October 2009

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California Automobile Museum, 9/27/09

by Emilia Seiferling


On Sunday, September 27, Jim was able to enjoy three of his hobbies, at one time.  We attended a Wurlitzer Theater Organ concert at the California Automobile Museum, Sacramento.  The performing artist was Bob Heil.  Bob Heil is also a ham radio operator and owns a business that produces microphones for use by amateur radio and the entertainment industry.  It was a trifecta for Jim; cars, theater organ, and amateur radio.  The concert was very entertaining.  We bought Bob's CD which he graciously signed "WB6BET de K9EID; that's ham shorthand for; to Jim Seiferling from Bob Heil.  We met some other hams and organ society members, in the audience, but no Pantera people.  Upon talking to Bob we did learn that he is restoring a 1957 T Bird, so Bob had the same three hobbies.  He got involved with theater organ at a very young age.  The console at the museum is the one he played at the St. Louis Fox Theater as a 14 year old teenager.  He's always happy to come to Sacramento to rekindle old memories with that console.  Here is a link to a very nice video of his life, just click on the YouTube play button; 



Bob and Jim at the console Bob played when he was 14 years old.


While at the Museum, we walked around to see if the Capitol Pantera banner had been placed on display in the Club Corral area.  Low and behold there it was on the wall!  I don't know who finally arranged to get it put up, but thank you!  Also a special thank you to Mike Haney, who made it.   We were able to use the Museum passes that were given out a couple of months ago at the CP meeting.  That saved us $14!  The only bad thing was that they were one-time only passes.  So, if you haven't used the passes that you got at the CP meeting, they expire at the end of December.  The next special exhibit is "Hearses: The Last Rides".  The exhibit runs October 1 - December 19, 2009.


After 2 years, our banner is up.




Wings & Wheels Show, Rio Vista, 10/04/09

by Jim Seiferling


It was another early morning, but a very short drive.  This was the second annual Wings & Wheels show at the Rio Vista airport.  We left home about 7:20 to meet the Delta Drifters car club and caravan the whole 3 miles to the airport.  Finally a car show that didn't involve a 1-hour drive!


After we were parked, the priority was to get to the Lions Club pancake breakfast and get some hot coffee.  The morning temperature plummeted to the low 50's and there was a 15-20 knot wind.  The windsock was straight out and steady.  It was interesting listening to some of the new locals (less than a year in Rio Vista) complaining about the wind.  Didn't they notice all the trees in the area are permanently bent over before they moved here?  It's one of the few airports I've flown into, the 20 years I've been flying, that have chains for the outside tiedowns, instead of the usual ropes.  The only other ones were Mojave and Lancaster.  They even had tie down chains to wrap around the propeller!  The wind is our friend here, because we seldom need air conditioning in the summer.


After that it was time to BS with both my car and airplane friends.  Like me, I have a number of friends that do both.  If your just a car person, give aviation a try.  It will challenge you to the next level.  There were a bunch of interesting fly-in's and a local Porsche chapter arrived with a dozen or so cars.  The highlight of the day was a 20 aerial demonstration of an A-10 Warthog.  He made a stealth arrival, from the blindside of the building, at about 100 feet doing 200 mph plus.  That got everyone's attention immediately.  He then proceeded to demonstrate the extreme maneuvering capabilities of that mean machine.  It was quite a show.

Check out the Wikipedia page, and especially the weapon systems section.




The Pantera always has admirers




My friend's 1980 Piper Super Cub (with tundra tires), a YAK, and a 1953 Beech A45





                        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"


Summary of the October 2009 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The monthly meeting of the Capitol Panteras had no club cars in the parking lot of Mimi's. The very stormy weather that day was most likely the cause for the lack of Club cars. There was no winner of the "Driving of Gas Money" this month.  Those in attendance were; Jim & Emilia, John Worsley, and Judy and Ken Montgomery. That low number got even lower when Ken received a phone call regarding his mother's alarm system.  His mother could not be contacted by cell phone so they had a leave to check out the situation.  (We

later learned that Ken's mom was fine and that the system had malfunctioned due to the stormy weather.)


So with only three people present it made for a quiet short meeting.  Very little CP business was conducted. We still need to set a date and a location for the CP Christmas Party.  We still need to have the election of officers and need the promised articles, for the CP newsletter, on several recent car events.  John is willing to check into a possible brunch run to the Red Hawk Casino outside of Placerville.  He also reported that the Bricklin should be out of the shop within the next week.


The Rio Vista Car show was Saturday, October 10.  We were the only representatives of the CPs.  The weather was great and Jim won an award!  He won the Mayor's Choice Award.   Jim and I attended the Alameda Italian Car Show on Sunday, October 11.  The articles on these events will be in the November CP newsletter.


                                2009 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Oct 18          EuroSunday, Stockton @ Peet's Coffee on Pacific Avenue

Oct 17-18    Fall Classic, open track at Thunder Hill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 25          EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Glori's Import Service, 2680 Florin Rd suite 108


Nov 10       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 22       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ ?


Dec 18(Fri)  PCNC Christmas Party, Trader Vic's/Dinah's Garden Hotel, Palo Alto

Dec. ?         Capitol Panteras Christmas Party -  Hosting duties available


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
#1575 [JHSTBAD]
#7114 [JIMS CAT]

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