November 2007
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Joint Brunch with Reno-Tahoe POCA Chapter, October 14th.

by Emilia Seiferling

The weather gods were on our side for this mid-October drive.  We had a pleasant drive up Highway 160 to Sacramento.  The only bad thing was that the route had recently been double striped from Rio Vista to Walnut Grove.  This means no passing anywhere!  If people would drive the road properly you could tolerate the solid stripe.  But there are so many people that are afraid of levee road driving, afraid of driving levee roads in the fog, or are out for a "Sunday drive" on a country road.   We will have to adjust our future trips to Sacramento time wise.  We arrived at the designated meeting point and were shortly joined by Jeff Budelli, Mike Drew, Henry Kirk, and John Worsley.  Our caravan of two Panteras, a Cobra, and the Bricklin departed on time in order to meet the Reno-Tahoe Panteras at the Rainbow Lodge, off Highway 80.  Mike left the Scirocco of Doom at Mimi's and rode up with Jeff.  The trip up the hill went very smoothly.  The sky was a beautiful clear blue and the trees put on a display of fall colors.  The temperature was in the low 70's.   Lamar Fairchild and his dog Mitzi joined up with the group in the Auburn area.  Lamar drove over from Placerville on Highway 49 to join us.  We arrived in about an hour and 15 minutes at the Rainbow Lodge.  We were greeted by the members of the Reno- Tahoe Panteras in the parking lot.  Reno-Tahoe members Jim Nowlin, Larry & Richard Stock were in their Panteras.  Gene & Norma Elliott were in their daily driver, since Gene is in the process of refurbishing their Pantera.  We were joined just before brunch by Henry's friend, Karen, who drove over from her home in Truckee.  That brought the total to 13.  This year the CP had more club cars present than Reno-Tahoe!  The setting at the Rainbow Lodge was beautiful and the meal was very good.  There was a lot of car talk, talk of other possible joint activities, and where/when to go on next years joint brunch run. That will be our fourth year of doing the joint brunch runs.

Not a bad turn out for the middle of October.

Concours at Serrano, October 7th.

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Lamar has offered to write the article.  It will appear in the newsletter whenever he gets it done.  Thanks Lamar.

EuroSunday, October 28th.

by Emilia Seiferling

EuroSunday always means an early morning for us.  But we were rewarded with a beautiful blood orange sunrise, a glass smooth river and no traffic for our trip to Sacramento.  We arrived at the Pavilions to find two Panteras already there.  Terry Morofsky and Lamar Fairchild, accompanied by his dog Mitzi, were already parked and enjoying the event.  John Worsley also arrived early with his Bricklin.  Before long we were joined by CP members George Potiris in his Pantera and Henry Kirk in his Cobra. There were about 75 euro-cars at  this Sunday's gathering.  We chatted, walked the display area, and then decided it was time for food.  The Starbuck's coffee had worn off.  Those of us who could, went to eat at Roxy's.  We had the usual good brunch there.

There will be a slight change in the EuroSunday format for next year.  There will be the usual all marque fourth Sundays, with the addition of a second Sunday of the month featured marque gathering.

deTomaso is scheduled to be the featured marque on Sunday, April 13, 2008.

We need to have a non-embarrassing turn out of Panteras, Mangustas, and Longchamps.  Terry offered to host a deTomaso brunch/lunch at his home in Folsom after the special marque EuroSunday.  He said that free food might help to get a good turn out.  I think that he is correct in his evaluation.  Please mark your calendar now to save the date, Sunday, April 13, 2008.

A nice Italian lineup.

Meeting Notes - November 13, 2007

The weather was just the opposite as last month for the Capitol Panteras monthly meeting.  The high for the day was about 75 and not a cloud in the sky by 5 PM.  The cars that were eligible for the "Driving for Gas" raffle were four Panteras, one Ferrari, and the Bricklin.  Members present were; John Worsley, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Jeff Budelli, John McNamee, Rick Carlile, Rick Moseley, Carl Stein, Lamar Fairchild, Tom & Kathy Vona, Dennis Gacutan, Rick Carlile, Mike Drew, and PCNC members Peter Kovacs and Curt Hall.

This was Peter Kovacs lucky day because he won both the raffle, for a $20 gift card at Kragen's, and $10.00 in the "Driving for Gas" raffle.  Peter didn't actually drive his Pantera as it was in his car trailer in the parking lot (good enough for us!).  Peter had a nasty spin on some ice last year and the car was pretty banged up.  After the meeting, we adjourned to his trailer the check his car out.  Pretty sad, but it will be restored.

Mike Drew reported that a deTomaso event is in the planning stages, to be in Modena, Italy in 2009.  It is to be a celebration of 50 years of deTomaso automobiles.

The Capitol Panteras are still number one in the POCA article contest with nine articles.  We still need some members to step forward and write about their automotive adventures.   Any of the articles could be selected for "Profiles" or the POCA Newsletter.  Lamar has offered to do an article on the Serrano Concours.   

The CP Christmas party will be on Saturday, December 15th, at 6 PM. Tom & Kathy Vona have offered to host this year's party.  They did a great job last year.  There will be a $10 per person charge to help defray the cost of the Christmas party.  We need to have a head count so that there will be enough food for the crowd.  If you would like to enjoy a specific wine with the Italian meal that Tom will be preparing for the group, please bring a bottle to share.  Please RSVP to Jim at  as soon as possible.  The theme for the Christmas party gift exchange this year will be "Ohio or made in America", honoring our Cleveland engines and Americans Isabelle Haskell deTomaso and Tom Tjaarda. The gift should fit into that theme and be of ~ $20 value.  Be prepared to explain how your gift connects to that theme.  We all remember "Le Bullet" from last years party!  We have deTomaso themes worked out up to and including the year 2010, before we may have to repeat.  Not too bad!!

We realized that Capitol Panteras forgot to hold elections in October.  So it appears that we will have the same officers for the next year.  We just want to remind all members that we will continue to have an active club only if the membership steps forward to help organize and run events during the year.  We already have several members who have said that they will be in charge of some events next year.  If any of you have ideas for events that you would enjoy, please tell us.  If you would enjoy it, then most likely so would the rest of us.  We will never come up with events and dates that everyone will be able to attend, but if we get 4 or more cars for each outing it is worth the effort.

Remember that there is no CP meeting at Mimi's in December.  Hope to see most of you at the Christmas party on Saturday, December 15. 

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   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".
Nov 25        EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions.
Dec. 15     Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, 6 PM.
                   Hosts-Tom & Kathy Vona
                   6500 Greenhaven Dr., Sacramento.
                   Please RSVP to Jim at
Jan 8         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Jan 27       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions? 
April 13     EuroSunday with deTomaso as the featured marque;  brunch/lunch at Terry's in Folsom.
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114