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November Newsletter 2015


Matt Stone at Blackhawk

November 7, 2015

By Emilia Seiferling


We had planned our busy Saturday around being able to attend the Matt Stone appearance at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville.

That meant being up early to start our day off with a trip to Fairfield to drop off multiple boxes of old office records at a “Shred-a-thon” sponsored by the Napa-Solano Dental Society.  Then we headed to Danville for the Matt Stone talk at Blackhawk.  It has been several years since our last visit to Blackhawk.  It was a very pleasant surprise to find that the shopping area adjacent to the Museum has been revitalized!  The area was bustling with activities: shops, restaurants and manicured open space. We had about half an hour before the talk to walk around the main floor exhibit and look at the amazing cars on display.  We guess that there where about 175 people attending Matt’s’ talk.  His talk was about 40 minutes long, with lots of great historic photos of cars and people.  The talk covered what had gone into the research to write several of his books.  After the talk, there was a Q & A session followed by a book signing in the lobby.


As I had said we were fully scheduled that Saturday, but we did have time for lunch after the talk. We opted for The Blackhawk Burger.  It is located just steps away from the Museum.  We enjoyed our giant, tasty burgers in the outside patio.  The weather was sunny and warm making for perfect al fresco dining.  Due to our tight schedule we did not have enough time to tour the upper level of Blackhawk.  That level is now “The Spirit of the West”.  It is “a permanent exhibition of historical artifacts recounting the rich and colorful history of the Western Frontier”.  Our plan is to return to Blackhawk for one of the monthly “Cars and Coffee” which occurs every first Sunday, rain or shine year round.  The Museum opens at 9 am on C & C Sunday.  Participating car owners receive two complimentary tickets to the Museum courtesy of the event sponsors.  Maybe we can arrange a Capitol Panteras drive for one of these Cars & Coffee Sundays?


After lunch we were off for the final part of our busy day.  We wanted to attend a 2 pm matinee at the El Campanil Theater in Antioch.  The program was “Russian Riches”, a program of music composed by Russian masters.  This program was presented by The Contra Costa Chamber group.  This musical group usually presents the same program twice on a weekend, once in Antioch on Saturday and once on Sunday in Walnut Creek.  The Antioch show is the one to attend.  The ticket price is 30% - 40% less expensive in Antioch then Walnut Creek, dependant on your age, plus free easy parking and a beautiful restored 1930’s era theater.


After the concert we had one more errand to run, before heading home, and get some dinner.  For those of you who might not know it, there is a major bridge painting project on Highway 160 that will be slowing traffic for the next nine months.  The painting is on the Three Mile Bridge between Rio Vista and Antioch.  Because of this project we have avoided using Highway 160 for the past month.  Traffic back-ups have been up to five miles long since the work began.  So we braced ourselves for the possible long delay at the bridge, but we were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the traffic line to get across the single lane bridge.  Boy were we happy!


It was a long day but a good one.  It happened, in part, because we drive a Pantera even though we didn’t actually drive the Pantera that day (the truck worked just fine carrying 100 to 200 pounds of paper to the shredder; way too much for the Pantera or Abarth).



Matt signing his books after his talk


November Meeting Notes


The November meeting of Capitol Panteras was held at Mimi’s. We had 8 attending.  Those attending were; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Garry & Sue Choate, John & Beth Drago, Ken Montgomery, and Ron Southern.  We had 1 Pantera (John Drago) in the parking lot and he won the driving for gas dollars money.


The Capitol Panteras Christmas party is set for Sunday, December 6, at 5:30 PM.  The party will be at The New Old Sloughhouse Inn, 12700 Meiss Road, Sloughhouse, CA, on Jackson Road Highway 16.   The meal will be a buffet, with tri-tip and chicken, and the cost will be approximately $25/person.  We will eat at about 6:00 PM.  There will be a gift exchange. The gift exchange is optional but the more people who participate the merrier.  As in past years we’ll have a theme for the exchange.  I thought we’d exhausted all the countries associated with our Panteras, but Ken said we haven’t done the original tires; Goodyear Arriva’s.  So, for this year think of something linking your gift to the Arriva’s.  The gift should be wrapped and an of approximate $20 value.  You should be prepared to explain your gift’s tire connection or be auto related.  Please RSVP for the party to Jim at  so he can get a head count to Sue to give to the restaurant.  So far we know that the following will be attending: John & Beth Drago, Garry & Sue Choate, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Mike & Nancy Haney, and John & Sue McNamee.  As always, all our deTomaso brethren are invited to join the party, but please RSVP.


Dreams & Drivers will once again be at Mikuni’s in Elk Grove on Sunday, Nov. 15th.  There will be a raffle to help raise fund for Prostate Cancer.  Our late member John Worsley died of prostate cancer.  The Club has voted to buy some raffle tickets with club funds.


Our late member John Worsley would always arrange a fall drive and meal for our group.  We would like to continue the tradition and will have lunch in John’s honor at Peter’s Steak House, Saturday, November 21st, in Isleton, at 11:30 AM.  Please contact Jim at if you will be joining us for lunch that Saturday.  The restaurant does not need reservation numbers, but it will help so we can all place our orders at the same time.



Jim, Ken, & Ron showing the deTomaso colors


2015 Events Calendar


Nov 13          Dinner at the California Auto Museum with Lynn St. James.

Nov 15          Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Mikuni’s Elk Grove 11:00 to 2:30

                    Pantera’s wanted.  This event honors John Worsley enthusiasm for all sports cars.

Nov 21          Pantera lunch at Peter’s Steak House, Isleton, Ca.  11:30 AM

Nov 22          Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ BBVA, 1490 Stone Point Blvd, Roseville, CA.  8-11 AM


Dec 6            Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, 5:30 PM, at the New Old Sloughhouse Inn, Sloughhouse, CA



Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

#7114 [JIMS CAT]



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