October 2011

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Wings & Wheels, Rio Vista

Oct 1, 2011

This was a easy car event for Jim and I to attend.  The Rio Vista Airport is the most recently constructed airport in California.  I was on the Solano County Airport Commission during all the planning and development stages of the airport.  It is a great venue for a plane and car event.


We arrived early to be able to park in front of a friend's hanger.  He would be hosting the members of our other car club, the Delta Drifters.  We set up our lawn chairs in the hanger then walked over to breakfast.  The Rio Vista Lions were doing a pancake breakfast, pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice, all you can eat for $6.


We ended up with a great spot on the line with our local hot rod club


We walked around to see how the Auto-Cross was doing.  The cross wind runway was shut down for the event.  The event was sponsored by the Corvette club.  They limited the event to the first 75 cars with a cost of $35.  All slots were filled.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the event.  So I'm sure that they will be back at next year's "Wings & Wheels" which will be year four for the event.


We toured the static displays of airplanes.  There was a mix of vehicles to view: P-51, gyroplane, bi-planes, experimental aircrafts, helicopters.  Then viewed the car display that included our lone Pantera.  But there was one other Italian car, an Alfa, and about 30 American collector cars.  The autocross had even more cars to view.


Jelly Belly flew in both of their planes.

It's always a treat to hear that great 12-cylinder engine in the P-51


The Soap Box Derby starting ramp was set up to let any children at the event have a chance to drive one of the cars.  The Delta Drifters are the backbone of the group putting on the various Soap Box events in our area.


There was food available for lunch, a youth fund raiser, but we were able to be part of the Delta Drifters BBQ and margarita gathering.  Then I relaxed and did some crocheting while Jim revisited the displays and did some hanger flying with the local pilots he knows.  Once again it was another good day made possible because we drive a Pantera.


Rio Vista Bass Derby Car Show

& Soap Box Derby

Oct 8, 2011


We had beautiful weather for this year's Rio Vista Bass Derby Car Show.  We were only expecting two Pantera people to make the trip to Rio Vista this year.  We were expecting Sue & Garry Choate, but were pleasantly surprised when Henry and Paul drove up to the house at the same time!  Since everyone was running a bit late, it was decided to just park at our house and not officially enter the Car Show.  So it was a mini-show at our place.  The numbers were down this year with only 157 cars.  It turns out that there were two shows that conflicted with the Rio Vista car show this year.  One was Mustangs (cars) & Mustangs (planes) at the Nut Tree Airport and the other was a big hot rod show at Cal Expo. 


Garry, Sue, and Jim with our Pantera.  Boy, is white a tough color to photograph!


Everyone walked Main Street to view the cars and then met up for lunch at Foster's Bighorn.  If you have not been to Rio Vista before, Foster's is the place for out of towner's to go to lunch.  It is a very unique place and the food is good and the service is even better.  There was plenty of good food and conversation at lunch.


Sue and I visited the charity rummage sale and spent a grand total of $3.40.  We watched the U.S. Coast Guard do a water rescue using boats and their helicopter.  Garry even managed to win a raffle prize at the car show!  He won a gift card for auto parts to an on-line store.


It was a good day to spend with friends.  Maybe next year we will have more people come to visit us.


On Sunday it was time for the Bass Derby Parade.  The Parade goes right in front of our house.  It is one of the best places to view the parade.  After the parade it was time for the Soap Box Derby races.  The launch ramp was set up a block from our house on Main Street.  So we took our trusty lawn chairs down the block to view the activities.  I had hoped to have my own car in the race sponsored by my office, but the order for my car was lost and I ended up being one of the co-sponsors of my Soroptimist Club's soap box car.  There were more than 40 cars signed up for the race.  The children all had fun, but there were three accidents.  The drivers are fine but one driver did make a trip to the hospital for a checkup and was released.


There were standard kit cars and customs in the lineup.  Maybe a Pantera next year?


Our local NAPA owner did a fantastic paint job on Emilia's Soroptimist car.


Summary of the August 2011 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The October meeting had a Pantera, two DeLoreans, and a Bricklin in the parking lot.  Lori drove her Pantera, with Ken Montgomery and Garry & Sue Choate in the DeLoreans.  John Worsley was the lone Bricklin.  We did the drawing for "Driving for Gas $" and it was won by Lori.  Those also attending the meeting, but not in their club car: Jim & Emilia, Don & Kathy, Henry Kirk, Mike Drew, Mike & Nancy Haney, and Rick Carlile.


Treasurer John McNamee was not present at the meeting, but did send a report. We have $1195 in the bank.  We added to the account with the raffle money.  The raffle was won by Lori.  The prize this month was a $20 gift card at O'Reilly auto store.


Old business

Emilia & Jim gave a brief report on "Wings & Wheels" at the Rio Vista airport.  They also gave a brief report on the Rio Vista Bass Festival Car Show and Soap Box Derby.  More detailed articles are in the news letter.


Kathy & Don out lined the itinerary for the October 22 Jackson drive.  A sign up sheet was passed.  A more detailed notice will be sent out next week.  Please RSVP to Jim . We need to know who to wait for at the starting point.  We will meet up at the Starbucks on Prairie City at 10 AM to leave at 10:15 AM.  We have 5 Panteras signed up for the drive so far, and hope for more.


Several people attended the All Italian Car Show in Alameda.  We hope to have an article for the newsletter soon.


Sue reported that the Capitol Panteras Christmas party will be at their home on Saturday, December 3.  Sue will be preparing the main course and side dish.  She would like some help with munchies and desert.  We will have a sigh up for what food item you would like to bring.  Sue can put me down for a homemade cake.  Remember the cost of the party is $10 per person.  It is a BYOB, to insure you get what you want to drink.  This year the theme is Argentina in honor of Alejandro deTomaso's birthplace, for the gift exchange.  If you want to take home a gift you must bring a gift.  The gift should have ~ $20 value.  If you cannot think of a Argentinean themed gift, you can think car, since we are a car club.  The sign up sheet will be passed again at the November meeting, or you can RSVP to Jim at


New Business


Mike Drew volunteered to contact Jim Nowlin of Reno-Tahoe Panteras to set up a joint brunch run in the future.


Election of officers.  There was a unanimous ballet cast for the current slate of officers.  Emilia then thanked those members who have stepped up this year to help organize various activities of the Club.  She then encouraged others to do the same.  We are a small group and as such need to share in the planning of Club events.  If we were not already a POCA chapter, we would be too small to get chapter status!  We need to keep all the members we have and to regain those members who have not paid their POCA dues.


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".


                                2011 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red



                   Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.

           Rick has been accepted to race at the Sonoma Historic 

                   Motorsports Festival, but was not selected for the Monterey Historics.


Oct 14-16  Rennsport Reunion IV (Porsche), Laguna Seca.  1st time on the west coast.

Oct 15-16  Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 22        Jackson Wine and Lunch Tour - Chair - Kathy Gagnon

Oct 22        Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.

Oct 23        EuroSunday, Sacramento @ the Pavilions

Oct 28        California Auto Museum Dinner, with Dennis Gage.  $75/each.

Oct 28-30  CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill, Rick will be racing.

Oct 29         Tech Session in Wilton at home of Sue & Garry Choate


Nov 6        Capitol Pantera Brunch @ Ryde Hotel.  Chairman- John Worsley.

Nov 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 27       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec 3     Capitol Panteras Christmas Party; hosts Garry & Sue Choate.


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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