The Southern AZ Panteras, along with AZ POCA (in Phoenix) and our local sister club, the Fun Italian Automobiles of Tucson (FIAT) club have prepared our 2017 event listing for our members and friends.

2016 was a lot of fun, and our group(s) held events monthly. We are a bunch of people who just love to drive our cars around, no dues (except for POCA), no drama (except the thrills and crushing disappointments that come with owning classic automobiles!). We had a safe 2016 no accidents - a few exploded motors - but that's a part of the fun!

We look forward to more excitement this year. Here is a link to last year's excitement and events...

Southern AZ Panteras 2016 "Year in Review"

Here is our list of events for 2017. We will be updating this thread with detail planning as we progress through the year, this year's list has a few holes, but we are certain to all a lot of cool, and fun events. You can get a lot of details on the events, and how to sign up in the PDF file that is attached at the bottom of this post.

Also listed are also are some of the major events in the Southern AZ area. Items in purple are the club "Focus Events". These are the big ones!

All events have been suggested by our members. We do have a couple of open events (listed as TBDs) and dates are subject to change.

We hope you all can participate - EVERYONE is welcome to join us! You may note that we have done some events with the local Cobra Club. In addition to the "Ford Connection", the Cobras are good to team up with, because they can really turn out the cars. They can sometimes get 12-13 cars out on a drive. The more, the merrier!


January;
10 - AZ POCA Monthly Meeting / Dinner - Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Scottsdale, AZ) - PM for details!
14 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
TBD - Track Day @ Arroyo Seco Raceway – Deming, NM
28 - 12th Annual Giro di Phoenix
28 - ROAD EVENT - Santa Cruz Car Nutz Car Show – Tubac, AZ


February;
07 - AZ POCA Monthly Meeting / Dinner - Minder Binders (Tempe, AZ) - PM for details!
11 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
12 - (FYI) Autocross at Mussleman Honda Circuit
18 – (FYI) BBQ & Blues Classic Car Show (Oro Valley)
25 - ROAD EVENT - Pantera Trip – Phoenix to Prescott, AZ

March;
02-05 - ROAD EVENT - Midnight at the Oasis – Yuma, AZ
11 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
12 - Fords on 4th Car Show (Tucson)
14 – AZ POCA Monthly Meeting / Dinner - Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Scottsdale, AZ) - PM for details!
18 - ROAD EVENT - Madera Canyon Picnic (Continental, AZ)
25 - ROAD EVENT - Poker Run / Progressive Dinner, Phoenix (Start at Gila River Casino, AZ)


April;
01 - AZ Cougar Club - Phoenix (Sanderson Lincoln) - SPECIAL PANTERA CLASS!
08 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
11 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ - PM for details!
15 - ROAD EVENT - Pima Air & Space Museum photo shoot & lunch Repeat of 2015 event only in April – cooler temps!
28-30 -- 43rd Annual TSRA Rodders Days (Tucson)


May;
09 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ
13 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
21 - ROAD EVENT - Cruise to Kartchner Caverns
31 - June 04 -- POCA Fun Rally – Monterey, CA!!!


June;
10 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
13 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ

July;
04 - ROAD EVENT - Mt Lemmon 4th of July Parade – Summerhaven, AZ
08 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
11 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ
22 - Tucson Speedway - NASCAR Trucks (Ladies Night!)


August;
08 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ
12 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
TBD -- Concourso Italiano – Monterey, CA


September;
09 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
12 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ
22-24 - ROAD EVENT - Run to the Pines
TBD - Southern AZ Group Dinner Meeting - Time and Location TBA


October;
10 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ
14 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
14 - AZ POCA Run to Hannagan's Meadow
20 - Tucson Classics Car Show @ St. Gregory's – Tucson, AZ
20 - 22 - Viewing Party, US Grand Prix (Austin, TX)
19 - 21 - Pantera vs. Route 66...


November;
12 - ROAD EVENT - Fall Wine Country Cruise – Sonoita/Elgin, AZ!
11 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
14 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ


December;
09 - Cars & Coffee – La Encantada Mall, Tucson, AZ
12 – AZ POCA monthly meeting – Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale, AZ

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Tubac Show in 2 days.....

Hope we see you there, with or without your cars!

Rocky

PS> There is a new event listed for 25 Feb:

Pantera trip to Prescott

Sat February 25: 9:00 am-- meet at Portillo's Restaurant, at 10574 N 90 St. Scottsdale. (SW corner at Shea Blvd and 90 St.).

Directions: 101 N, Shea Blvd E, 90 St. S., right side. We will then drive to Prescott via Wickenburg, then routes 97 and 96, past Bagdad. Lunch in Prescott, at Augie's, which is located in the Frontier Village Center, 1721 AZ 69, phone 928-777-0330.

After getting into Prescott, right onto Rt. 69 at the McDonald's, then immediately see Augie's on the right side.

After lunch, we would have the option of returning to Phoenix quicker via I-17, or taking the twisties back thru Rt. 89. Total mileage would be 200 miles to Prescott, then 100 miles back via I-17.

I have driven this route personally, and believe it is the most interesting road in the state.

Augie's has agreed to set aside parking spaces for our cars.
Another a new event listed for 1 April:

AZ Cougar Car Club Car Show

The Arizona Cougar Car Club has invited the Panteras to come back and be a part of their annual car show.

For years AZ POCA used to go to this car show held at Sanderson Lincoln on Bell road.

They have said they will include a Pantera class if we will come back and be a part of the show again!

The show should be April 1, 2017. Additional details, and the flyer will be posted once it is available.
First big event - the Tubac Show. We had a good turnout of club members, but unfortunately, only a single P-car. It was nice to see everyone:

  • Steve
  • Richard and Gina
  • Bill and Joan
  • Chuck

    Lots of really cool cars. The Prosche's were out en mass, with over 35 cars. The British contingent had at least as many, with Jaguars, Austin Healeys (3000, and 100s), and a smattering of others (MGs and Triumphs).

    It was a great day, at a great venue.

    Rocky
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    There are a couple of changes to the AZ Panteras / F.I.A.T. Calendar of Events...

    First - The Bisbee Day Trip has been changed from 04 February to 22 April. This will result in a back-to-back set of events in April. The Photo Shoot at Pima Air & Space Museum on Saturday 15 April and the Bisbee Day Trip the following Saturday 22 April.

    Second - The Cruise to Kartchner Caverns has been moved from 06 May to 20 May to allow for some breathing room between events resulting from the back-to-back events in April.
    February Meeting (Phoenix)

    We had several new cars show up for the meeting! Several of the new participants brought their cars, in fact, we had a total of 9 Panteras at the meeting!

    We generally get a good turnout, but this is a record for the recent past!

    Rocky / Kevin

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    Here is the report from the trip held on Sat., February 25:

    PHX -> Prescott Pantera Prowl


    Here was the plans and route:

    9:00 am -- meet at Portillo's Restaurant, at 10574 N 90 St. Scottsdale.

    We will then drive to Prescott via Wickenburg, then routes 97 and 96, past Bagdad.

    Lunch in Prescott, at Augie's, which is located in the Frontier Village Center.

    After lunch, we would have the option of returning to Phoenix quicker via I-17, or taking the twisties back thru rt 89.

    Total mileage is 200 miles to Prescott, then 100 miles back via I-17.

    Pantera owners have driven this route personally, and believe it is the most interesting road in the state.

    Augie's set aside parking spaces for our cars.

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    Our March event (in conjunction with the Fun Italian Automobiles of Tucson) is scheduled for Saturday, 18 March 2017. We will take a casual and easy run up to Madera Canyon located east of Green Valley.

    We will have a picnic lunch at one of the tables at the Mt. Wrightson picnic area - bring your own lunch and beverages. After lunch we will head to San Xavier Mission going "the back way" among the man-made mesas west of Green Valley.

    Here's the plan:

  • 10:00 AM - Meet-up at Posada Java

  • 10:30 AM - Head up to Madera Canyon.
    Link to Madera Canyon Info

  • 11:15 AM - Lunch! Bring your own picnic lunch and beverages.

  • 12:30 PM - Head to San Xavier Mission. We will take the back way by going into Green Valley via Continental to Mission Road.

    Link to San Xavier del Bac - The White Dove of the Desert!

  • 01:15 PM - Regroup at San Xavier Mission.

  • 02:00 PM - Head for home.

    To RSVP or if you have any questions about this event, contact me via PM.

    Rocky, Southern Arizona Pantera Club


    Some Notes:

    At San Xavier del Bac you can get blessed by wiggling the head of the life-sized saint laying in his coffin (true).

    quote:
    "This tradition goes back to Father Ignacio Joseph Ramirez y Arellano who is believed to have had a miraculous state in death that was witnessed by people from all over the Tucson area."


    The mission also has a chapel that is so hot because of all the votive candles, you can get heat prostration in it!

    It's really cool... (I mean HAWT!)
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    Look who is coming on the Madera Canyon Run -

    The #5 Cunningham continuation car!

    Come on out and see it's Chrysler-powered, Weber-inducted, oil-cooled self!

    The Ultimate American Sportscar

    In 1952, the Cunningham C-4R was released in both coupe and roadster configurations. Powered by the original Chrysler 331 Hemi V-8, the 400 horsepower car weighed 2400 pounds. It would be ten years before another American sports car could challenge the C-4R for performance. That car, the Shelby Cobra, now an American performance icon, was directly inspired by the Cunningham C-4R.

    Carroll Shelby knew about Cunningham when he introduced the Cobra. In 1952, Shelby was driving for Aston Martin at Le Mans against the C-4R and lost to them. Shelby even copied Cunningham's paint scheme, which was white cars with two blue racing stripes, which Shelby reversed.

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    From your AZ POCA Prez Kevin:

    Please do not forget our Poker Run / Progressive dinner. AZ POCA is hosting this on Saturday afternoon March 25th.

    We will be giving out cards at each stop and also have a few other opportunities to get extra cards. The one with the best poker hand will win a $200 gift card to spend on their Pantera!



    Poker Run Saturday March 25th. We are meeting at Gila River Casino Saturday at 12:45 in the afternoon. President will give out the first playing card while we are waiting.

    We will leave at 1:00pm to Head to Richard & Gina's home in Scottsdale, which is southwest of Cactus/ Hayden. There we will have some snacks and receive our second card.

    Then we will head to the Penske Auto Racing Museum located at 7125 E. Chauncey Ln in Scottsdale, located West of Scottsdale Rd and between Princess and Mayo Blvd. We will check out the cars and receive our third card.

    Then we will head south to Jerry M's home to see his collection of cars. We will refresh our selves with some drinks and receive the fourth card.

    At this point is where we are supposed to go to Basko automotive to watch my motor for the race car be run on the dyno. How ever unless a small miracle takes place it is probably going to be postponed due to some problems with the dry sump system. We have ordered the parts and even offered to over night them in order to get them here fast, but there does not seem to be a way to have that happen. We will know for sure tomorrow.

    So if we cannot do that, we will head on to my home at 941 N. Ellsworth rd. in Mesa. That is in between Brown and University on the East side of the rode. The North East corner of Evergreen and Ellsworth. We can have some go-cart races and we will eat dinner there. You do not need to bring anything it will be provided. I smoked a Large turkey breast and 3 Beef Briskets (If you liked my steaks you will like my Brisket) and all the fixin's.

    We also will receive another card along with a couple of other opportunities to get cards.

    Remember the winner, the one with the best hand will when a $200 visa card to buy something for their Pantera or what ever else they want to do with it.

    Kevin Hubby
    AZ POCA President

    PS. The first registered member of AZ POCA who comments on this "PS." by posting up here will also win the beer of their choice when we next get together. Expires 3/31/2017 at midnight.
    Mark your calendars and reserve the early morning of Saturday 15 April 2017 for a rare and unique opportunity to photograph your Italian car up close and personal with historic and rare aircraft at the Pima Air & Space Museum!

    We will get access to the field from 7-9 AM before the museum opens for regular business.

    There is a $20 non-negotiable non-refundable fee for each car going into the outdoor display area and the fee covers only this particular event. All fees collected go to the museum's general fund.

    Participants will also be required to sign a "Hold Harmless" release form.

    While this event is intended for Italian cars, you are welcome to bring your other automotive pride & joy, too.

    We are planning to go to an early lunch afterwords at Brooklyn's Burger & Brew which is convenient to I-10. This is a pay-as-you-go event.

    If you have any questions about this event or want to participate in this event, contact me via PM for details.

    RSVP is mandatory for this event. Send your RSVP by the deadline of 5:00PM Pacific Time 12 April 2017.

    Here's a few pix of the last event...

    Slideshow of PASM Photoshoot (July 2015)

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    Getting ready...

    A burst of RSVPs...

    • Chuck (Pantera)
    • Dave (Pantera)
    • Ken (Pantera)
    • John and Kathy (Pantera)
    • Jim (Pantera)
    • Jerry and Donna (Pantera)
    • Kevin (Pantera)
    • Rick (Pantera)
    • Stephen (Alfa Spider)
    • Dave & Shelly (Fiat 2000 Spider)
    • Larry & Jan ('64 Cunningham C4R)
    • Joe and Ricki ('09 Ferrari F430)
    • Richard (427 Cobra)

    8 - Count 'em - 8 Panteras! Whoo-Hoo!!

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    Who is up for a casual road trip to see Kartchner Caverns? This pre-monsoon trip on Sunday 21 May 2017 will have us meet up at the Rancho del Lago Cafe. (Come early for breakfast!)

    We will depart from the cafe and take the AZ-83 for a fast run to Sonoita, cut east on AX-82, then take AZ90 north to Kartchner Caverns for mid-morning early tour.

    After the tour we will head back to Benson for lunch. After lunch we'll depart for points west to return home.

    Plan:
    08:00-08:45AM: Breakfast (optional)
    08:45-09:00AM: Meet Up / Gather
    09:45-10:15AM Arrive Kartchner Caverns State Park
    10:40-12:00PM Rotunda / Throne Room Tour
    12:30PM-ish: Depart for Benson
    01:00-02:00PM Lunch at Benson's Horseshoe Café
    02:00PM-ish Depart for points west / return home

    This is a pay-as-you-go event. There are park entry and tour fees involved. If you intend to attend, please RSVP. RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes and notification of any changes to the plan.


    To RSVP for this event or if you have questions contact Chuck via PM

    Chuck Huber, AZ POCA / Southern AZ Panteras
    Dave Knawa, Fun Italian Automobiles of Tucson (F.I.A.T.)

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    I currently have 6 car signed up for the Parade:

  • Chuck ’74 Land Cruiser
  • Chuck ’73 Pantera
  • Dave Fiat 2000 (124 Spider)
  • Wade ’37 Model A Hotrod
  • Spike ’31 Ford Vicki
  • Stephen ’06 Lotus Elise

    Would love to have more join us. I can think of a big Plymouth, a 427 Cobra and a Big Flatbed truck filled with Hay (for the kids to ride in) that could join us in representing Soldier’s camp. It’s always a lot of fun.

    We will be meeting at the “Le Buzz” Coffee Shop at 0900. Le Buzz is in the same shopping center as the Safeway at the Northeast Corner intersection of Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde Rd. We’ll be driving up the hill ahead for the majority of the traffic.

    We line up for the parade off Ski Lift Road at 11:15 AM, and the parade starts at 1200.

    Come on out an join us!
  • We are very sad about this, but the Burro Fire on Mount Lemmon has forced the evacuation of the entire top of the mountain, and closed the Catalina Highway.

    So it looks like our parade is canceled this year.

    Look forward to the same event in 2018!

    Rocky

    Here's a picture for your viewing enjoyment... The Pantera is all shined up with nowhere to go...

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    Had a bit of a change of plan for July, with the heat, and the fires.

    The Southern AZ Panteras are coordinating a trip to the Tucson Speedway for some racing action!

    22 July is Empire Caterpiller "Ladies Night" (Ladies get in free). The plan is lots of racing, with Modifieds, ProStocks, ProTrucks, Hobby Cars and Hornets.

    Our goal is to meet at 5:30 PM, and enter the facility at 6:00. This gives us time to meet the drivers, and see the cars.

    Because the lot is a huge dirt parking lot, it's not required to drive your Pantera, but you are welcome to. If you do, let me know, and I will work with the venue to arrange preferred parking in the front of the lot.

    Please RSVP. You will be responsible for purchase of your own tickets! I'll be responsible for rounding up some discount coupons.

    See you there!

    Rocky

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    Tucson Speedway was fun, albeit a bit wet towards the end.

    We had a good turnout, with representation from the Ferrari Owner's group, the Fun Italian Automobiles of Tucson, and the Southern AZ Pantera club.

    Spent a good bit of time talking with a driver / owner / mechanic running a 351C in a '71 Mustang body. Interesting discussion. His car was a little battered, but it was good to see the Blue Oval represented.

    Here I am with Ms. Tucson Speedway....

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    Next big event for the AZ Panteras... "Run to the Pines". It's an annual tradition for the Panteras to ride up to Pinetop/Lakeside for a great, multi-day car show.

    Right now, it looks like we have at least 4 cars going...

    Richard & Gina K. - White L Model
    Dave and Lori A. - Black Pre-L
    Kevin and Wendy H. - Red Pre-L
    Chuck H. - Yellow L Model

    Should be a blast, it always is a great show, and nice to get out of the heat!

    Hope you can join us!

    Rocky

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    The AZ POCA Club team is hosting the following fun event today:

    AZ POCA will meet at Shea and the 101, in front of Barnes and Noble across from Portillo's around 2:00pm.

    Panteras will leave around 2:15 and drive up Shea, through Fountain Hills and turn left on the Beeline highway. We will head up to the Saguaro Lake turn off and turn right, heading past Saguaro Lake and follow up around the Salt River all the way up to Usery (Ellsworth) Rd.

    We will turn left and head up ending at the home of the AZ POCA President near the corner of Ellsworth and Evergreen in Mesa.

    This location, the club has arranged to have go-carts to ride, to have some fun.

    The club president will grill burgers and serve several flavors of homemade ice cream!

    So come on out and lets have a good time and enjoy the nice weather.


    Be there at 2:00 PM!
    Event Report...

    AZ Panteras had a great time this past Saturday on our drive around Saguaro lake and the Salt river. The club had Gerry and Donna, Gil, Joe, Kevin & Wendy, and Bill and Joan.

    Also met a new Pantera owner Eric who came out just to meet us before the run.

    We had a good time on the go carts, everyone got dusty but had fun.

    Joan and Wendy really were tearing it up! We had burgers & home made ice cream.

    A good time!
    Next trip... Tomorrow!

    This weekend we are joining the Cobra Club on their Hannigan Meadow run.

    Here is the planned schedule that we will participate in:


    1. Chevron Station North side Route 60 & Idaho Road 50 miles (50 min) depart 7:30am

    2. Apache Gold Casino 62 miles (1 hour+) fuel, snacks, drinks, pit stop depart 9am

    3. Chevron Station, Safford 70 miles (1 hour+) fuel, snacks, drinks, pit stop. depart 10:30am

    4. Circle K (Shell), Clifton 43 miles (45 min or less) fuel, snacks, drinks, pit stop depart 11:30am

    5. Hannagan Meadow Lodge 71 hard miles (2 hours) lunch, pit stop depart 3pm

    The AZ Panteras are planning to stay at the Lodge while the Cobra Club will drive on to Eager for the night.

    There are still no rooms available if anyone would like to join us.

    This is a great drive going up the Devils Highway, lots of curves and mountain roads.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Panteras (POCA Members) Attending:

  • Kevin and Wendy
  • Richard and Gina
  • Gil
  • Chuck
  • Joe
  • Bill and Joan

    Cobras?

  • Probably 54 of them!


    Thanks,
    Kevin
    AZPOCA Chapter President
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