Blackhawk Museum Tour, September 16th.
by Emilia Seiferling
The drive over to Danville began very early for us. It was especially hard to get up since we worked a Star Party in Lodi the night before as part of Astronomy Day. They had over 600 people show up. Even with 20+ telescopes setup, we were busy the entire evening showing people Jupiter, the moon, and other objects in the night sky, with Jim's telescope. So we were up late for that event.
The drive over to Danville was easy, since the traffic was light on Sunday morning. We arrived at the shopping center next to the Blackhawk Museum to find John Worsley already there. The area right in front of the museum was torn up with major construction. We had been told that we could park in the grand circle in front of the Museum, but we couldn't see how to even get there. So we all gathered in the shopping center parking lot . When almost everyone had arrived, a couple of us walked up to the Museum to make sure that there was no parking. They told that we could park in the circle, after they opened up that gate and we snaked around the building to the grand circle. They did that and we took our place on the grand circle. It made for a great photo op. The group consisted of four Panteras, the Bricklin, and Greg's motorcycle. We were later joined by Mike Nevins, in one more Pantera. Those doing the Blackhawk tour were: Mike & Nancy Haney, Judy & Forest Goodhart, Steve & Merry Dalcino, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, John Worsley, and Greg Jacobs.
We were greeted at the Museum by the staff and received a private docent tour led by docents Mark and Ed. The museum has about 75 cars on display at any given time. It is always changing and you never know exactly what you will fine on display. The display areas are beautiful. The black Italian marble is suppose to set the display cars off like jewels on velvet. After walking the museum we were off to lunch at Alberto's Cantina. It is a relatively new restaurant in the complex. We were seated outside on a beautiful autumn day in a beautiful setting. The complex next to the museum has had some tuff times and shops and restaurants have come and gone. The new construction is for a high end department store that they hope will help to rejuvenate the complex. We all enjoyed our Mexican lunch and wonderful weather. After the meal, many of us returned to the Museum to wander around the art exhibit "The Motor Car as Art" and to check out the numerous books in the gift shop. Our discounted tickets were good for all day, as was our prime parking. We want to thank Greg Jacobs for setting up this event for the group. Greg was on his motorcycle since he recently sold his Pantera, bought a Ferrari, and then sold that as well. Time for another Pantera. Thanks again Greg.
A small but select group!
EuroSunday, September 23rd.
by Emilia Seiferling
The fourth Sunday of September found us in California. We were suppose to be in Montana on vacation. Jim's mother's health had taken a turn for the worse so we cancelled our planned vacation in order to be close at hand. Since we were in town, we headed to EuroSunday. This time it was held in Elk Grove. That made for a shorter drive for us. As usual there was no traffic on the river route. The early morning sky was beautiful with the spotty clouds and the beams of sunlight. We arrived at the designated location at the same time as CP member John Worsley. The parking was entirely too easy. We had expected it to be very busy with a large turn out since there were several special things planned for after the display. The turn out was very low. The threatening appearance of the skies must have scared a lot of the people. We know that our Pantera will not melt in the rain, so we were not concerned. The attendance for the display was only about 50+ cars. They have had over 100 show up when the weather is good. We parked and then entered "It's a Grind" for coffee and a munch. 6:30 AM came much too early this Sunday to make either coffee or food before it was time to leave home.
The low turn out enabled us to seat inside and watch the activities outside for most of the event. We were joined for coffee by John. He spoke highly of the "Aztec mocha". Just about the time that we were thinking about going out to breakfast, we were joined by Henry Kirk and Karen, in his Cobra. Karen was wisely dressed for the cool trip in the Cobra. I have a similar outfit for top down drives in the Capri. We chatted while Henry and Karen enjoyed a warm up of coffee and a scone. They told us of their day Saturday. They tried to go to the drag races at the Sacramento Speed Way, but the event was cancelled due to weather. They ended up the Greek Festival at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church. There they chatted with CP member George Potiris who was working the beverage booth. His wife was doing service at the dessert booth. They described a good meal and good entertainment. That made our decision to do the same for lunch after EuroSunday. We all went our separate ways from EuroSunday. We ran one errand since we were in the Big City, compared to Rio Vista, so I took advantage of the shopping. I needed yarn to start my deTomaso afghan for the CP Christmas Party gift exchange.
After our short stop, we were off to St. Katherine's for lunch at the Greek festival. After making only one wrong turn we arrived at the church. We were able to park directly across the street. The setting is beautiful for an outdoor event. There was plenty of seating, both in the shade and in the open. There was an area for the live music and dancing. Although we didn't time it right to see the dancing on Sunday. There was an area were an entire animal was cooking on a spit, we assume that it was a lamb from the shape. We put together our lunch plates with a variety of exotic Greek dishes to select from; lamb, moussaka, souvlaki, Greek salad, dolmas, and baklava to name just a few. Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs and we did take home enough for lunch the next day. We did find George working the beverage booth again on Sunday. Jim enjoyed a Mythos Greek beer with his meal. I was trying to be good and not eat dessert, but later regretted not getting the variety pack of desserts to go. If the date for the Greek Festival should coincide with EuroSunday next year, we plan to return for another good meal. Even without a EuroSunday event, this would be a great event for the Pantera club just to meet and eat. We headed home after our very good lunch to relax for the afternoon. A nap was in order after our early start to the day.
Italian Car Show Alameda, October 7th.
by Emilia Seiferling
The Alameda Italian Car show is always a great way to spend a Sunday. We were joined for the drive over by Mike and Nancy Haney. We met up at the Jack-in-the-Box on Red Top Road, just off Highway 80. The drive over to Alameda took less time than expected since Nancy was driving very briskly trying to catch a Lamborghini in front of her. The Lambo turned off just as Nancy, followed by Jim, turned off the highway! We arrived at the Lincoln School for the car show about 9 AM. It is so pleasant to be greeted and thanked for attending! This show is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. It is free to display your Italian car or motorcycle. The public is charged to enter! They also make money from serving a very nice Italian lunch. There were about 120 cars and about 50 motorcycles. I didn't do an exact vehicle count, too busy people watching, checking out cars, talking to Pantera people, and enjoying the wonderful weather! There were 11 Panteras at the show. We were the only Capital Pantera people, the rest were PCNC members and at least one non-POCA person. Those attending the event: Nancy & Mike Haney, Emilia & Jim Seiferling, Doug Abadie, Steve & Merry Dalcino, Randy & Linda Welch, Tom Galli & Diane Dean, Lee Ferral, Scott Adair, Rob McMullen, Carl Shackelford, Garry & Sue Choate, Barry Hosier, and Mike Nevins. In the several years that we have been attending, this was the largest gathering of Panteras that we have seen! We had a "breakfast tailgate" party going on at our car. I made a fresh apple cake that was Jim's late mother's recipe. We had coffee and tea available to those Pantera people that stopped by our spot. The day went by quickly and soon it was time to head home. On the drive home we got a better view of the Blue Angles. It was Fleet Week and there was a air show over the Bay that afternoon. We have already marked our calendar for the show next year.
I'm sure Tom Tjaadra designed the engine lid just for this purpose.
The weather was threatening to rain later in the evening, so we could have had better attendance at the Capitol Panteras monthly meeting. The cars that were eligible for the "Driving for Gas" raffle were three Panteras and the Bricklin. Members present were; John Worsley, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Ken Montgomery, Jeff Budelli, John McNamee (briefly), Rick Carlile, Terry Morofsky, Carl Stein, Henry Kirk and friend Karen, Lamar Fairchild.
There was a raffle for a $20 gift card at Kragen's, which was won by Jeff.
John and his Bricklin won the "Driving for Gas" raffle.
The Capitol Panteras are still number one in the POCA article contest. We will need some members to step forward and write about their automotive adventures. I know that several of you were at the Serrano Concours. Would you please write about the show for our newsletter? If it is any good maybe "Profiles" or the POCA Newsletter will pick it up.
The Joint Brunch with the Reno-Tahoe Panteras has been rescheduled to Sunday, Oct. 14. The Brunch location will be the Rainbow Lodge off Highway 80 at 11 AM. We will meet at Mimi's and leave at 9:30 AM prompt. If you will be joining the caravan, please let us know in advance so that we don't leave without you. If you want to join us at the Rainbow Lodge, let us know so that we can inform Jim Nowlin. Or if you want to join us in route, let us know where and when you will join up with the group. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a warm, dry winter. That could mean a nice autumn drive in the Sierras for your Pantera.
There will be a silent movie at the Towe Auto Museum on Friday, October 26th. If you check out the link to the Sierra Chapter of ATOS you can download a form to get first timers in for free. http://theatreorgans.com/ca/sierra/ The movie will be "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) staring Lon Chaney.
We need to set a date for the CP Christmas party. No one at the meeting was able to host, so if you would like to host, please contact Jim. There are a couple of dates that won't work for the group; December 1 and December 2 have conflicts. The date is open to what would work best for our hosts. 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. We have deTomaso themes worked out up to and including the year 2010, before we may have to repeat. Not too bad!!