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Iíve been cleaning up the house and I have back issues of the POCA Newsletters Iíd like to pass on:
Newsletters from May 2001 to Dec 2004 & Dec 2009 to current.
All issues from 2005 to about 2008 were destroyed when a pipe broke (rusted out) outside and then flooded the basement.
I hope someone will take them for themselves or pass them along to a new(er) member. Iíll even deliver them in the Northern California. The newsletters contain tons of technical information, authored by Jack DeRyke and others. Let me know.
October 2017 Newsletter
All Italian Show, Alameda
October 8, 2017
By Jim Seiferling
If itís October, itís time for the All Italian show in Alameda. Even though we donít have the Pantera anymore, we still have our 2013 Fiat Abarth, which qualifies us. After parking, we set up our chairs, cleaned a few bugs off the front end (always an issue driving across the Delta), bought some coffee, and settled in watching the parade of Italian cars arriving. Eventually we heard the rumble of 351Cís and knew the Pantera contingent was arriving. As it turned out it was a very limited Pantera showing this year, with Mike & Lori Drew, Steve and Merry Dalcino, and Ken Bredlaw a new Pantera owner from Pleasanton. The green Alfa Romeo Montreal, in the photo below, is owned by Pantera owner Bud Millard and his wife Jan. Steve Liebenow also joined us later, as a walk in. This was good because Jim had another shopping bag of Pantera information heíd collected over the years to pass on to Steve. Steve bought #7114 from us and is going over it with a fine tooth comb. Weíre extremely happy that it went to an individual with the mechanical talents that Steve has. Everyone set up their chairs at the back end of the Fiat and we caught up on all our adventures over the summer.
So far so good, then it was time for lunch. For the first time the entire event was run by the Alfa Club. We always look forward to getting a nice Italian lunch prepared by the Special Olympics organizers. This year was different. There was just one Italian food truck to service maybe 200+ people. I waited at least 15 minutes just to place my order, in a line only 15 feet long! It then took another 15-20 minutes standing around to get the order. When I left, the line was 70+ feet long. When I got back to our group I said never again. Next year weíre packing our own picnic lunch. The Alfa Club really blew it by not having enough food vendors. There was a second truck, but it was only desert items. When we got home I did a little research on the vendor. At the show they had a sign that they would donate 10% of their sales to the Special Olympics, which was great. We found out that their normal street price for the sandwich I got was $8.00, but they were selling it to us for $9.00. If you take 10% of $9.00, thatís 90 cents, so they were making their normal street price of $8.00 plus an additional profit of 10 cents per sandwich; how generous, NOT.
Since it was Fleet Week, we were treated to some neat planes using the Oakland airport as their base. The ďwarm upĒ act for the Blue Angels was the Canadian Snowbirds team of 11 planes. On the return from their show they set up for a normal right downwind approach for landing, but then made a left 180 degree turn, dropped down in altitude and came directly over us with their multi-colored smoke generators on; a very cool sight. Obviously the lead pilot saw our car show on their downwind leg and made a decision to give us a personal show. After the pass, they then did another 180 left turn to a right downwind pattern to land back at Oakland.
Oh yea, there were a bunch of really nice cars and motorcycles there. Iím sure Mike will do an article for the POCA Profiles magazine (you are a POCA member, arenít you?), so Iíll defer to him to give us all details of the vehicles at the show. Weíll cover the ďfluffĒ and Mike can do the nuts & bolts stuff.
A pretty meager Pantera showing this year
Meeting Notes, October 10th
By Emilia Seiferling
We only had 7 people at our October meeting at Mimiís. Those attending were Mike & Lori Drew, Jim & Emilia, Bayani Panis, Carl Stein, and Ken Montgomery. Absent was our fearless leader, John McNamee. Since October is the month for elections of officers, a motion was made to retain John for the 2018 year. Since he wasnít there to defend himself, the motion passed with great exuberance! Thereís been an unwritten rule in our 16 years with the club; ďDonít ever miss an October meeting!Ē Thatís how we became ďpresidents for lifeĒ, even though we only arrived a few minutes late that year, after being delayed at the vet putting down our cat, because a jackass in the neighborhood left some anti-freeze out. Yes, our vet did a chemical analysis to confirm it. Itís a horrible way for an animal to die.
Emilia and Mike reported on the Alameda All Italian car show this last Sunday, October 8th.
John Drago has arranged the Christmas party for us again this year. It will again be at the Spaghetti Factory, in Rancho Cordova, Saturday December 16th, starting at 5:00pm to 7:00pm for 20 people. We may not be in a private room but the tables will be together. No theme for the gift exchange has been selected yet, but it may be a replay of last yearís automobile book recycle theme.
Chit chat around the table:
This is the summer for 50th High School reunions. Jim had his in Lodi and Carl has his coming up in Sacramento. Jim drove the Pantera to past reunions and advised Carl to do the same. How better to finally be the cool kid in the class!
Retirement is going well for both Emilia and Ken. Ken is busy planning events and having projects done to refresh their house. Emilia has not been as productive as she hoped but is also not too concerned about time schedules. There is always tomorrow.
Mike updated the group on Pantera community members affected by the Napa/Sonoma fires. Santa Rosa new Pantera owner Mike Russo lost his house and the Pantera (#5796). Tom Leonard was able to get his Ford GT and the Pantera to a safe place at a local car dealer. Thereís no word on the status of his house, but it was in jeopardy. Other Pantera owners in the area appear to be safe.
Lori reported that she enjoys her new career working with the elderly. It is like being with the grandparents you like and they like you every day. Editor comment: This must be a pleasant change from her former career in dentistry. Very few like to go to the dental office.
Bayani went home with Jimís remaining collection of POCA Profiles. Part of Jimís stash had been lost in a basement flood a few years ago and this box was part of Jimís Pantera documents left to clean out, since he placed the car in Steve Liebenowís care. Mike said he had more Profiles is anyone needs any to complete their collection. Jimís collection of the newsletters still needs a good home to a mechanically inclined Pantera owner.
Rick was not at the meeting this month. He and Marcia were celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary in Monterey. Happy Anniversary from us all!
2017 Events Calendar
Oct 14 Rio Vista Car Show & Bass Derby
Oct 15 Dreams & Drivers, in Sacramento
Oct 14-15 Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @ Thunderhill
Oct Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton
Oct 22 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Nov 3-5 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill
Nov 14 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís
Nov 19 Dreams & Drivers, in Elk Grove
Nov 24 Shelby Club at Laguna Seca
Nov 26 Euro Sunday, Sacramento @
Dec 8 PCNC Christmas Party
Dec 10 Dreams & Drivers toy drive
Dec 16 Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras
Life goal: To be the person my dog thinks I am.
"You're never too old to do goofy stuff."