The drive to Vallejo took us about 45 minutes,
plus the breakfast break time. We arrived at the fairgrounds, paid our $3
parking fee and entered the event for no additional charge. The Solano
County Fairground is a wonderful place for a car show. There is plenty of
shade for both the cars and for folding chairs. Once you have your car
positioned, you have a very pleasant setting to enjoy the event. The cars
are grouped according to type. There was food available as well as plenty
of restrooms. There were some vendors, but not so many as to have a
carnival atmosphere. We wandered around the area looking for the
deTomaso section. It turned out the deTomasos were next to the Cobras and
the Cougars. There were only two cars present this year. PCNC member
Steve Leibenow brought his 1969 Mangusta. Carl ?? brought his blue 1972
Pantera #3527. Carl was out of San Pablo. While chatting with these
people we were joined by PCNC member Rich Welling. Rich said that his
car was still in pieces, but that he had almost all the parts that he needs and
is mainly delayed by paint before he can reassemble the car. We enjoyed
seeing a Mustang similar to one that my brother had owned many years ago.
After walking the entire show, we decided to check the entry rules to see if our
Capri would qualify for next year. There were some Mercury's in the show,
but none like ours. Either way, if our schedule works out for next year we
will have at least one car, and maybe two, at Fun Ford
The Mangusta always draws admirers
The Towe Auto Museum will be having another
Silent Movie on Friday, October 28 at 8 PM. The movie will be "The Bells"
1926. It was inspired by the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. It stars
Lionel Barrymore and Boris Karloff. The film will feature live musical
accompaniment on the theatre pipe organ. The cost is $10 per person, $5
per student, $20 per family. This event is sponsored by the Sierra Chapter
of the American Theatre Organ Society. www.SierraChapterAtos.org
We have given reviews of other silent films,
after the fact, in earlier CP newsletters. We are doing this one now in
the hopes of more public awareness of these events. This should be a fun
Halloween weekend outing. And as always the ticket price includes entrance
to the Towe Auto Museum. So plan to come earlier in order to view the auto
collection. The hot, fresh popped popcorn is great at all you want for a
buck! Hope to see you at the movies!
We attended "Peter Pan" (1926) in
September. It was a fun evening. The film ran for about two
hours. The musical score had been re-created from the original organist
cue sheets. The music was thought to be 98% of what you would have heard
in the theater in 1926. The special effects were quite good and the
costuming was very cute. It was a very different style from what you would
see today. It was a very pleasant evening out.
The featured car club at the museum was
Citroen. We need a local CP member to work with the museum to make
deTomaso the feature in the club car section!
Shelby Mini Nats, Sears Point,
The Pantera was clean, a full tank of gas
($3.05 a gallon) and a thermos of coffee,with travel mugs, no cup
holders. So we were off to the Shelby Club Mini Nats at Sears Point.
Our plan was to watch CP members Carl Stein and Rick Carlile. Carl brought
his 1966 Shelby Trans Am Mustang and Rick had his Mercury
Cyclone. It was an easy trip to Sears Point from Rio Vista, 50 miles
one way. For those of you that have not taken the recently completed
section of Highway 37 through Vallejo, it is wonderful! You no longer have
to crawl through the traffic lights! It is a much smoother drive than it
use to be.
As we drove into Sears Point, there was Mike
Drew greeting us and directed us to Roger Andriesse's compound.
We unloaded our chairs and cooler under their
tents. Thank you Roger and Rosemarie for your hospitality.
While there we met several other CP members: Leslie Stein, John
Worseley, and of course Mike Drew (yes he is a CP member as well as a PCNC
member). Bob Benson from PCNC had his Pantera in the garage
area and was racing it, though with some mechanical problems. Steve
Liebenow of PCNC drove his Mangusta over to the event.
Rick was gracious enough to be giving rides in
the Mercury. It was the first time for John W. to get out on the
track. Jim also got to go out with Rick, later in the afternoon. His
helmet got to go out twice since, Jim loaned it to Norm, the husband of
Rick's new office manager. What a surprise that Rick would hire a car
person as his new office manager. Norm drives a vintage BMW
Alpina and his wife has a Porsche 912.
After the lunch break, the track is opened
up to any car that has seat belts to drive on "parade" laps with an escort car
keeping the pace under control. I had been out on the track before,
so Jim took John Worseley out in our Pantera. Another first for
John reconsiders his ride in a 550 HP car that doesn't have a
The weather was perfect for a day at the
races. Warm, not hot, no wind to speak of, clear skies.
On our trip home we stopped for dinner at the
Vintage Cafe in Mankas Corner. It is a very nice Italian
restaurant. That seemed appropriate since we were in the Pantera.
There is a nice outside dining area, but since we had been
outside all day we opted for the main dining room. We shared a
tomato, mozzarella and basil salad. It was way too big for one
person, but perfect for two. Then we both had veal dishes, Marsala and
Piccocta. We had a bottle of Terra d'Oro wine from Montevina winery.
After we ordered it, we realized the Pantera connection. That was the name
of the Pantera club at the time we got our car. The
name was later changed back to Capitol Panteras, which was the original
name of the club. We ended the meal with decaf and a
shared panna cotta. That was a new dessert for us. It was
delicious! I think I like it better than a crème burlee.
We are thinking this would be a good end
destination for a Brunch Run in the spring. There are several interesting
factory tours in the area: Budweiser, Jelly Belly, Thompson Chocolate.
There is also the Flight Museum at Travis and the Western Railway Museum.
We will have to work on scheduling this next year.