CAPITOL PANTERAS    
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March 2003
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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.
 
LEGISLATIVE ALERT
 
Pending state Senate Bill 708 repeals the current pro-hobbyist exemption for vehicles 30 years and older and replaces it with an exemption for vehicles that are 45 or more model years old commencing January 1, 2005.  Please email/write your state senator to get this bill defeated.  See the following links.
 
http://www.motorists.org/new/alerts/ca.html
 
http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/bill/sen/sb_0701-0750/sb_708_bill_20030221_introduced.html
 
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Martinez Donut Derelicts - March 1
 
It was a beautiful morning for a drive, a cup of coffee and of course a donut. We headed for Martinez. There was a small turnout, but a congenial one.  The Panteras out numbered the Ferraris, two to one.  Those semi-early risers included Greg Jacobs, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, and Dave Harris and daughter Katie.  Dave drove over from San Anselmo in his silver Ferrari Mondial.  Dave has a Pantera connection.  His brother, Bill Harris, has a silver with black stripe Pantera.  Bill lives in Huntington Beach, so he could have been at the Huntington Beach Donut Derelicts that same morning!  After the donuts, Dave and Katie returned to Marin for Katie's basketball game. Jim and Greg convoyed over to Morgan's Machine & Marine to buy some  more "car stuff".  This is a great car store in Walnut Creek.  It too has a Pantera connection.  Store employee Tony has a Mangusta in boxes, waiting to be put back together.  Hopefully, this resurrection  will happen soon.
 
In the future, as the weather improves, Greg hopes to plan some fun drives for after the coffee and donuts.  Please note that the name of the donut shop has changed.  It is now Royal English Fish and Chips. They still do donuts in the AM, but have added the fish and chips for later in the day. They said the name and menu changes have really helped their over all business. So, the next time you go to Donut Derelicts - Martinez, look for the neon  fish sign of Royal Fish & Chips! The group gathers the first & third Saturdays of the month, weather permitting.
Jim, Katie, Dave, & Greg checking out all the new goodies on Greg's Pantera
 
Reconnaissance Mission
It was a beautiful weekend day, so Jim and I decided to go for a drive in the Pantera. We really didn't need a reason, but to justify the $2 plus per gallon, we called it looking for potential CP outing locations.  We headed east to the Foothills.  Our first stop was Domaine Becquet Winery just outside of Valley Springs.  We had a very nice luncheon.  The price range was $6.50-$7.50 for the entree which included a salad. This could be a future outing for the CP. We then proceed up to Gerber Vineyards outside of Vallecito. To those of you who have been to Ironstone in Murphys, Gerber is on the same road.  But the drive from  Highway 4 to Gerber (Six Mile Road) is far from the smooth, paved Six Mile Road from Murphys to Ironstone!  The road was sort of paved to Gerber , but went to hard packed dirt and gravel and a wash board surface which  was only broken up by ruts and gullies.  We encountered several surprised SUV's on the road that gave us the thumps up for trying the route.  Needless to say it was a slow trip to Ironstone, our last winery stop.  We were hoping to catch the flowers there, in full bloom, but we were about a week too early.  There place was pretty, and will only get better over the next few weeks.  We headed back to Rio Vista, with only one stop to check out some of the numerous shops along the way.  This was also my first real driving experience in the Pantera.  I drove the last 40 or so miles home.  No major scary part for Jim, I hope.  He much prefers to be the driver! The car does seem to want to go fast, but no speeding tickets for me this trip.  First order of business upon returning home was to wash the car.  Boy was it dirty.  Being a CP officer is a good excuse to get out and drive the Pantera, as if one needed an excuse!
                                                                     
 
                                                 Domaine Becquet Winery a future lunch/drive destination?
 
PCNC is planning an outing in June.  Check your calendar to see if you can attend. The following is the announcement from PCNC member Terry Morofsky, who is the event coordinator.

King of the Castle - Fathers' Day Weekend Car Show.

When: Sunday June 15th

Where: At the Beautiful Ledson Winery in Sonoma.

http://www.ledson.com

Vintage wines and vintage cars will please the palate and give him a pleasurable afternoon of strolling the grounds. Bar-b-que and live music adds to the fun.

There will be Prizes for Cars voted most loved by winery guests touring the grounds through the day.

The area enjoys some of the best Bed and Breakfast Inns around for those wishing to spend the weekend. Iíve done some checking and found all Inns require two night minimum stays. There are no group rates for a club and they have cancellation fees.

Saturday night dinner, for those wishing to have a dinner get together the night before. The Academy of Culinary Delights is wonderful. Itís the premier cooking school of the USA. Itís at the old Christian Brothers Winery.

Please email me with your plans or questions so I can plan ahead.

Showing your car, dinner, or needing B&B information.

Cars must be staged by 10:30 am and are required to stay until 3:00 pm

Terry Morofsky

spit17fr@pacbell.net

MARCH CP MEETING NOTES
 
As you have already noticed from the new newsletter header, we have a club web site in progress.  It is being set up by Ken Montgomery.  Ken is the head of the DeLorean club in our area and a regular attendee at our monthly meetings.  Thank you, Ken. If any of you "members of long standing" have photos, dig them out and they can be scanned into the website.  Dennis Gacutan is working on club history since he appears to be the longest  member attending meetings on a regular basis.  Can anyone take the title away from Dennis?  The Club logo is being updated through the efforts of John McNamee and Rick Mosley.  Thank you, John & Rick. They will be reporting back at the April CP meeting.
 
The April 5 CP Tech Session has a green light.  The fun starts at 9:30 am at Rick Carlile's office/shop.  Remember that this is a bring your own meat BBQ and a side dish to share. Think big, you could use this session to get you car ready for Las Vegas or think smaller, the Solano College car show.  Either way it should be a fun day of "Car Talk" even  if no car tinkering is actually done.
 
We received our membership certificate for The Association of California Car Clubs, Inc.
 
A date has been set for the CP drive and lunch at Villa Toscano Winery in Amador county.  Mark you calendar for June 21, 2003. That is a Saturday.  We will meet at the home of John McNamee, regroup and convoy to the winery.  We will have lunch at 1 pm at the winery's Bistro restaurant. The price range is $7-10.     http://www.villatoscano.com/IBS/SimpleCat/Details/asp/id/44813.html  The menu changes weekly.  The winery will "cone off" parking for us.  Right now it is set for 10-12 cars, but they will increase the number of spaces if we have more people attend.  John has offered to host a BBQ at his place after the drive back .  Thank you John.
 
John Worsley has dates for a weekend at Bodega Bay in either September or October. The dates are Sept.12-13, Sept.17-18, or Oct 17-18.  The house rents for $200 per night and has five sleeping areas, more if you use sleeping bags. The cost would be split between those who go.  The trip would be late Friday afternoon thru Sunday noon.  It would be a weekend of driving, dining and fun. Please let John know , ASAP, if you are interested and/or have preferred dates.  It appears that John has become the chairman of this project.  You know how it is, your idea, you're appointed chairman!
 
A karting we will go!  It seems that both Dennis Gacutan and Rick Moseley were on the same track.  They both had information on the new Go Kart place at Bradshaw  & 50.  That will be the location of the May CP meeting on Tuesday, May 13, instead of Mimi's.  Rick will be working out the details of the evening.  The cost will be between $40-50 per person, maybe lower if Rick has enough interested people.  So get set to go karting in May!  Details to be discussed at the April meeting.
 
Rick Carlile can arrange "Corral Passes" for the Wine Country Classic through the Shelby Club. The cost is $25 per pass.  Please contact Rick ASAP if you are interested.  You can go and watch Carl race.  Thank you, Rick.
 
Dennis Gacutan reported that the Car Show at Solano College is a go for Sunday, April 6.  There are several places to visit nearby to round out your visit to beautiful Solano County; Jelly Belly, Thompson's Chocolates, Budweiser.  It is a "low key" car show and will be good exposure for the marque. Please try to attend .
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling will be representing CP at the POCA Fun Rally , Las Vegas.  This year will celebrate the 30 year anniversary of POCA.  Special attendee  will be Tom Tjaarda.  There will be a big raffle at the Saturday night banquet.  I think every member should buy some tickets.  Let us know and we will buy them for you and arrange to get your prize home.  It's not too late to decide to attend!
 
 
2003 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
March 15 - PCNC Tech Session, Fremont
April 5 - CP Tech session, hosted by Rick Carlile Start at 9:30 AM- BBQ-bring your own meat and a side to share.
April 6 - Reno tech session, at Lithia Subaru.
April 6 - Car Show at Solano College, Fairfield,  11:30 to 3:30
April 8 - CP Meeting at Mimi's
April 23 -27 - POCA Las Vegas
May 31 - June 1- Wine Country Classic-Vintage Races-Sears Point
June 4-8 - Reno/Tahoe Pantera Fun Weekend-in Reno,at Harrah's. 
June 6-7 - Lost Coast Falcon Club Regional Meet @ The Radisson near Cal Expo (meet Mike Wilwerding)
June 8 - Shriner's Hospital Concours d'Elegance- Sacramento www.shrinersconcours.com
June 15- PCNC -King of The Castle-Father's Day  at Ledson Winery, Sonoma www.ledson.com
June 21 - CP Driving tour to Villa Tuscano Winery http://www.villatoscano.com/ 
August 15 - Concorso Italiano
August 16-17 - Monterey Historic Races
August 29-31 - Shelby Mini-Nats-Sears Point
Sept 21 - Chico - Concours d'Elegance  www.chicoconcoursdelegance.com
 
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
 
Blackhawk Museum in Danville  http://www.blackhawkauto.org
Winchester Mystery House, w/DeLorean club.  http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/
Golf/Lunch in Farmington - at JB Golf
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista).  Great Pantera back road getting there!!
 
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Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575
jes@rickadee.net