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2012 SORC Finishers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Radefeld   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:18
Okay DaWgY and fellow ORR's, we had an unbelievably FUN time at the Sandhills Open Road Challenge. All of our group finished the race with no problems this year which is what we always shoot for. Taking a plaque is only secondary to having as much FUN as possible, so, here's how we all finished:
Rowdy............ 16th in the 90 mph class out of 19 cars, in the Pantera
Budly............. 14th in the 90 mph class out of 19 cars, in his Pantera
Godfather....... 18th in the 95 mph class out of 19 cars, in mommys Porsche yet AGAIN!!!)
Mark & Jim...... 13th in the 110 mph class out of 19 cars, in a 2005 Noble
Check out the photos in the Gallery.
Here's a link to TV station coverage of the race.


Here are the official results:

Name Target Speed North MPH North Time South MPH South Time
Bud Hower 90MPH 90.376 19:03.230 88.792 17:58.477
Bob Radefeld 90MPH 90.891 18:56.744 90.633 17:36.567
Frank Cirrincione 95MPH 100.398 17:09.102 100.347 15:54.285
Jim Wallace 110MPH 107.997 15:56.693
Mark Skwarek 110MPH 110.227 14:28.749
You can read more about Team Pantera Racing adventures at the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in the 2010 No. 4 issue of the POCA magazine Profiles.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:37
New Team Pantera Racing Book PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 18:20


The Pantera Racing Commemorative Album

Get your fact-filled 40 page TPR book with highlights of the 2018 Silver State Challenge plus many nostalgic photos from the past.

For a limited time, receive an included copy of “Fast Cats” article describing Jim Kilpatrick’s two 1000 hp Panteras (POCA President from 1987-88) from rare out of print 1993 magazine.

View a PDF of the flyer.

$45. Includes shipping to USA
For details on how to order, please contact Laurie Basile via our Contact Form.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2019 18:47
New TPR President for 2019-2020 ORR Seasons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 05:47

I am happy to announce that Laurie "Ferrari" Basile is taking the Presidents helm from Bob Radefeld who's done an impecible job as President, encourager and leader of the Central TPR division representing us at the Sandhills Open Road Challenge for more years than I can remember.  Most of you already know Laurie who is the only woman Pantera owner/driver to have ever started and completed an open road race and she has done that twice. Laurie has also published numerous articles in the POCA and Ferrari Owners Club monthly periodicals.

Laurie just wrote to confirm her draft of a new history book about Team Pantera Racing with color photographs, including information on the members and the events.  She expects it to be published shortly. With all her racing, business, community, media, photography and writing skills she will not only be an asset in her new role but will help expand and report what we are and have been doing since 1989.

Laurie can be reached through ou contact form. With Race Season in full swing please send your photographs and stories to Laurie.

Congratulations Laurie!

Also in the news, our webmaster Asa Jay has an expanded community role of late, in addition to a new promotion at work.  This keeps him extremely busy, but will still work to make the SSCC Event in September.  Even so, he still tries to put in a little time for our web site.  If you can help in any way, please send your articles to either Laurie, or Asa.

Your Dawg in Charge,

Mad Dog

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 05:53
2012 Silver State Finishers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:14

It was 25 years in the making and it all came off without a hitch.  2012 was the 25th Anniversary running of the Silver State Classic Challenge open road race.  Team Pantera racing had a strong attendance at this year's event, with five members either driving or supporting.  Two TPR veterans and one rookie successfully entered and completed the race, each in their own speed class.

For Dennis "Mad Dog" Antenucci, this years event was one to remember.  If not for the valiant attempt to repeat the most Panteras ever entered, but for the team spirit of everyone present who managed to come and put forth an effort.  Rich Hoppe returned this year sporting a different Pantera; the original Round Table Pizza race car, re-imagined and re-engineered into a formidable powerhouse of a Pantera.  John Bentley returned for a stab at the silver plate as well.  New this year was Asa Jay Laughton, who had been trying for the last four years to make the race.

John trailered his Pantera behind Team Pantera Racing Cafe' Finito, a large motorhome that served as TPR headquarters in the back lot of Hotel Nevada for the duration of the event.  In addition, Peter Menyhart came to support the team while his Pantera is being reconstructed at home.  Peter's help was welcome when John discovered he needed a new alternator and regulator in order to keep the Pantera running.  In an unfortunate turn of events during tech inspection however, John was disqualified due to over-age tires.  The unfortunate turn was that he had purchased the tires only two years prior but hadn't noticed the date codes were already six years old.  There's a lesson in there about requiring the vendor to check dates codes before they ship them to you.

Dennis decided to enter a slower class in order to take time and enjoy the scenery.  Even in the 135 MPH class though, he couldn't resist pushing the envelope, finishing at just over 140 and feeling comfortable in doing so.  Meanwhile Rich Hoppe and the Round Table Pizza Pantera entered the 140 MPH class and finished just over 136 MPH, proving once again, Dennis was top Dog.

The rookie, Asa Laughton, was limited to the Touring class, and chose 105 MPH with fewer entrants.  He was tentative about driving the 90 mile course flat out at 105 and was receptive to all the advice from all the Veterans who really looked out for him on his first time out.  After months of preparation and only a couple days of final checks and sage advice, Asa finished with an average just over 108 MPH.  He said later he was just so excited about how well the car was running at high speed, he forgot all about the plan to keep it down to just around 106.

With all smiles after the race, the team made their way to Las Vegas for the banquet.  Being the 25th Anniversary running of the race, Silver State Classic Challenge Inc. pulled out all the stops.  They held the banquet in the large showroom at Sam's Town.  There was video playing, slide-shows, various speakers and of course, the awards.  It was a great celebration of both the event and the racers who run it.

Check out the Gallery for photos of the event.

Finish Results:

Driver Target MPH Average MPH MPH Variance Time Variance* High Trap MPH
 Rich Hoppe  140  136.8345  3.1655  53.5378 146.2
 Dennis Antenucci  135  140.3822  5.3822  92.0151 147.7
 Asa Jay Laughton  105  108.8249  3.8249  108.4549 118.9

*note:  Time Variance is in seconds

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:37
Written by Laurie   
Saturday, 27 April 2019 09:22

Greetings Racers,

Hope everyone's well and enjoying this awesome Springtime.  My first official duty has been learning to navigate through this website. Now that I've figured how to post whatever I like, we're in for a lot of fun (trouble) now.

This is of immediate IMPORTANCE! My first obligation is forwarding a reminder from our fearless barking leader, the Dawg (alternate wording selected for the *F word, however).  Here it is:

Even if you have reservations for SEPTEMBER you need to RE-CONFIRM.... yes you heard that right, RECONFIRM your reservation and get a confirmation # because if you are staying at Hotel Nevada they cancelled all the room reservations for some *messed-up reason at the MAY NORC, so ideally do it NOW and re-check again after NORC which is middle of May!

Thanks for listening,

Get ready, get set, GO... it's a grand racing season!!!!

Over and Out,


Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:17
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