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May Newsletter 2013
Mike & Lori's Wedding
by Rick Carlile
From across the dusty western plain, a lone shadowy figure, the last bachelor gunslinger, appeared against the intense desert sun. His trusty steed had carried him to his destination, a tiny prairie town named Matrimony. It was there that he had an appointment with destiny. This cowboy had come to lay claim to the hand of his best gal and together they would ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after (cue Clint Eastwood spaghetti western theme song and film credits). And that’s a wrap.
Thus begins the legend of Mike and Lori’s wedding ceremony as recorded by this lowly scribe. And well, it sort of happened that way. For anyone who actually knows Mike, he obviously didn’t ride into town. As usual, his steed was towed into town. But his yellow Pantera looked fantastic!!! And so did Lori’s red Pantera. Both Panteras were on display at the hotel entrance, styled in bride and groom fashion complete with bow tie, wedding veil, and trains of aluminum cans. The venue was the luxurious Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler Arizona.
The ceremony was attended by some 220 guests and was officiated by Charlie McCall, Mike’s longtime friend and partner in many adventurous road trips. As Charlie explained to the assembled family, friends, and guests, some time ago Mike had requested that Charlie legally preside over the wedding ceremony. Only one problem; Charlie wasn’t a minister. Oh, the wonders of the Internet. After a brief search, Charlie discovered that he could legally apply online to become a minister licensed in 47 states. This process, as he described, was so complex, complicated, and overwhelming that Charlie decided to go ahead and have his border collie ordained as well. Sort of a belt-and-suspenders approach so that if Charlie was sidelined for whatever reason, his dog could step in.
John Taphorn gave a touching tribute entitled “How Does a Nerd Get a Trophy Wife?” Now it could be argued that the term “Trophy Wife” borders on politically incorrect feminine objectification. But anyone that knows Lori is acutely aware that she is infinitely more than mere physical beauty and stunning shoes. She is an angel in De Tomaso coveralls. And Mike is…Mike.
Garry and Sue Choate, happily married for 47 years, delivered a sage message highlighting “Tips for a Long and Successful Marriage”. FYI for you guys out there, consider contacting Garry directly and get the list…seriously. There was also a vague metaphor tossed in vowing for “the husband to always hold her socket and the wife to always hold his wrench”. Go ahead and make up your own joke. And what Pantera themed event would be complete without the telling of Drewsaster Tales. Always a crowd pleaser. Solid gold comedy.
And now for the serious stuff. United States Air Force Reserve Lt Col Mike Drew, formally attired in his Air Force Mess Dress, and Lori Albino, adorned in an elegant white wedding gown, came together at the alter before God and a whole bunch of Pantera folks from around the world. Mike was accompanied by his Best Man, Geoff Peters, who had come over from his home in London to take part in the festivities. And Lori was attended by her three grown children and her two grandchildren (Yep. He’s now Grandpappy Mike. Kinda has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?). Mike’s lovely mother was there beaming as proudly as I have ever seen. Also attending were the familiar faces of Steve and Merry Dalcino.
Vows and rings were exchanged followed by thunderous cheers and clapping. Possibly, the only event more applauded than this was the first moon landing.
After the ceremony the hotel staff quickly and efficiently transformed the room into a stylish banquet room and the revelry began. There was a hors d’oeuvres table, two pasta stations, a carving station, and an open bar. And although Mike and Lori had requested “No Gifts” there was a table for very personal offerings including an oil painting of Mike’s and Lori’s Panteras side-by-side, and a bound photo brochure from the Canadian Pantera Group. Fittingly, there were testimonials to the years of Mike’s selfless dedication to the Pantera community that has resulted in a worldwide network of friends. Amen to that.
All of this was followed by the ceremonious cake-cutting, Mike and Lori’s first dance as husband and wife, party games, dancing, and the consumption of mass quantities of alcohol late into the evening, including a special, blue-colored drink concocted especially for the occasion, called “Pantera Love Potion”. The entire event was, in fact, absolutely perfect in every detail. I mentioned this to Mike and told him that I found it nearly impossible to believe that he had anything to do with it. I mean, considering the Drewsaster curse and all.
The following morning Mike and Lori hosted a scrumptious breakfast in a much more relaxed setting for those of us who wouldn’t be attending the rest of the POCA Fun Rally, and we all had a chance to bestow our best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Mike Drew. Yes, “Mr. and Mrs. Mike Drew”. Those are words that had never before been spoken in the modern era. Go figure. Maybe dinosaurs will roam the earth again.
And finally, for all of you gentle readers that are being reached by this message wherever you may be, please join the rest of us in raising a glass to “All the Very Best for Mike & Lori”.
Looking for Wheels
I received this email from Mike Wilson, in the Reno/Tahoe club, looking for wheels.
If can help him, call him direct.
Good morning Jim. My name is Mike Wilson. I am a member of the Reno/Tahoe Pantera Club
and POCA. I was hoping you could pass this on to your members.
I have a 1972 Pantera #2971, and looking for two 10inch rear Campy wheels, preferably ones with the support bars. I am in Reno so can drive to your location for pick up. If you have any, would you please call my cell phone at 775-329-6945.
Thanks - Mike
Lamar Fairchild ran the May meeting, in the absence of President George.
We had 13 people present this month. Those attending were; Emilia & Jim Seiferling, Mike & Nancy Haney, Paul Bowden, Garry & Sue Choate, Mike Drew, Rick Carlile, Ron Southern, Ken Montgomery, and Lamar Fairchild & Mila.
Driving for Dollars:
Lamar brought his Rousch Mustang, Ken in his DeLorean, and Rick in his Pantera.
Rick won the drawing for $10.00.
The raffle had 3 prizes available. John McNamee donated 2 hats, with Capitol Panteras embroidered on them, and Sue Choate brought a bag of coffee beans, with a photo logo of their Pantera on it. Ryan Choate roasted the coffee. Mike Haney and Paul Bowden won the two hats and Ken won the bag of coffee beans.
Lamar went over the yearly activity
schedule. If members were involved with any of the events, comments were
made. Rick will be racing his TVR at the historic races, at Sears Point
this weekend. Ken will be the DJ at the all-British car show in Dixon
this Sunday the 19th. He also gave a presentation on his tour of the
Tesla Motors plant, in the bay area.
Mike gave a report on his and Lori's marriage at the POCA Rally in Phoenix. They had 180 RSVP's with 220 showing up! Everything went perfect.
Ron Southern reported that both his and Mike Ronald's Pantera's were shown in the opening shots of Dennis Gages "My Classic Car", episode about the Napa auto show. Mike won the "best foreign accent" award at the Napa show. Way to go Mike! Ron also showed off his Pantera belt buckle that was written up in the last Profiles edition. The final item he had was a 1:20 scale Mangusta molded in a soft Lexan, on a slot car chassis. This has to be a very rare model, as nobody has every seen something like that before.
Mike and Nancy Haney just purchased a 2012 VW Jetta, turbo diesel. It was a trade in at their local VW dealer with almost no miles on it. Mike said it's getting 50 MPG and actually has some oomph in it! Not your usual diesel.
Mike Drew and Garry Choate just bought a 1 owner barn find 1972 Pantera, #3903. They found it in storage on Watt Ave, in Sacramento. It only had 50,000 miles and has been parked since 1978! They will restore it and then sell it. Mike bought the exhaust system and coilovers that were from #1575, which Jim sold to Randy Welch. Randy didn't have any need for them and gave them, plus the wheels and tires, back to Jim. The wheels are 15" Etole's, 10" & 12", with tires (225 front / 295 rear). If you're interested contact Jim at email@example.com
2013 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/ He will also be at the Sonoma Historics
May18-19 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Sonoma Raceway
May 18 Donate Life Car Show, El Dorado Hills http://www.scottsantana.org/lodo/
They are looking for Panteras to participate. See the website for details.
May 19 British Car Show - Dixon Fairgrounds, on Hwy 113 south of town.
May 19 Car Show-Downtown Placerville
May 26 EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The California Auto Museum, Front St. Sac.
2013 Capitol Concours-POSTPONED FOR 2013,
will return on June 8, 2014
June Coast Run Drive - Chairman Nancy - Exact date to be set
June 8 Cars & Coffee. Gold Country Restorations, Martell
June 11 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June 23 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
July 4 Shelby National, SAAC38, Fontana
July 9 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July 20 Car Show in Arnold
July 27 Auburn/McClellan Drive & BBQ Chairman Ken W. (Tentative date)
July 28 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Aug 3 Summer Surprise @ Sonoma Raceway. Shelby Club
Aug 3 4th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento
Aug 3 Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 4 Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli
Aug 13 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 15 "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 16 Concorso Italiano, http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 16-18 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque=?)
Rick will be racing his TVR at this event.
Aug 25 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Sept 10 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
(Nominations for club officers)
Sept 22 3rd Annual Placerville Run. Lamar Fairchild - Chairman
Sept 22 EuroSunday
Oct Brunch at The Ryde Hotel?-Chairman, John Worsley
Oct 4-6 CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma Raceway
Oct 8 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
(Elections of club officers)
Oct 12 20th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista
Oct12 Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill. Shelby Club.
Oct 13 Italian Car Show, Alameda. A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry
fee for exhibitors.
Oct 19-20 Joint Lunch/Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras (weather dependent)
Oct Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton
Oct 27 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Nov 1-3 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill
Nov 12 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 22 Turkey Bowl, Shelby Club, Laguna Seca
Nov 24 Euro Sunday, Sacramento @
Dec - Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
Paul will again be our host at his home in West Sacramento.
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Life goal: To be the person my dog thinks I am.
"You're never too old to do goofy stuff."