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May 2017 Newsletter
Blackhawk Museum, April 22
ďA History of Firearms, 1500 to 1900 and Colt RevolversĒ
Absolutely no car content, but it was held at the car museum
By Jim & Emilia Seiferling
The other half of the Blackhawk museum is devoted to the history of the American west. This talk and hands-on presentation was great. The presenter was Robert Jordan, a long collector of antique firearms, with an expertise in Colt firearms. He has on loan, to the museum, a considerable amount of his large collection. His talk started with the invention of gun powder by the Chinese and chronicled the development of firearms up to about 1900. Mr. Jordanís knowledge was truly impressive. As a bonus, after personally showing and talking about a particular firearm and its place in history, he had his helpers pass them around to the audience! We must have handled close to a dozen of these old and rare firearms. What stood out was the craftsmanship and physical weight of these old pistols; no lightweight composite construction then. The funniest part was at the end of the talk when he mentioned the California law prohibiting magazines with more that 10 shots. He then pulled out, from behind the podium, a 20 shot pin fired revolver made in Belgium/France in the mid 1800ís. This firearm was almost the size of a coffee can. It was also passed around to us to hold and exam. What an opportunity this was to actually hold museum pieces, some with values over $10,000. His two hour presentation went by very quickly and he had the depth of knowledge to probably talk the rest of the day.
Blackhawk Museum, May 14th
David Friedman, staff photographer for Shelby American, Inc.
By Jim & Emilia Seiferling
The staff at the Blackhawk have assembled a fantastic calendar of speakers this last year. Once a year they do a car show of only Shelby cars. This year there were 12 Cobras, plus 29 vintage GT-350/500ís and modern Shelby Mustangs. Todayís speaker was Carol Shelbyís personal photographer. He even had a darkroom in the Shelby shop! He showed photographs starting from the very beginning of Shelbyís operation, in Los Angeles, in 1962. Most of the photos he showed have never been published and were of the type documenting the operation rather than being ďartsyĒ. When Shelby started doing the GT-350 conversions, they were still building race cars in the same shop. At one point the mustangs just keep coming and coming; just like the old Lucy TV episode with her and Ethyl on the chocolate conveyor belt. There were cars everywhere. At some point, some of his negatives, in this early time period, were stolen from his file cabinets (he hinted that it was probably his roommate at the time). He was able to find the person that he sold prints to, way back then, and had the prints scanned and saved. They were shown here for the first time. As part of event, they even had King Cobra T-10/2 on display inside the museum. It you are a Shelby fanatic, you missed a great show.
Cobras on the Plaza
King Cobra, #T-10/2
President John called the meeting to order. We had 14 people present.
1. POCA Monterey was discussed. Capitol Panteras will be represented by several members. There are about 250 signed up for the event. I hope that one of the attendees will write up an article for the news letter. The club authorized $200 of raffle tickets to be purchased. Good luck to us!
2. There is $702 in the treasury, (until we win POCA raffle prizes).
3. Raffle was won by Steve. It was a $20 gift card for OíReillyís. Steve also won the driving for gas money, since he had the only Pantera in the parking lot.
4. Ken would like some new memberís car photos up on the website. Thank you Rick for sending some photos.
5. Other comments and discussions:
There was a positive response about the reduced club meeting schedule (dark in the winter).
President John will continue to attempt to have a joint meeting with other car clubs in the area.
President John is a TV star! He was featured on a recent episode of Judge Faith. He won his case and
collected $1700 that was due him. Check out link; https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs7AUSOtQ5o
2017 Events Calendar
June 13 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís
June 25 Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Red Hawk Casino
June 25 EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Palladio at Broadstone, Folsom
June 25 Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville
July 11 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís
July 16 Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Dutch Bros. Coffee, 8663 Auburn Folsom Rd, Granite Bay
July 23 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Aug 5-6 Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 6 Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli
Aug 5-6 Shelby Club Mini Nats @
Aug 12-13 Monterey Pre-Union, Laguna Seca
Aug 8 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís
Aug 17 "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 19 Concorso Italiano, http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 17-20 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca
Aug Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Aug 27 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Aug 2017 Capitol Concour's d'Elegance
Sept 12 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís
(Nominations for club officers)
Sept Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Sept 23 Ironstone Concours díElegance, Murphys
Sept 24 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Sept 29-Oct 1 CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma
Oct 1 Serrano Concourse
Oct 7 21st Annual Car Show, Rio Vista
Chairman, Jim (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 7 9th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Fulton Ave, Sacramento
Oct 14-15 Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @ Thunderhill
Oct 8 Italian Car Show, Alameda.
A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 10 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís
(Elections of club officers)
Oct Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton
Oct Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Oct 22 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Nov 3-5 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill
Nov 14 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís
Nov Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Nov 24 Shelby Club at Laguna Seca
Nov 26 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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Life goal: To be the person my dog thinks I am.
"You're never too old to do goofy stuff."