Vol. 7 - #4 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

APRIL - 2002


 Wed., April 3 
Harry’s Hofbrau
 1909 El Camino Real
Redwood City

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OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner  









Wow, sure had some unseasonably cold weather these past few days! Can you say Gigunda????? Our tank tour this last Saturday was an absolute blast. Had a chance to see almost 200 assorted tanks and other military apparatus. Very interesting experience. For those of you that missed it, full details are in last months newsletter as is their website. Be sure to check out the photos in this newsletter. Fun time and a great turnout. Thanks again to Ray Ibia for putting this together.

March GGuys will have come and gone by the time you read this. Hope that the weather was good. Our next club meeting is on Weds April 3rd at Harry's in Redwood City. Please plan to attend, lots of things going on. We will be discussing our upcoming Wangers II event as well as continue sign ups for June GGuys. Saturday April 6th has us up in Sebastopol for Champagne and Lunch. This event is being hosted by Mark & Deidre Stipanov. Details in both this and last newsletter. Lots of options for you with this event Hope to see ya there!

Anyone planning on going up to Redding for Cool April Nights, April 17 to 21 please contact Dan Savino for additional info. Dano's phone is 707 545 4156 and he promises a great time. That pretty much takes us through the month of April.

Our last meeting at Harrys in San Leandro was hampered by a very high noise level in our meeting area. Those of you in attendance will certainly agree that if this happens again that we will need to look for another location. There were a couple of non club groups there having a good loud time. We have been lucky prior to this as our meeting area is adjacent to the bar. Skip Hendricks suggested our using a small PA that he has. We did clear it with their bartender and I will clear it with their manager. With their o.k., we will try the PA at our next San Leandro meeting. Let us evaluate how that works out and go from there.

Will Valle's 2001 Year End Treasurers Report is in this newsletter for your review. We came within $57 of a balanced budget. We spent a bit on club merchandise and presently have a nice selection of club hats and shirts in stock. Timing is good as we always sell a lot at Wangers and June GGuys. To do a little analysis; we made 41% of our income from dues and spend 33% of our expenses on the newsletter. 26% of our income is from club merchandise sales that we spend 20% of our income on. ( Please note we have ample stock on hand that is paid for ). 41% of our expense was on picnics and Wangers, we made 39% of our income from those events. Overall, pretty nice balance. I am sure that you would agree. Most interesting is that these numbers take care of themselves thanks totally to all of you that participate in club events and your purchases of raffle tickets and club merchandise. Thank you as you are the ones making it happen!

Please see full June GGuys info in this newsletter. Lots of fun events coming up,

Please mark your calendars now to maximize your GGG Experience !!!!!!!!


See ya in the fast lane,





We have a special day planned for Jim Wangers return visit to the Bay Area with the GGGoats!

See flyer included in this newsletter and be sure to save this date for a special day to enjoy GTOs and get special insights from the Godfather of the GTO - Jim Wangers.

Those who were there last year left wanting more. So, we have arranged for MORE! We will have an expanded presentation period this time, since 2 hours wasn’t enough in 2001. More Details are in this newsletter. Don’t miss this great opportunity!


The GGGOATS frequently uses an email list to get out information about events that may not have been available when the newsletter went to press.

This has proved very useful and, if you have an email account, you might want to join the list. Sometimes people change their email accounts and forget to let us know. If you would like to join or rejoin the list then please send me an email with your correct email address.

Please send additions or corrections to:







Please contact Jim Lent with any name, address, phone number or vehicle corrections or changes. (510) 799-6096.



118 Iris Court

Hercules, CA 94547








Wednesday, March 6, 2002


Barb Davis


March 6, 2002 Harry’s Hofbrau San Leandro

1. John Phillips introduced Frank from Kwik Kovers. He specializes in upholstery. For anyone interested, his phone number is 510 632-5554. He has Pontiac experience and has been doing this for 40 years.

2. Russ Louthian discussed the Gigunda Tank tour on Saturday March 16th. We will meet at the Alpine Inn at 11:30 AM for lunch. Then we will caravan to theTank Tour at 12:45. This is a rain or shine event. You don’t need to make reservations. Just show up. Full details in last newsletter.

3. John Mekisich talked about the March 23rd Good Guys event. For those interested, a group will be meeting at Rings parking lot at 6:45, leaving at 7:00 AM.

4. Jim Lent talked about the May 18th Wangers II event. The event will be held at Civic Park in Walnut Creek. There is parking for 45-50 cars. There is also another parking lot that will hold 100 cars. Friday night there will be a welcome party at the Black Diamond Brewing Company. The restaurant needs a commitment of $600.00 for reservations. The show will begin Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 AM. Jim Wangers will begin his presentation around 11:00. Dinner for those who are interested will be at a Mexican food restaurant one block from the park. The price of the meal will be about $15.00 per person. The cost will be $20.00 per car. That will include entrance for 2 people. Entrance for additional people will be $10.00 per person. Lolly Mayeda agreed to sell raffle tickets. Mike LaCombe agreed to put together goodie bags for the show. Smith Brothers will donate another GTO watch for the raffle. Jim Wangers will bring his 1966 Convertible. Complete information in upcoming newsletters.

5. John Mekisich handed out the sign-up flyers for the June 1st & 2nd Good Guys event. We are the host club. John will put together a work schedule for the event. If you work, you will get a free t-shirt, paid entry into the show and a BBQ. Complete information in upcoming newsletters.

6. Jim Lent talked about the cruise to Korbel and the Micro Brewery. The event is on Saturday April 6th. Still time to make reservations if you plan to stay the night after the cruise. See March newsletter for details.

7. Ken Davis handed out business cards for Precision Pontiac. Peter Sherio specializes in engine details; shifters rebuilt & rechromed and 65-67 rally gauges. He also has used Pontiac parts. His phone number is 614 258-3500.

8. Jim Lent talked about the Central Valley Pontiac car show on Saturday April 27th and 28th. If you plan on attending and want more information, you can contact Jim Lent. This is not a club sponsored event. Adam Peralta suggested that we invite the Central Valley Pontiac Club to our Wangers II event. The club ratified the idea.

9. Next meeting to be held on Wednesday, April 3rd at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City.




Golden Gate Goats and the Stipanov’s present Champagne and Lunch

Saturday April 6, 2002

(or Make it a weekend getaway to Sonoma County’s Wine Country)

Drive Thru Sebastopol….out to Bodega Bay ….past Goat Rock….along the Russian River…

Tour Korbel Champagne Cellars and Micro-Brewery….Then wait for it…

GTO’s Restaurant for a late lunch at 3pm.


And if you still want excitement, go to a little Show ‘n Shine/ Cruise in Santa Rosa at the Stony Point Grill (Presented by Cruisin’ North Car Club from 4pm till Dark)



9 to 10:00 am - Meet at Mark & Deidre Stipanov’s for coffee and pastries

6023 Lone Pine Rd, Sebastopol 707-829-1448

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10:15 - Leave the Stipanov’s cruising towards Bodega Bay, drive along the coast towards Goat Rock and Jenner. If time allows, and you want, get a photo of your car at the Goat Rock sign. Then on to Korbel, passing through Monte Rio and Guerneville.

12:30 - Stage in front of Korbel and Take a tour of the champagne cellars and their micro-brewery. Then taste a little champagne, some of which can only be bought at Korbel.

2:30 - Leave Korbel and cruise to Sebastopol to GTO’s Seafood Restaurant.

3:00 - Lunch - enjoying Louisiana style seafood and the best Gumbo ever.

After lunch you are free to go get your motel room or cruise over to Santa Rosa for the show and shine or ?....

Directions to Mark and Deidre’s house:

· 101 north to Hwy 116 exit (about 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge)

· Take the Sebastopol-Cotati-116 Exit. Turn left and go under the freeway. (if you need gas get it here or at Bill’s Deli)

· Approx 4-5 miles you will see Bill’s Deli and Gas on your right. Continue on for about 300 yards.

· On the left is Lone Pine Rd between Lander’s Automotive and “Call of the Wild.” Go up Lone Pine Rd about 1 mile. 6023 is on the left.

Motel Arrangements 

Holiday Inn Express. (they are sold out every weekend) 707-829-6677 1101 Gravenstein Hwy South (Hwy 116) Sebastopol Mention Golden Gate Goats and Deidre Stipanov for discounted rate of $80.10 + tax.

The Sebastopol Inn 707-829-2500 6751 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol About $110.

Doubletree Hotel 707-584-5466 1 Red Lion Dr., Rohnert Park

Best Western Inn- Rohnert Park 707-584-7435 6500 Redwood Rr. Rohnert Park

Courtyard by Marriot 707-573-9000 175 Railroad Ave, Santa Rosa

There are also places to stay in Bodega Bay or Petaluma. Do not choose a motel on Santa Rosa Ave in Santa Rosa. If you find a place other than listed above you might want to contact me to check to see if I would feel comfortable leaving my car there. The first 3 places are my choices.



MAY 18, 2002


Join the Golden Gate Goats in making this a GR888 Pontiac Weekend. On Friday night (5/17) we will have a welcoming dinner for Jim Wangers. We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Black Diamond Brewing Company which is located at 2330 North Main St. in Walnut Creek. The club pays for Jim’s dinner and you pay for your own meals.

Saturday, May 18th finds us gathering at Civic Park, at 1375 Civic Drive , in Walnut Creek. Detailed maps will be available on-line and in next month’s newsletter. There is no reserved parking, so getting close there to 9:00 AM should guarantee a good parking spot. The park has plenty of grass area, mature shade trees and even a children’s play area. This is a “bring your own lunch” event, so bring a picnic lunch or maybe visit the Burger King or other restaurants that are within a couple of blocks of the park. We plan to have Jim Wangers, the GTO Godfather, start his presentation around 12:30 and we have the hall reserved until 4:00 PM, so you can get a great amount of detail from Jim and have time for some question and answers during this fun filled afternoon. Jim Wangers will also have copies of his book and other GTO memorabilia for sale that day.

Dinner - Saturday night. We have arranged for a private patio area at the Cantina restaurant on Saturday afternoon. The fixed price buffet meal will have a chip & salsa bar, salad bar and chicken and steak fahitas bar. This will all be provided for a single price of $15.00 per person, including tax and tip. We will also have a private bar to purchase your beverages for the meal. The Cantina is only one block from the park, so we will walk there and leave the cars in the park. We are making arrangements to have the cars watched in our absence to prevent any problems occurring to your special GTOs and Pontiac A-bodies. A separate parking lot is available for overflow traffic and non GTO or A-Body vehicles, so don’t use the excuse that your car isn’t running to miss this event. Please indicate on the application form if you plan to attend the dinner and how many people in your party.

Event Raffle - As usual we will have a raffle of club merchandise and other cool items. If you have items you would like to donate for the raffle, please bring them to the event or a club meeting.

Goody Bags - We will again be assembling Goody bags on the Day of the show. Business owners or club members - do you have items you would like to donate for the bags or raffle, like pens, tablets, small wrapped candy items, etc.??? If so, please contact Jim Lent (510-799-6096)




NAME: __________________________________________________


PHONE NUMBER: (____) ______________

YEAR/MODEL CAR ________________________________________





EXTRA TICKETS FOR PRESENTATION: _____ x $10.00 = $ ________


Number of People planning to attend the Buffet Dinner at the Cantina Sat. evening? ___

(No payment now - $15.00/person including tax & tip at the event - Drinks not included)


Prior to May 11, send form to:

Jim Lent

118 Iris Court

Hercules, CA 94547

After May 11, bring registration to the show.



Special rates are available at the Walnut Creek Marriott Hotel, 2355 North Main St. (hotel located across street from Black Diamond Brewing Company - site of Friday night welcome for Jim Wangers. Hotel is about 1 mile from park) Room rates are $89.00 single/double. Contintental Breakfast is available for $7.95 or $10.05 full hot buffet. There is a parking fee of $8.00 self or $11.00 valet per night. Call (925) 934-2000 for reservations. When booking hotel reservations, ask for Paul Policarpio, Sales Manager. If he's not available, just mention his name and the pre-established rate.



JUNE 1st & 2nd, 2002


As many of you already know, Golden Gate Goats is the host club for the Good Guys 9th Summer Get Together at the Pleasanton fairgrounds. This has proven to be one of our largest event to date with 50+GTOs in attendance last year. Our club has become one of the largest GTO clubs in the nation with approximately 200+ current members. The enormous amount of exposure we get at this show has played a large part in helping us increase our membership. Good Guys management was very happy with the job we have done as well as the fact that we pretty much blew 'em away with our

level of participation! They invited us back for this year’s show during last year’s show! For a niche club such as ours, the opportunity to host a show of this caliber is a really big deal!

Myself along with Jim Lent & John Phillips will be the event coordinators. I will be the pre-show contact and the three of us will be working together during the event like we did last year. We will

be spending whatever time is required, at the next two club meetings, to plan for this event. 2002 will be our sixth year as the host club. The previous events went off without a hitch as I am sure this year’s event will as well. Like fine wine, we are improving with age. It takes a lot of member involvement to make this work.

I would like to thank all of you that have worked the previous shows for all your hard work. I am sure all of you will want to participate again this year. Let’s make it our goal to make this our largest

event ever. One of the many benefits we receive as the host club is our choice of where we want to park. Plan to come on out and work the show, you will have a GRRR8 parking place for the day!

Let me go back to early 1997 when our club was but a few months old. Club member John Phillips was at the right place at the right time and was instrumental in introducing us to the Good Guys.

John also belongs to the P-Town Pushrods, the club that hosts many Good Guys shows each year. He found out that P-Town was not going to be hosting he upcoming Muscle Car Nationals as they were already doing three shows and their members are heavy into rods. John called me immediately and we were able to get the "gig" so to speak. Without John’s help, we never would have been given this opportunity. Thanks a lot, John and I hope I got the facts close to correct!

Those of you that have not yet participated must be curious as to what "hosting" the show entails. Here is what is in store for ya! Our day begins early. We rendezvous in front of Specialty Sales on

1st street in Pleasanton at 5:30 a.m.! We leave promptly for the fairgrounds at 5:45 a.m. We drive to our club parking area near the museum and park the cars. The fairgrounds are very quiet until the exhaust note of 20,000 GTO horsepower fills the air, along with blipping throttles as we back em in. Unless you plan to cruise the fairgrounds, this will be your spot for the day. Good Guys event personnel will meet us here and outline what we need to do. We have done everything in previous years from helping with the special areas to directing traffic inside the fairgrounds. Whatever

assignment we get is always a good time. Our level of participation determines how long we each need to work. I anticipate one hour per day per person. Those of you with cars in progress, come on out and join in the fun! As more information comes in, we will do a work schedule and post it via e mail and on the website so each of you knows exactly where you need to be and when so you can maximize your fun at the show.

What do you get?

1) Complimentary admission both days to members that work the show

2) Reserved parking at one of the best locations in the fairgrounds. Every participant will see your car as they register at the GGuys Gazebo! Literally thousands of people will come by to drool over your car each day of the show!

3) One complimentary event T shirt per worker and additional shirts can be purchased at Good Guys cost ( $10.00). Our club logo will be in color. The shirt will have last years big winners and is always very colorful.

3) BBQ hamburgers, hot dogs, chips & fixins are provided for members and their

families each day. (Club members Rick Daley and Blair Locke have once again volunteered to do the BBQ for both Sat. and Sun.)

Just bring a side dish, or dessert and your own beverages of choice.

Those of you that will be at our April meeting can let me know then or you can sign up with me via e-mail immediately. ( We cannot have too many volunteers to work the show. My final deadline to get everything back to them is May 3rd, just after our May meeting. Once again, if you are working the show you do not need to register (pay) as you get in complimentary. You can work either day or both days. I will have a work schedule for each day. Don’t be shy, let’s really pull out the stops and make this our best turnout ever. If any of you have questions, or want to volunteer you can call me at (650) 349-2095 or e mail me or better yet, let me know at a meeting. The sooner you let me know, the easier my job becomes. PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME IF YOU CAN ARRIVE AT A LATER TIME. WE ALL NEED TO BE THERE EARLY AS IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN MAKE IT WORK!

Thank you for your understanding and support. To those of you that don’t attend many club functions, this one has evolved into the BIG DADDY of them all so to speak. As I mentioned, it is a two day show and we are there both days so if you are busy one day, you have the other! It is impossible to talk this show up too much! To my knowledge, this is the largest muscle car oriented show on the west coast. We may be the only GTO club in the country hosting a show like this. I urge all members to come on out and join the fun!

Once again, we will be discussing this event in great detail at the next two club meetings. With our April meeting in Redwood City and our May meeting in San Leandro, we will have a great opportunity to pre-plan for this event. We got a jump on this at our March meeting by beginning sign ups there. Lots of room for everyone. This hopefully will result in a record number of cars along with a new attendance record. Let us set an aggressive goal of 100 cars to attend. I will be e mailing all the car mags letting them know that we are coming out in force. They are always looking for GTOs to do articles on and we have some mighty fine examples of the ORIGINAL MUSCLECAR!

Plan to be there!








Hi Folks,

Here is a fantastic recipe for clam chowder that I got from my sister. John says that it is among the best he has tasted. An option is to add some seafood to the recipe. Trader Joes has an assortment of shellfish in their freezer section that works well.

Clam Chowder

3/4 cup Canola Oil
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup diced yellow onion
3/4 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup white wine
2 ounces fish bouillon
6 1/2 cups clam juice
1 1/2 pounds chopped clams
1 pound diced red potatoes
4 slices smoked bacon, minced, cooked and drained
1 bay leaf
1/2 tablespoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
Fresh ground pepper to taste
2 cups half & half

Heat oil in saucepan, slowly adding flour. Set on low heat and stir constantly until a roux forms. Cook onions and celery in butter for 10 minutes. Add liquid ingredients, clams, potatoes, bacon, and spices. Simmer until potatoes are al dente. Stir in roux and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in half & half.

Serves 8 to 10.

Enjoy, and let me know how you liked it....see ya







Welcome to these new members who have joined the
Golden Gate Goats
this month.
We look forward to meeting you at our club events.

Ray Mares Pleasanton 1967 H.T. & 1968 H.T.
Evan Simmons Redwood City 1969 H.T.
Michael Strenger San Jose 1965 H.T.
Mike Brunetti San Jose 1972 HO
Joe Asiano San Francisco 1967 H.T.