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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
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
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
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
Please email me with your plans or questions so I
can plan ahead.
Showing your car, dinner, or needing B&B
Cars must be staged by 10:30 am and are required
to stay until 3:00 pm
MARCH CP MEETING
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 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
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!
March 15 - PCNC Tech Session,
April 5 - CP Tech session, hosted by
Rick Carlile Start at 9:30 AM- BBQ-bring your own meat and a side to
April 6 - Reno tech session, at Lithia
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
May 31 - June 1- Wine Country Classic-Vintage
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 15- PCNC -King of The Castle-Father's
Day at Ledson Winery, Sonoma www.ledson.com
August 15 - Concorso
August 16-17 - Monterey Historic
August 29-31 - Shelby Mini-Nats-Sears
Suggestions for other activities in the
coming year include;
Golf/Lunch in Farmington - at JB
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio
Vista). Great Pantera back road getting there!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and
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