May 2010

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Hot Rods and Harley's, May 8th

by Lamar Fairchild


After months of rain and not being able to drive my 72 yellow Pantera, I was pleased to see a beautiful spring morning on Sat 5/8/10.  I headed out of Placerville, to Folsom, to join up with fellow Capitol Pantera's club member Jeff Budelli and his beautiful Red Group V race Pantera.  Jeff is also part of a motorcycle club and had organized a ride featuring hot rods and Harley's from two clubs in Folsom.  We met at the new Harley store and stood around and talked with club members as we were joined by approximately 40 Harley's and hot rods.  My favorite non-Pantera was a nice 37 Dodge brothers panel delivery.  The air was cool as we cruised out of Folsom and headed into the foothills of Shingle Springs.  We wound our way into the Marshall Gold Discovery site at Coloma and headed up the windy, steep Marshall grade for our final destination of Garden Valley near Georgetown, a notorious old mining camp.  After a nice lunch at a scenic rural park near Golden Sierra High School, the club moms broke out all kinds of homemade deserts including my favorite lemon bars. Must be why my Pantera is bright yellow.  After lunch, I said my goodbyes and made a spirited ten-mile run down highway 193 to Placerville and home. What a great way to blow out the winter carbon and enjoy life as a Pantera owner.


                        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 or "The Motoring Mouth"


Summary of the May 2010 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The May meeting had two yellow Panteras in the parking lot at Mimi's!  This allowed us to have the "Driving of Gas Money" raffle.  Remember that our new rule for the drawing states that there must be a minimum of two club cars in Mimi's parking lot.  Lamar won out over Rick. The group of 8 consisted of Jim & Emilia Seiferling, John Worsley, Rick Carlile, Ken Montgomery, Lamar Fairchild, and Mike & Nancy Haney.


Ken has reworked the Capitol Panteras website and would like current photos of members cars, to update the photo page. Please get a photo of your Pantera to Ken for the web page.  He also arranged with the EuroSunday webmaster, to make a special link, on the CP links page, that will take you directly to the EuroSunday calendar without logging in.  It works great!  He also moved the site to a new server, to save the club money on website hosting.  Thank you Ken for you efforts!


Rick gave us the name of a new Pantera owner in the area, Don Gagnon.  We welcome Don to attend a CP meeting and to join POCA.  Don will be added to the CP newsletter list.  Rick said that Don hopes to go to Reno for the Fun Rally.  Jim & Emilia would welcome another person from our area going to Reno.  We are going up on Wednesday since the fun activities begin on Thursday.


The Tech Session at Rick's will be Saturday, May 22, at Rick's office/shop. If we do not have a minimum of three cars, the tech session will be cancelled.  A separate email will be sent out to members to get a head count for attendance at the tech session.  Please RSVP so that we can determine if it is worthwhile to hold the tech session.  Rick reported that his TVR has been accepted to race in BOTH the Sonoma Motorsports Festival and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.  Rick's yearly offer to host a tech session is wonderful, but if we don't have at least three cars to work on, Rick can use the time to get his TVR race ready.  In fact, Rick needs pit crew for the race at Sears Point.  Mike Haney offered help out at that race. Thanks Mike.  Contact Rick if you would like to be a member of the pit crew.


Lamar attended the Hot Rods and Harleys event in Coloma. He and Jeff represented the Pantera community.  Lamar said he had a good time and the weather was great.  Lamar has written an article that is in this newsletter.


The latest issue of the POCA Newsletter has the schedule for the POCA Reno Fun Rally.  Jim and Emilia will be attending.  Since we have a problem with the car, we will most likely be making the drive in the truck. Remember to sign up for this fun event.  Jim and I would love to have some CP company for this outing. The club has voted to buy the raffle tickets that CP will be given to sell at the POCA Reno Fun Rally.  Any items that are won with those raffle tickets will be used as club raffle prize at future CP meeting.  We hope that CP wins big!


Summer time outings for the Capital Panteras were discussed. Several people stepped up and had great ideas for drives that they will organize.  Lamar will plan a drive in late September for the Placerville area. (Jim will ask his cousin Rich, who lives in Placerville to join us.  Mark your calendar Rich!).  John Worsley will plan a Brunch Run to the Grand Island Mansion in late October.  Nancy will be in charge of a drive toward the Coast in July.  She has several different "AutoZotica" routes from the past that she saved.  Thank you all for volunteering.  The various dates will be announced as the drive leaders firm up their drives.


                                2010 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Notes:      Capitol Pantera member, Carl Stein, will be racing his Trans-Am Mangusta in the

                   SCC Road  Racing  Series.


                   Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.

           Rick has also applied to race at the Sonoma Historic 

                   Motorsports Festival and has been accepted in the Monterey Historics.


May 14-16    CSRG Road Racing @ Thunderhill

May 21         Silent Movie, " Our Hospitality (1923)" with Buster Keaton @ The California Automobile

                      Museum, Sacramento 

May 22        Tech session at Rick's office/shop. 1800 27th St @ R St. at 9:30 AM

                      This event may be cancelled if there are less than three cars RSVP!

May  23        EuroSunday, Woodland.  The British Car Show and EuroSunday together.


June 2-6      POCA Fun Rally, Reno

June 5-6       Sonoma Motorsports Festival , Sears Point.  Rick WILL be racing the TVR.

June  8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June 10-13   SCCA Road Racing @ Laguna Seca

June 19        Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane

June 27         EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 13        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July  ???       Coast Drive led by Nancy Haney

July 18          Concourse at the Presidio in San Francisco

July 23-25    SCCA Road Racing @ Thunderhill

July 25          EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 7-8       Festa Italiana Sacramento - Pantera Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli


Aug 10        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 12       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 13        Concorso Italiano,

Aug 13-15   Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Laguna Seca 

                      Rick will be racing his TVR.

Aug 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 27-29   SAAC 35 @ Infineon.  Shelby Club


Sept 3-5      SCCA Road Racing @ Infineon

Sept 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept ???       Placerville area drive led by Lamar

Sept 24-26  SCCA Road Racing @ Thunderhill

Sept 26        EuroSunday


Oct 1-3        CSRG Road Racing @ Infineon

Oct 3           Concourse at Serano

Oct  9         19th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Hosts; Jim & Emilia ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 10         Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 12        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct ???       Brunch Run to Grand Island Mansion led by John Worseley

Oct 15-17   SCCA Road Racing @ Laguna Seca

Oct 16-17   Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 24         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ 

Oct 30-31   CSRG Road Racing @ Thunderhill


Nov 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 28       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec 4       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party Hosts; Duane & Darice Harlin.


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
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