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June Newsletter 2016
United British Sports Car Club show, Dixon, CA
May 15, 2016
By Emilia Seiferling
The British car show is always a nice end destination. This show is free to the public, there is plenty of free parking and the weather in mid-May is just about always good. We entered the main gate to find Ken manning his post at the audio table. The British Invasion era rock and roll makes for great back round music at a British car show.
We walked around the grass field checking out the probably 200 plus cars. There were a number of owners who really get into the era of their cars. We have photos of several of them. There were also race cars and daily drivers in the mix. There were older and newer cars. It would be difficult to not find a favorite in the group.
We look forward to going again next year. This event has a different look every year.
The star of the show for us was this all polished out Allard
A very nice Lola T70MK3b
Sir Elton John? not quite
Sonoma Historic Motor Sports Festival
June 3, 2016
By Emilia Seiferling
We made the drive over to Sonoma on Friday this year, since I am no longer in my office on Fridays. This means that traffic was less on Highway 37, (we left after rush hour traffic was over), the crowds at the track would be less than on a weekend, and the ticket price was lower. Add to that the discount admission coupon that was sent out by Hagerty Insurance and you have more than enough reasons to go on a practice day rather than a race day.
We arrived at Sonoma to find no line at the gate. We proceeded to the parking lot to find easy parking close to the shuttle stop. We decided to walk to the pit area since it was down hill and we had a new cooler with wheels for our water and supplies.
Once in the pit area, we began checking out the many historic race cars and looking for Pantera people that we knew were going to be at the track that weekend. The first racer that we found was Carl Stein. He had his 1966 Shelby Trans Am Group II there. He told us where we would find Rick Carlile’s pit area. Rick was racing his 1969 TVR Vixen S2. When we were talking to Rick, former PCNC member Terry Morofsky walked by and said he was a pit crew member for a Corvette. Terry has known this group of friends since their parents were all friends and doing the same thing. Terry said that the group took a break from racing when their children were in college, but have now resumed the hobby. They are campaigning a 1965 Corvette.
After walking the pits, we went over to turn 11 to watch some of the practice sessions. We were able to see all the guys on the track. Some of you might recall parking the Panteras on the grass at turn 11 with the Shelby Club. Well, you can no longer do that because of the two large frames that now occupy the site. But on Friday there was no special event in the area so we were able to sit on the grass in the shade and enjoy the cars on the track. Since the weather that weekend was very hot (105 degrees), the shade and the grass were especially appreciated. Due to the heat, we decided to skip eating the picnic that I had packed and instead headed to Sonoma for a late lunch. We opted for Murphy’s Irish Pub, off the square about two blocks from the large and mostly empty free public parking lot. They have great air conditioning, great cold drinks, and great food at a reasonable price for Sonoma. That was exactly what we wanted in 100 degree plus weather. After our late lunch, we did some window shopping around the Square. Our only miscalculation about going on Friday was that we were on the road trying to get home at the same time as regular commuters and people trying to leave the Bay Area on a Friday afternoon. Needless to say that was a major error on our part. Thank God for GPS and AAA maps! We ended up driving several new to us roads on a circuitous route home. It was kind of fun driving on the little used back roads to weave our way back home. Thankfully we were in the Abarth which handled the windy roads and the hot weather very well, while keeping us cool with functioning air conditioning. The Pantera would have been fun but not on that hot, busy traffic weekday. Next year we are taking the truck with an automatic transmission. The traffic on Hwy 37 to Vallejo and Hwy 12 from Sonoma to Napa was total gridlock, no place for a clutch car. It was another good day because we have a Pantera even though we did not drive the Pantera that day (should have taken the truck!!).
Carl’s 1966 Shelby Trans Am Group II
Rick’s 1969 TVR Vixen S2
Emilia & Terry and the 1965 Corvette of Larry Savio
June Meeting at Sienna Restaurant
June 14, 2016
By Sue Choate
The June 14th Capitol Pantera meeting was held with a twist. Instead of the usual meeting place of Mimi's Cafe, we headed to Sienna Restaurant in El Dorado Hills for a car show, Niello Concours Raduno. We caravanned over with our friends John & Barbara Webber, Garry & I in our red 1973 Pantera and John & Barbara in their 1972 yellow Pantera. The parking lot was nearly full (and it is a big parking lot), but we managed to get a prime place in the front of the restaurant. We quickly spotted John Drago who had driven his beautiful red Pantera and John McNamee, who had driven his Ferrari. We also met up with Steve Christiansen and his fiancée Kim. Steve and Kim had come in his black Pantera. We quickly took a look around at all the cars attending the show. There was about anything you could imagine. Cobras, Corvettes, Porsche's, an Ariel (looks like a small race car - at least to me it did), Cadillac, Ferrari's, and of course Panteras, and, just about anything else you can think of. We found a spot on the patio to partake of the appetizers the Sienna Restaurant was offering and ordered a drink, and a bite to eat. There was, of course, lots of car conversation. John McNamee reminded everyone to get signed up for the October 2nd event of Concours at Serrano sponsored by Niello and where the DeTomaso will be the featured car this year. John is looking for a good turn out as this is an event you won't want to miss. We all enjoyed chatting, mostly about the cars. We then parted ways and headed for the parking lot where we ran into a new Pantera owner by the name of Mike. He bought his 1973 red Pantera in February. He spent months getting it up to speed and just got it back on the road in time to come and enjoy the car show. He said he was very excited to see Panteras when he arrived at the show. We had beautiful weather, beautiful cars, and wonderful people. We headed home with smiles on our faces.
2016 Events Calendar
June 25 Dreams & Drivers, 5pm till 9pm @ Sacramento Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, 3610 Fulton Ave
June 26 EuroSunday, Sacramento @ no location as of 6/20/16
July 12 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s
July 14 Dreams & Drivers, TrefFUN still in process...Check website and FB for update
July 24 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Aug 6-7 Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 7 Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli
Aug 6-7 Shelby Club Mini Nats @ Sonoma
Aug 13-14 Monterey Pre-Union, Laguna Seca
Aug 9 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s
Aug 18 "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 20 Concorso Italiano, http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 18-21 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque is BMW – Celebrating its 100th Anniversary)
Aug Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Aug 28 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Aug 2016 Capitol Conour's d'Elegance
Sept 10 California Auto Museum Cruise Fest, Fulton Ave, Sacramento
Sept 13 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s
(Nominations for club officers)
Sept Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Sept 25 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Sept 30-Oct 2 CSRG Vintage Races @
Oct 2 Serrano Concourse, with 45 Years of deTomaso Pantera, as the marque
Oct 8 21st Annual Car Show, Rio Vista
Chairman, Jim (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @
Oct 9? Italian Car Show, Alameda.
A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 11 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s
(Elections of club officers)
Oct 15-16 Shelby Club, Fall Classic @ Thunderhill
Oct Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton
Oct Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Oct 23 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Oct 28-30 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill
Nov 14 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s
Nov Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Nov 25 Shelby Club Laguna Bowl, @ Laguna Seca
Nov 27 Euro Sunday, Sacramento @
Dec Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras
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