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Memorial Day 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:50

This Memorial Day we not only give thanks to our Veterans, like Dennis "Mad Dawg" Antenucci, but we also reflect on others we've lost through the years.  It's a reminder of our our mortality as well as the freedoms we enjoy because som many have sacrificed so much before us.

With the death of a sibling in his family, Dennis mused among the Team Pantera Racing faithful:

 

"Memorial Day has become not just about remembering veterans who died or never came home but those in our lives who have passed on and not taken us with them....so yea, NONE of that makes sense and its not supposed to make sense! ;-)  I quess it is about fulfilling your passions and not waiting too long to realize those passions because you never know when its your 'turn' to pass on...............so for the rest of us yea I know the common thread is the PANTERA but I realize more then ever before that what binds this group of brothers is the reality, it is not forever.

I found my sweet spot at Silver State at 150-170 speeds or 130-140 at the Pony Express or Bonneville 100 or 120-135 speeds at the SORC or BORR or down in Mexico.....I have run the Pantera and a Jag XKE in the middle and the back of the pack in SCCA, EJag, Ferrari, Corvette, and POCA club open track competition and got close enough once to Jim Saxton and his race Pantera  to force him into a upside down turn around turn 5 at Willow Springs....nearly plowed into the back of a restored Ferrari Boxer at Turn 1 coming down off the corkscrew at Willow Springs and so asking Charlie Friend recently how he continues well into his 70's now to average  170 MPH in his race Corvair-from-hell in orr competition.

Charlie said that to average those speeds he has to speed along that 2-lane road at 180-185 in the straights at SS on a road far from straight and then slow down to160 mph through the sweeper turns and then speed up again in the straights coming out of the canyon/narrows and of course wht he does not say is that if ONE thing goes wrong at any of those speeds (a tire, an A-arm, steering rack, or even a deck lid ;-) your day is not gonna be a good one. Perhaps in Charlie's case as Carl Young once said when you have flown a F-100 fighter-bomber in Nam while being shot at and both Charlie and Carl did that  driving a Corvair or just about anything else  pales by comparison....or so Charlie says."

- Dennis Antenucci

 

So as our departed friend Tony Harvey used to say, "Drive -It!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:56
 
2011 NORC Pre-Race Update PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 18:41

Dennis "Mad Dawg" Antenucci is temporarily back from his desert hijinks and will be running the 2011 Nevada Open Road Challenge in his race prepared street legal DeTomaso Pantera.  He's recently finished up all the prep and tech work, made some local runs to make sure the cobwebs are blown out and is ready to roll.  Although he's not revealed his final speed class, he once again reminded the Pantera world of his long standy $5,000 challenge, with a friendly tuant to our Texas brethren:

Any street licensed Pantera that shows up at the 2011 Nevada Open Road Challenge, Races, -and- obtains a higher average speed than Mad Dawg, will receive as their reward, all expenses paid up to $5,000.  If the driver and Pantera are from Texas, the payout may go as high as $10,000.

To date, none has taken on this challenge.  Will this be the year?

The last thing the Dawg is waiting for, is the new car "wrap" that will be applied to the Pantera this year.  Dennis has decided to forgo paint for now and substitute a full body wrap with tributes to past TPR veterans and those who have died doing what they love.  It should be quite the head-turner, not that the Pantera isn't anyway.


A second Pantera is currently scheduled to make an appearance at this year's NORC as well.  John "JB" Bentley has been preparing his Pantera, truck and trailer for the past few years and is now planning to accompany the TPR President to the event.  John will be running a new rebuilt engine.  In addition he added some NACA ducts and is looking to take on the 135 MPH class.  Like all good Team Pantera Racing members, John has thought ahead and installed Z-rated tires all around.  No worries in tech for him.

 

The Nevada Open Road Challenge begins next week and will encompass a parade, car show, lots of great getogethers, the race on Sunday the 15th and the awards banquet to follow.  Keep your eyes peeled to this space for more information after the race.

 
2011 Mojave One Mile Shootout Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 18:27

Team Pantera Racing is just now looking over the results for the Mojave One Mile Shootout (yea, a slackin' administrator here slowing things down) and we find that TPR member Darryl "SEAL" Johnson successfully ran his 1974 Pantera with a Big Block Ford to a top speed of 170.1 MPH in the best of three runs.  His was the -only- Pantera present.  Darryl's other two runs were 168.9 and 169.0.

Joe "Doc" Abe ran a modest 155 MPH in his Ford GT and fastest speed of the day went to Bob Griffin in his 1100hp twin turbo Viper hitting 223.9 MPH.  Behind Bob in Big Red was RJ Gottlieb who ran a best of three runs at 216.1.

Lots of Ford power was represented. Lots of factors in achieving max speed but we think Darryl's distance to 200 mph supports the Pope's theory on needing much more HP....like 800+ HP.  Most of all the fastest drivers had that kind of power.

 

 

 
2011 BBORR Report PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 18:14

David "The Pope" Adin filed a report with Team Pantera Racing shortly after completing the Big Bend Open Road Race in Texas this year.  Here is a sampling of what went down.

Unlimited was won by a Corvette that averaged 165.888 MPH.  Second was J Tiemann in his GT 40 averaging 160 MPH with a trap speed of 202.  If you ever get the chance to hear this puppy with the unmuffled 180 exhaust, have a tissue ready.
Charlie Friend had a dizzy fail and the big mopar had a fire.
Although Team Pantera Racing had members present, sadly nobody was driving a Pantera.  David Adin was the most succesful participant from the team this year, driving his V8 powered Mazda Miata.  In the true spirit of TPR, David has shoehorned in a V8 where a tiny four cylinder should go and he had a blast.  He got a second place trophy - no competition in his class.  David clocked a tech speed of 124 in the traps with the little Miata pulling with all its heart!
Weather at the event was WAY hot ( 95 or 100) with David thinking his car wouldn't make it ( 220 oil temps), but all was in control and he finished.
Only 68 Corvettes entered this year - it has become tiresome!  Seems the Corvette crowd is taking over open road racing.  Although David didn't drive the Pantera (still undergoing some new modifications) he did lament the fact he wasn't driving it to put the slam down on the 'vettes.

 
2011 Race Prep PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:58

It's that time.  The Big Bend Open Road Race is just around the corner in April with the Nevada Open Road Challenge close behind in May.  Team Pantera Racing Headquarters has it on good authority that Dennis "Mad Dog" Antenucci will again grace the Nevada desert with his 1972 Pantera in this years NORC.  No word yet on any other participants in the BBORR or NORC, but rumor has circulated some Team Pantera Racing veterans may show.  David Adin, our favorite grouchy old man from Colorada, Steve Hawkins and John Bentley may make showings this year.  We'll keep on top if it.

So get your Panteras ready, racing is nearer than you think.  Get those checklists out and make sure your cat is in top condition.  If you even -think- you'll need tires, NOW is the time to get them not two weeks out from the start of the race.  Look over all the bearings, check that clutch, change the brake and clutch fluids.  Look for oil leaks.  Inspect the belts and hoses, the ZF, u-joints, etc.  Check the expiration date on your race harnesses, your helmet, race suit, shoes and gloves.  Two weeks from the race is NOT the time to find out you need new ones.

 

Then check out the Team Pantera Racing Seal of Approval page for other recommendations on go-fast goodies.  After that you may want to pick up some new Team Pantera Racing decals, shirts or the ever popular and very exclusive TPR Coin.  To do that, visit our Soft Goods page.

 

If you're not a member of Team Pantera Racing, and you own/race a Pantera, we'd love to have you.  Just sign up and we'll give you the secret handshake and you too can be included in all the fun that is Team Pantera Racing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:20
 
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