May 2004
text is sized for an 800 x 600 screen size
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  Please help our club grow.
Derby Day 2004
Saturday, May 1 was Derby Day.  It was a beautiful Spring day in the country. We had better weather than the actual Kentucky Derby at Church Hill Downs!  This Charity Fund Raiser is held every other year at Lucchetti  Ranch, in Wilton.  Capitol Panteras has the good fortune to have member John McNamee serve as the Chairman of the  Derby Day Car Show.  John made sure that we were all aware of the date for this affair early and reminded us to get our applications returned in a timely manner.  As we arrived at the designated display area, we were given a welcome basket which include goodies and a half bottle of Murphy-Goode wine. There were eight members of CP at Derby Day.  There were five Panteras: Carl & Leslie Stein, Rick & Marsha Carlile, Dennis & Patty Gacutan, Henry Kirk & Karen Kimball , Jim & Emilia Seiferling.  Three CP members brought their other collector cars.   George Potiris brought his red 1966 E- type Jaguar.  John McNamee brought his red 1965 Mustang.  Ken Montgomery was in his 1982  DeLorean and provided transportation for John Worsley.  Where is the Bricklin?  The cars were positioned next to the private lake, across from the main activity area.  It was cooler there with the light breeze that came up in the afternoon.  Truly a beautiful setting for some beautiful automobiles. This lovely setting gave webmaster Ken an opportunity to take some photos of the cars in attendance for the club website. Thank you Ken.  One of the three live bands was playing next to the lake.  While none of our group won the trophies, which were voted on by the attendees of Derby Day, we were all winners.  All the cars were running well and looked great.  We were able to clean the bugs off from the drive with the aid of borrowed Windex from Ken.  Jim then helped to remove road bugs from Rick's yellow Pantera.  Both Rick and Carl's cars were very attractive to the bugs in the display area.  It must be the yellow color because the bugs ignored our black car completely.  We hope that Derby Day 2004 was able to raise a lot of money for the selected charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Sierra Adoption Services, and WIND Youth Center and Shelter.  This is one classy affair!
Jim doing "bug detail" on Rick Carlile's car
Jim's car on the left, John's Mustang on the right
Project Linus and its Pantera local connection
Just a side note with a round about Pantera connection.  Many of you have probably seen Emilia crocheting at different Pantera events.  What she is doing is making baby blankets for Project Linus  This is an organization that provides handmade security blankets to children in hospitals or other crisis situations.  Emilia was introduced to the organization by Marsha Carlile, shortly after joining the Capitol Panteras.  Rick C. has served as the "Bag Man" to deliver the blankets to Marsha who in turn took them to her co-worker who delivered them to the Sacramento area Project Linus leader.  Well, the point of this is that Emilia just turned in her 70th blanket.  Thank you to Marsha for introducing me to Project Linus.
Rio Vista Soroptimist Wine Tasting and Car Show
This is yet another of Jim and Emilia's automotive adventure reports.  On Saturday, May 15, Emilia's Soroptimist Club held a wine tasting fund raiser. The wine was provided by several local wineries.  The food was provided by several local restaurants as well as several local amateur chiefs.  We were treated to such items as pork ribs, eggplant, tomato, fresh mozzarella with basil, BBQ beef straight for the producer,  chocolate dipped strawberries and cream puffs, plus other food items.   The event  was held at the Dutra Museum.  This is the only museum in California to chronicle the history of dredging and it is in Rio Vista.   The museum is located in a beautiful turn of the century house with beautiful grounds.  The weather was wonderful, sunny, clear, and only a slight breeze to keep everything cool and pleasant.  As part of the activities, Emilia was in charge of a small car show.  The vehicles were those of members of the Rio Vista Soroptimist club.  We represented the marque as the only Italian car in the show.  We won the best foreign car award.  We were beat out for the Peoples Choice Award by a beautiful 1961 Corvette.  This is where we have to admit how easy it is to mislead and still be truthful.  There were only 5 cars in our show, but each one was a fine example of its type. There was a 1930 Model A Ford, a 1934 Ford truck that was a highly modified street rod, a 1965 Pontiac GTO, a 1961 Corvette and our 1971 deTomaso Pantera.  We had a couple of people inquire as to how to be in the show next year!   I'm not sure that there will be a show next year, it depends if the Soroptimist club wants to do it again.   But it was fine afternoon of wine, food, cars and the dredging history of the Sacramento Delta.
Winner - Best of Class,  Foreign Car, pre-1974
Meeting Notes, May 11, 2004
We had 11 people at Mimi's for the May meeting of the Capitol Panteras. After a long absence, we welcomed Michelle and Harley Hubbell to the meeting.  Next month, if the weather allows, we will be out on the patio for the meeting. 
Plans for the Brunch Run to Thunder Valley Casino are set for Sunday, June 13.  The time for brunch will be at 11 AM, when the Restaurant first opens.  The buffet is $16.99.  It is reported to be a wonderful buffet. There is a discount for those 55 and over.  John W. has arranged preferred parking for our group.  We will be the first car group to have a function at the casino!  We will meet at the Mimi's parking lot at 9:30 AM, leaving no later than 10 AM,  to caravan to Thunder Valley.  So far we have five Panteras and a Bricklin for this outing.  That includes:  Rick C. , Henry, Jeff, Jim, Harley and John W.  If you can join us for Brunch, please let either John W. or Jim know.  Please mark your calendar now!
Treasurer John McNamee was unable to attend this months meeting, but he sent the list of paid up members for our club website surcharge.   Substitute treasurer Rick C. collected from two more members this meeting. We still needs to collect the annual $10 fee from some members to help support our website. Please pay John M. at the next meeting.   Remember that this fee was voted on when we voted to establish our Capitol Pantera website.  Web master Ken is still looking for club car photos for the website.  You can e-mail photos to Ken.
Ken shared photos of Derby Day  and The Dream Machines Show in Half Moon Bay.  The photos were beautiful.   Ken reported that the traffic to get to Half Moon Bay was beyond awful, but the traffic to get out after the event was the worse imaginable.  They waited three hours for the traffic to thin out, then it took another hour to go the five miles to their hotel!
It was reported that the "Ribs-N-Rods" car show at Cal Expo on June 25-27 is expecting over 1000 cars.  They also have singer Lou Christie performing at the show.  Cost for the event is $12.
Rick C. will be acting as the Capitol Pantera newsletter ace reporter at the Wine Country Classic at Sears Point.  This is Rick's reminder to take his camera to the event.
While our membership has grown, there are a couple of people who need to contact POCA membership chairman Judy McCartney to clarify their membership status.  Rick M. and Carl are not on the latest membership list that we have for the chapter.  Please contact Judy at or you can fax her at 714-892-5990.
If anyone has an idea for a local area summertime outing for CP.  Please bring your idea to the next meeting at Mimi's.
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.
 May 14-16 - Nostalgia Rod & Custom Association show at Cal Expo
June 5-6 - Wine Country Classic Vintage Races, Sears Point
June 2-6 - Reno/Tahoe Pantera Fun Weekend-in Reno
June ?? - Shriner's Hospital Concours d'Elegance- Sacramento
June 8 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
June 13 - Thunder Valley Brunch Run
June 18-20 - Shelby Mini Nats, Thunderhill
June 20 - King of the Castle Car Show, Ledson Winery
June 25-27 - 3rd annual "Ribs-N-Rods" at Cal Expo
July 13 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July ?? - Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show - Lodi Lake
Aug 10 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
August 13 - Concorso Italiano, Monterey
August 13 -15 Monterey Historic Automobile Races
Sept 4-5 - Shelby Open Track, Sears Point
Sept 14 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Oct 2 - Concours at Serrano, Gold River
Oct 9 - Rio Rendezvous Car Show - Rio Vista
Oct 12 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Nov 9 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
Blackhawk Museum in Danville
Golf/Lunch in Farmington - at JB Golf
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista). 
Great Pantera back road getting there!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575