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Capitol Panteras Tech Session, April 21, 2012
Text by Emilia & Jim Seiferling
Photos by Mike Drew and Emilia
The Capitol Panteras held their annual Tech Session at the shop of member Rick Carlile. This year we actual had the tech session! In years past we have canceled the session due to lack of need. But this year we had two cars that were in need of attention and had committed to come to the session. The day started early for Jim and myself as we had our usual hour drive to Sacramento plus we were in charge of getting the donuts for the session. We stopped first at the Rio Vista Bakery to get the baked goods for the group. We were then on the road in the truck, since we needed to carry two chairs and two tool boxes, plus the donuts and coffee thermos. Jim was to be trouble shooting electrical problems on Paul Bowden's car. We arrived at Rick's shop to find Rick sweeping the floors and setting up a donut table. Other club members soon joined us; George, John & Sue, Lori & Mike, Garry & Sue and Paul. Not everyone stayed the entire day but it was good to see everyone no matter how long they stayed.
The peanut gallery
The first project was to drill some holes in a couple of tiles for Mike's new bathroom floor. Paul is a tile specialist and brought the correct drill bit to do the job. This was Lori's idea and the end goal was to glue a deTomaso medallion in the hole. You'll have to visit Mike's home to see the final results.
Jim helped Paul with the first tile and Lori did the hose duty on the second one.
The two target cars for the session were Paul's and Mike's. Mikes car was a substitute for Lori's car. The clutch master failed on Lori's car, the week before the session, and was not in drivable condition. As you might remember, the only rule at our tech sessions is that you must be able to drive your car home at the end of the day. So if Lori's car could not be driven to the session, it didn't look like it would come close to following that rule.
Paul's monster twin supercharged engine
Jim started on Mike's car with a simple fix on his cigarette lighter socket and Rick worked on repairing the rubber trim on Mike's bumper. After that, Garry and Jim worked on Paul's electrical problems, while Mike, Lori and Paul rebuilt the steering rack. I kept myself occupied making another blanket for Project Linus. I finished one blanket and started another that day.
Rick's dog Bailey advising Lori on which hammer to use (pick the big one!).
Paul's fans did not work at all and the wiring was a real mess. Besides the two stock configured pusher fans, someone had installed an additional puller fan. The wiring looked like it was done by a first grader (i.e. live 12 volt wires just bundled together with tape, not even twisted together!). Gary and I decided the best route was to restore the wiring back to a stock configuration and took out a pile of extra wire. We also discovered that both fan relays were on the verge of failure (they kind of worked, but were not reliable). We eventually wired one pusher fan to the radiator thermostat circuit as designed and the puller fan to the manual switch on the console. Since the second pusher was not used, we just removed it from the car (a weight saving move Jack DeRyke would like. :-). With the car back together, Paul started the car, and we discovered that raw gas was dripping out of one of his side draft Webers directly onto the header; not a good condition! With a bit of fussing around, we came to the conclusion that the float must have stuck open, because the car was tilted up in the front all day for the steering rack rebuild. It eventually stopped, so Paul headed home without any problems.
Gary and Jim hunting down the wiring mess.
Capitol Panteras take the easy way out for food. The instructions were for everyone to bring their own beverages for the day. Rick had waters in a cooler. Jim and I picked up the morning donuts and we called out for pizzas at Chicago Fire Pizza for lunch. Sue and I went to pick up the food, while the crew continued to work on the cars. Everyone then had a well deserved lunch break. The session finished up on a good note with no cars stuck in Rick's shop!
POCA Fun Rally 2012
by Lori Albino
Our adventure started the day before the Fun Rally as we left Vacaville at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Our original plan of taking both Panteras had fallen apart because my clutch master cylinder failed just a couple of days prior to our departure. Thus we were both going to be in Mike's Pantera, which only had been running (after a camshaft change) for a week. Thinking we were playing it safe, we took Julian Kift up on his offer to trailer Mike's Pantera to Arizona in Julian's recently purchased, not-so-gently used, Freightliner 18-wheeler car hauler with stackable lift inside.
Mike and I enjoyed a beautiful, uneventful drive over the Sierras on Hwy 50 to Carson City, NV where we met up with Julian at Larry Stock's Pantera Parts Connection. With Panteras and Fun Rally items loaded up, we headed out for our overnight stop in Las Vegas. Great air conditioning, bunk beds, flat screen TV, and refrigerator…this way of travel doesn't suck so much!
We arrived in Las Vegas in the evening and had dinner with Pantera friends vacationing from Vermont. P.J. Couillard and his girlfriend, Kathy, had booked their vacation in Vegas so as to be able to attend the Fun Rally. Whoops! Some of you may remember P.J. as he was a PCNC member in the early 1990s when he was living in the Bay Area on temporary assignment from his home in Vermont. P.J. is the fellow that restored Mike's Pantera; he hadn't seen it, or Mike for that matter, for almost ten years! So it was nice for them to get a chance to get reacquainted.
After a great meal at Gilly's and a walk down the strip, we settled in for the night.
The next day we were off bright and early headed for Chandler, AZ. All went well until it didn't, in the middle of nowhere exactly halfway between Boulder City and Kingman, AZ. Banging and clanging sounds, in addition to black smoke, were all originating from the Freightliner engine. Bummer! We were stranded, then had to be towed to Kingman, AZ (where Julian's truck still remains awaiting a new engine which might cost as much as $30K-WOW!).
We offloaded our Panteras and stuffed all the Fun Rally paraphernalia into every nook and cranny of the cars. After about three hours of driving we arrived at the Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel just before midnight on Wednesday to an awaiting, loyal throng of three POCA members. The rest of the gang had already given up and gone to bed.
This hotel is a fairly new resort with state-of-the-art accommodations, a very friendly staff, and the Firebird Main racetrack less than one mile down the road. Thursday morning was a hit-the-ground-running day, as it was a track day for us. No driving for Mike and me, but spending the day smelling exhaust, hot tires and well used brakes was something we did not want to miss. Heavy rains on and off for the morning kept the cars off the track for short periods, but by the afternoon it was all sunshine with lots of track time. Peter Kovacs motor home became the favorite gathering place to get out of the rain, or the heat. The day was very well organized with everyone having a great time and no drama to report. Well, almost no drama-Peter's supercharged 4.6 liter (stroked to 5.1) started making expensive sounds very much like that of Julian's truck. It got pushed into the trailer at the end of the day, and the prognosis is not good.
Others who didn't go to the track went on scenic drives to such places as Tortilla Flats. I heard they had a wonderful time viewing the beautiful desert landscape, and having a nice lunch.
The evening activity was dinner out with two places to choose from. Mike and I chose Rustler's Rooste which had a nice country-western atmosphere and very delicious steaks! We lingered with on the patio with our friends from San Diego Panteras, then headed back via a hotel shuttle to the hotel hospitality suite which turned out to be pool-side complete with a fully stocked bar. After the morning rain, the weather remained perfect all week, and was especially perfect for hanging out by the pool with friends after a full day.
Friday's activities included two options…sort of. One of the options, to view a private, exclusive car collection, was already filled to capacity by people who had been fortunate enough to sign up Wednesday afternoon. The other option (and only one for most) was to tour the Penske Museum. Although we would have preferred to see the private car collection, we really enjoyed our visit to see the Indy cars. The museum is housed in a high-end car dealership with Lamborghini's and Bentley's for sale. We even saw a Koenigsegg protectively surrounded by barricades. Sweet!
After drooling over fast cars, we went on our way to lunch at a local, touristy hamburger place, where our big group fit nicely around outdoor picnic tables surrounded by western themed décor. After lunch most returned to the hotel where the strong gravitational pull of the swimming pool was too much to resist. However a small group of us decided to hit up a local indoor karting track to have a little 'friendly' fun! Octane Raceway is air-conditioned, and equipped with gas-powered go karts, which are seriously fast! Methinks this should be an official activity at next year's Fun Rally.
Back to the hotel for us with a short amount of pool time, then off to get ready for the evening's drag races where some of our Pantera buddies would be testing their skills, and transmissions. It was an exciting night with Panteras performing nicely, although none could quite compete with the Bugatti Veyron, which pulled a 10.12 run before being banned by the track officials for being too fast to run without a full roll cage. After several hours at the drag strip, we headed back to the poolside hospitality suite to relax, sing Karaoke and talk about…Panteras of course!
Saturday morning there is no official activity other than an invitation-only presidents' breakfast. Not wanting any down time for myself, I planned ahead and found that the Scottsdale Gun Club, with machine guns, is only a short drive away. I corralled some friends and we left the hotel at 9:00 a.m. for a McDonald's breakfast to fortify us for some serious shooting. This gun club is amazing as they are very organized and cater to those who just wanna have fun with machine guns. Our group of six rented a 9mm Heckler & Koch MP5 and took turns shooting the stuffing out of our paper targets. This too should be an activity on the agenda for next year!
The rest of the day was spent at a local car show where our Panteras were the main attraction. It was a low-key, relaxed afternoon, which saw temperatures climb into the nineties. Luckily there were places to escape the heat and get a cool drink. Some actually ditched the show early to go back to the, you guessed it, hotel pool.
Saturday night is the traditional banquet and awards ceremony. The setting was the hotel theater, which is set up for celebrity performances. Matt Stone, former POCA president and Profiles editor, and now author/journalist/Speed Channel announcer, was the featured speaker. His entertaining and interesting speech was a highlight of the night. Many awards were given out along with some nice raffle prizes. The banquet adjourned to the 'pool' hospitality suite, and went late into the night with socializing and more Karaoke.
Sunday morning saw people leaving at various times according to their respective travel plans. Mike, Julian and I headed out around 9:00 a.m. in our Panteras and stopped in Kingman to help Julian strip the entertainment and other electronics from his truck (in case he decides to abandon it and buy another one) and button up his trailer. From there we decided to stay off the main roads, instead choosing beautiful back roads, going through Beatty, over to Bishop and taking highway 395 all the way to Lake Tahoe. Near highway 89 we encountered an AC Bristol and an Arnoldt-Bristol, which prompted Mike to say “Follow those cars! They're part of the California Mille!” We did and they were! These beautiful cars led us to Incline Village and a parking lot full of interesting cars; some were just slightly above average (think early 1960s Alfa Romeos and Jaguars) and others were extraordinary (think 1961 Ferrari 250 Long Wheelbase California Spyder, once owned by Brigitte Bardot and now worth about $8 million!).
After stalking them for a while, and chatting with Jim Nowlin who we had alerted and who met us in the hotel parking lot, we decided it was time to return home. Mike's and Julian's Panteras performed flawlessly, and I truly think they had something to do with the gremlins attacking the Freightliner.
Everyone seemed to have a great time at the Fun Rally. The venue, our Arizona hosts, the activities, the desert setting, the weather, and the food all combined together to form a perfect event.
Summary of the May 2012 Capitol Panteras Meeting
The May meeting had both Club cars i.e. Panteras and non-daily driver sporty cars in the parking lot. Those in the running for "Driving for Gas Money" were; Paul Bowden, Rick Carlile, Lamar Fairchild, John McNamee, Ken Montgomery, John Worsley. The winner of the $10 was John McNamee. Others attending the meeting were; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Garry & Sue Choate, Carl Stein, Don Gagnon, Mike & Nancy Haney.
Treasurer John reported that the Capitol Panteras membership in the Association of California Auto Clubs has been renewed. This is an organization that lobbies for the Car Hobby at the state Capitol. We feel this is an important activity that our club should support.
Treasurer John reported we have $1,283 in the bank. The raffle this month was provided by treasurer John. He made up a DeTomaso beach towel at his shop. It was a unique "one of one" item, at least until he makes the next one. Due to the custom nature of the raffle prize there were very good ticket sales of $38. Our Club web master, Ken, won the DeTomaso beach towel. . Congratulations Ken. The Club treasury also received money from the sale of the last of the Pantera parts that Capitol won at the POCA Fun Rally in Reno of last year. $33 was received from Nancy and $22 from Paul.
Rick gave a report on the tech session held at his shop. Thanks again Rick for hosting the session. If there is a need for a tech session next year, we hope you invite us back!
Don has a restoration shop in Martell for the group to tour as part of the drive in the Foothills this year. He is thinking about going south of Jackson area this time. Exact date and times will be announced when the plans firm up. Since Lamar was at this months meeting, he and Don will get together to work out dates and routes that do not conflict, or they may join forces into one drive. They will keep us updated as the details are worked out.
John McNamee was appointed a committee of one to scout out possible new meeting sites if needed. If you have not been to a meeting lately, a new "In-N-Out" is being built next door to Mimi's. This could cause a problem with coned off parking for our meeting. If you have any location ideas let us know.
Paul Bowden has offered to host the 2012 Capitol Panteras Christmas party. Thank you Paul. Sue has offered to advise Paul. A theme for the gift exchange will be determined in the next couple of months.
The group was reminded that officer elections are set for October. The member elected president must be a POCA member. There was some discussion that the POCA dues of the President be paid by the Club as an incentive to be club President. No final decision has been made on the topic. More discussion will continue at the next meeting.
Editor note: The California Mille drove through Rio Vista on their first day. I saw most of them on my drive into School that morning on Highway 12.
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 email@example.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".
2012 EVENTS CALENDAR
Capitol Panteras Events in Red
Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series. http://www.csrgracing.org/
May 20 Hangtown Car Show - Placerville -contact Lamar if interested
May 20 British Car Show @ The Woodland Fairgrounds
May 25-27 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill - Rick will be racing.
May 27 EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The California Auto Museum, on Front St.
June 1-3 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Infineon. Rick and the McNamee boys will be racing.
June 2 Aerospace Museum of California "Wings & Wheels" - At McClellan
June 10 2012 Shiner's Conour's d'Elegance; Capitol Mall
June 12 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June 24 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
July 10 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July 14 Car Show in Arnold -contact Duane if interested
July 22 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Aug 3-5 Mini Nats @ Infineon. Shelby Club
Aug 4 4th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento
Aug 4-5 Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 5 Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli
Aug 14 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 16 "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 17 Concorso Italiano, http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 17-19 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque=The Cobra) - Rick will be racing.
Aug 26 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Sept 3rd Annual Placerville Run. Lamar Fairchild
Sept 11 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
(Nominations for club officers)
Sept 23 EuroSunday
Oct ?? Brunch at the Grand Island Manson-Chairman, John Worsley
Oct 5-7 CSRG Vintage Races @ Infineon
Oct9 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
(Elections of club officers)
Oct 14 Italian Car Show, Alameda. A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry
fee for exhibitors.
Oct 20-21 Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill. Shelby Club.
Oct Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.
Oct 28 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Nov 2-4 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill
Nov 13 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 25 Euro Sunday, Sacramento @
Dec - Capitol Panteras Christmas Party at the home of Paul Bowden, in West Sacramento.
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
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