Calling All De Tomasos!!!
The members of Space City Panteras and Dallas/Fort Worth Panteras whole heartedly invite you to join us for some Texas hospitality at POCA’s 2015 Lone Star Fun Rally, to be held in Houston, Friday, May 15th through Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.
There are a number of compelling reasons for you to attend the 34th annual POCA Fun Rally that we have affectionately dubbed the POCA Lone Star Fun Rally.
First of all Texas, the Lone Star State, is a giant of a state. Texans are known for their large, welcoming hearts. "Friendship" is the state's motto, and the people of Texas live by that motto. Heck, we even have road signs that say “Drive Friendly!” You owe yourself a visit.
Next, enjoy some real Texas hospitality at a working Texas ranch by attending our world famous Pantera Pig Roast, held at our favorite Pantera Technical Center, Gray Gregory's Ranch. That's right, you’re welcome to wrench on cars during the day or just hang around for the home cooked grub served that evening.
As a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Space City Pantera member and rocket scientist John Haas will lead a private tour of the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab at the Johnson Space Center. The Neutral Buoyancy Lab contains a full size, submerged mockup of the International Space Station (ISS), complete with a fully functional earth-bound ISS arm. This immense underwater facility is used to train astronauts for zero gravity space walks and outside repairs to the orbiting ISS. The titanium ISS arm, designed and constructed by a NASA team that included John Haas, is an absolute engineering masterpiece that will inspire awe in any gear head.
While at the Johnson Space Center, we will also visit Rocket Park, which contains an amazing collection of vintage NASA launch and orbital vehicles. Foremost among them is the restored 3-Stage Saturn V rocket, complete with Apollo capsule, escape tower, lunar lander module and lunar command module. This 1960’s technology monster is one of only three left in the world, stands over 36 stories tall and has rocket exhaust nozzles large enough to walk through. Words cannot do it justice. It truly must be seen to be appreciated.
For you racers and race spectators alike, Texas World Speedway (TWS) is on the agenda for two spectacular track days. TWS is a challenging 2.9 mile road course with screaming long straights, fast banked corners and the occasional twisty bits in between. Over the years, we have hosted a number of TWS race weekends, most recently with over 25 Panteras from California, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma in attendance. TWS is the perfect track for stretching your Cat’s legs and it may even be the best track of any previous Fun Rally. While TWS is our home track, it is unfortunately going the way of Riverside Raceway in California. After our event, TWS will be bulldozed to make way for a housing development later in 2015. This will be our last goodbye to an old friend.
We have also planned a special group visit to a private automotive collection of over 215 cars and memorabilia ranging from the 1930’s through present day. Indoor settings recreate an early gas station/garage and 1950’s diner. Those who have been there remark that it is among the most fascinating displays they have seen, as it emphasizes automotive development and new factory cars that were relevant during their lifetime.
Last but definitely not least, Houston is centrally located within the Continental US, with multiple intersecting interstate highways and one of the largest, most accessible airports in the nation. Because of this, we’re hoping to see members and their Panteras from all sections of the country. It’s an especially good opportunity for those of you living in the central and eastern parts of the country to attend a Fun Rally. Besides the De Tomaso cars, the Fun Rally provides an excellent opportunity to build friendships by connecting a face to the voice on the phone or the forum conversation that we’ve all had over the years. The POCA Lone Star Fun Rally will be held for one year only, so whether you’re a Fun Rally veteran or a first timer, this is the one to attend!
Take advantage of our Texas hospitality and join us next May at the 2015 POCA Lone Star Fun Rally!!!