CAPITOL PANTERAS    
http://www.capitolpanteras.org/
 
October 2004
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We would encourage everyone to become a POCA member, if you aren't already a member.  Your membership in the national club helps fund your local chapter.  You can download a membership application at http://www.panteraclub.com  Please help our club grow.
 
Delta Car Shows
Sept. 18 & Oct. 9, 2004
 
It was a rare weekend for us, we had no commitment, a totally free weekend.  Since we were Pantera-less due to the missing transmission, we had not entered the Seventh Annual Isleton Car Show.  We decided to visit the show anyway and have lunch at Ernie's.  The weather was cool and overcast.  That may have decreased the number of entries, but not their enthusiasm.  There were about 50 cars on display.  It would have been our year to win the Best Import category since we would have been the only import there!  All in all a nice stop for a tri-tip sandwich.  (A drink and sandwich are included with your car entry) The show is free to the public. After lunch and several explanations to people who knew our Pantera and noticed its absence, we left to find the second car show that was happening in the Delta that Saturday. We had heard an ad on KFRC for a Classic Car Show at Trilogy, Rio Vista.  We had seen no signs around town for the event.  So we drive to Trilogy and inquire at the gate as to if and where this Classic Car Show might be?  We follow the directions to the main club house.  We can see some cars parked on the grass.  We find that in order to get to the cars you have to walk the gauntlet thought the Sales Office.  We survive the gauntlet and find only 10 cars of various types parked in front of the newest model homes for the development. All the cars belonged to current residents of Trilogy. The cars of note were a couple of muscle cars, a Cobra, a Jaguar XK-E (no where nice as that of CP member George Potiris's E-type), and a 1952 MG.  This would have been a very disappointing show if you had driven any distance to see it!  The show was a disappointment to us and we only drove about 2 miles!
 
 
 
It was the morning of the 17th annual Rio Rendezvous Car Show in Rio Vista.  Jim was up very early to go the three blocks down Main Street to his desired display spot.  The Pantera is back in running order with its newly refurbish ZF transmission back in place.  Five blocks of Main Street and a couple of blocks on side streets were blocked off for the approximately 200 cars that were expected for this event.  Jim got his desired spot, set up the folding lawn chairs and did his last minute detailing on the Pantera.  The weather man had predicted possible showers for this weekend, but the showers never developed.  The weather was quite nice in the mid 70's.  During the course of the day Jim spoke with a lot of people about the Pantera.  He met one fellow POCA/PCNC member at the show, Barry Hosier, of Danville.  Barry asked Jim if this was a "kit car"and then Jim noticed Barry's Pantera logo shirt and was wise to him!  We never asked what brought Barry to the show (not in his Pantera).  Maybe he will return next year with his Pantera.  We would enjoy the company of another Italian car.  This is a fun event, but we are most certainly a minority group.  There were only three foreign cars at the show this year and we were the only European car!  So if there had been a category for Best European Car we would have won!  There are plenty of non car activities to keep you busy if anyone should decide to rendezvous with us in Rio Vista next year.  There is a carnival, booths with handicrafts and commercial displays, an iced cabinet of largest fish caught for the fishing contest, fair food  and people watching.  All the local downtown restaurants are open for lunch during the car show.  We decided on Foster's Bighorn for lunch.  Foster's is a restaurant that is decorated with a large private collection of animals that were collected by Bill Foster in the 1930's. We had a corner table under the lynx and battling deer heads. Our group of four was too small to get the table under the mounted bull elephant head.  Our lunch was very good, as was the service.  Foster's is one of those unique places that is well worth a visit to Rio Vista.  I hope some of you will join us next October for the 18th annual Rio Rendezvous.
 
 
Gathering on the Green
Text and photos by John Worsley
 
It was a crisp morning, the dew was on the grass, and you can hear the sounds of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and a few Corvettes, plus many others.  There were a few rare cars, such as 1938 Bugatti type 57 drop head cabriolet, a 1954 Chrysler Ghia.
 
In Class L Exotics, CP member Jeff Bundelli took first and CP member Joe LoBue took third, with a Lamborghini Jalpa taking second.  CP member John McNamee was also in that group.
 
One of the personalities at the event was George Barris, "King of the Kustomizers".  We had a nice talk about the curse of the James Dean car and some of his other cars.  He was in town to attend his 55th high school reunion.  He graduated from San Juan High School in 1948.
 
The event was at the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, which is the perfect setting for a concours.  They assembled 165 cars.  The show was one of the best run concours, for the first time, since Pebble Beach thanks to CP member George Potiris and Brian Moore.  They did an excellent job.  Well done guys!
                                                                   
         
Jeff Bundelli and Joe LoBue's fine machines
 
Meeting Notes, October 14, 2004
 
We had 9 people at Mimi's for the October meeting of the Capitol Panteras.  The weather was still very pleasant, so we enjoyed being outside on the patio.  
 
The topic of a Fall Brunch Run was discussed.   Emilia had researched a new destination in the Delta.  It was agreed that the 2004 Fall Brunch Run would be to The Point Waterfront Restaurant in Rio Vista.  www.pointrestaurant.com  They serve a Sunday Brunch Buffet.  Parking will be reserved for us. Our reservations are for 11:30 AM. The cost is ~$15. The Restaurant is located at 120 Marina Drive, Rio Vista, CA. 94571  Everyone at the meeting said that they would be attending.  Please RSVP to Jim at jes@rickadee.net   The Sacrament folks will need to work out a caravan, Jim and I have our route planned. If your club car should be out of commission, please come anyway! Spouses, friends, significant others are welcome  .We hope that many of you will join us down on the Delta!
 
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 cost  and time will be determined at the next meeting.  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.
 
The Concours at Serrano was attended by several CP members.  John W. sent an article and photos for the newsletter.  Thanks for the article and photos!

Treasurer John McNamee reported that the club is solvent. 
 
It was discussed that Capitol Pantera is in a tie for second place for articles being used in the POCA Profiles and Newsletter.  There is prize $$$ involved here!  So it was highly encouraged for everyone to pen some Pantera related articles that Mike Drew might find worthy of use.  John M. said that he would work on one about his Pantera drag race experience. 
 
The annual election of officers was held. There was a unanimous ballot cast for the current slate of officers!  Jim & Emilia will continue as co-presidents , with John M. continuing to serve as the treasurer.  There was discussion about the need for a program chair. It was decided that members would plan several different outing during the year.  So far Rick C. will do the Tech session in the Spring, Jeff will plan something at Bush League Racing, and John M & Jeff will work on a Wine Country Drive. We will continue to encourage CP attendance at some annual car events in the area such as Monterey, Reno, and Serrano.

 
 
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 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
 
Oct. 23-24 - Shelby Club Open Track at Thunder Hill
Nov. 7 - Delta Brunch Run - The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista www.pointrestaurant.com
Nov. 9 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Dec. 5 -Capitol Panteras Christmas Party (no meeting at Mimi's this month)
 
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!!
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575
jes@rickadee.net
http://www.rickadee.net/~jes