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Winter 2017-2018 Newsletter


Blackhawk Museum Speaker Series

By Jim & Emilia Seiferling


We started going to the museum’s speaker series in November 2015, when Matt Stone (former POCA president) was the speaker.  We learned that if you’re a senior, there is a major discount for being an annual member.  With the expanding speaker series this became a no-brainer and paid for itself very quickly, compared to the regular admission price.  As an added benefit, you also become an associate member of the Smithsonian, which includes reciprocal benefits at all Smithsonian organizations in the USA, Puerto Rico, and Panama.  Below is a list of the people we’ve heard.  Even the talks on western history have been very interesting.


Matt Stone; Heroes, Legends and Friends

Bill Warner; The Cars of Cuba

Wayne Carini; "My Life Chasing Classic Cars..."

Allen Grant; Working for Carol Shelby and the Team Shelby 50th Anniversary car show

Tom Cotter; Automotive Writer; Barn Finds

Bobby Rahal; Indy 500 Winner & Three Time CART Champion

Vic Elford; Legendary Endurance Racer

David Fetherston; History of Bonneville

David Hobbs; Race Car Driver & Commentator

Raffi Minasian: Autonomous Vehicles

---This article, sent to us from Pantera owner Jim Nowlin, pretty well sums up Raffi’s presentation  Will owning an exotic car, like the Pantera, even have any appeal in 10 years or so?

Marshall Buck; The Art & Craftsmanship of Model Building

-One of his models was so correct that the real car had to be re-restored to match the model !!

Jim “O” Oberhofer; Top Fuel For Life; crew chief for Doug Kalitta

Chris Brock; Chief Judge-Pebble Beach Concours

John Fitzpatrick; My Life at the Wheel

Mat Stone, Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding



Feb 10-Jeremy Johnston, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

Feb 18-Derek Hill, Inside Track

March 4-Vic Elford, My Racing Life with Porsche

March 18-Braydan Shaw, Burns Saddlery, 142 Years of Cowboying

March 25-Concert, Danville Community Band (excellent!)

April 7-Peter Brock, BRE’s Japanese Auto Race History

April 8-Fred Klink, The History of the Western Horse

(these were the trucks, cars, & tractors of their time)

April 14-Edie Sparks, Women Entrepreneurs of the Old West

May 21-Graham Robson, Cosworth and F1, The World’s Most Powerful Engines

Date TBA 2018; Racing greats Brian Redman, Hurley Haywood, Scott Pruett…and a return appearance of the irrepressible David Hobbs, will be making it to the Blackhawk Museum this year.


Capitol Panteras Christmas Party

December 17th

By Jim Seiferling


John Drago graciously stepped up and organized our Christmas party at. Viscontis Ristorante in Folsom  The restaurant had a room size limit of 24 and we had 23 in attendance.  This years’ theme for the gift exchange was anything car related and/or a recycled automobile book.  The gift target value was about $20.  This was a fun and easy theme for our gift exchange, with a lot of stealing of gifts. Viscontis Italian restaurant did a very good job and is well worth a return visit, if you are in the area. It appears it’s a very popular restaurant, so it might be wise to make a reservation.


Meeting Notes, April 2018


President John Drago called the meeting to order.  We had 8 people present.  John & Beth, Jim & Emilia, long lost Henry Kirk (still building on the Naval Post Grad School, in Monterey), Curt Hall, Ken Montgomery, and  John McNamee.


Sue & Gary Choate are thinking about setting up another dinner Frasinitti Winery for the club on Saturday, July 28th.  Please let us know if you are interested.


The California Auto Museum needs Pantera’s for display, between Sunday May 6th at 9am thru Sunday June 3rd at 8am.  Your car will be there a month. They need more than a single Pantera.  Contact John if you’re interested.


Curt Hall will be attending the Fun Rally from April 25-29.   We gave Curt $100 to buy raffle tickets for our chapter.  The hotel has extended the discounts on rooms for $155/night.


Ken will be revamping the website to make it ADA compliant.  Who knew that there was such a thing?  Lucky for us Ken know how to do it.


John proposed having a BBQ as a social event.  If anyone would like to host, the club would absorb the cost.  Please bear in mind that our club treasury is on the low side, so it may need to be a partial pot luck event.  Contact John Drago if you would like to host.  9916-955-5900 cell/text


2018 Events Calendar


April 28-29     Shelby Club @ Thunderhill

April 22          EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Auto Sports Evolution

                        8351 Demetre Avenue, Sacramento

April 25-29     POCA Fun Rally, Las Vegas


May 4-6          CSRG @ Thunderhill

May 8             Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings off Bradshaw

May 12           Shelby Club @ The Cobra Experience, Martinez

May                 Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

May 20           All British Car Show, Dixon Fairgrounds

May 27           EuroSunday, Sacramento @

May 30-June3  Forza De Tomaso Monterey Rally


June 1-3        Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Sonoma Raceway

June 12         Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings off Bradshaw

June               Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

June 23         Stockton Yacht Club Specialty Car and Fast Boat Show

June 24         EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 10           Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings off Bradshaw

July                 Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

July 22           EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 3-5          Shelby Club Mini Nats @ Sears Point, Sonoma

Aug 4             Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug 5             Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 18-19     Monterey Pre-Union, Laguna Seca

Aug 14           Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings off Bradshaw

Aug 23           "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 23-26     Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca

Aug 25           Concorso Italiano,

Aug                 Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Aug 26           EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 2018       Capitol Concour's d'Elegance


Sept 11          Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings off Bradshaw

                        (Nominations for club officers)

Sept                Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Sept 22          Ironstone Concours, Murphys

Sept 23          EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Oct 5-7           CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma

Oct 7               Serrano Concourse

Oct 9               Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings off Bradshaw

                        (Elections of club officers)

Oct 13             22nd  Annual Car Show, Rio Vista

                        Chairman, Jim (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 14?          Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics.

Oct                  10th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Fulton Ave, Sacramento

Oct                  Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @

Oct                  Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton

Oct                  Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Oct 28             EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Nov 2-4          CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 13           Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings off Bradshaw

Nov                 Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Nov                 Shelby Club @

Nov 25           Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec                 Capitol Panteras Christmas Party


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras



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