CAPITOL PANTERAS    
http://www.capitolpanteras.org/
 
November 2004
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Delta Brunch
November 7, 2004
 
It was a crisp Autumn morning in the Delta.  We were getting ready to head over to the Point Waterfront Restaurant, in Rio Vista, for this year's Capitol Panteras Delta Brunch. This would be the fourth year for the club to make a trip to the Delta area.  It was especially nice for us.  It was much easier for us to go the half mile to the restaurant than the 45 plus miles to the monthly meeting (one way).  As we prepared to leave, we were greeted  by Mike and Nancy Haney.  Traffic had been light from Napa and they arrived early in Mike's Alfa.  We enjoyed a nice visit at our house before we headed to the restaurant.
 
We lead Mike and Nancy over to the restaurant and found that the restaurant had a row in the parking lot blocked off for our group. We then waited for the rest of the group to arrive.  One by one the cars arrived.  Most came in their club cars.  Jeff Bundelli was without his red Pantera.  He related a story of just barely making it home the night before with electrical problems.  This did not make him feel too comfortable about the trip to Rio Vista from Folsom.  Peter Kovacs was also without his Pantera.  He had taken it down to Wilkinson's the prior week.  But by taking his Mustang he had room for both his wife and son!  Those who drove their club cars included: Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Ken & Judy Montgomery, Dennis & Patty Gacutan,  John & Susan McNamee, Carl & Lesley Stein, Steve & Linda Liebenow, Tom Galli, and John Worsley.
 
Once in the Point Restaurant, we were seated in the Garden Room with a beautiful view of the Sacramento River.  The buffet had a number of both breakfast and lunch entrees, including an omelet bar.  There was even an automotive celebrity sighting at brunch.  Craig Breedlove was having brunch at the Point that Sunday.  Craig lives in the Delta and has his race shop in Rio Vista.  If you don't know who Craig Breedlove is, see  the following link http://www.thrustssc.com/thrustssc/Competitors/Spirit_of_America.html  The group enjoyed good food and conversation.  After the Brunch, the group gathered around the cars in the parking lot.  Many had to leave for other commitments, but four cars were able to join Jim for an impromptu drive though the Montezuma Hills west of Rio Vista.  Jim uses this route for his Pantera test drive road whenever he needs to check out the car, or to just have a fun drive!  The country roads were curvy, the scenery was beautiful, and best of all there was NO Traffic either direction for the entire 20 plus mile drive!  It's a great Pantera road, third and fourth gear the entire way.
 
Next Fall we will look for yet another Delta restaurant to visit.  We hope to have even more of the Pantera community join us next year. We enjoyed having PCNC members join us.
 
Our club embraces all orphaned sports cars!
 
Meeting Notes, November 9, 2004
 
We had 13 people at Mimi's for the November meeting of the Capitol Panteras.  The weather was too chilly, so we were unable to dine outside on the patio.  
 
The Fall Brunch Run was discussed.  See story above. Additional photos are on the club web site. Thank you Ken.
 
The date for the Capitol Pantera Christmas Party has been set.  It will be Sunday, December 5.  There will be a gift exchange with this years theme being German or Car in honor of the Pantera ZF Transmission. The gift should have a value of ~$10. The cost for dinner is $10 per person and the time to arrive is 6 PM.  Thanks again Dennis and Patty for hosting the group.  As a reminder, Dennis and Patty live along one of the areas most Festive Christmas Light displays and we will be walking the display route during the party. http://www.pebblecreeklights.com   Check out the Christmas lights in Dennis' neighborhood.
Please RSVP to Jim& Emilia  jes@rickadee.net
 
The calendar of club events was discussed and planned. Note that each local event has a chairman. This is a calendar that is open to suggestions.  We also may be able to join the DeLorean group on some of their outings thanks to Ken.  See club calendar below. If you have other ideas e-mail them or bring them to the next club meeting.  
 
 
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 jes@rickadee.net  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. This happened again this month! We can't be the only people who have automotive adventures!
 
2004/2005 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
2004
Dec.  5 -Capitol Panteras Christmas Party (no meeting at Mimi's this month)
2005
Jan. 11- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Feb. 8 - Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Feb.    - Auto Rama at Cal Expo, Brunch at Mimi's prior to the show
http://www.hotrodshows.com/shows.ihtml?show=Sacramento
Feb.    - Bush League Racing, Chairman Jeff
Mar. 8 -Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April 12- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April    - Tech Session, Chairman Rick C.
April 27-May 1   - Las Vegas Fun Rally
May 10- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May    -  Foothill Wine Country Tour & BBQ, Chairmen John M. and Jeff
June  - Wine Country Classic Vintage Races, Sears Point http://www.searspoint.com/
June ?? - Shriner's Hospital Concours d'Elegance- Sacramento www.shrinersconcours.com
June 14- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June 8-12- Reno Fun Rally, Reno-Tahoe Panteras
June 19- Thunder Valley Brunch Run, Chairman John W.
July  12 - Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July  - Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show - Lodi Lake
Aug.   9- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug. 19- Concourso Italiano, Monterey http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug. 20-21 - Monterey Historic Automobile Races http://www.montereyhistoric.com/
Sept. 13 -Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct  - Concours at Serrano, Gold River  http://www.concoursatserrano.com/info.html
Oct. 11-Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct.     - Rio Rendezvous Car show in Rio Vista, Chairman Jim
Nov.  8- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov.     - Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec.    - Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, Chairman Dennis
 
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
 
Blackhawk Museum in Danville  http://www.blackhawkauto.org
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista).  http://www.birdslanding.net/ 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575
jes@rickadee.net
http://www.rickadee.net/~jes