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May 2008
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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 Sacramento: 

This month’s EuroSunday Plus in Sacramento highlighted Pantera, DeLorean, and Bricklin makes as the featured marquees.  With ten Panteras, a Bricklin, and a DeLorean there was an enormous amount of horsepower disturbing the otherwise docile tarmac as they rolled in to Pavilions. Each car was as unique as the owner, one of which had a nitrous kit installed in an already powerful car.  Several interesting vanity plates also made this Plus event one of the most entertaining to date.  The solo Bricklin and DeLorean fit right in to the groups making for some amazing photo opportunities."

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 kend and the featured marque involved the beloved British vehicles. Even with the holiday, we were 40 cars strong with half of those being British make. There were several Aston Martins ranging from the V12 Vanquish, DB9 Volante, and several Vantage V8s. Also seen were MG’s, Jaguar, Lotus, Triumph and Austin Healy. We even had two Nortons and one Triumph motorcycle find our hidden parking lot!  (Our lot was so difficult to find that it forced us to change the location for our next EuroSunday in Davis.  While it was ideal for having our group secluded, it also prevented folks from finding us in the first place.  Thankfully Steve Prine was armed with an orange flag to wave us all down and direct us in to our spots)."

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.

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".
 
Meeting Notes May 13, 2008
 
The weather was perfect for a drive to the CP monthly meeting at Mimi's.  The result was 4 Panteras at the meeting, Rick, Jeff, Jim and Ken Forsyth! The other cars that were eligible for the "Driving for Gas $" were Henry (Porsche) and Ken (DeLorean) and John (Bricklin).  The winner of the "Driving for Gas $" raffle was John.  Others in attendance, but in their daily drivers were: Lamar Fairchild.  The attendance was low but the percentage of cars was high!
 
We went over the CP Schedule of events for the next few months.
 
The EuroSunday on May 25 will be in Elk Grove, because the location in Davis was deemed unsuitable.     
          
The Thunder Valley Brunch is a go for Sunday, June 8th.  John has arranged for prime parking at the Casino entrance.  We will meet up at the EuroSunday Plus, at the Pavilions.  If you are not coming early for the car display, please be there by 10 AM with a departure time of no later than 10:30 AM. The other option is to meet us at the Casino at about 11 AM.  Please RSVP to Jim so we know to wait for you at the Pavilions, or join us at the Casino. jes@riverdeltawireless.com
 
Jeff is the Car Chairman for the Sacramento Festa Italiana in August.  He has to arrange for all the Italian cars that will be on display. If you know any Italian car owners who might like to display their cars, please contact Jeff.  Jeff has already reserved Sunday, August 3 for the Panteras.  Please mark your calendar for this fun event! 
 
There is now a location for Concorso Italiano in Monterey.  It is at the Marina Airport.  For that weekend it appears that PI will not be doing a lunch at the Pantera corral at Laguna Seca and the corral itself is in doubt.  We will pass along any additional information as we hear it.
 
 We have been in contact with Jim Nowlin of the Reno-Tahoe Panteras.  We have set a date for our Annual Joint Brunch Run. The date is Sunday, September 21.  Please mark your calendar.   We don't have any details as to time and location yet.  That information will be passed along when we know more.
 
John Worsley is investigating a summer brunch run to possibly the Ryde Hotel or the Grand Island Mansion.  Details will be discussed at the next CP meeting, at Mimi's.
 
                                2008 EVENTS CALENDAR
Capitol Panteras Events in Red
 
 
May 31 to  Wine Country Classic, Sears Point http://www.searspoint.com/schedule/major_events/wcc/
June 1   
June 8       EuroSunday Plus, @ The Pavilions.  Featured make is Ferrari / Maserati
                   We will leave from EuroSunday for Brunch at Thunder Valley
                   Thunder Valley Brunch Run  http://www.thundervalleyresort.com/feast.aspx
                  John Worsley will be in charge
June 10   Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June 21    Car Show in Arnold 
June 22    EuroSunday, Pavilions http://www.eurosunday.net/
 
July 4-13   LeMans Tour - France
July 5-6    Shelby Club at Sears Point.  http://www.norcal-saac.org/ 
July 8       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July 13      EuroSunday Plus, It's A Grind in Elk Grove. Featured make are Ford (GT, Saleen, Mustang GT, etc)
July 27      EuroSunday, It's A Grind in Elk Grove http://www.eurosunday.net/
 
Aug  2-3    Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 3       Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
Aug 10      EuroSunday Plus, Roseville.  Featured makes are Vettes and Vipers
Aug 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 14     "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.  http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/Tour.htm
Aug 15      Concorso Italiano,  http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 15-17   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/ 
Aug  15-17  Minden Car Show
Aug 22-24  Historic Grand Prix, Sears Point.  http://www.historicgrandprix.com/
Aug 24      EuroSunday, Roseville.  http://www.eurosunday.net/
Aug 29-Sept 1   Shelby Club, Mini Nats, Thunderhill  http://www.norcal-saac.org/
Aug 30-Sept 1   SCCA Races @ Sears Point. 
                            Carl Stein will be racing the Mangusta.  http://www.huffakerengineering.com/clientrides.htm 
 
Sept 3(Weds)  Sacramento Shelby Club car show.
Sept 7     Fun Ford Sunday  http://www.funfordsunday.com/ 
Sept 7     Chico Concours  http://www.chicoconcours.com/
Sept 9     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 14   EuroSunday Plus, Pavilions.  Featured makes are Fiat, and Alfa Romeo
Sept 21   Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras
Sept 27   Placerville Driving Tour; Capitol Panteras.  Chairman: Lamar
Sept 28   EuroSunday, Pavilions.  http://www.eurosunday.net/    
 
Oct 5        Concourse at Serrano
Oct 11-12  CSRG Charity Challenge, Sears Point.  http://www.csrgracing.org/ 
Oct 11     17th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista (yes, it will be held this year).  Chairman, Jim
                 (lunch at Foster's Big Horn) http://www.fostersbighorn.com/
Oct 12       Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics http://www.alfaromeoassociation.org/
                  No entry fee for exhibitors, no pre-registration required, good food!   :-))
Oct 12      EuroSunday Plus, Pavilions. Featured makes are (Ducati, BMW, Triumph, MV Augusta, Aprilia, etc)
Oct 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 18     Car Show at Mustangs Plus, in Stockton  http://www.mustangsplus.com/
Oct 26      EuroSunday, It's A Grind Coffee in Elk Grove  http://www.eurosunday.net/
 
Nov 9        EuroSunday Plus,@ The Pavilions. Featured makes are Lamborghini and Audi
Nov 11    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 23      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions.  http://www.eurosunday.net/
Nov            Road Trip to the Coast
 
Dec.         Capitol Panteras Christmas Party  - Host position is open
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114
jes@riverdeltawireless.com