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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,
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
If you have attended a car function of any
type, please write about your car adventures and send it to email@example.com 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!
Oct. 23-24 - Shelby Club Open Track at Thunder
Nov. 9 - Capitol Pantera meeting at
Dec. 5 -Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
(no meeting at Mimi's this month)
Suggestions for other activities in the
coming year include;
Great Pantera back road getting
Please keep us informed of other dates and
Jim & Emilia