THE GOAT CONNECTION

Vol. 6 - #7 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

JULY - 2001

Member Organization GTO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

NO CLUB MEETING 

THIS MONTH


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE  

HAT - LAPEL PINS  

UPCOMING EVENTS  

OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner  

NEW MEMBERS   

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENTíS MESSAGE

Hello Hello Hello ,

 

Strange weather. It is raining as I write this on the Monday following the picnic. Glad that we are not having the roof done! The last time it rained in June, a skylight was being installed and the roof was NOT watertight yet. The weather never ceases to surprise. At least it didn't rain over the weekend.

It has sure been a busy six weeks since our Cinco de Wangers event that was covered in the last newsletter. May 19th had many of you at Sears Point for the Vintage Car races. Heard it was a lot of fun, thanks to Skip Hendricks for chairing this event.

Earlier, on June 2nd & 3rd we once again hosted the Good Guys Summer Get Together at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Thanks to everyone that participated. We had 58 cars in attendance on Saturday and close to 35 on Sunday. Another great turnout thatís for sure! A special Thank You to Blair Locke and Rick Daly for handling the club sponsored bbq lunch on both days (the amount of food eaten was amazing ) and to Lolly Mayeda for handling the raffle chores. I would also like to say thanks to event chairs Jim Lent & John Phillips. You guys make handling a huge event manageable. Once again you handled your hosting duties without a glitch and everything just about ran on auto pilot.

Saturday came off just beautifully, then came Sunday morning. Wow, the early hour has arrived and there are precious few of us here! This is mentioned here just to remind you that we start at the same time each day. We know it is very early. Our commitment is to have the ENTIRE GROUP in place and ready to go as closely to 6 a.m. as possible. Many of you arrived much later which required some very creative scheduling to cover our assignments early on. Thanks to the many of you that took double spots and volunteered to do whatever I asked of you to get the job done, sometimes at a moments notice. Let us try to improve in this area next year, we REALLY do need ya there early! Good Guys management was once again very happy with our efforts and we have been invited back for 2002. Job well done folks !!!!!!!!!!!

This past Saturday, June 23rd, we returned to Tilden Park in Berkeley for our annual Summer picnic. Turnout was fantastic with 35 cars and over 100 members and guests. Weather was a little cool, but a big improvement from the super hot temps of a couple of days earlier. Skip Hendricks and Jim Lent did a fine job hosting this one. Skip along with his friend, Robert, did a really fine job cooking up tri-tip, chicken and hot dogs and they served it all up, every last piece. The last 2 picnics prove beyond a reasonable doubt that, as a group, we do enjoy eating. Right On! Lots of smiling faces all day long.

Once again, we ask that everyone wear their name badges so that we can address each other by name. Yes, it has occurred to us that some of our spouses and kids may not have a name badge to wear. If you would like to order additional name tags, Jim Lent will be happy to handle that for you. As an alternate idea, we could provide the write on type that stick on for use at picnics and such. Thanks to everyone that wore theirs and to everyone else for wearing theirs next time. It makes for an even more enjoyable day.

Our next club event is Sunday July 15th, a Champagne Tour and bbq in Sonoma. Details in last newsletter and in this one as well. This event is hosted by Leroy & Judy Anderson and Ken Frank. Please RSVP to Leroy & Judy at 707- 996-3549 so they have a head count for dinner. They have a really fun day planned for us. A Champagne house and a winery with time for lunch in between, plus a bbq dinner to top it off. Marsha and I are looking forward to it and hope to see ya there! No dieting that day, nope, nada, zero.

Our July 21st event in Tracy has been cancelled. Maybe we can try again next year. That takes us through events for the month of July.

There have been two GTOAA Regional meets in the last six weeks as well. Tiger Run up in Bend, OR over Memorial Day and the So Cal meet just after the 4th of July weekend. If you attended either, please feel free to write an article and submit it to Jim Lent for future publication.

Looking forward, we now have a date set for Dyno Day II, Saturday October 6th. Once again it will be held at Mustang Ranch in Santa Clara. Hmmmmmm, Mustang Ranch sounds familiar but I just canít put my finger on it. Let me know if you want to run your car on their DynoJet. Cost is $65 to $75 depending on the # of cars that participate. As I recall, last time Eight members ran their cars and it was a learning experience for everyone.

Member Mike LaCombe has volunteered to put together an Excel database that will list each members car specs and it will have a link to PhotoPoint for photos. Look for a spec sheet for you to fill in to be emailed sometime soon. This will take some time to put together but with your help, it can be done. As Mike receives the spec sheets back from you, he will enter them into the database. This will provide all of you with the ability to gather info on virtually any car in the club if you have Microsoft Excel. We are working on a way to make it accessible to those of you that donít as well. Thanks to Mike for suggesting and offering to take on this project. Great idea.

In closing, looks like GGG is having another phenomenal year. Keep on coming out to these events. The beat goes on. Check out this newsletter for what Russ Louthian & Ray Ibia have in store for you on Sunday August 19th. See ya in the fast lane!!!!!!!!

JOHN

 

THANKS FOR WORKING AT THE GOODGUYS SHOW

 

To all the club members who helped out with their job assignments at the Goodguys show. I want to personally thank each and everyone for a job very well done. Earlier in the week I had asked John Mekishich is this about our 3rd Goodguys show that we have hosted? He told me that it was our 6th show that we have hosted for the Goodguys. How time flies when your having fun, also club members give yourselves a pat on the back.

While I was waiting for the awards ceremony to begin on Sunday afternoon, a couple of my P-Town rodders came by and told me that on Saturday they had walked by our GTO display of parked cars and was really impressed by the way we had cars parked on both sides on roadway. They said they never seen such a great display of cars at a show at one time and were impressed with the participation of club members working the awards ceremony on Sunday. I think it's great of another car club to come by and acknowledge that we are doing a great job. I personally feel honored to be working with a great bunch of people who take pride in the work that they do. I hope to see you all next year.

John J. Phillips Jr.

p.s. Also to John and Jim it has been fun working with you guys the last couple of years...we get better with age.

 

Very Important information - Please read! 

Very Important information - Please read!

Did I mention this is important?? Our Wine cruises have proven very popular the last couple of years. The chance to cruise through the Wine country, enjoy the beautiful area just cannot be equaled. You can absolutely make it an alcohol free day and still enjoy the tours of the Wineries. This year members Judy & Leroy Anderson have invited you to attend a BBQ at their house in Sonoma after the cruise.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY KNOW WHO IS COMING SO THEY CAN PLAN ON HOW MUCH FOOD TO PREPARE. SO, PLEASE CONTACT JUDY & LEROY @ 707-996-3549 SO THEY CAN MAKE A HEAD COUNT.

We also understand they have a pool, so bring your swim wear if you want to take a refreshing dip after the cruise.

Please see the flyer in this issue for complete details.

 

CAR of the MONTH

ARTICLE ASSIGNMENTS

 

JULY: Bob & Sandi Kent & Ken Frank

AUGUST: Leroy & Judy Anderson & Paul Fujimori

 

SEND YOUR CAR ARTICLES & PICTURES TO:

 

Jim Lent

118 Iris Court

Hercules, CA 94547

(510)799-6096

E MAIL: JIMLENT@HOME.COM

 

GOLDEN GATE GOATS EMAIL LIST

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: jimlent@home.com

 

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HAT - LAPEL PINS

DA PINS ARE HERE, DA PINS ARE HERE!!

 

WELL FOLKS THE GOLDEN GATE GOATS HAT-LAPEL PINS HAVE ARRIVED. JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. SIZE IS 1 1/8 INCHES. PIN ARE IN THE SHAPE & SAME COLORS AS OUR LOGO AND HAVE EPOXY DOME THAT COVERS & PROTECTS THE PIN. PRICE IS A MODEST $3.00 EACH. BE THE FIRST ON YOUR BLOCK TO OWN ONE!

CHECKS, MADE OUT TO GOLDEN GATE GOATS, FOR $3.00 FOR EACH PIN AND INCLUDE 33 CENTS SHIPPING FOR ANY NUMBER OF PINS CAN BE SENT TO:

 

Jim Lent

118 Iris Court

Hercules, CA 94547

 

 

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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.

E-mail: jimlent@home.com

SNAIL MAIL: Jim Lent

118 Iris Court

Hercules, CA 94547

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLDEN GATE GOATS UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

Sunday in Champagne! July 15th

ÖAnd you donít need to fly Air France to savor the aromas and flavors of Champagne either! All you need is a GTO, a desire to have fun and enjoy the Louis XV Chateau sparkling wines (only $5 for tasting). After the tasting, the fun continues at Leroy & Judy Andersonís home in Sonoma for a great BBQ. Weíve spaced-out the times to allow for a slow-paced leisurely day in the Sonoma Valley Wine Country - Enjoy! (Ken Frank & Leroy & Judy Anderson are the event coordinators.)

Domaine Carneros (by Taittinger)

Have you dreamed of traveling to France to visit the famous Chateaus of Champagne? Why go to France, when we have it all right here, just 50 minutes away! In the heart of the Carneros appellation stands the majestic Chateau, which houses Domaine Carneros winery.

A lot of us have toured and tasted at various wineries before but, if youíve never been to a Champagne house, youíre in for a treat! Our day will begin at 10:00 AM at Domaine Carneros winery http://www.domainecarneros.com Weíll have plenty of parking so bring your best year! More information and directions can be found at their website - or - from Marin take Hwy 37, left at Sears Point, right at Hwy 12/121 and itís on your right. From the East Bay take Hwy 37 to Vallejo, right at Hwy 29, left at Hwy 12/121 and itís on your left. Hwy 12/121 at Duhig Rd.

Lunch on the Square (In Sonoma)

After our Champagne tour weíll head west to the Sonoma Town Square. This is a beautiful part of town. Lots of restaurants/deli/pizza and shopping! Here, youíll be on your own to have lunch, walk around the Square to go shopping or just sit in the shade and talk GTOs! There will be parking behind the Old Barracks on 1st Street and Spain.

Buena Vista Winery

At 2:00 PM weíll head over to the Buena Vista Winery just 5 minutes from the Square. This is Californiaís oldest premium winery! A beautiful and romantic wooded path leads you to the ivy covered stone Press House Tasting Room. Established in 1857 by Hungarian Count Agoston Haraszthy, the Buena Vista Tasting Room offers a wide selection of award-winning wines, a gift shop featuring Buena Vista's Haraszthy Collection of gourmet food items as well as an Artist Gallery. Their website is http://www.buenavistawinery.com

Leroy & Judy Anderson - BBQ

Just when you thought it couldnít get any better, Leroy & Judy Anderson are set to Q-it-up with sumptuous BBQ beef tri-tips and BBQ chicken. Please bring your own beverages and if youíd like (not required) to bring a dessert or side dish, feel free to do so! Leroy & Judy live just 5 minutes from the Square, so be sure to stop on by!

Please give Leroy & Judy a buzz (707-996-3549) so they can get a head-count.

This is shaping up to be a great event!

 

 

 

 

 

OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner

OMYGODITSGOOD!

RECIPE CORNER

Hey folks!! By very popular demand, the first recipe is for the dynamite dip that was presented at the Golden Gate Goats Tilden Picnic. The second recipe was submitted by Monica Becker. It came from the GTO Seafood House in Sebastopol. Jim & Monica  will do some more investigation into this restaurant. It might be a place that the GGG's might want to cruise to in the future.

Artichoke Dip from John & Fran Descalzo

2-13.75oz Can Artichoke Hearts - Drained & Chopped
1-7.25 oz Roasted Red Peppers - Drained & Chopped
4 Green Onions - Sliced Thin With Some Green
2 Cups Mayonnaise
2 Cups Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper (Optional)

Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Serve warm with sliced French Bread.

Note: Recipe can be cut in half for a smaller serving.

 

GTO'S SEAFOOD GUMBO

Legendary gumbo takes time to prep, but isn't a difficult dish to master. The time involved make jumbo one of those wonderful, rare treats. A GTO classic.

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 - 2 pounds okra, sliced thin
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2/3 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1 cup finely chopped green onions
2 cloves pressed garlic
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
3 large bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon  Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 - 16 oz. can whole tomatoes (chopped)
7 cups water
1.25 - 2.5 pounds peeled, deveined shrimp
1 pound claw crabmeat
2 dozen shucked oysters with their liquor
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley
4 - 5 cups steamed rice

Heat 4 taplespooons of oil in a large (not iron) skillet. Add okra, cook, stirring often until no longer stringy (40-50 minutes). In a 5-quart kettle, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Gradually add flour, cook and stir until mixture turns dark brown. Add onion, celery and cook until tender. Add bell pepper, green onion ad garlic and cook 3 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and next 7 sauces and spices. Mix in tomatoes and cooked okra. Slowly stir in water. Boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add shrimp and crabmeat. Simmer 10 minutes, covered. Add oysters, their liquid and parsley. Cook 10 more minutes. Remove Bay leaves. Thin with water if too thick. Ladle over warm rice. Serves 10.

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NEW MEMBERS

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

Kevin Tull  San Leandro 1967 H.T. & 1969 Judge
Cliff Smith Vacaville 1965 H.T.
Jeff & Staci Whitlock Pleasanton 1966 H.T.
Moses Naval Livermore 1966 H.T.
Lance Julian San Jose 1965 Tempest Custom
Jeff Huntley Martinez 1965 Convertible