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Our New Pantera
by Jim Seiferling
I wasn't actively looking for another car, but
when I saw the ad in the PCNC newsletter I had to at least take a look.
The car belonged to Howard Renshaw III and before that his dad had it for
about 12 years. The VIN number is 7114, the 266th car from the last car
imported by Ford. Interesting, our black car has VIN number 1575, the
289th car imported by Ford. A quick call to Mike Haney and Jack
DeRyke confirmed my original thoughts that this car deserved serious
consideration. The car had been well taken care of all it's life. It
had two features that interested me from when I first started looking for a
Pantera 5 years ago. I always wanted the flat dashboard and the fact that
the car had the safety bumpers removed and the little bumperetts added was the
icing on the cake. The Renshaws have done a number of major upgrades or
maintenance items. After a test drive, the car sold itself. Our
black Pantera will be on the market, after I've had a chance to finish a
few maintenance things on it.
Our "new" Pantera at the August CP meeting, (with now
operational headlights) photo by Ken Montgomery
Festa Italiana, Sacramento,
by Emilia Seiferling
This was to be the first real outing for #7114 since we brought it home
to Rio Vista. We left home about 8:20 AM for the drive up to the
rendezvous point at Mimi's. The river route was its usual beautiful drive
to Sacramento. We arrived at Mimi's with time to spare. We used that
to confirm the CP reservation for the August meeting, with a reminder to
please place the parking cones out early enough! We were joined by
Chairman Jeff Budelli, Rick Carlile and John Worsley. John's car didn't
qualify for the display, but he was game for spending the day at the
Italian Festa. We caravanned over to the Croatians Park on Watt
Avenue. We entered and got primo parking by the entry gate! We were
a small group, but were well received by the Festa attendees. We were
treated very graciously by the organizers and were given free entry and more
drink tickets than we could use! The location for the Italian Festa is
very user friendly. There is ample shade and seating. There is
plenty of parking across the street, with a crossing guard to aid in crossing
Watt Avenue. The food concessions are numerous and good. The prices
are fair and the lines on Sunday were not very long! After the cars were
parked we explored the area. Rick and Jeff even played a round of Bocce
Ball. Rick's game needs some practice, but watch out for Jeff! Jeff
managed to beat the elderly gentleman who was an excellent shill to get
people to play a round! We all enjoyed an early lunch at the event.
We all tried different items and everything was good! There was a
variety of live entertainment at the Festa. This made for a great
backdrop to the conversations at the table. Rick had to leave early in the
afternoon due to Bailey being home alone. Bailey is Rick's new
puppy. There is shopping at the Festa, but the only thing the guys
purchased were license plate rims! So you will need to check out both
Jim's and Jeff's cars. They both have an Italian theme. The display
was well received and just about all the people stopped to check out the
cars. Next time we will make up a sign for the Capitol Panteras. Jim
did put up his informational sheet in the front window. I thought it was
funny when a lady came in and said "look at the Ferraris" and I corrected her
that they were not Ferraris. When I told her that they were deTomaso
Panteras, she had the usual blank look on her face, but that brightened when I
said that they were more rare than a Ferrari. It seems that the Ferrari
Club had over 30 cars show up on Saturday! We will never get that many but
maybe we could muster a couple more cars next year. I would encourage
members to attend next year, even if you just came for lunch and to enjoy to
music for a couple of hours. If everyone came when it opens on Sunday at
11 AM we could easily get a couple of tables together for lunch. As we got
ready to depart the Festa, Jim may have recruited a new member for CP. We
met Tom and Kathy Vona. Tom had just bought a red 72 Pantera a couple
of weeks earlier. We hope to see them at the August CP meeting.
The drive home was warm, but the car handled it well. We needed to be home
before dark since the headlight assemble is non functional at the moment.
The replacement brass gear came with the car, but Jim hasn't had the time
to tackle it yet. All in all it was a great day to drive the Pantera and a
fun reason to do it! Hope to see more of you there next
The guys with the Festa Queen
Meeting Notes, Aug 8, 2006
The August meeting of the Capitol Panteras
was held at Mimi's. The weather was perfect to be seated out on the
patio. When we arrived, the guys were busy snagging parking spots.
The restaurant forgot to set out the cones as was requested. After some
shuffling about, we managed to get the club cars grouped pretty close
together. We had five Panteras, a DeLorean, and a Cobra.
The attendance was also good for the August meeting; Mike Drew,
Ken Montgomery, John Worsley, Rick Carlile, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Terry
Morofsky, Jeff Budelli, Henry Kirk & friend Karen, George Potiris, Paul
Bowen, and Tom & Kathy Vona. Tom & Kathy found out about CP at the
Italian Festa. Happy to have them join us.
The joint brunch with the Reno-Tahoe Panteras
is set for Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. It will be in Nevada City
at the Northern Queen Hotel. http://www.northernqueeninn.com/
We will meet at Mimi's at 10:45 AM and leave at 11 AM. Brunch,
actually lunch, will be at 1 PM. Those at the meeting who plan to
attend are; Jim&Emilia, George, Henry & Karen, John Worsley, Tom
& Kathy, maybe Jeff & Linda. If you can join us, please
RSVP to Jim at email@example.com Also please
confirm that you are going to attend. As usual, club cars are
preferred but not required. So if your club car is not in running order,
use your daily driver to join the group. We are looking forward to seeing
some of our friends from the Reno/Tahoe Panteras. Thank you Karen for
setting up this outing for the group.
Karen is on a roll with setting up brunches. Her next
project will be a brunch at "Bridges on The River" on the Garden
Highway. Karen & Henry say it is very nice and has a good spot
for a photo opt of the cars. The tentative date will be some time in
The CP are currently in second place for the
POCA article contest, Thank you Chris Difani for the article in the last
POCA newsletter. I believe that is the first technical article from a CP
member ever or at least a very long time! Remember there are bragging
rights and money at stake. So please think about writing an article about
your automotive adventures or a technical item.
Mike Drew announced that there will be a tech
session on Friday, August 11, at the home of CP member Terry Eriksen. So
if you can join in and help, join the guys in Stockton.
Emilia offered to provide breakfast to anyone who joined Jim at
the Rio Rendezvous Car Show on Oct. 14. It will either be at the Lions
Club Pancake breakfast or maybe a home made meal at our house. Jim will have
registration forms for the event at the next CP meeting.
When the schedule of events were reviewed, it
was noted that it is still early, but that we will need a host for the CP annual
Christmas party. If you are interested in hosting this event, please
contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Capitol Panteras could have a
display at the Towe Auto Museum in January 2007. We need a
local club member (Sacramento area) to coordinate with the museum.
Duane said that he was willing to display his car. We would need
about 4 or 5 cars to make a good showing. The club must contact the
museum to set this up. So think about having your car on display in
January. Remember that the Nash Club was able to do this! Who will
chair this display?
Some of the cars driven to the August CP meeting at
Mimi's photo by Ken Montgomery
Wanted: Articles for CP
If you have attended a car function of any
type, please write about your car adventures and send it to email@example.com 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".
Sept. 10 Joint Brunch Run with
Reno-Tahoe Panteras in Nevada City
Sept. 12 Capitol
Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct. 1 Comedy in the Park, San Francisco
Oct. 8 Italian Car Show , Alameda. A
benefit for Special Olympics
Oct. 10 Capitol
Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct. 14 Rio Rendezvous Car Show, Rio
Nov. 14 Capitol
Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Panteras Christmas Party - Host needed for the Party!
Jan 2007 Capitol Panteras on
display at the Towe Auto Museum ???
Suggestions for other activities in the
coming year include;
Great Pantera back road getting there through
the Montezuma Hills!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and
Jim & Emilia