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October Newsletter 2016


Blackhawk Speaker Series; “Quick Vic” Elford

By Jim Seiferling


The weather forecast was great for the weekend and we had an easy drive to Danville, now that the Three Mile Slough bridge painting and the Highway 4 construction, in Antioch, are completed.  We walked up to the entrance of the museum and there were only 2 guys waiting for it to open.  They informed us that the talk was cancelled.  Shortly the door opened and the staff explained that Vic was unable to get a flight out of Florida (where he lives), due to the hurricane.  As we were walking down the steps, up walked Steve and Merry Dalcino from the PCNC.  They said that Russ and Doris Britschgi, also PCNC, were also coming.  They arrived about 5 minuets later.  We then decided to make the best of it and had breakfast at the Little Pear, in the complex.  We had a nice leisurely 2 hour breakfast, talking about all things Pantera.  Steve and Merry were going to the Alameda show the next day, so we said our good by’s and headed back home to look at the Bass Derby car show in front of our house, on Main St, in Rio Vista.  It was a disappointment not to hear Vic.  I assume they will reschedule him for next year’s series.  I did meet him and get his autograph at the Monterey historic races in 2005, when Jim Hall and his Chaparral’s were the featured car of the weekend.  Vic did drive for Jim.  The next speakers will be Tom Cotter, author of “Barn Finds” November 5th, Bobby Rahal on November 12th and Raffi Minasian, automotive designer on December 3rd .  See you there?  We can do lunch after the lecture.


Alameda All Italian Car Show

By Jim & Emilia Seiferling


Today was an earlier departure as we were meeting Mike & Nancy Haney at our usual Red Top Road location in Fairfield.  We departed Red Top, onto Highway 80, with Nancy leading.  Within 2 minutes she was out of sight, while we were moving along, in the Fiat Abarth (long story why we weren’t in the Pantera), with the flow of traffic at 70-75 miles/hour.  When we arrived at the show site, a middle school, in Alameda, they were not there and we didn’t pass them broken down on the side of the road.  I guess Mike followed his GPS and it took them the shortest way rather than the quickest way.  Even with GPS, you should have a “map” in your head to make sure you’re not lead astray by technology.  After we were parked, Steve and Merry Dalcino and Ken Levin arrived as a Pantera convoy.  We eventually gathered all our chairs around Nancy’s Pantera and settled in for the day.


Cars arrived all morning, with a large contingent of Alfa’s and Fiats.  We had 3 Panteras there when Mathew, from Montclare, arrived in his Pantera which he’s had since about 1980.  Now there were 4 red Panteras!  There was 1 Lamborghini and maybe 6 Ferrari’s ranging from 1965 to new.  There were also 2 new Fiat convertibles.  Our best in show pick was a small dog (pom?) riding around the field in an RC Ferrari, complete with a GoPro on the hood.  He had no urge to jump out and was thoroughly enjoying his ride and not making a signal bark. 




Definitely the Best in Show at Alameda


Niello Concours


24 Panteras in one place.  A rare sight.


Since Jim and I were unable to attend due to unexpected mechanical problems, (story for a future newsletter), we need an attendee to write a story about this event for next month’s newsletter.


October Meeting Notes

By Jim Seiferling


The October meeting of Capitol Panteras was held at Mimi’s. We had 4 people attending.  John McNamee drove his Ferrari; Bruce Maddox drove his Pantera; and Jim & Emilia were in the Abarth.  At least the cars were all Italian.  Bruce won the driving for dollars money.  This isn’t a record for low attendance, but was a close second.  The lowest was set when it was just Jim, Emilia, and John Worsley.  Our average attendance for 2016 is 7 people per meeting.  If you remove the officers, it works out to 5 members per meeting.  It appears our chapter is dying from apathy.


The various topics we discussed included the following.


Niello Concours

President John reported that there were 36 DeTomaso cars registered for the Niello Concours, at Serrano, and 24 actually showed up.  Possible snow over the sierras hampered the Reno/Tahoe club.  Rain on the event, in the afternoon, kind of “dampened” the spirit of the attendees.


Club Christmas Party

John Drago arranged to have our party at The Old Spaghetti Factory, Nimbus Winery, 12401 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova.   The date is Sunday, December 4.  The time will be 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Everyone will be able to order off the menu.  We will have a gift exchange, as in previous years.  Our “theme” this year is “Automotive Books”.  Any book, about any car, or auto related topic is fair game.  Even gently used books will be OK.  Try and keep the price at $30 or less.


Blackhawk & the Alameda All Italian car show

Jim reported going to the last Blackhawk Museum speaker series and the Alameda show.  See the stories above.


Possible November Lunch Run

Jim and Emilia are putting together a November lunch run to the Delta.  You may remember that the late CP member John Worsley, used to arrange an annual Delta Run for the Club.  We are honoring John’s memory with this lunch run.  We plan to go to Peter’s Steak House in Isleton.  Peter was the chef at the Del Rio Hotel until it closed.  He now runs his own place in a restored 1800’s grocery store.  Possible dates for lunch, Sunday, November 6 or Saturday, November, 19.  If you have a preference, please contact Emilia at The date with the most responses will be announced via e-mail on October 31.


The Adlers new Pantera book

John reported that photos of his and Jeff Budelli’s Panteras will be in a new book being put together by Dave Adler.  It will be a book of modified Panteras only.  Both John and Jeff will receive two books each as a thank you for submitting and having their cars photos in the book.


A message from webmaster Ken Montgomery

Now that the car show season is over I'd like to collect as many photos from it of the club members and their cars so I can revise and update the website. Could you put the word around please?  Email them to Ken at;


Elections of club officers

No election was held.  This will be a major topic of discussion at the November meeting. If there are no members willing to serve as officers, the future of the Capitol Panteras chapter is in doubt.  Please attend the next CP meeting to have a voice in the club’s future.


2016 Events Calendar


Oct 15-16   Shelby Club, Fall Classic @ Thunderhill

Oct 22       Car Show, Mustangs Plus, 2353 N. Wilson Way, Stockton, 8am-3pm

Oct 23       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ not announced at the time of this newsletter.

Oct 28-30  CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill 3 Mile Course


Nov TBD   Delta Lunch Run - Vote for either Nov. 6 or Nov. 19 by Oct. 31.

Nov 5         Blackhawk Museum Speaker Series; Tom Cotter “Author of Barn Finds”

Nov 12       Blackhawk Museum Speaker Series; Bobby Rahal

Nov 14      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s

Nov 20      Dreams & Drivers, Elk Grove @ Mikuni’s

Nov 25      Shelby Club Laguna Bowl, @ Laguna Seca

Nov 27      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ not announced at this time


Dec 3      Blackhawk Museum Speaker Series; Raffi Minasian, automotive designer

Dec 4      Capitol Panteras Christmas Party; The Old Spaghetti Factory, Nimbus Winery, 12401 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova

                 Time; 5:30 to 7:30.  Everyone orders off the menu.  Gift exchange theme; Automotive Books.


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

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