EuroSunday Blackhawk, February 17th.
by Emilia Seiferling
We decided to check out this first EuroSunday at the Blackhawk Plaza in Danville. Jim had sent out some e-mail notices to make the East Bay and South Bay Pantera people aware of this show. Our drive from Rio Vista to Danville was about the same as our drive to the Sacramento EuroSunday. The drive to Sacramento is a prettier drive due to being a less urban route. We entered the Blackhawk Plaza to find an empty parking lot where we had expected to see the cars. It was a cold and foggy morning so the place really looked deserted. A drive around the complex eventually lead to the correct parking area. A couple of Panteras were already parked so we joined them. Bob Benson and Rich Boschert had arrived a few minutes ahead of us. In a few more minutes we were told we needed to move over to the other side of the row to free up short term parking for the Starbucks. We did this and then had to re-park in order to back into the spaces, as that was the desired arrangement. All the shuffling done, we were in the prime spot right across from the Starbucks. The group of three Panteras was eventually joined by four more Panteras: Gary Choate, Linda & Randy Welch, Lee Ferrell, and Trevor & Jill (we didn't get their last name). Peter Kovacs and his brother-in-law also joined the group, but Peter was in his street legal drag Vega. Barry Hosier showed up without his Pantera, which is down for repairs. All the cars ended up in the same area of the display, except for Peter who was off to the side. The attendance for a first time event was very good. I didn't count the exact number, but multiplying the number of cars per row by the number of filled rows gave approximately 120 cars. The cars seemed to be more high end than Sacramento. There were BMW, Mercedes, Ferraris-including a Daytona, MG's, a Nobel, a DB5 Aston Martin, and a NSX. There were even two DeLoreans. We enjoyed the conversation over coffee. Lee was the only one, of the Panteras, to go on the drive that followed the display. It was on his way home to do the drive. The rest of the group decided to go to brunch locally. Randy and Linda led the way to a near by Max's Dinner. The eight who went to brunch were joined by Todd Glyer and 3 of his friends. Todd was in his 1966 Sunbeam Tiger and his friends were in Ferraris. All three were red. Todd had a hard time understanding that the display started so early and was over so early. We told him that was just the way EuroSunday works, so you could be off to do other things the rest of the day. We all enjoyed our meals at Max's and then we were off on a drive to Concannon Winery in Livermore. PCNC members Merry & Steve Dalcino had wanted to join us at EuroSunday, but were pouring at the Chocolate & Wine event at the winery. They invited us over to the Winery and arranged to have the tasting fee comped for the group! They also got permission for us to do a photo shoot with the cars in an area not open to the public. After the tasting and photo op everyone headed out. Some went back to Blackhawk to tour the Museum, most headed home by various routes. We took Vasco road through the hills to Brentwood and home to Rio Vista on Highway 160. The weather was beautiful by that time in the afternoon. It was another fun day because we have a Pantera!
How'd that NSX get in there?
At Concannon Winery
Confessions of a Road Racer
by John McNamee
You might be a Pantera owner if;
-Your car makes noises mechanics have never heard before.
-You can identify your friends by the sounds of their mufflers.
-Starting your car involves popping the rear deck lid.
-You can tell your car is low on oil by looking at the garage floor.
-You work on your car when there's nothing wrong with it.