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May Newsletter 2014


Meeting Notes


President John was in charge at the May meeting. 


We had 22 people present this month.  This is an all time high attendance since at least 2009!  Those attending were; Emilia & Jim Seiferling, Henry Kirk, Ron Southern, John McNamee, Mike & Nancy Haney, Mila & Lamar Fairchild, Mike Zamorelli, John Drago & friend Jeff, Paul Bowden, Mike Drew, Rick Carlile, Garry and Sue Choate, Darice and Duane Harlan, Steve Christensen, Jeff Budelli and Dennis Gacutan.  Dennis came late from another business meeting, but we were happy to see him after such a long absence.


The Club treasury has $2,155.  A donation will be made at the June meeting to the California Auto Museum.  We hope that museum board member Carl Stein, himself a CP member, will be present to accept the donation and update our group on the future of the museum.


President John reminded the group that our June CP meeting will be at the California Auto Museum.  Please note that meeting will be on Thursday, June 19 at 6 PM.  John will arrange food for the meeting.  We will have a private room for our meeting and also be able to tour the Museum.  He would love to have the parking lot filled with Panteras for this meeting.  Please mark your calendar now for this meeting.


John traded his latest DeTomaso item a DeTomaso speedometer clock for an afghan in DeTomaso colors, made by Emilia.  If you would like to buy a clock, please contact John (916-456-3809).  John will be donating $5 per clock to Capitol Panteras.  Thank you John!


Sorry for the lousy photo, but the glass cover was highly reflective.


Since Garry and Sue will be attending the POCA Fun Rally in San Diego, they were asked to represent CP at the President's Breakfast.  We also voted to have them buy $200 worth of raffle tickets in the name of CP.  Mike Drew will transport any prizes that we may win.  The items will be used as prizes in the monthly raffle or sold to CP members.  Any funds raised will go into the Club treasury.


John Drago drove his new Pantera to the meeting.  It is "Howdy Officer Red" with lots of polished aluminum in the engine bay!




Driving for Gas Money this month was won by Lamar.  Also in the running for the gas money this month were President John, Rick Carlile, John Drago, Steve Christenson, Paul Bowden, Garry Choate.


The raffle was won by Mike Drew - a DeTomaso hat, and Rick Carlile - a torque wrench.


Rick reported that he will be racing his TVR at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.  President John said that his brother would also be racing at the event.  If your schedule allows, head over to Sonoma and cheer the guys to victory.


President John announced that he would not be at the July CP meeting.  After very little discussion, it was decided that Nancy will serve as acting President for that meeting.  Nancy did phrase it a bit differently.  She elected herself dictator for the month of July.


Duane invited CP members to come up to Arnold for their annual car show, July 19th.  If you attend, you have pretty good odds of being "Best in Show - European Car".


Jeff Budelli reported that the Festa Italiana is set for August 2-3.  While Jeff is not the car display chairman for the event this year, he said the display day for the De Tomaso Panteras would be on Sunday.  Save the date for this fun local event.  Hopefully we can get John Dago's new Pantera parked next to Jeff's nitrous monster.  That would present a real wow factor to the public.


Our newest Pantera guy, Steve Christensen, passed around a specially designed gear shifter, machined from aluminum.  It is specially tapped to seat lower on the shift lever.  There are spacers that can be inserted to seat it at a stock height.  You can contact Steve if want to buy one.  The price is $50.  Steve also drove his beautiful black 1974  (#6512) to our meeting.  It was too dark to take a photo, so hopefully next time we'll have a picture of his very nice Pantera.



Capitol Panteras Events in Red


May 17-18Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Sonoma Raceway

                   Rick will be racing his TVR & John McNamee's brother will also be racing.

May 18       Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ The Pavilions 9-Noon


May 18       All British Car Show, Dixon Fairgrounds

                    Ken Montgomery will be the DJ/sound guy at the event.

May 25       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ TrackLogic Motorsports, Rocklin

May 28 to June 1;  POCA Fun Rally - 2014 in San Diego


June 7th       Dreams & Drivers, BURGERS and CARS, Saturday Evening

                     Summer Series, at Jasper's Giant Hamburgers; 2342  Sunrise Blvd.

                     6:30pm till 9:30 pm.

June 15       Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ River Cats/Raley Field @10:30 AM

June 19      Capitol Panteras meeting at The California Auto Museum,

                     Sacramento at 6 PM

                     Note: this is a Thursday, due to Museum schedule

June 22       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Coco's

July 19       Arnold Car Show

July 20        Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Diamond Autosport, Rockland, 9 AM

July 27        EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 3-4      Shelby Club Summer Heat @ Sonoma

Aug 2-3      Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug 3        Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 9         6th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento

Aug 12      Capitol Panteras meeting at Coco's

Aug 14       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 16       Concorso Italiano,

Aug 15-17 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque is Maserati) 

Aug 23       Capitol Concurs d'Elegance

Aug 24       Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Total Kontrolle, Sacramento 9 AM

Aug 24       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Sept 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Coco's

                    (Nominations for club officers)

Sept 21      Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Royal Detail, Elk Grove, 9 AM


Sept 28      EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Oct 3-5       CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma

Oct 14      Capitol Panteras meeting at Coco's

                  (Elections of club officers)

Oct 11       21st Annual Car Show, Rio Vista

                   Chairman, Jim (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct3-5      Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @ Sonoma

Oct 12?     Italian Car Show, Alameda.

                   A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.


Oct             Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton

Oct 19       Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Oct 28       EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Oct 31 to   CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 2


Nov 11     Capitol Panteras meeting at Coco's

Nov           Turkey Bowl, Shelby Club

Nov 16      Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Nov 23      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

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