Concorso Italiano, August 15th.
by Emilia Seiferling
I waited too long to write the article about Concorso, so instead of the longer blow by blow account of the weekend, there will be a much shorter "High Lights" version of the weekend.
It was hot in the Valley, so we left early on Thursday. We went through Stockton via I-5 to Pacheco Pass, Hollister, and then to Monterey. It was a smooth drive, in fact we came home Sunday morning via San Jose and it took exactly the same amount of time. This is the first time we've had smooth traffic, going and returning.
We viewed the Tour in Carmel; again excellent and cheap way to "see the Pebble Beach cars" and another great meal at The Grill on Ocean Ave. The highlight for Jim (a former Porsche owner (2)) was seeing Porsche serial number #1!
Our stay with PCNC was very good. The people, the hospitality room, and the dinner on Friday were all fun.
This Concorso was different. This will probably be our last Concorso for a few years unless there are some big changes. The venue was disappointing. There was nothing special about attending this event. The Panteras did have a great location; close the exhibitor lounge, close to the porta-potties, close to the stage area, and not to far from the food area. The bad things were; no grass, no trees, and only one source for food, resulting in long lines (but good food at a fair price I was told, as we never got any food due to the long lines). The vendor area looked like a mini strip mall, all in a line, and the background music was a mish mash of popular and Italian music. The only grass we saw was Astroturf, brought by a couple with an Alfa. Without grass, taking nice photos of the cars was not possible. It was like taking photos in a parking lot. They had some nice WWII warbirds there, on static display, but no flybys :-( We had two friends there, in their Maseratis, and they had the same reactions. Concorso needs some major changes, if it is to survive.
The Historic's were fun, with a special thank you to Pantera owner Todd Glyer (Lola T-160) for making his pit area available for some much-needed sitting time. At times his area looked like a Pantera meeting. At 2:30 Mario Andretti came out in a Lotus 79, F1 car and proceeded to burn up the track, with the V-8 Ford-Cosworth screaming. No parade laps for Mario; it was pedal to the floor for him! Next year's featured marque, at the Historics, will be Porsche.
Shelby End of Summer Car Show, Sept 3rd
by Emilia Seiferling
Wednesday, Sept 3rd, we attended the Shelby End of Summer car show, at Brookfield's. It took us almost two hours to get there due to traffic, roadwork, and detours! And it was hot on top of all that and our A/C is non-functional right now. We pulled in a bit late and then the Pantera blew a clutch line as Jim was backing into the parking slot. Luckily Jim had his right foot on the brake, because the line blew up when the clutch was pushed in and the car was in reverse. Even at idle, it still chirped the tires when the clutch dumped, before the engine stalled. Capitol Pantera members Rick Carlile and Carl Stein attempted to fix the car but we ended up going home in the Big Yellow Truck. Once again we needed the "Pantera Emergency Kit"; a cell phone and AAA extend towing! But because Jim made such a grand entrance, he did get a special award from the judges. Also winning awards were Rick Carlile, John Worsley, and Bob Paizs (PCNC). The next day, Jim ordered the repair kit for the clutch line from Dennis Quella. It came promptly and Jim was able to install it and get the car up and running again. He needs to do a bit of polishing on the paint to clean it up, from the clutch fluid that sprayed when the slave cylinder red hose blew off the metal bend. This was an original part, 34 years old! If you still have the red plastic tube in your car, beware; it's a time bomb waiting to explode. Jim needs to do the polishing prior to the Soda Springs Lunch Run!
Jim & Rick giving it the old "college try", to no avail.