September 2008
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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.

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".
Meeting Notes August 12, 2008
The weather was just right for a drive to the CP monthly meeting at Mimi's.  This month there were four Panteras plus the Bricklin and the DeLorean at the meeting!  Present at the meeting were: Jeff and Robin, Lamar, Nancy and Chuck, Nancy and Mike, Henry, John M., Ken, Jim and Emilia, Carl, Rick and guest Joseph from France, and John Worsley.  Past POCA President Dennis Antenucci was at the meeting.  Dennis has a multi-year job at the Sacramento Airport so we will hopefully see him at our CP meeting on a regular basis.  Welcome to the group Dennis!  The "Driving for Gas $" winner was Ken (I think), I forgot to write it down.  I also forgot to write down who won the $20 raffle prize!  But I do remember the Treasurer saying that we didn't lose money this week!
It appears that Jim & Emilia were the only CP members with a car at Concorso Italiano in Marina.  See the story at the beginning of this newsletter.
We have confirmed the date for our Annual Joint Brunch Run with the Reno-Tahoe Panteras.  The date is Sunday, September 21. It will be lunch, at noon.  The location will be the Ice Lakes Lodge, in Soda Springs.  It is a sister property of the Rainbow Lodge.  We will meet at Mimi's parking lot.  The departure time will 10 AM.  As always if your club car in not functioning please come in your daily driver.  If it is more convenient for you to meet us at the Ice Lakes Lodge, that is fine, but please let is know your driving plan.  So far we have Jim & Emilia, Nancy & Chuck, Rick, Henry, John W. and maybe Jeff & Robin.  Please RSVP to Jim @   We need to give Jim Nowlin a head count, and need to know who to potentially wait for at Mimi's.
PCNC is having a Dyno Day on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Roger Sharp's in Morgan Hill.  Should be a big group!
The Placerville Run that was set for October has been cancelled for now.  A new date will be set.  Lamar is the chairman.
The Concours at Serrano is Sunday, Oct 5.  Tickets are $45 per person. 
Mark your calendar for the Rio Rendezvous Car show Saturday, October 11 in Rio Vista.  Jim & Emilia will be doing breakfast at their home.  The car show is a fundraiser for the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce.  You need to be in town early for the show, thus the bribe of breakfast at the house.  For those who don't want to be on the road to Rio that early, you can park on the street near our house.  We will have a group lunch at Foster's Bighorn, about noon.  But that will be a BYOL, i.e. Buy Your Own Lunch.  Our house will serve as a meet and greet area during the Car Show.  So far we have: Nancy & Mike, Dennis Antenucci, Lamar, John Worsley, Henry, and maybe Ken.  You can register for the car show on site.  Pre-registration is not required.  If you're coming early, please let us know.
The Alameda Italian Car Show is the next day, on Sunday, Sept. 12.  This is a freebie for the cars.  It will be on grass, unlike Concorso!   An Italian food lunch is available; good food and a fair price.  Please let Jim know if you want to caravan over with us.
                                2008 EVENTS CALENDAR
Capitol Panteras Events in Red
Sept 21   Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras.  Ice Lakes Lodge, Soda Springs.
Sept 27   PCNC Dyno Day at Roger Sharp's Home.
Sept 28   EuroSunday, Pavilions.    
Oct 5        Concours at Serrano
Oct 11-12  CSRG Charity Challenge, Sears Point. 
Oct 11     17th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista (yes, it will be held this year).  Chairman, Jim
                 (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 12       Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics
                  No entry fee for exhibitors, no pre-registration required, good food!   :-))
Oct 12      EuroSunday Plus, Pavilions. Featured makes are (Ducati, BMW, Triumph, MV Augusta, Aprilia, etc)
Oct 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 18     Car Show at Mustangs Plus, in Stockton
Oct 26      EuroSunday, It's A Grind Coffee in Elk Grove
Nov 9        EuroSunday Plus,@ The Pavilions. Featured makes are Lamborghini and Audi
Nov 11    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 23      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions.
Nov            Road Trip to the Coast
Dec.         Capitol Panteras Christmas Party  - Host position is open
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114