show up at one of Mike's tech sessions


There was automotive stuff done, but I was out and about on errands to get extra food and chairs with Lori, to do some shopping at the Vacaville outlets with Sue and Anastasia.  Paul was busy finishing a tile project at the house.  He was ably assisted by Lori.  The bathroom tile project came out great!


The Scirocco of Doom is always a "joy" to work on


The BBQ steak lunch was great.  It was the first use of Mike's new Weber Kettle. 




Summary of the June 2012 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The June meeting had both Club cars i.e. Panteras and non-daily driver sporty cars in the parking lot. The winner of "Driving for Gas Money" Ken Montgomery. Others attending the meeting were; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Sue Choate, Rick Carlile, John McNamee, Ken Whittall-Scherfee. 


Treasurer John brought a couple of custom Pantera items from his shop for the raffle.  But since the total attendance was so low it was decided to use these items at the July meeting.  You need to come to that meeting to find out what those items are.  They will be raffled next month no matter how many of you show up! 


The new "In-N-Out" is open next door to Mimi's.  We thought this could cause a problem with coned off parking for our meeting, but for the June meeting it was not an issue.  We hope it continues that way. 


The group was reminded that officer elections are set for October.  The member elected president must be a POCA member.  There was some discussion that the POCA dues of the President be paid by the Club as an incentive to be club President.  No final decision has been made on the topic.  More discussion will continue at the next meeting.


"The Motoring Mouth"

 Conversations from the June 2012 CP meeting


As mentioned earlier in this months newsletter, the attendance was low.  This was nice in one way, as it led to good conversations.  The following are some of the highlights of those conversations at the table.  Actually each person was asked to tell a current car adventure story.


Ken W-S:  His new Pantera broke after only diving it 68 miles.  The description of the incident was diagnosed by the guys at the table as clutch plate problem.  The shop that Ken uses for his other cars is not a Pantera savvy shop, but is eager to learn.  Rick will be a Pantera reference for the shop.


Rick:  The TVR was at the Historics at Sears Point.  He was happy with his results.  He reported that Roger Andriesse rolled his 1965 Cortina on turn 6.  Roger was unhurt, but has been suspended from historic racing for at least a year.

Rick also took the TVR to the Capitol Concourse.  It was held at the Capitol Mall.  He took home First in Class with the TVR race car. He was unable to drive the car up on the winner display stage due only having 2 inches of clearance. He had to tow it to the show since it is not street legal, which led to another set of problems with street parking for the trailer.


Ken M: He is working on DeLorean #2.  He needs it to run well enough to get it to the shop.  He is looking at a Jag fixer-upper and needs space for it.  He was the "Sound Master" at the last British car shop in Woodland.  As a result, he could not bring his DeLorean since he had to transport speakers and sound equipment.


Sue:  She had her DeLorean out for a bit of exercise and managed to punch a hole in the radiator when parking at the Post Office.  She made it home OK.  It was the original radiator, which according to DeLorean expert Ken M. has plastic caps, which are very brittle.  Garry will be replacing it with a new one that has the radiator, cooling fans, and the A.C radiator in one piece.


John M.:  He attended "Wings & Wheels" at McClellan. There was an auto cross run by the Porsche Club. There was also a CHP Speed Trap that was run on a straight section of road.  John took part in that, using two different cars.  The Pantera was clocked at 80 mph and his Turbo Porsche at 94 mph.  The fastest car was Ford GT, with straight pipes at 109 mph.  Each driver was "fined" $1/mph.  The money went to the foundation.


Emilia: She reported that she is waiting for her new car to be delivered.  We were told that it would take 4-8 weeks to get the Fiat 500 Abarth.  It was suggested that we had misunderstood the delivery date, in that we were told 48 weeks not 4 to 8 weeks.  I want to be in the "Driving for Gas Money" drawing at the first meeting after we do get the car.  After that it will revert to the daily driver car and not eligible for the drawing.


Jim:  He reported that the white Pantera gets out for a drive every two weeks and now starts every time on the first try.  He also reported that he has jockeyed the cars around in the carport to get two Panteras and the new Fiat to fit.


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  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 or "The Motoring Mouth".



Capitol Panteras Events in Red


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





July 10      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's


July 14       Car Show in Arnold -contact Duane if interested

July 22        EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?


Aug 3-5     Mini Nats @ Infineon.  Shelby Club

Aug 4         4th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento

Aug  4-5    Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

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

Aug 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 16      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 17      Concorso Italiano,

Aug 17-19 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque=The Cobra) - Rick will be racing.

Aug 26      EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?


Sept            3rd Annual Placerville Run.  Lamar Fairchild

Sept  11     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

                    (Nominations for club officers)

Sept  23     EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?


Oct 5-7        CSRG Vintage Races @ Infineon

Oct9         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

                  (Elections of club officers)

Oct 14        Italian Car Show, Alameda.

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

Oct 20-21  Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.


Oct             Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.

Oct 28      Brunch at the Grand Island Manson-Chairman, John Worsley

Oct 28       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?


Nov 2-4   CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 13   Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 25    Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ ?


Dec 1 or 15 Capitol Panteras Christmas Party at the home of Paul Bowden, in West Sacramento.

Dec 7     PCNC Christmas Party


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


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

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