EuroSunday Plus, April 13th.
by Emilia Seiferling
The start for this EuroSunday Plus came very early for Jim and I. We had a busy Saturday and got home late after an all day & night "Morton Madness" theater organ event. www.theatreorgans.com/norcal Then we had to get up very early to head up to Sacramento for EuroSunday Plus! Jim had prepped the Pantera on Saturday morning before we left for the "Morton Madness" event, so the car was clean and packed for our 7:05 AM departure. The drive up Highway 160 to Sacramento was beautiful. The Sacramento River was like a mirror with only a few fishing boats to break the reflections of the sky and trees. There was zero traffic, repeat zero traffic, all the way to I-5! We arrived at the Pavilions in only 50 minutes! When we drove in there was already a Pantera, a Bricklin (John W.), and a DeLorean (Ken) parked in the row of honor. That prime parking area for EuroSunday Plus would eventually hold 10 Panteras! That was a great turn out for the deTomaso marque. The cars belonged to a combo of CP and PCNC members. Those who brought their cars out for the event were: Lamar, Rick C. , Jeff, Henry, Jim & Emilia, Steve & Merry, Diane & Tom, Terry, John M., Paul & Christina. We want to thank those POCA members who brought their cars out to the event. The total number of cars at the event was about 60 cars. Glen Cramer and his son did stop by to check out the cars. Glen has recently bought Joe Labue's car. He is still working on modifying several things on it. Nancy was unable to get her carb fixed, so she was a scratch for the event. The rest of you who did not attend missed being part of a great line up of Panteras!
The biggest assembly of Panteras in Capitol Panteras history?
After the EuroSunday Plus display, we were off to Folsom to the home of Terry & Sheri Morofsky's for brunch. We lost Paul after the display as well as John's car, which was at the event without John. (John was at a track event but had arranged for his car to be brought over to the Pavilions! Sheri had stayed home to do the finishing touches on the meal while Terry attended the event. We drove in a caravan to Folsom. The traffic light at the corner of Fair Oaks & Howe broke the line into two parts, but about half way there the second part of the group caught up to the leaders. It was a bit of a twisty route to Terry's place, but since Tom was staying at Terry's he got us there with no wrong turns. We arrived to a beautify breakfast buffet. Orange juice, with and without Champaign, coffee, fresh fruit salad, bacon, sausage, French toast, and tortilla roll ups! Sheri did a great job. We thank Terry and Sheri for inviting the group into their home. The weather was great, in the low 80's, so we were able to dine in the backyard. One table had to be moved to follow the shade. The other table was so heavy it was not going anywhere! What a wonderful meal following EuroSunday Plus! We enjoyed the food, drink and conversation until about 12:30 PM when we headed for a drive up Highway 50 to Primus Vineyards www.PrimusVineyards.com in Camino. Terry had arranged for a special tasting for the group. We were down to 6 cars for this part of the outing. We lost Rick, who had to go paint ceiling tiles at his office; Henry, who had to meet the computer repair man; as well as Jeff and Lamar who both also had other commitments. We did pick up Mike and Nancy who showed up very late for brunch, in the Jetta!
Off we went in another caravan up Highway 50 to Camino. The winery was in a beautiful setting. They only make reds! We tasted, toured and enjoyed wine and conversation on the patio. There was a great view of the mountains and the vineyards. But it was soon time to head for home. It would be a long drive after a long day! Jim & I thought about taking back roads home but finally opted for a direct route home. We made good time for most of the trip, the only truly slow part being between Walnut Grove and Isleton. There we were part of a very slow truck parade! But at least we got to see an unusual site, a Citroen Club out for a Sunday afternoon drive on Highway 160! We made it home in just over an hour and a half! We were tired but happy after another fun day thanks to having a Pantera!
The following is a excerpt from the EuroSunday e-newsletter
"EuroSunday Plus Recap
This month’s EuroSunday Plus in
Thanks to Mike Drew this article will appear in an upcoming issue of Profiles. More photos will be included.
Capitol Panteras Tech Session, April 19th.
by Jim Seiferling
It's April so it must be time for Rick to host the CP Annual Tech Session. After a very warm weekend last weekend, it was a cool, but sunny weekend for this years Tech Session. We encountered a lot of traffic in Isleton. As a result we opted for plan C, or should I say route C to Sacramento. We went Tyler Island Bridge Road to Race Track Road up to Walnut Grove where it rejoins Highway 160. We don't know the origin of the name for Race Track Road, but it is a "race track". There was no traffic on this route. One thing did happen that was different. There was a dead rabbit in the middle of the road; I know that it was a rabbit because I could see the long ears. Jim straddled the bunny, but now we know that the Pantera is lower than a dead bunny rabbit. As we went over it, we heard a thump, thump, thump noise and saw, in the rear view mirrors, the poor rabbit flying in the air out the back of the car.
Jim & I were the first to arrive at Rick's shop. We were unaware that Rick was in the middle of a major remodeling project at his office. We drove up to what used to be one of the shop garage doors to find it is now a very large window! We drove around the building to one of the other shop garage doors to find it open and Rick uncovering the TVR. We drove the Pantera into the shop to position it for its repair work. Rick gave us a tour of his remodel project. We had a cup of coffee and a donut before starting the repair project. I think this would be the first CP tech session that Jim did more than change windshield wipers! Jim's plan was to call upon Rick's welding ability and equipment to fix the Pantera's broken tail pipe supports. While Jim jacked up the car to remove the rear wheels and disconnect the MSD box, we heard another car arrive. It was John McNamee who stopped by to check out the action. We would eventually be joined by three other Panteras: Terry Morofsky, George Potiris and his son Chris, and Curt Hall and friend John. If Rick had driven his car there would have been six Panteras. Rick said he didn't drive his car because we could need a roadworthy car to go for parts! Well it seems that everyone except Jim had a car in perfect mechanical condition. Jim's was the only car to have needed repairs done. Guess that means that everyone has a drivable car for the next CP driving event. The guys took this opportunity to check out each other's cars. These guys are smart, no reinventing the wheel for them, they picked each other's brains for how to fix a problem, modify an item, or source parts.
With the welding completed, Jim put the car back together in time to eat lunch. We called out for pizza. When it was delivered the remaining group moved to Rick's conference room to eat. The pizza and soda hit the spot after a morning spent welding, supervising, and eating donuts. After lunch the group broke up. Rick stayed at the shop to do a couple of little things on his TVR racecar. While at the shop one last person arrived for the tech session. It was PCNC member Trevor Fongere, from Novato. He and Rick talked for about 45 minutes. Trevor was disappointed to miss everyone but it was a nice day for a drive in his Pantera.
We want to thank Rick for opening his shop for a CP tech session again. And a special thanks for helping Jim with the tail pipe problem.
Sparks are a good thing here.
Terry Morofsky(red), Curt Hall(white), George Potiris(yellow), & ours in the shop.
Car Show at Mustangs Plus, April 26th
by Jim Seiferling
We wanted to check out this show since it was so close to home, only about 25 miles to Stockton. We had started our day with breakfast at Dee Dee's in Lodi. We needed to set up a breakfast stop for the Rio Vista Drifters Car Club for following Saturday. They will be cruising from Rio Vista to Lodi to Clements (to the Chocolate factory) then back to the Sugar Mill, in Clarksburg. Our '74 Pantera is the youngest car in the Rio Vista Drifters. I think he is one of only two foreign cars.
After breakfast we stopped at the Chevrolet dealer next door, to look at new trucks. Jim is looking for a new truck. His 1983 diesel GMC is in the process of dying. We were then off to the Mustangs Plus car show.
This car show, in Stockton, drew quite a large number of Mustangs and other Ford powered cars. We estimated about 150 plus cars. I must say that this was one of the starkest venues that I have ever been to for a car show. There were no trees or greenery, but there was a restoration shop and a parts shop to visit. The only shade was if you brought an umbrella or in the shade of one of the buildings. And because of its intercity location, parking for the non-participant was on the street could make for a long walk to the show. You had to be a real car guy for this show.
What a surprise to find another Bricklin in the area!
EuroSunday, April 27th
by Jim Seiferling
The weather was beautiful for an early Sunday morning drive up to Sacramento. Once again we had no traffic all the way to I-5. Once at the pavilions, the lot was already filling up. Eventually there would be about 75 cars. Capitol Panteras was represented by Henry in his Cobra, John in the Bricklin, and Jim & Emilia in the lone Pantera. At the end of the show we went down the street to Roxy's for brunch. The restaurant had the folding glass doors open so it was like dining on the patio, very pleasant. There was good conversation and good food. After the meal, we all headed home to do various odd jobs around the house. Our drive home was a smooth one. We were traffic free all the way to Isleton. At the Ryde Hotel, there was a large group of Jaguars, of all ages and models, in the parking lot. They must have been on a Brunch Run at the Ryde.
Our Pantera info sheet in the front window always has someone reading it.
EuroSunday Plus, May 11th
by Jim Seiferling
The following is an excerpt from the EuroSunday e-mail newsletter.
"Sacramento's EuroSunday Plus took place this
Mother’s Day wee
Only Jim, Henry and John W. were there to represent Capitol Panteras. Jim & Emilia and Henry went out to breakfast in Davis, while John was headed out to Mother's Day Brunch with Alice at the Ryde Hotel.