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November Newsletter 2013


Alameda Italian Car Show

October 13, 2012


We were able to attend the Alameda show this year even though there was a conflict with the amateur radio convention that Jim likes to attend.  This year we had the Abarth that we could drive to both events.  So we packed up and left Rio Vista on Thursday afternoon carrying all the stuff we needed to attend both events on the same weekend. In the past, the Pantera was not was not up to serving as a multi-tasker car for both events: carrying luggage, chairs, radios, etc.  To be at the car show on Sunday, we left the radio convention early on Sunday to drive from Santa Clara to Alameda.  One good thing was that traffic early Sunday morning was very light.  In fact it was the best traffic we had the entire weekend.  Driving in the South Bay had been a challenge for us.  Although we had lived in Cupertino many years ago, we had not really realized how bad traffic has gotten!  Everywhere that we went that weekend took such a long time.  I guess that we are just use to our small town traffic, i.e. no real traffic.  Anyway, we arrived earlier than expected to Alameda and were parked pretty much in the center of the display area.   Once parked, we got a coffee and donut and put out our chairs to sit and enjoy the beautiful weather.  We were soon joined by Mike & Nancy Haney in their Pantera.  Nancy and Jim both noted the lack of Italian car sightings on the drive to the event.  That made us wonder if the attendance would be low.  That did not turn out to be the case.  There were about 125 cars and about 50 motorcycles.  There were about 5 or 6 Panteras and 1 Mongusta at the show.   I'm sorry to say that I've lost my notes and have to write this from memory.  Let this be a lesson to you to not delay writing articles for newsletters too long after the event or this will happen you!  But I do remember the great weather, good Italian food, chatting with people and thinking too bad for those people who didn't make the effort to drive to Alameda.


The Abarth at its first Alameda show.



Delta Lunch Run

October 26, 2013


We held our annual Delta Run in October this year.  As you might remember, this was a pet project for the late John Worsley.  John would set it up each autumn at one of the area restaurants in the Delta.  With John's passing, Jim and I decided to continue this fun event.  We selected Peter's Steakhouse, in Isleton, and feel that John would have approved.  The weather was beautiful, the drive along the Sacramento was beautiful, the food was great, the people were fun. There were mostly Italian cars on this drive: 2-Panteras, 1-Mongusta, 1-Abarth, and a Lexus. The only thing missing on the drive was John's Bricklin.  We all raised our glasses to toast John and enjoyed telling tales about John.  Here's to you Kid!



The group at Peter's Steak House, Isleton.

Mike, Jim, Marcia, Rick, Steve, Linda, Sue, Emilia, and Nancy


Meeting Notes


Substitute President Emilia ran the November meeting.  The 2014 Capitol Pantera meetings will be led by newly "elected" President John M.  John will complete the term of past President George, who is unable to complete his second term.  John's first offical action as President will be to be a committee of one to explore a new meeting location for the Capitol Panteras for 2014 due to the group's unhappines with Mimi's new menu.


We had 12 people present this month.  Those attending were; Emilia & Jim Seiferling, Lamar Fairchild & Mila, Ken Montgomery, Mike & Nancy Haney, John McNamee, Sue & Garry Choate, Paul Bowden, & Jeff Bundelli.


Driving for Dollars:

Lamar drove his Mustang.  Paul and John drove their Panteras. John won the drawing for $10.00.


The raffle was held this meeting.  There was a custom DeTomaso tote-bag made at John's shop.  The lucky winner was Nancy.  Thank you John for getting the best items for our month Club raffle.  Too bad for those not in attendance, you missed out on the chance to win a great DeTomaso item!


It was reported that there is a new host for the Christmas Party.  Garry & Sue will host the Capitol Pantera party on Saturday, December 7 at 5:30 PM.  It is a BYOB party.  There will be soft drinks provided by the Club. If you can bring either a side, desert, or munchies, please tell us which when you R.S.V.P.  The theme for the gift exchange is "Cars/ Tools/ Maintenance".  The gift exchange is optional with a $20 limit.  The cost is $10 per person. Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, December 2, 2013 to Jim at


The Club will be making a $100 donation to Prostate Cancer in memory of the late John Worseley.  The Club will also buy raffle tickets at the November 17 event honoring John.  Any prizes won will become future raffle items at 2014 meetings.


Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.  He will also be at the Sonoma Historics


Nov 22      Turkey Bowl, Shelby Club, Laguna Seca

Nov 24      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ TrackLogic Motorsports, Rocklin



Dec 7       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party

                  Garry and Sue Choate will be our host at their home in Wilton.



2014 Events


The 2014 Poca Fun Rally - May 28-June 1, 2014 in San Diego


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

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