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British Car Show, Woodland
May 22, 2011
By Jim Seiferling
The British car show scheduling was fortuitous, because there was also a ham radio swap meet the same morning in Sacramento. The swap meet started at 7 am, so there was no conflict with the car show. We picked up one of my old friends, who was down from Bozeman Montana, visiting his sister in Sacramento. He was the one that urged me to get my long expired ham license back a few years ago. We then went to the swap meet, picked up a few “treasures”, and then went to breakfast at a local truck stop down the freeway. I’m sure you’re questioning the choice of a truck stop, but they do know how to cook a great breakfast!
After that, we then drove up to Woodland for the car show. This is a great show. Just pick your British car and it will most likely be there. Cars ranged from “works in progress” to perfectly restored ones, with multiple examples in each marque. Capitol Panteras web master, Ken Montgomery, had his DeLorean there, holding up the Irish “car industry” portion of the show. There were two DeLoreans there and Ken’s was chosen to be in the winner’s lineup, of best marques in the show. Congratulations Ken!
Rio Vista Soap Box Derby
May 30, 2011
By Jim Seiferling
Our local car club, The Delta Drifters, started doing a local soapbox derby as part of the Rio Vista Bass Festival Car Show a few years ago. Each year it becomes more popular, so we decided to do a stand along event on Memorial Day this year. Well, word spread around town and various businesses wanted to sponsor a car. With help from our local NAPA parts store, 6 cars were ordered at once, to cut a deal on shipping costs. The guys in our club volunteered to assemble the cars. One of our local members, Dan Simpson, is very big into sprint car racing and volunteered his shop and crew to help put them together. A date and time were set, and we were “off to the races”. Three stations were set up and the building began. The cars come as a kit, and are quite easy to put together with only simple tools. In three hours, we had all three cars built.
The midget car on the right is home made, with a real Offenhauser engine in it. Very cool!
Many of our members are involved in the Rio Vista gas field or windmill industries. This means that if you can dream up something mechanical, one of the guys can build it. Thus was the case with the “launch ramp”. It is a self contained trailered assembly that looks fantastic. Even the pneumatic car release mechanism was hand machined; very impressive. A working drag race “Christmas tree” was also built, to make the kids fell more like pro racers, although both cars are released at the same time.
On race day the ramp was set up on Main Street. Dan’s crew lined Main Street, on both sides, with old tires from the sprint cars (lots of tires!). He brought out his semi pulled race trailer and set up the four-corner scale set for weigh-in and tech inspection. Cars were limited to 250 lbs with the driver, so ballast weights can be added to increase the weight. There is also a front to rear weight balance ratio limit, thus the four corner weighing. With all cars in a given design class about the same weight the competition is very close. Drivers had to be between 8 and 18 years of age. We’re talking about an unlimited adult class. Just think of what some of these guys could design! We might even get Craig Breedlove to participate. Craig has his Spirit of America race shop in Rio Vista. The soapboxes are bit slower than his “normal” 700+ mph runs, but much less hazardous!
We ended up with about 20 cars in the competition. This year only one driver per car was allowed per car. In previous years, drivers could share a car, but this created too many problems moving cars from the finish line to the re-staging area at the start ramp up the hill. Cars were moved up hill on trailers pulled by quad runners supplied by local farmers. Racing was setup like a drag racing event, where eventually cars were eliminated and only two were left, in a final match up. Awards were giving to the final winners. There were three classes of cars: two “one design” classes and an unlimited class. The event drew a very large crowd that lined both sides of the street. Everyone had a blast and couldn’t wait for a repeat event. Because of the great response we had, we are going to try and do it about 3 or 4 times a year. Emilia is even thinking about sponsoring a car. Maybe it will have the deTomaso badge on the nose!
The photo shoot at the finish of the event.
POCA Reno Fun Rally
June 8 to 12, 2011
By Emilia Seiferling
Jim and I drove over to Reno on Wednesday in order to be ready for the start of the activities on Thursday morning. We were in the truck, which resulted in plenty of room for luggage. That is a luxury that the Pantera does not afford. The drive up was very pleasant and we made our usual lunch stop at the Cabella's sporting goods store, in Boomtown. This year we remembered to split an elk sandwich. That was just the right amount, so we wouldn't be too full for dinner. After a bit of shopping, we then went to the hotel to check in and pick up our fun rally packets at 3 PM.
On Thursday morning we were off to the track in Fernley. It was a pleasant drive in good weather and light traffic. Jim brought his helmet hoping to see if he could get a ride, but the timing was not to work out for him, maybe next year. I spent my time sitting with Norma Elliott. Her husband, Gene, was out on the track for the first time. He won a track pass at a prior POCA Fun Rally and this was the first chance that he had to use it. Jim and I left about noon to head for Carson City for lunch. We wanted to try “Villa Basque Restaurant”. They have a specialty of chorizo and they lived up to their reputation; our lunch was very good. The rest of the afternoon was spent doing some browsing in several antique malls in the Reno area. We didn’t find any treasures, but enjoyed the hurt anyway.
Thursday evening was dinner at the Silver Legacy followed by the Catch a Rising Star Comedy Show. This is always a fun thing to do. After the show we were back to the Hospitality Room to see who was there and catch up on their activities in the last year.
On Friday we opted to do the Lake Tahoe drive with a tour of the historic Tallac Lodge compound and lunch at the West Shore Café. Traffic was light, the weather was beautiful, the Lodge gave a view of how the ultra rich vacationed at Tahoe a hundred years ago, and lunch was great. The view, the service, the food and the parking were great! It was even better than lunch at Gar Woods last year. I would certainly go back to the West Shore Café again! Friday afternoon had time for only a short nap prior to going to the dinner at the National Car Museum. There is something special about a car club having a private dinner at a car museum. The food was good. The only down side was the lackluster dessert. Cookies and fresh fruit were a let down, plus they under estimated the number of cookies that hungry Pantera owners could eat!
Saturday was the President’s Breakfast in the morning. A variety of topics were discussed, including the possible move of the fun rally to Phoenix in a couple of years. The cars for the “Rock and Roll Revival” were staged before the president's breakfast so we went down to Virginia Street to view the approximately 200 cars that included 41 Panteras. The car show organizers made up several awards especially for Panteras. Since they weren’t too familiar with our cars they asked if we would provide the judges. Jim and I were assigned the pleasant task of being judges for the Best Pantera Interior. After we completed out judging duties, we returned to the hospitality room for a cool beverage. Then it was back to the room to rest and change for the banquet.
The banquet had Kirk Evans, of Amerisport, give a history of his relationship with deTomaso. It was then on to the POCA raffle. I had managed to sell 68 of the 100 tickets that Capitol was given to sell. The last 32 tickets were bought with club funds. The club was very lucky and won numerous Pantera parts.
Larry Finch was the lucky winner of Emilia's DeTomaso afghan.
The event ended with coffee and doughnuts in the hospitality room on Sunday morning. We said our farewells, loaded the truck and headed off for our ham radio adventure on the way back home from Reno. This was a big ham radio contest weekend and Jim had the truck set up to participate from the high altitude of Mt. Rose. We made contacts in 3 states and 2 Canadian provinces on a frequency band that normally has a practical limit of 30 miles, so we were quite pleased. Once again it was a great few days made possible because we have a Pantera!
Summary of the May 2011 Capitol Panteras Meeting
The June meeting had two Panteras, a Mustang and a DeLorean in the parking lot at Mimi's. Rick Carlile and John McNamee drove their Panteras, while Don Gagnon was in his Mustang, and Ken Montgomery in his DeLorean. We thus had four cars in the drawing for "Driving for Gas $". The winner of the drawing was John. Those also attending the meeting, but not is their Club car: Jim & Emilia, John Worsley, and Duane and Darice Harlan.
The Club won a great number of prizes at the POCA Fun Rally in Reno, about $700 worth of Pantera specific parts (almost all from Steve Wilkinson)!. After some discussion, we decided, instead of raffling these off, they would be offered to paid up club members at half of the retail price. Rick, Don, Jim, and John M. all took home parts. This added much more to our treasury than having a raffle. We now have over $1,000 in the bank, including raffle prize money and the previous balance. We still have in inventory; 1 shift gate, L&R door striker assemblies, weather stripping for both doors, and an unknown strip of molded weather-stripping. This last piece has us baffled. We tried to match it on both Rick’s and John’s Panteras, but couldn’t. I think we’ll need either Rick Moseley or Mike Drew to ID this part. If you are a paid up Capitol Panteras member (i.e. POCA dues paid) and would like any of the remaining items at ½ retail price, email Jim with your request. He will then tell you the price. First come, first served.
Rick brought us up to date with the TRV racing he did at Thunderhill and the Sonoma Historics. In both races, he finished in a higher position than he started. Way to go Rick.
John Worsley informed us that the next EuroSunday will be in Folsom on June 26th. Those that bring their Euro cars will have the opportunity to see a free pre-view of the current Cars II movie, at 11 am, in Folsom.
August 6th will be the 3rd annual Car Cruise in Sacramento, sponsored by the California Automotive Museum. The price is normally $39 per car, but since Capitol Panteras is a museum member you will get a $5 discount.
The Concours Reduno is starting up again this year. It will be held on July 12th , 6:30 PM, at The Pavilions, on Fair Oaks Blvd, just east of Howe Ave. Since this is our regular meeting night, we decided to cancel our normal meeting at Mimi’s and meet at the car show. Please make of note of it on your calendar and bring you car. There is no charge for the event. We’ll have dinner afterwards somewhere in the area.
Emilia said that she would work on "Breakfast and Drive in the Delta" during the summer in July. It would be earlier than brunch to beat the summer heat. She needs to check to see what restaurants in the Delta area will be open early enough and have adequate parking. Details are still being worked out, but a tentative date of Saturday, July 23 has been selected.
Emilia talking to Sue Choate at the POCA rally, in Reno, and our Christmas party was discussed. Sue thought she and Garry could be the hosts this year. We have confirmed that Sue and Garry will be our hosts this December. The date will be set, so that it does not conflict with the PCNC party weekend.
Boy, this newsletter should make up for the sparse ones this last winter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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".
2011 EVENTS CALENDAR
Capitol Panteras Events in Red
Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.
http://www.csrgracing.org/ Rick has been accepted to race at the Sonoma Historic
Motorsports Festival, but was not selected for the Monterey Historics.
July 12 Capitol Panteras meeting at the Pavilions, part of Concours Reduno at 6:30 pm
July 23 Breakfast and Drive in the Delta - Chair- Emilia
July 24 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Aug 5-6 Mini Nats @ Infineon. Shelby Club
Aug 6 Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 7 Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman- Jeff Budelli
Aug 9 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 18 "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/Tour.htm
Aug 19 Concorso Italiano, http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 19-21 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/
Aug 28 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Sept 10 or 24 3rd Annual Placerville Run. Chairman-Lamar Fairchild
Sept 13 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 25 EuroSunday
Sept 30-Oct 2 CSRG Vintage Races @ Infineon
Oct 8 20th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman- Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 9 Italian Car Show, Alameda. A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 11 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 14-16 Rennsport Reunion IV (Porsche), Laguna Seca. 1st time on the west coast.
Oct 15-16 Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill. Shelby Club.
Oct 22 Jackson Wine and Lunch Tour - Chair - Kathy Gagnon
Oct 22 Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.
Oct 23 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Oct 28 California Auto Museum Dinner, with Dennis Gage. $75/each.
Oct 28-30 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill
Nov ? Capitol Pantera Brunch @ Ryde Hotel. Chairman- John Worsley.
Nov 8 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 27 Euro Sunday, Sacramento @
Dec ?? Capitol Panteras Christmas Party; hosts Garry & Sue Choate.
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
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