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2017 TPR Sponsoship

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We wish to thank Katch Environmental for sponsoring Team Pantera Racing in this year's Sandhills Open Road Challenge and Silver State Classic Challenge.  This marks their fourth year of sponsorship.

2017 Season Prelude PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 20 May 2017 08:45

We're well into the 2017 Open Road Race season with the Big Bend Open Road Race having already run, and the Nevada Open Road Challenge happening this weekend.  Katch Environmental returns again this year as the primary sponsor for Team Pantera Racing.  Getting ready for this year's season are the boys from TPR Central heading to the Sandhills Open Road Challenge. 

Bob, Frank and Bud have been the lucky recipients of an entry to this year's SORC.  This is not an easy thing to do and TPR member Mark Skwarek just missed out and is now on the waiting list.  Meanwhile, Mark has been busy getting some new go-fast goodies ready for the big one in September at the Silver State Classic Challenge.

Also getting ready for SSCC are Dennis and JB.  Dennis is planning on sporting new/refreshed paint and a refreshed engine this year.  We imagine this will again put him fastest in his class.  JB has been working on a new 351C original 4-bolt main engine.  These are getting extremely hard to find, and in fact JB's ended up with at least one cylinder sleeve, maybe two.  Even so, the parts are coming together and it should all be ready by September.  Peter is also working on his Pantera for a long awaited return to SSCC.  Restorations can be slow, and we're all doing what we can to help him get ready for this year or the next.

Up in Washington, where Asa sold his Pantera last year, he's working to resurrect a 1971 Mach I Mustang and get it ready to run.  That probably won't happen this year.  However, we might have another couple of new entries this year.  One might be the new owner of Asa's Pantera, Steve Lisa, who has been working diligently on converting it to a spec Group 3 race car.  We've also heard rumblings that the new President of the Pantera Owners Club of America (POCA)  Gerry Romack may be making an appearance as well.

And lastly, TPR member Michael Frazier recently took a first place in the 120 MPH class at the Big Bend Open Road Challenge.  Michael's been dabbling in newer Mustangs and apparently been having some good success.  Go Michael!

Anyone interested in more information can click the links to the various races in the left sidebar, or click on the Contact menu item to get in touch with us.

 
2016 SSCC Recap PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 09:21

Another Open Road Race season comes to a close with the successful finish of two Panteras  at the Silver State Classic Challenge.  Travelling along as part of the team again this year was Paul Katchadourian from Katch Environmental (the team's major sponsor) in his 2013 Dodge Viper.  All three cars started and all three finished the 90 mile course at triple digit speeds.  The story began shortly after Sandhills Open Road Challenge.

Mark Skwarek returned to his home in Connecticut with his race-prepared Orange Pantera to clean up some details and perform more work to get ready for the SSCC race.  Mark leaves for Ely, Nevada just a few days prior to the start of the event and arrives on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, Asa Jay Laughton travelled to Fresno, California to hook up with Dennis (Mad Dog) Antenucci and Paul Katchadourian.  By Thursday night, all were assembled in Ely.

Dennis, Mark, Paul

 

A great car show in the park gave the boys a chance to relax and unwind prior the final driver's meeting.  Then it was off to dinner and a final check of the cars before getting a good night's sleep.


Sunday morning comes early for both the race drivers and their support teams driving trucks and trailers to the finish line.  The driver's gather at Lane's truck stop while support teams head out on the longer two and a half hour journey down highway 93 in order to get to the finish side of highway 318.  Dennis, Paul and Mark stage for the race with Mark leading the pack in the 150 MPH group, Paul trying his first time at 110 and Dennis taking a leisurely drive at 100.  Paul had a near-heartstopping even when the final tire inspection found a nail in one of his new tires; however, after Paul agrees to have the nail pulled, they find it's nothing more than a small stub and liquid check of the spot indicates there is no air leak.  While Paul races down the course he continues to monitor his trie pressures with the built-in technology of the modern Viper and ends up finishing the race without any problems.  Before noon, all three racers have finished.

Mark's finish

Paul's finish

Dennis' finish

Although each had a great time and enjoyed the race, there were no trophies handed out to Team Pantera racing during the awards banquet.  Still, that's not something that will stop this team from coming back next year.  When it comes to it, the people of the event, like the Sandhills event just before, it's the people that make the difference.  The friendships that develop last a long time and are what bring folks back again and again, even if it's to drive slower, or just hang out with the crowd, and maybe drive a trailer to finish line.

2016 was a good year for Team Pantera Racing, with four Panteras starting in the SORC and two in SSCC.

More photos of the team at the Silver State Classic Challenge can be found in the photo gallery here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:07
 
SORC 2016 Wins PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 11 September 2016 09:36

Team Pantera Racing - Central Division took home a First Place finish in the Loup to Loup challenge.  Bud Hower, in a surprise to all, but mostly to him, managed to pull off an amazing win and nearly couldn't get up at the banquet to accept his award.

Bud's Win

The entire team is very proud of Bud's win.

While in Arnold this year, the team also presented an certificate of appreciation to Janet Larreau who is the editor of the Arnold Sentinel newspaper.  She wrote and published an excellent article on theTPR (Central Division) team @ SORC in 2015. The article was also published in it's entirety in POCA Profiles #4. The Team really appreciats the publicity gained from her article not only in Nebraska but internationally & decided she deserved to be recognized as a friend of TPR.

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Mark Skwarek, who has been making both the SORC and the SSCC races for the past few years, is still working on a stronger Pantera every year.  This year at SORC in the mile shootout Street Division, there were only 2 cars faster than Mark out of a field of 27 cars.  That's pretty impressive for a 43 year old classic Italian-American muscle car.

Congratulations to the Central Division for an awesome race.

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More images are in the gallery here.

Next up, Mark Skwarek takes on the Silver State Classic Challenge, -again-.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 September 2016 10:16
 
2016 Race Prep PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 19:35

The year 2016 is past the half-way point and brings with it the resurgence of urgency among Team Pantera Racing members to get their cars prepared for another dash of solitude down a lonely highway; challenging man, machine and a two-lane road.  This year's team includes Bob Radefeld, Bud Hower, Frank Cirrincione and Mark Skwarek from the TPR Central Division taking on the Sandhills Open Road Challenge.  In the Pacific Division, Dennis Antenucci and Central Division visitor Mark Skwarek will put the Silver State Classic Challenge under their tires.

Mark Skwarek has been gunning for the $10,000 prize purse in the Team Pantera Racing Challenge for a few years.  This has been an ongoing challenge to any Pantera driver who can finish the Silver State Classic Challenge at a higher speed than Dennis, ... and trophy in their class.  (yea... the rules keep changing).  Hey wait a minute... that would mean last year's first place finisher in the 120 MPH class, Asa Jay Laughton, would have qualified and won!  Since Mad Dog himself only ran 115.  :)

Be that as it may, Team Pantera Racing is still looking to Mark Skwarek to take it up a notch and bring his orange and black race prepared Pantera in for a great finish this year in both the SORC and SSCC races.  Mark has been hard at work preparing his Pantera.  Here, he is found working on the brakes, photo by Forest Majors.

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Mind you, that Mark is well over six feet tall and he has a roll cage that interferes with half his door opening.  I believe he had Forest there to make sure the pretzel could be extracted.

In another part of the United States, Bob Radefeld and his groupies have been making sure all preparations are going well for his car.

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Note the unique shop-light used in an outdoor setting.  Meanwhile in Tennessee, Frank has been getting help putting a new roll bar into the Pantera that he raced last year.

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And Bud Hower is doing similar work to "Lolita," his Pantera, in preparation for the Sandhills Open Road Challenge.

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Meanwhile in California, John (JB) Bentley has been extracting the engine from his Pantera as he prepares a recently sourced original 351C 4-bolt main block.  John has a history with these blocks and searched for some time before finding one.  Although not in perfect condition, JB has a shop that he trusts to do the work necessary to bring it up to race-ready condition.  Here, Mad Dog, the past president of Team Pantera Racing is helping with the engine extraction.

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They don't normally let Dennis touch any tools but that doesn't stop his pervasive urge to lead as shown above, always willing to help out and add muscle to any job that needs it.  Team Pantera Racing groupies will also recall that JB bowed to better judgement 30 miles into the SSCC course in 2014 as oil temperatures began to rise and oil pressues began to fall.  An initial forensics exam appeared to show a cam lobe or two might have been wiped so the engine comes out to be replaced.  Here, John assesses the recently pulled engine.

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Other TPR members currently scheduled to attend but not race include Asa Jay (AJ) Laughton and Peter (The German) Menyhart.  Peter has been coming along on the return of his Pantera and is very close, though will probably miss being ready for the 2016 race.

Team Pantera Racing isn't just about flashy cars, hot Brazilian Girls, going fast and letting some other mechanic caress their women.  These boys aren't afraid to get down and dirty with thier svelt Italian beauties to personally make sure all needs are satisfied.

Stay tuned for more information as the Central Division members shortly travel to Arnold Nebrask for the Sandhills Open Road Challenge.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 18:10
 
2015 Post-Season at Button Willow PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 14 November 2015 19:03

Team Pantera Racing isn't just about Open Road Racing, sometimes they take out their testosterone on the track.  Paul Katchadourian who helped sponsor TPR in 2014 and 2015 began to get the itch himself.  After returning from the race in 2015 he found and purchased a really nice Dodge Viper.

Paul's new Viper

Afterward and with a little prep, Dennis (Mad Dog) Antenucci took Paul and some friends to Button Willow for some weekend fun.  Dennis had the only Pantera at the event with nearly 50 cars entered; Dennis' boss brought a Porsche and Paul brought his new Viper.

Dennis' Pantera

You can see more photos in the Gallery, here.

 
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