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March Newsletter 2016


February Meeting Notes


The March meeting of Capitol Panteras was held at Mimiís. We only had 6 members attending.  Those attending were; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, John McNamee, Ken Montgomery, and John & Beth Drago.  We had no Panteras in the parking lot, thus there was no driving for gas dollars money.


The CP meeting for April was to be held with the British Car Club, but it was cancelled because the restaurant probably doesnít have enough space if both groups have a good attendance.  We will meet, in April, on our regular second Tuesday of the month.  President John will be unable to be there, so we will be in charge.


President John updated us on the next Niello Concourse at Serrano.  He hopes to attend a future PCNC meeting to promote the event.  All Pantera, Mangusta, Longchamp, Vallelunga, Deauville, and Innocenti owners are invited to attend since DeTomaso is the featured marquee.  There will be at least four classes of cars for the judging. The website for the event is current; please check it out at


Capitol Panteras will need someone to represent CP at the POCA Fun Rally this year in Las Vegas in May. So if you are planning on going, please contact President John.  Your prime duty would be to attend the Presidents Breakfast, as the chapter representative, and to purchase raffle tickets for the chapter.  The chapter will provide funds to purchase the tickets.


Chit Chat from around the Table


There was some generalize discussion about how to increase the attendance at the monthly CP meetings.  Nothing was decided but topics included a change in location to make for an easier drive to the meeting and more drives/activities to draw people to the meeting.


John told us that the California Automobile Museum has a new director.  The museum has signed a new lease for $20 with the City of Sacramento.  The museum must replace the roof on the building by 2017.  The plan to buy the property from the City fell through.


Ken told us a DeLorean story about three guys that are driving their DeLoreans around the world.  They have already driven Europe, Middle East, and Far East.  The cars have been shipped to the North West of the US.  They will be driving south to San Diego and then head east with stops in Texas before going to New York.  The cars will then be shipped across the Atlantic to England.


John and Beth told us about their visit to the Blackhawk Museum.  They heard a presentation by some original Can-Am drivers.  John and Beth also went to the Sacramento Autorama.  They enjoyed both of these events.


Ken posed a question to the group, ďWhat was the best car that you ever drove?Ē  President John answered a Lamborghini; Ken said a Tesla and a Tucker.  The discussion then got sidetracked on the history of the Tucker and never made it to Jim or John Drago.  I can report what Jimís answer would have been. His high school friendís Formula S Barracuda.  That car got him his first speeding ticket. The engine had been ďblue printedĒ and balanced, and ran as smooth as an electric motor.  The other car was our Porsche 912-5 speed that we drove cross country in 1972, from New York, in four days.  We never starting before 9 AM and stopping by 5 PM every day, plus a lunch break!  The speedometer seemed to read low, so we just drove by the tachometer and what felt like a nice comfortable pace.  When we made it back to the west coast, Jim got the transmission/RPM curves.  Jim drove at 3900 RPM and Emilia at 4500 RPM.  That was 87 MPH for her and 75 for Jim.  No wonder we made it in that short of time.  That 912 was really made for Bonneville.


2016 Events Calendar


March 21     Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Nugget Market, Roseville

March 27     EuroSunday, Sacramento @ to be announced


April 1-3    CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma

April ?       Car Show at Mustang's Plus, Stockton

April 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

April 17     Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Royal Detail, @ 9227 Bendel Place, Elk Grove

April 23-24 Spring Sprint, The Shelby Club @ Thunderhill

April 24      EuroSunday, Sacramento @ to be announced

April 29 to May 1  CSRG @ Thunderhill

April 30      Car Show, Grass Valley.  Pre-72 cars.


May 10      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

May 11-15  POCA Fun Rally, Las Vegas

May 6        Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ at Fountains

May 12      Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ BLAST 825 Rocklin

May 15      All British Car Show, Dixon Fairgrounds

May 22      EuroSunday, Sacramento @


June 2-5     Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Sonoma Raceway

                  50th anniversary of the Can-Am and the of the Trans-Am Series

June 4        Cobra Day @ the Cobra Experience Museum, Martinez


June 14      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

June           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

June 26      EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 12       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

July            Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

July 24       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 6-7     Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug 7        Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 6-7     Shelby Club Mini Nats @ Sonoma

Aug 13-14 Monterey Pre-Union, Laguna Seca

Aug 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

Aug 18     "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 20      Concorso Italiano,

Aug 18-21 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque is BMW Ė Celebrating its 100th Anniversary)

Aug          Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Aug 28     EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug          2016 Capitol Conour's d'Elegance


Sept 10      CAM Cruise, Sacramento

Sept 13      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

                  (Nominations for club officers)

Sept          Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Sept 25      EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Sept 30 to  Oct 2  CSRG Vintage Races @


Oct 2        Serrano Concourse, with 45 Years of deTomaso Pantera, as the marque

Oct 8        21st Annual Car Show, Rio Vista

                 Chairman, Jim (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct           Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @

Oct 9?       Italian Car Show, Alameda.

                 A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 11       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

                 (Elections of club officers)

Oct 15-16  Shelby Club, Fall Classic @ Thunderhill

Oct           Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton

Oct           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Oct 23       EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Oct 28-30  CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill


Nov 14      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

Nov           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Nov 25      Shelby Club Laguna Bowl, @ Laguna Seca

Nov 27      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

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