CAPITOL PANTERAS    
http://www.capitolpanteras.org/
 
March 2007
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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.
 
 
Euro Sunday, February 25th.
by Emilia Seiferling
 
The weather was cold and wet.  The bad weather made for an easy, traffic free drive to Sacramento on Highway 160.  We had zero traffic all the way to I-5.  The bad weather also kept the numbers low (12-20) for cars at Euro Sunday.  Evidently, most European cars, especially the high end cars, melt in the rain.  The BMW club was there if force.  Good for you guys!  We parked the car and headed directly to the Starbuck's to warm up and get our morning coffee.  Two other CP members did show up, but without their club cars.  John Worsley and Henry Kirk  chatted with us for a while, then it was off to breakfast at Roxy's.  This was a very nice upscale restaurant with a western theme, actually more of a rhinestone cowboy theme.  They were a bit slow on the beverage service, but the rest of the dinning experience was quite good.  We all enjoyed our meals.  The couple of questions we all had about the menu were how good were the donuts (served as a breakfast hors d'oeuvres with dipping sauces) and what do they do to oatmeal to make it worth $9 a serving?  I think we would all go back again to try different items on the menu.
 
Towe Auto Museum - Silent Movie, March 16
 
Friday night at the movies means silent movies for the Seiferlings.  We made the drive up to Sacramento for an evening out, dinner and a movie.  This trip we tried another new restaurant for us.  For those of you who reside in an urban area, you don't realize how blessed you are to have so many different dining options available to you on a daily basis.  Those of us who live and work in a small town, don't have numerous places to pick from.  We have only five choices in Rio Vista for a "sit down" dinner out.  If we want a movie, its rent one from Rio Video or do a pay for view movie on Direct-TV.  So for dinner this trip we chose Cafe Morocco, 1221 Alhambra Blvd.  www.cafemoroccosac.com  There was good parking.  The restaurant is not very large, but we were seated right away.  The menu is filled with lots of different food items.  We enjoyed a bottle of Moroccan wine with our dinner and started with humus with pita bread.  Jim had harira soup and lamb tagine.  I had soup and salad; Moroccan style-a bowl of harira soup and couscous salad.  Both were generously sized  servings.  We were lucky enough to be there on a night that the Cafe had live belly dancing!
 
The movie at the Towe was "It" (1927) with Clara Bow and Antonio Moreno.  This was the film that earned Clara Bow the title of the "It Girl".  The film was accompanied by the Wurlitzer Theater Organ.  The music, which is correct for the time period, was provided by organist Chris Elliott, of the Bay Area.  We saw several of our theater organ friends at the show, but sadly no car friends!  The movie was very entertaining.
We didn't have much time to check out the Towe this visit, but the featured car club was El Dorado Region-Kaiser Frazer Owner's Club.  They had five cars on display.  CP needs to think about doing this!  Our club is now an official member of the Towe Auto Museum.  We need to get a sign made to place on the wall where the Clubs do their displays.  Anyone want to take on that task?
 
The next film and organ concert will be on Friday, May 18, 2007.  The scheduled film is "The Covered Wagon" (1923). It is a Western made by Paramount, starring Alan Hale, Lois Wilson & J. Warren Kerrigan.  The cost of $10 per person includes the museum entry.  Remember $1 popcorn with free refills!

 

Meeting Notes - March 13, 2007

 

 As the weather improves, we have more club cars at the Capitol Pantera monthly meeting.  Club cars included five Panteras, a DeLorean, a Cobra, and the Bricklin.  Members  present were: John McNamee, Tom & Kathy Vona, John Worsley, Henry Kirk,  Mike Drew & friend Julie,  Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Lamar Fairchild and son Rob, Rick Carlile, Ken Montgomery, Duane & Darice Harlan, PCNC members Mike & Nancy Haney, and new POCA member Mike Rockich.  (The 427 Cobra is Henry's new toy.) 

 

A raffle was held, netting the club $19.  The winner of the gift card from Kragens was Lamar.  He won last month's raffle as well!

 

Capitol Panteras was the winner of the POCA article contest for 2006.  We are currently in a tie for third place in the 2007 article contest.

 

Lamar reported that the plans for the Placerville Run include a poker run, a trivia contest for the passengers, and prizes!!  The day's drive will start in Cameron Park at noon and end up at "Poor Reds" for a 2 PM lunch (That is when the restaurant opens for business.)  The date is set for Saturday, May 19. We will all meet in Cameron Park.  Look for more details as the date approaches.  Please mark you calendar now!

 

It appears that those who attend the Euro Sunday gathering enjoy going to brunch afterward.  That will continue for those who show up.  This will continue to be very informal and depending on who and how many can attend.  With the nicer weather expected in March, come as early as possible to insure good parking.  Check the EuroSunday web site for the parking grid layout.

 

The CP are members in good standing of the Association of California Car Clubs.  There are several very important issues facing the future of the car hobby.                                 

                                                               

Lamar's son Rob is a Police officer in Stockton.  He offered to check on a mobile-dyno source that his department has used.  If he can set it up, the price will be great. $14 . We would do it at the April 15 Tech session at Rick's shop. Rob took home the paperwork to join POCA and Capitol Panteras!

 

The Shriners Hospital Concours d"Elegance is June 3, 2007 at Mather Field, Rancho Cordova.  Applications were pasted out. The dead line for registration is April 27, 2007.  If we have 10 cars, we can get group parking.  John McNamee is planning to attend.  www.shrinersconcours.com

 

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 jes@riverdeltawireless.com   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".
 
2007 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
March 23-25 CSRG at Infineon http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html (see note below)
March 25      EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions www.eurosunday.net
March 31-April 1  SCCA Regional #1 - Infineon raceway. (see note below)
April 10         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April 13-15   Shell Historic Challenge USA - Infineon raceway
April 15         Tech session at Rick's office/shop, Sunday, 9 AM
April 22         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
April 25-29   POCA convention-Las Vegas
May 5-6         Spring Sprint, open track at Thunderhill.  The Shelby Club.
May 8            Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May 18          Silent Film and Organ concert at the Towe  www.SierraChapterATOS.org
May 18-20    CSRG at Thunderhill http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html (see note below)
May 19         Capitol Panteras tour of the Placerville area - Chairman, Lamar
May 27          Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ Towe Auto Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento
June ??       Thunder Valley Brunch Run - Chairman, John W.
June 3            Shriners Hospitals Concours d'Elegance, Mather Field, Rancho Cordova www.shrinersconcours.com
June 2-3        Wine Country Classic, Sears Point http://www.searspoint.com/schedule/major_events/wcc/ 
June 6-10      Reno-Tahoe Panteras Fun Rally 
June 12         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June 16         Car Show in Arnold, Ca., Chairman Duane H.
June 24         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
July 10           Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July 22           Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Aug 4-5         Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 5           Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
Aug 14         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 16      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.  http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/Tour.htm
Aug 17        Concorso Italiano,  http://www.concorso.com
Aug 18-19  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/ 
Aug 24-26   SVRA - Historic Grand Prix at Infineon  http://www.historicgrandprix.com/
Aug 26         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Aug 31 Sept 2  SCCA Regional #7 & #8 - Infineon raceway. (see note below)
Sept 7-9       Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXIV, Infineon
Sept 11        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept. ???     Bodega Bay Drive, Chairman Tom
Sept 23        Euro Sunday, in El Dorado Hills
Oct 7            Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 9            Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 12-14    CSRG Charity Challenge at Infineon http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html (see note below)
Oct 13        17th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 20-21    Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.
Oct 28          Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Nov 3-4        CSRG at Thunderhill http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html (see note below)
Nov 13         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 25         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Dec. ?          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
 
Note:
The CSRG events are listed because CP member Rick Carlile will be racing his vintage TVR Vixen in that series.  His car is currently undergoing a total restortation and he hopes to have it ready for the Oct. event.
 
The SCCA events are listed because CP member Carl Stein will be racing his year 2000 championship Quavle Mangusta in that series.  Carl will also be racing his Shelby Trans Am Mustang at the Wine Country Classic, June 2-3.  For the story on the Mangusta see; http://www.capitolpanteras.org/meets/Capitol_Panteras_April_04_Newsletter.htm 
 
Try to attend and cheer our racers on!  Also note that both groups will be racing at Thunderhill and Laguna Seca.  For the complete schedules see the CSRG at http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html  and
 
 
Suggestions for other activities in 2007 that are being planned include;
Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras -  need date
Thunder Valley Brunch - John W.  Will set up a date in June
Blackhawk Museum in Danville  http://www.blackhawkauto.org
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista).  http://www.birdslanding.net/ 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114