May 2009

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Capitol Panteras Tech Session

by Emilia Seiferling

We made the drive up to Rick's shop on Saturday morning in the truck.  Jim was still not up to par from this medical adventure of about a week earlier.  The weather was wonderful and the drive along the Sacramento River was beautiful.  If I was still a water skier I would have been out on the glassy water.  We stopped to get goodies for the gathering.  We were going to stop at the Freeport Bakery having just had some tasty items from there at Easter time.  But I decided to google "best donuts Sacramento" at the last minute.  Up popped "Marie's Doughnuts".  This being more of a doughnut crowd than a pastries crowd, I opted for Marie's.  As it turns out they are right next door to each other! It was an easy stop on our way to Rick's shop.

We arrived a few minutes before Rick and had time to enjoy a doughnut and a travel mug of hot tea. When Rick and Bailey arrived we moved into the shop area with out tech session necessities: lawn chairs, doughnuts, and hot tea.

We inspected the progress that had been made on the TVR since our last visit.  It is now up and running.  Rick has had his first race in the CSRG series.  He finished 12th out of 30 in his first race!

The Pantera count for the Tech session was low, two if you count Rick's car.  Lamar was the only person to bring a car that needed anything.  Lamar is thinking of doing the Track Event at the POCA Reno Fun Rally.  This would be his first auto track experience. Lamar has done powerboat racing in the past. Rick is one of the designated inspectors for the POCA track event.  Rick went over the car thoroughly and Lamar now has a list of items to address in order to prepare for Reno.

While we only had one Pantera to "work on", we did have a couple of CP members stop by to see what was happening. Those included were Rick & Diane with Jethro, and Duane. There was a lot of car talk and medical talk.  It seems that just about everyone has some sort of medical issue affecting their lives!

We left Rick's about 11 AM.  We were headed out to start the second part of our busy Saturday.  We had "Morton Madness" to attend.  Morton Madness consists of a theater organ concert in Lodi (at Harmony Wynland Winery), drive to Murphys for dinner and a second concert (at Ironstone Winery). Those theater organ guys like music and wine!

The artist for the event is a up and coming theater organ star.  He just turned 21 and has a very promising future ahead of him!

It was a long day, we got home about 11 PM.  We put 229.3 miles on the truck.  I was game to drive the Pantera, but since I've never driven that far/long in the Pantera in one day, Jim opted for the new truck.  It was a good day that could have been even better if it had involved the Pantera.

Lots of heavy tech work going on!

Ham Radio & the Indy 500?

by Jim Seiferling

How can ham radio be linked to the Indy 500?  On Monday evening, the 11th of May, on a lark I decided to tune around on the 20-meter ham band.  At 7:00 in the evening the atmospheric conditions almost always favor stations to the west of us, Hawaii, New Zealand, & Japan, with communications to the east almost non existent.  I came across a strong station that was working stations as fast as he could.  When you hear something like that, you immediately perk up because it usually indicates a rare country or station on the air.  This time it was the special event station of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club.  For special events the FCC will issue special call signs for the event.  Their call sign was W9IMS.  The "W9" indicates that they are in the USA and either in Indiana, Illinois, or Wisconsin.  The "IMS" was their choice for "Indianapolis Motor Speedway".  Very cool!  Well since the band conditions were favoring stations to the west of them, I picked up the microphone and gave them call, and bingo, they came right back with a respectable signal report of my station.  The exchanges during these types on contacts consists of a call sign acknowledgement, signal report, and the first name of each operator.  During high-pressure contacts this can be accomplished in less than 10 seconds.  Since this was not quite the level as working say Easter Island, we took it slow and spent a whole 30 seconds on the contact, and he was off to the next station calling him.  So, that's how you can tie ham Radio into the auto sports.

P.S. Emilia also earned her amateur license, as of May 1, 2009.  Call sign KI6YYT.

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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 or "The Motoring Mouth"

Summary of the May 2009 Capitol Panteras Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Capitol Panteras found three Club cars in the parking lot of Mimi's.  That meant there was real competition for the "Driving for Gas Money".  The winner this month was John Worsley, who was competing against Jeff Budelli and Rick  & Marcia Carlile.  Those in attendance, but without their Club Car were: Jim & Emilia, Ken Montgomery, Mike and Nancy Haney, Lamar Fairchild, Carl Stein and Bruce Maddox. That means three consecutive meetings for Bruce who hadn't made a CP meeting for about five years prior to this!  Bruce reported that he renewed his POCA membership.  This reminds me that our chapter gets a portion of your POCA dues, so if you have not renewed your POCA membership, as Bruce recently did, please do so.  Thank you Bruce!  Maybe we'll even see him in the car at the next meeting.

The raffle was won by Jim. The prize was a $20 gift card from Kragen's.  Rick ran the raffle for Treasurer John who had sent the tickets and the prize.  We hope to see John at next month's meeting.  I forgot to get the profit/loss report for the raffle, but I think that we broke even.  

Last month CP collected dues from our associate members.  As you may recall, Ken paid and John said that he would pay in May.  Well, John did pay the $20.  So John is now an associate CP member in good standing. Those CP members who have deTomasos or plan to get deTomasos are expected to join POCA.

We still have several annual passes for the Towe Auto Museum.  The new name for the Towe is the California Automobile Museum.  We received the passes, since CP is a supporter of the Museum.  They may be the raffle prize next meeting if they are not claimed at the June meeting.  You must be present to receive a pass! 

At the April CP meeting, the membership agreed to continue to be a member of the Association of California Car Clubs.  This is an organization that keeps tabs on the state government when there is legislation that affects the collector car hobby.  There are currently several bills that could affect the hobby if they are passed.  We received our ACCC membership certificate.  Any one want to fame and hang it in their office?

I forgot to tell the group that there will be a silent movie at the Towe Auto Museum on Friday, May 22.  It is a Buster Keaton film.  Should be a fun evening.  Remember, the popcorn is only $1 and you get free refills!

Jeff reminded us that CP is set to display cars on Sunday, August 2 at the Festa Italiana.  Please mark you calendar for this fun event.  More details as the date approaches.

The EuroSunday event, that featured DeTomaso, was May 10.  Also featured were DeLorean and Bricklin.   We had three Panteras present to represent the marque. The three were Jeff Budelli, Ted Bristol, and Terry Morofsky.  We did out number both the Bricklins and the DeLoreans.  Ken said that the DeLoreans could only count 2 1/2 cars since one of the DeLoreans was a project car towed to the gathering.  But they did have better representation than the Bricklins who only had John.   Ken has pictures that will be in the next CP newsletter. 

The reservation forms are out in the most recent POCA newsletter for The Reno Fun Rally. Jim & I have already sent in our paperwork, made hotel reservations, and marked our calendars.  The dates are June 10-14.   Please try to make all or part of this Pantera Event.  There will be several scenic drives,  a private dinner at the National Auto Museum,  and racing at the Fernley track to name just a few of the activities.  See the POCA newsletter for a complete schedule of events and a registration form.  We hope to see many of you there. You can down load the registration from the POCA website. 

Jim has spoken to past POCA President John Taphorn.  Each POCA chapter will be able to have a club car on display at the Circus Circus ballroom during the Fun Rally.  The car will not be limited to just sit in the ballroom.   There are in/out privileges.  Of those at the meeting, Lamar was selected to have his car on display.  Lamar plans to do the Fernley track event, so he may not want to have his car on display. So far, they have about 200 people registered for the event!

September was selected as the target month for the Thunder Valley Brunch Run.  The date will be worked out by John with the Casino.  Maybe after Thunder Valley we could try a run to the new Red Hawk Casino?  Anyone want to set that one up?

We received the follow sad email from PCNC member Doris Britschgi, on May 16th.

Friends of PCNC,

We just learned that Brian Sharp, the son of Roger and Pam, was killed last night in a motorcycle accident.  Roger and Pam received the news while in Utah, are now home, and wanted us to pass on the tragic news to their Pantera Club friends.  No more details are known at this time.

The other part of this is that the Sharps have stated that they will not be hosting the June 6th tech event.

I'm sure you will want to express your condolences to Pam and Roger.


                                2009 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red

May 22         California Auto Museum (Towe Auto Museum) - Silent Movie-"Seven Chances" with Buster 

                      Keaton (1925)   @ 8 PM

May 24         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

May 29-31   Wine Country Classic, Sears Point 

                       Carl will be there with his Mustang in the TransAm group.

June  9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June 10-14  POCA Fun Rally, Reno

June 14        EuroSunday Marques- Ducati / Ferrari / Maserati

June 20        Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane

June 21        EuroSunday, Stockton

June 28        EuroSunday, Sacramento @

July 3,4,5      Mini Nats XXVI @ Thunderhill

July 12          EuroSunday Marques-  MV Agusta / Aprillia / Lamborghini / Audi

July 14        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July 26          EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 1-2        Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug  2         Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 9           EuroSunday Marques- BMW Bikes / BMW Cars / VW

Aug 11        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 13       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 14         La Dolce Vita 

Aug 14        Concorso Italiano,

Aug 14-17  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 

Aug 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 29-30    Summer Heat Open Track, Shelby Club at Sears Point 

Sept 8         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept             Brunch Run to Thunder Valley, Chairman John

Sept 13        EuroSunday Marques- Models Day

Sept 27       EuroSunday

Oct               Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 10         18th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 11         EuroSunday Marques- Ford GT, Cobra, Mustangs

Oct 13         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct 17-18    Fall Classic, open track at Thunder Hill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 25         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ 

Nov 8          EuroSunday Marques- NSX / GTR / Supra / ISF / pacific Rim

Nov 10       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 22       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @

Dec. ?       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party -  Hosting duties available

Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.

Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
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