Vol. 8 - #4 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

APRIL - 2003


April 2, 2003
15011 Hesperian Blvd.
San Leandro

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Heard that last Saturday’s event pulled in close to 50 people at the Winchester Mystery House. Hopefully everyone found their way out. Great turnout, glad to see the weather gave us a break. Lots of fun things coming up for us in the near future and I will start off with…………………..

First up is our next club meeting on Wednesday April 2nd in San Leandro. We are going to try a new location, Carrow’s, where we have a stand alone meeting room. See map and directions in this newsletter. Hopefully this will be quite an improvement over the Bar area at Harry’s. If this location meets with everyone’s approval, we will make this our permanent East Bay meeting place. This meeting will have a full agenda including final Jim Wangers 3 event planning and the start of Good Guys June Host Club Show planning. Please come on out and join in the fun and the planning.

April 5th has us Karting in Santa Clara. If you are interested, contact Wayne Barnes at or call him at 650 578 1709 to see if space is still available. A ton of fun for 100 bucks. This should be a blast.

Mark your calendars on April 12th for Stipanov’s Steppin’ Out Wine Event. Full info in this newsletter. Looks to be a fun time. Please note that you need to RSVP for this event. Let me just remind everyone that when asked, it is extremely important to follow whatever instructions are given by the event chairs. They can only do their jobs which is to try to maximize everyone’s fun when you provide them with the information they ask for.

April 26th is the Pontiacs of Central CA show in Madera. If any of you are planning on going, please share your plans with the group at our April 2nd meeting.

April 27th has us in Benicia for the Benicia Car Show. This event is always fun and GGG has won the club participation award twice. Registration form on the website and additional info in this newsletter.

Looking forward…………May 2nd and 3rd are the dates for Jim Wangers 3. Please see the event page in this newsletter for additional information. Reservations required for both the Friday Night Reception and the Main Event on Saturday. We will be doing the final planning for this event at our April 2nd meeting, asking for volunteers to help with registration at the show, etc. Mr. Wangers is bringing the GeeTo Tiger along with the Tiger Mascot for our enjoyment.
May 31st and June 1st has us at the Good Guys Summer Get Together. We are once again the Host Club. Full details in this newsletter. You can sign up with me any time starting NOW. I need to know which day (s) you want to work the show, # of people in your party and your T shirt size (s). Please note the May 7th cutoff date for you to be GUARANTEED an event logo shirt. is the easiest way to contact me and register for this event. As in previous years, will be taking the hard line on arrival times. Everyone has to go in as a group at the early hour…………

We discussed Senate Bill 708 briefly at our meeting last month. Please see the information on this bill included in this newsletter. It is critically important that we all take the time to contact our Senators and oppose this bill. This will be a topic of discussion at our April 2nd meeting as well. If passed as is, the effects on our hobby would be absolutely devastating. Note they want to put all cars manufactured after 1960 back in the program. We need to all stand up and be heard on this…………

Sales of our GGG logo license plate frames have been quite brisk, we have sold 75% of our order. Thank you very much for your support. Jim Lent will have them for sale again at the April 2nd meeting, unless they are gone by then!!!! You can contact Jim at to place your order.

That pretty much covers things for now. If you can, please plan on attending our April 2nd meeting at our new location, Carrow’s Restaurant in San Leandro. We have a full agenda of fun things to talk about and plan for. Fun Folks & Fun Times.

See ya in the fast lane……………..



Car of the Month article assignments

February…John Arvisu, Rick Guaglardo , Ray Herman
March....Jim & Rachelle Clapp, Jeff Barraclaugh, Doug Hatch

Articles, with at least three pictures, should be sent to:


Jim Lent
118 Iris Court
Hercules, CA 94547

or email




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



Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Note Taker: Barb Davis

Date/Location: Harry’s Hofbrau, Redwood City, 7:00 PM

Club Officers 2003

John Mekisich    President
Russ Louthian   Vice president
Al Harris               Treasurer
Barb Davis          Secretary
Jim Lent               News Letter Editor

All club officers were in attendance at the meeting.

Al Harris gave the treasures report.
Balance as of 3/5/03 $7,760.48. We have 227 paid members. 

  1. Jim Lent showed the new license plate frames. You can purchase the frame for $35.00. You can see the sample of the plates in our newsletter. If you order a frame, you have the option to pick it up at an event or meeting. If you want it mailed to you, an additional fee will be collected for the postage. Thank you, Jim, for taking the time to get the plate frames made for the club. Thank you to Deidre Stipanov for finding the vendor for us.
  3. Wayne Barnes reserved Santa Clara Speed Ring Indoor Kart Racing on April 5th 11:00 A M for the club. We will have 20 minutes of practice, take a break and then have a 20 minute race. This will be GGG club members only on the track at SpeedRing in Santa Clara. Check out their website at If you want to attend, you need to let Wayne know at, or call him at 650 578 1709 by Sunday March 16th LATEST. If you sign up, you are committing to paying the $100 track fee to Wayne as he has fronted the money. If you sign up and cannot attend, you will still owe the $100. 
  5. John Mekisich talked our affiliation with the National GTO Association of America. We have enough members to be an affiliated Chapter. 
  6. Russ Louthian told us about the Winchester Mystery Hour tour. March 15, 2003
    Meet at the Winchester Mystery House parking lot. Golden Gate Goat event direction signs will be posted to help you find our reserved parking spaces. Russ will be there to sell tickets beginning at 10AM.
    Have your cash or checks (made payable to Golden Gate Goats) ready. Our tours start promptly at 11AM. The behind the scenes tour starts at 12:30. More details in the newsletter.

  7. Deidre Stipanov provided information about the Stipanov Stepin out wine tour event in Healdsburg on Saturday April 12th. The event will start in Sebastopol at the Stipanov’s house. We will caravan to Healdsburg for lunch and shopping. Deidre has information for lodging in the area if anyone is interested in staying for the weekend. More details in the newsletter. 
  8. Wayne Barnes discussed the SB708 bill. This bill would not only take away the exemptions that SB42 gave us, but mandate that every car from 1960 on be smog tested. This would start in 2005.They are talking about much stricter standards than before, not the previous standards.
  10. Dano Savino shared information about Warm Summer Daze car show at Petaluma fair grounds, July 12th & 13th. Our club cars will be featured. It is a 2 day event. Club members will not be charged an entrance fee. Our club cars will park together. For those who haven’t signed up to volunteer to help that weekend, you can contact Dano Savino. Phone number (707) 527-0261. ELVIS (Glenn Freschi) will perform live on stage. Swap Meet, Exhibits/Displays. 
  11. John Phillips checked into lodging near Marina Pontiac for the Jim Wangers event May 2, & 3rd. He suggested the La Quinta Inn. The price for GGGoats would be $89.00. That would include breakfast. He also looked at Hilton Gardens. The price would be $89.00. Both hotels are very nice. Mark Kane has room to park 10-12 cars with covered parking. Let him know if you are interested. John also looked for restaurants for the Friday night reception with Jim Wangers. The Ranch House was the restaurant that was voted on. They have a buffet menu. John will need to know if you are planning on attending the reception. You can send him an e-mail. Club member Marv Cooper will provide lunch for $10.00 per person on Saturday. Jim Wangers will give his presentation after lunch in the showroom. Jim Wangers agreed to bring his 1966 GeeTO for a fee of $500.00. The price includes the tiger mascot. 
  12. Jim Lent told us about the Benicia car show, April 27, 2003. Meeting place: Starbucks parking lot. You can sign up for the event when you arrive or you can e-mail Jim Lent for an application. See details in newsletter. The entry fee is $15.00. We won the club participation award last year.
  13. Jim Lent has polo tee shirts with the club logo for sale. They come in red, white and blue. If you are interested contact Jim Lent. The price of the shirt is $35.00. 
  14. For those who were assigned CAR OF THE MONTH ARTICLES…Please send them in to Jim Lent.
  15. Next meeting to be held Wednesday April 2, 2003, 7:00 PM, in San Leandro at Carrows,




Steppen’ Out with the Stipanov’s 2nd Annual Wine Event

Saturday April 12, 2003

(Or make it a weekend getaway to Sonoma County’s Wine Country)

Start at the Stipanov’s house in Sebastopol (approx 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge) for coffee, bagels and pastries. Then head up to historic downtown Healdsburg, for lunch, wine tasting, beer tasting at a brewery, antiquing, and checking out all kinds of little shops “on the square”.

10:00 - 11a.m.    Meet at Mark & Deidre Stipanov’s house for coffee and pastries 6023 Lone       Pine Rd, Sebastopol 707-829- 1448 email <>

About 11:15a.m. Leave for Healdsburg (will take approx ½ hour to drive) We plan on parking in City Hall’s parking lot just a couple of blocks from the town square.

We will have a map of places to eat lunch, taste wine and beer, check out the antique stores, a fun little Toy store, novelty shops and some wonderful clothing and other shops.

Between Noon to 3:30? Every one will be on their own to check out the numerous little eateries, wine tasting shops, antiques and other multitude of shops. There is enough for everyone to enjoy.

Around 3:30 or So - we plan on a leisurely drive, heading back towards the Stipanov’s. For those of you who are going to spend the weekend we can plan a BBQ at our house or go out for pizza, or even GTO’s Seafood Restaurant if we so desire. We can work it out when we know the numbers who are staying.

Some of the wineries and beer brewery to visit all with in a few blocks of where we are parking our cars in Healdsburg - Bear Republic Brewing Company, Windsor Vineyards (Where you can have your own wine labels made if you order 3 bottles of the same wine!!), Selby Winery, Gallo of Sonoma Tasting Room,, Artisan Cellars/ Stonestreet Winery, Optima Cellars.

Directions to Mark and Deidre’s house

For those of you who would like to spend the weekend:

Holiday Inn Express (707) 829-6677 1101 Gravenstein Highway South, (Hwy 116) Sebastopol. Call ASAP. They sell out every week end.

Sebastopol Inn - 707-829-2500 6751 Sebastopol Ave. Sebastopol (More Expensive) but very nice!

Best Western Inn, Rohnert Park 707-584-7435

Please be sure to let Mark and Deidre know
you are coming so they can plan for food
when we meet at their house!


Jim Wangers 2003
Friday May 2nd & Saturday May 3rd

We will kickoff our event with a reception dinner Friday Night at Dick’s Restaurant at 3188 Alvarado in San Leandro 6p.m. sharp. Dinner is buffet style with your choice of steak or chicken. Cost is $19.95 gratuity included. No host bar. Reservations Required. Call John Phillips at 510/886-3614 andlet him know how many and your entrée choice(s).

Saturday’s Main Event is being held at Marina Pontiac GMC 1444 Marina Blvd in San Leandro, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will have plenty of room to display our cars. Lunch to be catered by Down Home BBQ. All you can eat for 10 bucks. 

As a special treat, the GeeTo Tiger will be on display along with the Tiger Mascot. If things go according to plan……….perhaps an '04 GTO too.

Lots of neat raffle items, Mr. Wangers’ book available etc………….

Mr. Wangers’ presentation will be right on the showroom floor. 

$15 Registration Fee. Pre Registration Required. 

Please mail checks, made out to Golden Gate Goats, to John Mekisich 435 West 25th Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403. Registrations accepted via mail until April 18th. After that please call John at 650/349-2095.

Lodging is available at the La Quinta Inn 20777 Hesperian Blvd in Hayward 510/732-6300.


 MAY 31st & JUNE 1st, 2003


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 ourlevel 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. 2003 will be our seventh 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 largestevent 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. YOU MUST SIGN-UP WITH JOHN MEKISICH ON OR BEFORE THE MAY 7TH CLUB MEETING IN ORDER TO GET A FREE SHIRT! THOSE SIGNING UP AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT RECEIVE A FREE SHIRT!

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 Everyone,

Here is another fun recipe to try from Stuart Cole. Yum. Thanks Stuart!

Anyone have any recipes please keep them coming. It is fun to share and
get new ideas.


Carmen's Meat loaf

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 small onion finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
2 or 3 cloves of garlic minced
1 cup quick cooking oats, uncooked
1 egg
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
10 dashes tabasco sauce

2 Tablespoons beer (rest is for U)
more ketchup
more tabasco
1 heaping Tablespoon brown sugar
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

In a bowl combine all loaf ingredients, kneading until well mixed up.
Pace mixture in a 9x5 greased loaf pan and pat around top to even out
loaf. Sprinkle beer over loaf, then ketchup, next sprinkle tabasco,
brown sugar and top off with the cheese. Season with a little salt and
pepper and place in preheated oven at 350 for one hour.

Drink the rest of the beer and enjoy! 
Meat loaf feeds about 3-4.







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

Gary Gibson Stockton 1966 H.T.
Tom & Janet Davis Santa Rosa 1968 Convertible
Michael Sutton Colma 1964 H.T.
Harvey Santos San Leandro 1965 H.T.
Gary & Tammy Saal Rohnert Park 1965 H.T.
John Silva Medford, MA 1967 Convertible
Ron Denevi Soquel 1967 H.T. HO
Phillip Jordhamo Somerville, MA n/a
Al Schendan Baypoint 1966 H.T. & 1966 Lemans Conv.