October 2008

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Joint Brunch, with Reno/Tahoe Panteras, Sept 21th.

by Emilia Seiferling

The weather held for the joint Lunch with the Reno Tahoe Panteras.  It was a great day for a drive in the Pantera.  But sadly, it was only a two Pantera caravan to the Ice Lakes Lodge in Soda Springs.  It was only Henry, Jim, and myself.  Rick Carlile had a family function to attend and John Worsley simply forgot.  Our two car caravan arrived at the Lodge at about 11:30 AM.  We managed to arrive before the Reno Tahoe group.  We parked the cars next to the edge of Ice Lake and went inside the beautiful Lodge to relax and have a drink while we waited for the others to arrive.  At about noon we were joined by a three Pantera and a T-Bird caravan.  That brought our numbers to eight: Jim Nowlin, Gene & Norma Elliott, Julian Kift, and Bill Midtgard.  We were joined shortly by the newest CP members Nancy & Chuck.  We were now ten strong.  It was a small turn out for lunch but the conversations were good, the food was good and the setting beautiful. This Lodge is a sister property of the Rainbow Lodge, where we have gone in the past for the Joint Brunch.  It is worth a return visit.  After lunch we adjourned to the parking lot to "inspect " the Panteras.  Chuck is eager to see every Pantera that he can to aide in the restoration of their Pantera.  This was the first time Nancy & Chuck had seen our Pantera, since they join CP.  The Reno-Tahoe cars were an extra bonus for Chuck since all of them were different.

The day would have be a perfect outing except for Jim getting sick half way though lunch.  In retrospect we decided it might have been the Bloody Mary that he had before lunch.  Thank God that I don't like tomato juice (which we now think was off).  I tried a Naughty Irishman and suffered no ill effects.  Jim threw up several times before we had to depart.  He felt so poorly that I drove the Pantera home.  So all of you that didn't attend missed seeing me behind the wheel of the Pantera.  It was kind of ironic because over lunch, Norma asked me if I ever drive the Pantera.  I told her that I have driven it a couple of times, but that Jim is not a good passenger and I only drive if it is a very long trip, Jim is very tired, or he is sick.  I didn't mean for it to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  I did ok except for killing the engine at the first stop sign and then couldn't get it into gear at the next stop sign.  That necessitated a "Chinese fire drill" with an under the weather Jim getting us down hill to a gas stop in Colfax.  I then resumed the driver's seat and drove the remaining 110 miles home with no further complications!  Once home, Jim kind of slept and threw up the rest of the day and into the night, unable to keep even water down.  After only a fair nights sleep he awoke tired and sore.  He rested all day Monday and now feels normal.  It was a very long day, with an additional 300 miles added to the odometer.

PCNC Dyno Day, Sept 27th

by Emilia Seiferling

We were up early as usual for this Pantera outing.  It was an uneventful drive to Morgan Hill to the PCNC Dyno Day.  We arrived to become one of over twenty Panteras parked on the front lawn of Roger and Pam Sharp's front yard.  We placed our lawn chairs in the shade of a giant willow tree and had an excellent spot to view the cars as they made their run on the portable dyno.  The day was filled with car talk, eating and inspecting everyone else's cars.  There were approximately 21 Panteras, 1 Mangusta, Todd's Lola T-160, and numerous other cars.  We were the only CP members in attendance.  Mike Drew is a PCNC member as well as an associate member of CP.  I'm sure Mike will have a full article in a future Profiles issue.  We thank PCNC for always being very gracious when we attend one of their events.

Mike Drew, with the pedal to the floor.

EuroSunday, Sept 28th

by Emilia Seiferling

Jim & I made the long drive to EuroSunday in Granite Bay.  It is not one of our favorite locations to go to for EuroSunday.  It is too far away from our house.  We much prefer Elk Grove or the Pavilions.  We went to find only John Worsley and Paul Bowden in attendance.  I was disappointed to be unable to get a Pumpkin Latte at Peet's.  They had signs for them everywhere but didn't have them when I tried to order one!  We toured all the cars with the best one, for me, being an almost perfect red Fiat 500 that had just arrived from Italy.  Only John was able to join us for a trip to the Greek Food Festival at CP member George Potiris's church, in Elk Grove.  We parked easily and found George manning the beer booth.  We enjoyed our Greek lunch in an open-air tent on the church lawn.  Again this year, Jim & I got too much food and had enough food for another meal to take home.  It was a good way to spend part of our afternoon.

Rio Vista Car Show, Oct 11th

by Emilia Seiferling

Jim & I were prepared to host a number of CP members at the 17th Rio Vista Car Show.  The house was mostly put back together, the food was ready and Jim even washed the black car.  But during the last few days prior to the event people started to drop like flies, for a variety of different reasons.  Lamar had pre-registered for the show and was unable to attend.  Jim picked up his goodie bag and Nancy Haney was able to use the vehicle registration form.  Thank you Lamar.  The end result was that only by Mike & Nancy joined us early in the day, with Henry showing up as we returned to the house after lunch.  As you can see from the photo, there were two Panteras in the show. The show ended across the street from our house!  The weather was cool which would have been fine, but add in the wind chill factor and it was too uncomfortable to set up our new 12 X 12 tent in our front yard and sit outside, so we watched the show from our living room through the large picture window.

My plans for breakfast were modified due to our power outage that morning. The previous two days saw very windy conditions.  Friday night the wind cracked the insulation from one of the main power cables, which feed the house.  That cable then arced to the ground wire and resulted in a surge throughout the house, that blew up a surge suppression socket in the living room.  This also unbalanced the voltage, resulting in some sockets with 148 volts and others with only 88 volts.  Saturday morning we discovered the cause and called PG&E, to replace the entire drop to the house.  We were very fortunate that they arrived in less than 1 hour.  By about 11 AM, we were back in business, with a new power feed.

I had too much food since just about everyone cancelled, but the lack of electricity effected the cooking.  So we had the "Plan B" breakfast of sausage, muffins, fruit that was still half frozen, orange juice, and tea.  The breakfast casserole could not be cooked and there was no power to grind the coffee beans!  The gas burners could be used, so I could fry the sausage and heat water for tea.  Mike and Nancy were very gracious about the new meal plans.  I was able to bake the casserole later in the day and now have a dish that will feed Jim & I for most of the week!  I have to wrap it, the Costco muffins, and the fruit, for the freezer.

Later in the morning our tiny CP group of four (Mike & Nancy are actually PCNC members) walked the 231 cars displayed on Main Street as we headed to lunch at Foster's Big Horn.  Mike & Nancy had never been to Foster's before.  Foster's is the must go to place in Rio Vista if you have visitors from out of town.  We arrived to find the bar very busy, but few people eating lunch yet.  We were given the best table in the dinner room.  We got to sit under the elephant head!  You usually don't see Nancy too excited by anything, but Foster's decor had her eyes wide open, checking out all the many different animals.  We walked back to the house to find Henry at our front door.  He brought the Pantera but had parked a block away instead of in our driveway, as we had advised in the e-mail reminder.  We chatted in the living room for a while before everyone headed for home.

We will try again next year to host a CP event at the Rio Vista Car show.  Start thinking your excuses up early for not attending in 2009.

Nancy & Jim's cars.  Notice the PG&E truck, in the background, at our house.

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   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 or "The Motoring Mouth".

Meeting Notes October 14, 2008

The weather was perfect for a drive to the CP monthly meeting at Mimi's.  This month there were three Panteras plus a Porsche and the DeLorean at the meeting!  Present at the meeting were: Lamar, Henry, Ken, Jim and Emilia, Carl, Rick, and Gary Glenn.  Gary recently finished a major rebuild on his Pantera and was looking for a reason to drive it.  He lives in Sonoma and is a PCNC member.  The "Driving for Gas $" winner was Henry.  Gary won the $20 raffle prize!  So this week the Club made $4 on the raffle, but lost a net of $6 due to the driving for gas payout! 

Election of officers was brought up, and surprise, we were all re-elected again!

Carl attended the Concours at Serrano and reported that it was a good event.  He has agreed to write an article for the newsletter.

Gary attended the Italian Car Show in Alameda.  He reported that the weather was cool in the morning then warmed up nicely.  There were 10 Panteras in attendance.

There was discussion about the moving of the POCA Fun Rally to Reno next year.  The dates are June 10-14, 2009 with the host hotel being Circus Circus.  Details are being worked out, but there should be several different drives and the track event will be at the Fernley track.

The CP Christmas party was discussed.  No one has volunteered yet to host the party.  There was discussion about a date and the only bad date mentioned was Dec. 13th.  That would mean that just about any other Saturday or any Sunday evening would work for most of the members.  If you would like to host the group in your home, you can pick the date that would work best for you.  The theme for the gift exchange is "The 70's" in honor of the decade of the Pantera.  That means that if you want to participate in the gift exchange you need to bring a gift that fits the theme and has a value of approximately $20.   Please contact Jim at if you would like to host the club party.  Rio Vista could be the default location, but if the Rio Vista Car show was any indication of attendance, then Jim and I will be partying with just our 2 cats, Lucas & Doofus!

                                2008 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red

Oct 18     Car Show at Mustangs Plus, in Stockton

Oct 26      EuroSunday, It's A Grind Coffee in Elk Grove

Nov 9        EuroSunday Plus,@ Peet's Coffee, Granite Bay. Featured makes are Lamborghini and Audi

Nov 11    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 23      EuroSunday, @ Peet's Coffee, Granite Bay.

Nov            Road trip to the Coast?

Dec.         Capitol Panteras Christmas Party  - Host position is open

Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.

Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Panteras #1575 & #7114