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September Newsletter 2016


Monterey Historic Races

By Rick Carlile


Rick and Marcia with the TVR




Off to the track



TVR Vixen S2 at the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion


For four action-packed days from August 18th-21st, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosted the finest collection of historic automobiles, gathered together for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. As the constant heartbeat of the Monterey Classic Car Week extravaganza, the Reunion brought 550 vintage vehicles to life in their natural racing environment. Rolex shares the event’s appreciation of motor racing history and authenticity, which underscores why the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry has been Title Sponsor of the event since 2010.


Every morning the eerie fog hanging over the undulating raceway on the Monterey Peninsula cleared to reveal a hive of activity on the infield; owners, drivers and curators enthusiastically tinkering in the garages and pit lane. As the Californian sunshine began beating down on the asphalt and the sound of engines reverberated around the hillside, the cars captivated onlookers as they battled out on track, speeding down the renowned and challenging Corkscrew turn, tackling blind crests and tricky apexes, all the way to the checkered flag.

The Reunion brought together 15 classes of cars from every era of motor racing history. Each year the event also features a brand, a specific model, a type of vehicle, or even an accomplished racing driver. The featured marque for 2016 was BMW as the German manufacturer celebrated its centenary. An impressive 64 BMWs entered the Reunion, from the 1937 BMW 328 to a 2001 BMW M3 GTR, all adding to this distinctive rolling motoring museum.

Celebrating automobiles from the early 1900s, and racing legends, such as Hurley Haywood and Dario Franchitti, the Reunion features something and someone from every generation that has shaped motor racing history, as Gill Campbell, CEO of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca attests: “The Reunion is the largest and most prestigious historic race in this country; what we really specialize in and focus on is the authenticity of the cars – they have to be prepared according to their original specifications, in their original livery and almost all the vehicles attending have real racing history. It is incredibly important for us to acknowledge and celebrate the heritage of the automobile – we need to recognize where we came from in order to know where we are going. That is why it is such a natural fit partnering with a brand like Rolex – they understand what we are trying to achieve here – we share the same aspirations and values of preserving the past and celebrating tradition. As much as the Reunion is an event, it is also a coming together of friends for four days of entertainment and enjoyment”.


This year was the 4th time that my 1969 TVR Vixen S2 has been invited to race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.  Quite an honor.  At this event the Vixen (1600cc) was in Group 4B 1961-1966 Small Bore Production Cars Under 2500cc, so you will notice that some of the cars have a distinct weight and power advantage resulting in large speed disparities.  The engines must be certified for displacement and valve train.  No roller rockers.  Volumetric displacement testing (pumping) is randomly performed on engines during the event to keep folks honest.  Tires in Group 4B must be vintage bias ply.  No radials. 


There were 47 racecars (9 BMW’s) in my Group.  On Thursday afternoon we had a Practice Session.  On Friday afternoon we had a Qualifying Session and I qualified in 26th position.  Group 4B had Saturday off.  On Sunday morning we had the Bonhams Cup Race and I finished in 25th position.  On Sunday afternoon we had the Rolex Feature Race and I finished 24th.  It’s a tightly orchestrated event due to the large number of cars and limited amount of time for races scheduled to be on track.  So, mechanical failures and contact/crashes are severely frowned upon because it throws off the event schedule.  You might hear the announcers, Ralph Sheheen, Mike Joy, and Justin Bell, mention at the start of the race that contact with another car could get you a 13 month suspension including a 13 month probation from the Vintage Motorsports Council (VMC).  That’ll cool your heels for a while.  For those reasons I usually drive about 8/10’s, run clean, and try to stay out of trouble at Monterey.  That way I get invited back.  Doesn’t really make any difference.  It’s not spec racing and there is no prize money, championship points, endorsements, ribbons, medals, trophies, or anything like that at stake.  Just good clean fun!!!


Motor Trend Magazine broadcast the races.  As you will see, the TVR Vixen was well represented by the announcers,.  The link below is cued up for the start of my Group 4B Sunday Rolex Feature Race.  Go to Full Screen, turn up the sound, and enjoy!!!


Also, in 2015 the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) reviewed my car and, after some minor modifications for period correctness, the Vixen is now recognized as Vintage Gold Medallion Certified and has an SVRA Gold Medallion Log Book.



Gold Medallion Cars


Recognized Cars of the SVRA Gold Medallion Car Certification Program

The Gold Medallion Car Certification Program honors the car owners who engage in saluting a period of time in motorsports history through the preparation of their cars.

The cars of the SVRA Gold Medallion Car Certification Program are distinguished race cars that are prepared in a manner that accurately represents the time period that the cars were originally run or could have been run in.. The Vintage Gold Medallion cars have been prepared to a specific point of time in racing history.

The car listed below is officially recognized as a Vintage Gold Medallion car, having met the car preparation standards:

1969 TVR Vixen S2

Owner: Rick Carlile   Sacramento, California




Concorso Italiano

By Jeff Budelli





Jeff with Tom Tjaarda (the designer of the Pantera, )



September Meeting Notes

By Jim Seiferling


The September meeting of Capitol Panteras was held at Mimi’s. We had 9 people attending.  Rick Carlile, Steve and Kim Christiansen, and John McNamee drove their Panteras and Ken Montgomery drove his DeLorean.  Rick won the driving for dollars prize money for the third month in a row!


President John reported that there are 36 DeTomaso cars registered for the Niello Concours at Serrano!  The majority of people at the meeting will be attending.  If you have not signed up yet, please do so on line.


There was much discussion around the table.  The various topics included the following.


Club Christmas Party

John investigated the Il Forinio restaurant for our party and learned they have an $800 Minimum for a large group (no way!).  Rudy’s was suggested.  It has good food, several different sized private rooms, and plenty of parking.  Several local car clubs meet at Rudy’s on a monthly base.  John Drago will check it out for the club.


Burning Man

Ken reported some “tales of the playa” from this years burning man, in Nevada.  Rick Carlile has also attended in the past and added his stories about the event.



Jim reported going to the last Blackhawk Museum speaker series.  The presenter was David Fetherston talking about his years of attending and reporting on the Bonneville speed week.  He covered the event from the very beginning at Daytona Beach, FL and its move to Bonneville when the beach course just wasn’t capable of handling the speeds the cars were working up to.  He talked only about the gasoline/diesel  powered cars and left the jet cars out for maybe a future talk.  We’ve attended 3 of these in the past and they never disappoint.  October 8 will be race car driver “Quick Vic” Elford and on November 12th will be Bobby Rahal.  The cost is just the admission cost of the museum; $10 for us seniors; good deal!  Besides the wonderful cars on display on the lower level, the upstairs has an outstanding museum on the founding of the American West.


2016 Events Calendar


Sept 25      EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Audi Rocklin, 4448 Granite Drive, Rocklin

Sept 30-Oct 2  CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma Raceway


Oct 2        Serrano Concourse, with 45 Years of deTomaso Pantera, as the marque

Oct 8        Blackhawk Museum speaker series; Vic Elford

Oct 9        Italian Car Show, Alameda.

                 A benefit for Special Olympics - no entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 9        Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Niello Porsche, 4525 Granite Dr, Rocklin

Oct 11      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s (Elections of club officers)

Oct 15-16 Shelby Club, Fall Classic @ Thunderhill

Oct           Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton

Oct 23       EuroSunday, Sacramento @

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


Nov 14      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s

Nov           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Nov 25      Shelby Club Laguna Bowl, @ Laguna Seca

Nov 27      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec  3     Capitol Panteras Christmas Party; Location TBD.


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

#7114 [JIMS CAT]



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