THE GOAT CONNECTION
Vol. 5 - #8 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS
AUGUST - 2000
Member Organization GTO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
NO CLUB MEETING THIS MONTH
OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe CornerVINTAGE LICENSE PLATE BILL UPDATE
Hello everyone. As we settle into the lazy days of summer (or so the song goes) a lot of us are busy with vacations and other things. Our club picnic at Tilden Park in Berkeley this past Saturday was another great time. Super turnout with about 25 cars and 75 or so folks attending. Lots of new faces along with some cars we had not seen before. This shows the strength of our club. Many of the regulars were unable to attend for various reasons and we still had a fantastic turnout. Excellent. Skip Hendricks and Jim Lent did a fine job as event chairs. Skips excellent tri-tip and chicken was met with rave reviews. 45 lbs. of tri-tip and 10 chickens were consumed so you know everyone ate well. Thanks to Vic Hubbard Auto Parts for donating prizes for the raffle. We appreciate their support. All in all a really pleasant day.
Our Bowling and Cruise day in Pacifica was enjoyed by the small group of people that turned out. Event chair Brian
Nickless did a good job of putting this event together. For any number of reasons (holiday week, vacations, ????) the turnout was small. After talking with several people that went, we think this event should be given another chance next year. Great bowling in a fantastic facility, lunch at the beach, cool weather and some great places to cruise. Lets look forward to it for next year.
O.K. ladies, here's something for you. Several of you while visiting during the picnic came up with the idea of sharing recipes in the newsletter each month. Great idea!!!!!!! Look for the Recipe Corner column beginning with this issue of the newsletter. My wife Marsha has sent in the first recipe along with some ideas on how to keep it going. I said to Marsha that I would help by eating the food. She responded to my comment with a blank stare. I returned to mowing the lawn.Hope that everyone will have fun with this and guys, no more hoarding the newsletter !!!!!!!
Our next club event is the Sunday, August 20th wine cruise. Event chair Rindy St Clair has put together visits at 3 South Bay wineries plus a lunch stop. Will be able to exercise the cars a bit as well. Check out the details in this newsletter.
No RSVP on this one. Come on out and join us if you can for a fun filled day of sun, fun, wine, cars and most importantly;
a chance to visit with your fellow GGG members.
Looking forward, please feel free to send me any ideas on next years 5th anniversary blowout with Jim Wangers. Oct. is the planning meeting and I would prefer to have some ideas going in. Want to throw this one out at you now;our meeting schedule has Sept. & Nov. in San Leandro and Oct. and Dec. in Redwood City. Sept. meeting will be used for general business and Wangers pre-planning. Oct. is the planning meeting for Jim Wangers. We need to set a goal of leaving that meeting with at least an outline of the event and the people in place to make it happen. Nov. is the brainstorming meeting for our 2001 event schedule. This is a critical meeting. I made the commitment to have some of these meetings in San Leandro. Initially the turnout was phenomenal until the novelty wore off. The last couple have left a bit to be desired attendance wise. These comments are directed at those of you that can (or will) make San Leandro but NOT Redwood City. If we do not draw the " locals " to San Leandro and it is more convenient for the rest of us to have it in Redwood City, you get my drift. I applaud the commitment and dedication from those of you that attend regardless of location. Keep in mind that San Leandro has us all facing commute traffic and it will be worse in winter. Here is the bottom line, if September's attendance is not " normal "as in Redwood City normal, look for me to suggest moving November's meeting back to Redwood City. Nuff said.
Those of you going to HAN, have a great time. Hope to see many of you at the August wine cruise. Looking ahead, lots of fun stuff coming up in Sept. so plan your calendar to make what you can. Drag date for Weds., Aug. 23rd at Sears Point. Racers, lets keep in touch. I know that many of you have cars under construction. We are all looking forward to seeing them in the near future.
Oh yeah, check out the membership roster breakdown by year owned in this newsletter.....very interesting. Here is a hint for which year our members own the most of......OOPS, brain fade...........BYE!!!!!!
CHANGES, MISSPELLINGS, ETC.
IF WE HAVEN'T GOT YOUR INFORMATION MIXED UP YET, JUST GIVE US TIME. WE ARE WORKING AS FAST AS WE CAN.
Please contact Jim Lent with any name, address, phone number or vehicle corrections or changes. (510) 799-6096.
SNAIL MAIL: Jim Lent
118 Iris Court
Hercules, CA 94547
GOLDEN GATE GOATS UPCOMING EVENTS
OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner
Last weekend we had a terrific turn out of wonderful food prepared by all, at our Tilden Park Picnic. Many of us were asking each other for recipes. While doing this Julie Blake came up with the idea of adding a recipe corner to our newsletter. We could call the column something special, like "OMIGODITSGOOD!" Recipe Corner, kind of a spin off of "OMIGODITGOES" Let me know if you like this name or not. Some folks thought they could tweak the recipes name to something like "'70s Spaghetti". Anyway it was fun, and we thought it might be another way for both genders to share a little something we all enjoy when we get together with our cars. I am willing to help start this off. Any of you out there with some recipes you would like to share with us, for example Skip Hendricks' Special Honey BBQ Sauce? or Barbara Davis' Excellent Beans? The beans were gone before I could even try them, so I know they were killer great! Lots of you have great ideas and recipes, so if you send them to me I will be glad to compile and get them to Jim for the newsletter each month. We will print one or two recipes each month depending on length. You can send them to me immediately if you like. The more the merrier. One of our members also had a great idea to eventually compile all our recipes into a Golden Gate Goats recipe book, which we could sell. This could include all recipes submitted, and even those that did not make it to the newsletter yet. Send your feedback, recipes and ideas to my e-mail Sprnghi11@aol.com and I will be sure to pass them on. Note that the " hill " part does not use the letter " L " but the number one. Little tricky I know. Someone else already took the normal spelling.
OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner
Chocolate Chocolate Cookies Makes 5 to 6 Dozen
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
4 large eggs 1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder (optional but I did include)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Assembly and Baking:
*In top of double boiler, melt unsweetened chocolate, 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and butter. *In small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. *In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until mixture is thick and pale. Beat in vanilla and espresso powder. *Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, then fold in flour mixture and remaining chocolate chips and nuts. Let dough stand 15 minutes. Dough will appear a little runny for cookie dough, but standing it will bubble a little and thicken up to gooey paste like consistency. At this point I kept bowl in the refrigerator between batches.
*Drop by the spoonful on parchment paper or aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until cracked and shiny on top. Do not over bake. Allow to cool completely before removing them from baking trays. This cookie consistency is similar to a nice brownie, and said to be possibly the most sinful cookies you will ever eat! Enjoy!
Spinach Salad Serves 6 to 8
1 bunch spinach
1 diced green apple rinsed with lemon juice to keep from turning brown, or substitute apple with apple pear.
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts 1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup minced red onion, or wala wala onion if you can get it. 1 tablespoon of sesame seed, toasted
2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard. I used the country style. 1 teaspoon soy sauce (I used lite soy)
1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder 1/2teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/3 cup of salad oil (I used half grape seed oil, and half canola)
*Wash and dry spinach; tear into bite-size pieces.
*Combine all ingredients for dressing; mix well.
*Place all salad ingredients in large serving bowl, spinach first, and
everything else on top, then pour dressing over salad. DO NOT TOSS YET.
*Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Toss just before serving.
VINTAGE LICENSE PLATE BILL UPDATE
“After spending several years searching for a correct vintage Corvette, it was a tremendous disappointment when I was informed by the DMV that the original black and gold plates could not be assigned to the car. This ridiculous law almost forced me to sell the vehicle and abandon the project. While this Corvette would still retain most (not all)of its value, more importantly, it would have lost its intrinsic as well as aesthetic value.”
National Corvette Restorers Society Member
AB 2058 Assistant Republican Leader Assemblyman Mike Briggs allows owners of vehicles from 1973 or earlier to use “historical ” license plates, such as the black and gold plates, with dates corresponding to the original year of registration.
The Current Law
AB 2058 fixes a discrepancy in the vehicle code concerning vintage license plates. Current law allows vehicles made prior to 1963 to bear vintage license plates. However these vintage license plates were issued up until 1974 .AB 2058 mirrors current law, simply changing the date.
Owners of vintage cars would like the ability to make their cars fully authentic. This bill allows such owners to use authentic license plates. Black and gold plates add to the appearance and value of historic vehicles.
Currently, AB 2058 is in the Senate Appropriations Committee. From there, the bill goes to the whole Senate for a floor vote. If Governor Davis signs this bill, the law will be effective as of January 1,2001.
Am I Eligible?
The owner is responsible for finding correct “clean ”plates. Vehicles that were manufactured before or in 1973 will be able to use vintage license plates if registration requirements are met. Application fees apply as with every special license plate.
For more information, visit:
Or call the Capitol office at:
District Office• 83 E. Shaw, Suite 202 • Fresno, CA 93710 (559)243-4192 • Fax (559)243-4196
State Capitol• P.O. Box 942849 • Sacramento, CA 94249-0029 (916)319-2029 • Fax (916)319-2129