March 2005
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Bush League Racing
February 20, 2005
Well, it was yet another wet, gloomy day in February.  A perfect day for an indoor automotive adventure.  We set off for a 72 mile drive to Rocklin.  That is the location of Bush-League Racing.  Jeff Bundelli had arranged for a special group rate for us.  The attendance was low, but for those hardy racer who showed up it was a unique experience.  I  know that Jim and I would not have happened upon this place by ourselves. Those racing were:  Jeff and Jason Bundelli. Rick Carlile, Carl Stein, Jim and Emilia Seiferling.  Rick Mosley came but didn't race. ( He had spent part the prior evening and morning at the emergency room with his Dad, who is doing better now.)
Bush League Racing is a racing simulator place.  The driver sits in a race car that is on hydraulics to mimic track motion.  You race against the other cars in your group as well as "computer cars" that fill out the field. I will describe this from the viewpoint of one who  has only driven the Pantera on the freeway, and that is only occasionally.  These cars are very touchy and it is very, very easy to end up on the wall or in the infield.  Personally I was in the infield more that the wall.  I found that prospect less scary.   I know where the correct driving line should be, but my comfort level kept me very low and slow on the track.  That was my plan to give the other drivers ample practice in passing.  I never thought that I would be happy doing nothing but left turns but that again was a comfort thing for this driver.  That was the track at Fontana.  I lasted less than one full lap at the Portland Road Course.  I didn't know the course, spun out when I caught up to the group, which had crashed at the first curve.  I got turned around and ended up going the wrong direction on the course.  I realized this when I noticed the infield was now on my left.   I tried to turn around and start going the correct direction again, got disoriented and then began to feel nauseas.  I was already hot and sweaty from the first two races at Fontana.  The hot feeling must be a common one since there is a fan built into the cockpit of the car to blow on the driver's face.  That marked the shaky end to my race career.  The one thing I must mention is that I was not dead last in the first race at Fontana, that honor went to Carl Stein.  After that I was secure in that placement, as long as I lasted.  I have been motion sick many times in the past.  I have been queasy on land, sea, and air, never when standing still like today.  It was suggested that I wear "The Patch" for my next racing adventure.
Jim didn't fair that well either.  He's raced sail boats on the ocean, flown our Cessna 182 for 20 years, driven sports cars for 35 years, flown the full motion Lockheed C5A simulator for 2 hours courtesy of Mike Drew, and never been motion sick.  Well, after 3 laps on the Portland road course he finally found his limits.  He pulled over on the main straight and called it quits, before he needed a bucket to hurl in!  This "simulation" can do really bad things to your perception of motion and how your brain deals with it!  He really didn't feel normal until the next day.
After the five race set was completed, it was time for a late lunch. We were unfamiliar with the area, but Jeff suggested  the group follow him over to Cha Cha's.  This was a Mexican restaurant that has an artistic decor all over the place.  It's a cross between an import shop and Disneyland.  They seated us right away.   After chips, salsa,  margaritas, beers and good food it was time to head home.  We thank Jeff for setting up this event.  Maybe next time we can get a better turn out.  This is something anybody can do, except for those who are prone to motion sickness.
The guys that didn't turn green
Dyno Day Myth Busting in Space City
For those of you that don't follow the deTomaso forum in the internet, here is a post that I thought would be very informative to all you gearheads.
John Taphorn jtaphorn at
Mon Mar 7 10:11:50 EST 2005

This weekend, the Space City Pantera Chapter sponsored a dyno day for it's 
members and eight Panteras ran on the Dyno.

With the aid of a wideband sensor and dyno operators who allowed us to tune 
the cars on the dyno, we were able to explore several variables in a 
controlled environment.

An article outlining the event in greater detail will appear in Profiles, 
but, I was encouraged by the attendees to share three learning's with the 

1) Total timing advance.  Myth - Cleveland's like 32 - 34 degrees total 
advance.  We tested open chamber Cleveland heads and Aluminum A3 heads from 
32 to 40 degrees total advance.  We did not test the closed chamber as the 
total timing test for these heads was performed at a previous dyno run.

All the head configurations tested made more HP and TQ at 38BTDC.  All made 
less at 32,34,& 36.  These results were consistent with the closed chamber 
test that also performed better with 38 and more advance.
Myth - Busted. All engines tested made more power at 38 degrees advance.

2) Myth - The Dogbone Air cleaner ( known as B & M, Air Tec, etc) is 
constrictive on carbs with a choke horn because the air cleaner sits low 
over the carb.

This test was performed at the request of Gray Gregory whose 377 stroker 
topped with a dogbone air cleaner made an impressive 347 HP at 6400 RPM. 
His carb has a choke horn, no spacer between the air cleaner and the carb, 
and a single air filter on each side.  I submit that this is a serious 
challenge as we are talking about a larger than stock engine running at higher 
than average RPMs.

The result, a one horsepower difference (loss) at 6400 with the dogbone 
verses no air cleaner at all.  You read that correctly - 1 horsepower at 
6400 RPM on a 377 stroker.

Myth - Busted! It proved not to be an impediment to airflow on the primary 
side of the carb.

3) Myth - Coating Ceramic headers significantly reduces engine bay 

We tested the temperature of every cars' headers with a pyrometer 
immediately after shutdown of full throttle testing.

Ceramic Coated headers averaged about 460 degrees and painted headers 
averaged over 800 degrees!

Myth - verified as true

This was a great event.  Everyone learned a great deal about tuning and 
benefited from the information provided by the wide band A/F meter.  More 
cars were too lean verses rich and the owners were able to rejet on the spot 
to improve their A/F ratios and performance results.

Meeting Notes, March 8, 2005
We had 8 people at Mimi's for the February meeting of the Capitol Panteras. The weather was better than last month, but still no Panteras in the parking lot!  But there were two Ferraris.  Hopefully next month will be the month for a large number of club cars!
The Club has renewed its membership in ACCC, (Association of California Car Clubs).  This is a watch dog group for the car club community. We have the official window decal to prove it, plus a certificate.
John McNamee wore the new logo shirt for the Capitol Panteras.  It looks great!  John will bring a catalog of items on which you could place the new logo.  So take your measurements and know your size and come prepared to order a new Capitol Pantera logo item at the next meeting. The last time club shirts were done was 4 or 5 years ago.
Treasurer John re-instituted the monthly club meeting raffle as a money raiser.  We did show a profit on the first raffle, 10% .  Glen Cramer was the first raffle winner.  The prize was a gift card at Kragen's.
The Tech Session at Rick Carlile's shop has been set for April 24, Sunday , at 10 AM.  We will get a head count at the April meeting.  Then we can decide what we want to do for food.  We have a couple of options.  Which one we do will depend on the attendance.  Thank you Rick for hosting the group.
John McNamee and Jeff Bundelli have begun the preliminary planning for the CP May Wine Run and BBQ.  They should have a date by the April meeting.
Ken mentioned that The DeLorean Club is doing a Napa Wine Country Drive for March 13.    We may be able to join them.  They will be having brunch at The Rutherford Grill in Rutherford on Highway 29 at 11:30 AM.  They will then be off to visit several wineries in the area.
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. This happened again this month! We can't be the only people who have automotive adventures!
April 12- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April 16-17- Spring Sprint @ Thunderhill- Shelby Club
April  24  - Tech Session, Chairman Rick Carlile.
April 27-May 1   - Las Vegas Fun Rally
May 10- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May  ??  -  Foothill Wine Country Tour & BBQ, Chairmen John McNamee. and Jeff
June 4&5 - Wine Country Classic Vintage Races, Sears Point
June ?? - Shriner's Hospital Concours d'Elegance- Sacramento
June 8-12- Reno Fun Rally, Reno-Tahoe Panteras
June 14- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June ??  - Thunder Valley Brunch Run, Chairman John Worsley.
July  12 - Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July ?? - Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show - Lodi Lake
Aug. 9- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug.19- Concourso Italiano, Monterey
Aug. 20-21 - Monterey Historic Automobile Races
Sept. 13 -Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 23-25 -  Shelby Club Mini Nats XXII, Sears Point
Oct  - Concours at Serrano, Gold River
Oct 8 - Rio Rendezvous Car show in Rio Vista, Chairman Jim
Oct 11-Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 15-16 - Shelby Club,  Fall Classic Open Track @ Thunderhill
Nov.  8- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov. ??   - Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec. ??   - Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, Chairman Dennis
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
Blackhawk Museum in Danville
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista). 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575