Vol. 5 - #7 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

JULY - 2000













Hello everyone! As I write this another heat wave is upon us. Too bad as the hottest forecast day was June 14, our second club race day at Sears Point this year. Way too hot for me to enjoy myself drag racing. If any of you went, let me know how it was. Y2K is certainly going by quickly. It is hard to believe that this is the July edition of our club newsletter.

I will talk a little about our upcoming events for the month of July. Sat July 8th is our Bowlin’ & Cruisin’ date at the Sea Bowl in Pacifica. Please see info in both this and the last newsletter for more info. Event chair Brian Nickless needs your RSVP at your earliest convenience.Weather in Pacifica sure to be fine so be there and join in the fun. Sat July 22nd has us returning to Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills for our First picnic of the year. Skip Hendricks is the event chair again this year and full details are in this newsletter. Both these events are family oriented and promise to provide lots of FUN FUN FUN for everyone. See ya there, for sure!!!!!! That takes us through the month of July for club events.

Event coverage in this issue to include the recent GGuys show and Heritage days, both in Pleasanton. Those of you that have e-mail saw my recap of GGuys. At that time, I mentioned that I had more to say on the subject and here that is. First off, thank you to everyone that participated. Your commitment to our club made the weekend the huge success that it was. I will repeat a little of what I said previously for the benefit of those of you that did not get a chance to read it. The weekend could only be described as perfect! For our hosting duties, from GGuys, we get free weekend admission, free event T shirts, $500 for the club and the club sponsors a free BBQ lunch both days! We had 52 cars on Sat and about 35 on Sunday. This year marked our 4th year as the host club and we were invited back for #5 during an awards presentation on Sunday that included our being given a plaque along with our check during a group photo shoot. GGuys Event Director Harry Daviess personally thanked our entire group for our hard work and said that they would love to see us back as their host club again next year. Our group stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge in a nanosecond! Our goal has always been to increase our level of participation each year. Our turnout is always excellent but there is room for us to grow.

I would be interested in hearing from those of you that did not choose to attend, why?? Only by your feedback can we address your reasons for not participating. Please e mail me or call me with your comments. Hosting this show and keeping work times to our goal of 1 hour per person per day attended takes a lot of people. We cannot have too many people attend. Your car does not need to be show ready. We are first in the fairgrounds and can fit as many club cars as choose to attend. My 100 car goal for this year will now become next years goal. We are well over 200 members. A 100 car goal should be achievable. It is a great time and something that everyone should experience first hand. Once again, please let me know the reasons why some of you do not attend this event. The early hour is part of the experience and this event is worth getting up early for. If you don’t want to take my word for it, ask anyone that has gone. I do need your help in making this event run smoothly. We typically have about 70 different work spots to cover. It is important that everyone attending preregister with me. When you do that, everything flows smoothly. I simply take the names and plug them into the work schedule. The other part is that if you sign up and then can’t make it, you gotta let me know. I understand that things come up and respect your time. I do not put the work schedule together until the day before as I know that things change. Once again, that is fine AS LONG AS YOU LET ME KNOW BEFORE THE SHOW.

Not showing up and not letting me know DOES NOT WORK. When you do that, you are basically throwing us under the bus so to speak. We now have to find someone to fill your spot. Please keep in mind that we have to first figure out that you are not there. Needle in a haystack! Those of you that choose to come and not let me know also cause some problems. We are glad you are there!, but you are not on my work schedule, we did not expect you for lunch and don’t want to run out of food, I did not order your freebie T shirt, etc. Communication is the best way to handle this. Please help everyone involved maximize their experience by communicating as required. It is absolutely mandatory that everyone be on the same page with what is going on this entire weekend. The majority of you are so the event runs as smoothly as a finely tuned GTO as far as our part goes!!!!

I would like to congratulate Howard Thorpe for winning the raffle Grand Prize watch donated by members Larry & Curtis Smith of Smith Jewelers. We appreciate their generous donation. You owe it to yourself to see one of these watches in person. Maybe Howard will show you his! I would like to thank the many members that helped out during the show. First, thank you to all of you that attended. Your participation is greatly appreciated!!! A special thanks to the following members: Jim Lent & John Phillips for organizing the various work groups. Blair Locke & Rick Daly for handling the BBQ chores, Lolly Mayeda for selling raffle tickets on Sat., Jeannie Lent & Barb Davis for distributing event shirts both days and selling raffle tickets on Sunday. Thanks to Sandi Kent for organizing and displaying the 3 boxes of our club shirts for sale that I set on a table and helping sell them all weekend!

Each year we are given the opportunity to pick cars for different awards. Thanks to Jodi Barnes, Tom Gormley, Larry Holt, Ray Herman, Yosh Miyako & Paul Fujimori for doing this. Not an easy task when any car on the fairgrounds that fits your category is eligible. Club members Ken Davis & Ray Herman both won awards with their ‘65 convertibles and were parked in the Winners Circle on the front lawn on Sunday.

Way lot of cool things going on all weekend. If I forgot to thank anyone for helping, I apologize! Treasurer Will Valle reports that we made about $1800 for the weekend on shirt sales, raffle ticket sales, new members and our pay from GGuys. A bunch of new people joined, shirt sales were brisk as were the sale of raffle tickets! All of you that were there made it happen. Congrats for making Golden Gate Goats the great club it has become.

Please remember to check our website at before and after any event for last minute changes, event recaps, etc. Webmaster Skip Hendricks does a fantastic job of keeping everything right up to the minute. Once again I would like to say that I am proud to be President of your club! Stay cool and see ya when I see ya:





It has been brought to my attention that many of you are not writing your car of the month articles and sending them in to Jim Lent for publication in our newsletter and on our website. I ask that when you are assigned an article that you look at doing it as a positive experience, grab the bull by the horns and get it handled. I don't assign 3 per month expecting to get 1. There is absolutely no reason why we cannot have 100% participation on this. I really don't want to be a total ass about this but the bottom line is that I expect everyone to do their article when assigned. If you need help, let me know. Together we will get it handled. Consider these assignments as part of your club experience as a GGG member. I am sure you enjoy reading everyone elses articles. Nuff said? Plenty of lead time is given. As I have suggested in the past, when you are assigned an article, write it right away while it is fresh in your mind. Please help GGG be all that we can be by writing your articles.









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



118 Iris Court

Hercules, CA 94547






Please be sure to let Brian Nickless know that you will be bowling on July 8.

Also, let Skip Hendricks or Jim Lent know how many in your party are coming to the July 22nd Picnic!


Brian Nickless has made arrangements for bowling and da prez (John Mekisich) is planning the tour route. See flyer in this newsletter for more information.



Once again we will be returning to Tilden Park in the Oakland hills for our first picnic of 2000. Mark this date on your calendar. See flyer in this newsletter for more information.




This event has grown in popularity each year for GGGoaters. Last year over 20 members attended to enjoy the incomparable Monterey area. Everyone who attends says this is one of the best run events that they have ever attended. Friday begins with a poker run that goes through Cannery Row, the 17 mile drive and down Hiway one to Big Sur and back. Returnees can then join the lazy crowd in a show’n’shine at Cannery Row or in Pacific Grove this year. Friday night there is a controlled cruise. Sat. the show shifts to Laguna Seca, with a free ham & pancake breakfast, show’n’shine and parade laps around Laguna Seca Raceway. HOT laps in Porsches can also be purchased. Sat. night there is a dance at the Monterey Convention Center at Fishermans’ Wharf. The Joe Scharino Band provides pretty much non-stop music from the 60s-80s. Sunday, the Show continues or you can sleep in, get a leisurely breakfast and take the slow cruise home. The event application can be viewed and downloaded from our website or you can call 831-759-1836 to have them send you an application. If you are thinking of going, you should be making hotel reservations now. If you ever thought about taking a Friday off to go play, then this is the one for you!



Date - Sat July 8th, 2000

10 to Noon

LOCATION: Sea Bowl in beautiful Pacifica. Situated just off Hwy 1 across the street from Rockaway Beach. Coming from the south on Hwy 1, turn directly into parking lot. From the north, make a left onto Fassler, then into parking lot.

Event coordinator Brian Nickless gives us the choice of Astro bowling under the lights or conventional bowling. All ages welcome to bowl. $4 per game for Astro and $2.50 per game for regular plus $2.00 shoe rental. For you non bowlers, you can shoot pool, terrorize the arcade or just hang out. Bar and snack bar available. Afterwards there are many options for lunch and then it is time to cruise!

John Mekisich is putting together a cruise route that will include San Francisco’s legendary Brotherhood Drive, ( it is a proper thing for us to visit this former street racing hot spot - oh yeah! ), Ocean Beach and ???????? Maximum fun with minimum traffic is the goal for this cruise. We will meet at Lyons in San Mateo at 8:30 and cruise to Pacifica (depart 8:45) or you can meet us there. Lyons is 1 block N. of Hwy 92 in San Mateo on the El Camino. There you have it! Should be a day of fun, sun, bowling and GTOs, something for everyone so come on out and join us.

The weather should be absolutely perfect!!!!!! Brian knows you’re gonna love it and is expecting 50 people! Please RSVP to Brian Nickless at or call him at 415-587-8478. He needs to know your bowling choice plus get a head count.


Seeya there!






JULY 22, 2000

Island Picnic Area

Tilden Park, Berkeley

10:OO a.m. until ??

The first Golden Gate Goats club picnic of the year will be in beautiful Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills. We have reserved the Island Picnic Area next to the Brazil Room. There is plenty of parking right next to the picnic area to park the goats. There will be space for about 25 cars in front of the picnic area and the rest will be able to park right behind the picnic area.

The menu will consist of barbecued tri tips and chicken. There will be hot dogs for the kids. We are asking that everyone bring a side dish to share. Grill space is limited so if you are planning to bring something that needs to be heated please call Skip Hendricks first. We may need to bring some Coleman stoves.

Also let Skip Hendricks (510.727.0221) or Jim Lent (510.799.6096) know how many in your group are coming and if you’re interested in helping out. We could use some help setting up, parking cars, cooking, and the ever popular clean-up. Also need volunteer to sell raffle tickets and someone to organize games for children.

BYOB: Beer and wine are permitted, however, no hard liquor is allowed.

If you get tired of standing around talking horsepower, here is some information on other activities in the park taken from the park’s web page.


  • The Little Train offers rides along the scenic ridge on a scaled-down steam train.


  • An 18-hole public golf course has a driving range, a pro shop, and the Tee Clubhouse coffee shop.


  • The Regional Parks Botanic Garden contains the world's most complete collection of California native plants, including rare and endangered species. Its visitor center offers tours and lectures throughout the year.


  • Lake Anza offers swimming in season at a sandy beach with a bathhouse and food stand. Fishing is permitted all year


  • Tilden's merry-go-round is a splendid antique carousel with hand-carved animals to ride and a calliope to make any child's heart sing. Or children can ride a real pony at the nearby pony ride, in season.


Directions: From the East Bay or West Bay, take Hwy. 24 to the Caldicott Tunnel. Take the Fish Ranch Rd. exit on the East side of the tunnel (from either direction). Take Fish Ranch Rd. to Grizzly Peak Rd. Turn right on Grizzly Peak Rd. Turn right on South Park Dr. Turn left on Wild Cat Canyon Rd. The Island Picnic Area is on the right just past the Brazil Room.





Welcome to these new members who have joined the

Golden Gate Goats in the last few months.

We look forward to meeting you at our club events.


Terry & Melanie Kish        Union City        1965 H.T.

Gary Evans                        Aptos                 3 - 65 GTOs

Dano "GTO" Savino        Santa Rosa        1965 Convertible

Peter Monachello              Concord            1973 Lemans

Martin Sell                        San Martin        1970 Convertible

Rick Herger                      Dublin                1966 H.T.

Randy Gast                       San Jose            1969 Convertible

Chris Eagle                       San Jose            1967 H.T. HO 4-spd.

Perry Peterson                  Mtn. View         shopping for 66-7 convertible

Mike LaCombe                 Pleasant Hill      1965 Convertible

David Roseman                San Francisco    1970 GTO

Mike Eberstein                Livermore           shopping for a 66 GTO HT 4-spd

Donald K. Czapkay        Santa Rosa           1965 GTO HT