THE GOAT CONNECTION
Vol. 7 - #6 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS
JUNE - 2002
Member Organization GTO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
MEETING THIS MONTH
OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe CornerNEW MEMBERS
Sure glad that the recent rains did not come a day earlier. Sounds like our Wangers 2 event was a huge success. Sorry that I was not able to join in the fun due to a work commitment. Marsha and I did enjoy ourselves at the Friday night reception. Bob Doten & Jim Lent did an outstanding job of putting this event together. Thanks guys. Please read the event recap in this newsletter. Thanks also to all the members that helped out and to EVERYONE that attended this event. That is what makes an event a success.
Memorial Day weekend is time for the GTOAA Regional up in Bend, Or. I have heard a couple of you talking about going. If you do, please feel free to write an article about your trip and submit to Jim Lent for publication in an upcoming newsletter. Same goes for the upcoming GTOAA Nationals in Denver, this July. It would be nice to hear about these events from a member’s standpoint.
Coming right up on the weekend of June 1st and 2nd is our hosting the GGuys Summer Get Together at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Full details in the last newsletter. Sign ups have been simply outstanding and it looks like our biggest turnout yet for a GGuys event. There is room for everyone and if you would like to help out that weekend, please let me know. I will need the # of people, which day (s) and your size (s) for your event T shirts. E mail preferred at MITYGTO@aol.com or call me @ 650 349 2095
Should be another fun day for everyone. Have several members making this their first GGG event. It is always nice to meet new members and see their cars. Really happy they have decided to get involved in our fun times.
Saturday June 22nd has us returning to Tilden Park in Berkeley for our annual Summer Picnic. This is always a well attended event and provides you with the opportunity to share a laid back relaxing day with your fellow club members.
Please see this newsletter for full details on this event. Thanking you in advance for following the RSVP request as we need to know how much food is needed. As with any event, your following the instructions of the event coordinators makes their jobs a little bit easier.
That takes us through the month of June. We are now on summer break from our meetings with the next one being in September.
Please read your monthly newsletters, refer to our website at www.gggoats.org and look for e mails containing information on our upcoming events. This year will once again give everyone the opportunity to participate in lots of fun, varied events. Something for everyone is about as good as it gets.
Hope to see you real soon at a club event ………………..
Club member, Carolina Jones, passed away May 11 after a long battle with cancer. She really enjoyed the club events. She will be greatly missed by her husband Clayton and her fellow club members who enjoyed her warmth and enthusiasm.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Wednesday, May 2, 2002
Harry’s Hofbrau San Leandro
1. Jim Lent annnounced that Mary and Larry Holt will be moving to Oregon. They will be missed.
2. Carol Sakamoto introduced Betsy Oleski from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She spoke about the Race for the Cure. For more informaton, their website address is: www.sfkomen.org
3. Jim Lent recapped the Central Pontiac car show in Madera. Congratulations to Tom & Vicki Stanger who took 2nd place for his 62 Grand Prix, Ray Mares who took first place in his division for his 67 GTO, John & Marie Strom who took 2nd place in their division with their 64 GTO, but were picked by Don Bonanader for his special pick as “Best GTO” in the show and got a 3’ trophy. Don is the dealership owner who pays for the dinner and all of the trophies. Adam Peralta took 1st place in his class with his 2002 GTP. Congratulations everyone
4. Jim Lent talked about the Wangers event. Welcome dinner for Jim Wangers on Friday May 17, 2002. Dinner will start 6:30 P.M. at the Black Diamond Brewery in Walnut Creek. The club members pay for own meal. The price will be $15.00 per person.
5. Saturday, May 18th the GTO’s will gather at Civic Park in Walnut Creek. Maps will be available on-line. Dinner will be at the Cantina restaurant on Saturday night. Jim Wangers presentation will be 12:30- 3:45 with a presentation intermission at 2:00.
6. Bob Doten will check into a video projector for Jim Wangers presentation.
7. Russ Louthian talked about the GoodGuys in June. Mark your calendar.
8. Club picnic will be held at Tilden Park June 22nd. Skip Hendricks is the coordinator for the event. The club will provide tri tip and chicken. Club members will need to bring a share dish for the potluck. More information to follow in the newsletter.
9. July 20th will be the date for the wine cruise. Ken Frank is coordinating the event. He would like us to take a vote to find out if we want to visit one winery in the morning in Sonoma take a short cruise and go to Leroy and Judy Anderson’s for lunch, or visit 2 winery’s then on to Leroy and Judy Anderson’s for lunch. It was decided to visit two wineries.
10. Russ Louthian talked about the Day at the Races on Aug. 17th. The price for the ticket is $20.00. That includes cost of the buffet, parking fee, and tour.
11. Russ Louthian told us about the vendor discount program. He is looking to see if club members can get a discount from various vendors.
12. Jim Lent talked about Cherry’s in Monterey on Sept 6th, 7th and 8th. If you have any questions you can contact Jim Lent.
13. We are taking donations for the raffle at the Jim Wangers event.
14. A big thanks to Skip Hendricks for the AV at tonight’s meeting. We could hear what was said at the meeting.
15. No meetings until the first Wednesday in September.
GOLDEN GATE GOATS UPCOMING EVENTS
GOOD GUYS SUMMER GET TOGETHER
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. (email@example.com) 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 MITYGTO@aol.com 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!
NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE EXTRA EVENT SHIRTS,
AT $10.00 EACH, THEN PLEASE CONTACT JOHN TO LET HIM KNOW
HOW MANY AND WHAT SIZE(S)
The fourth annual Golden Gate Goats club picnic will once again 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.
GOLDEN GATE GOATS WINE CRUISE
Ok. .... we're set to do Golden Gate Goats "winery a-go-go" Sunday July 21st with our 1st stop atViansa Winery. http://www.viansa.com Just 3 short miles north of Sears Point Raceway, Hwy 121, Sonoma, CA.
We'll gather at 10AM in the large upper parking lot (don't be late, so we can park together). This is a beautiful - albeit touristy winery, which overlooks the SF Bay wetlands, a small vintage airport and hillside vineyards. Viansa is an Italian wine experience set in a hillside Palazzo and the wines are molto bene.
Viansa has a large open-air BBQ - grilled burgers, salmon, Portobello mushrooms, corn & veggies, a great market place for cheese,salads, etc. and a huge picnic area overlooking it all! We've been asked not to bring food in. They have wine (obviously), sodas, waters for sale with your lunch.
The market place is fun with lots of wine related "stuff" and Italian ceramics and kitchen items to keep everyone busy. We're getting a private tour from 10:30 - 11:30 and because it will be crowed in July there, we will get our own private tasting too. Cost $6 per person.
At 12:30 maybe 1PM (we're relaxing here, so no hurry), we're 'makin like a baby ... and "heading-out" toSt. Francis Winery http://www.stfranciswine.com in the north-end of the Sonoma Valley, about 30 minute for us GTOs (an hour and a half for regular cars)...
St. Francis is an old winery, but a brand-spankin-new facility and sits right under the Mayacama mountain range. Large parking area, beautiful grounds, large outside area for socializing, sitting, napping, just looking at the scenery. Some of The wines are great, some not, but still a great experience! Their Merlot can at times be quite outstanding! Cost $5 per person.
At 2:30 we're going wherest we came, and back to Leroy and Judy's Anderson’s for BBQ Tiger style! Please, if you want to bring your favorite specialty salad, side dish or dessert PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call Leroy & Judy first, so not too much of something is brought or there isn't enough room for something.
707-996-3549. Otherwise, you really don't have to bring anything but your appetite, just relax and enjoy.
Let's help share the cost of the BBQ (which can be expensive for the host),
Cost is $5 per person - GTO (Gift Token Offering)
Last year we had 38. This year we're again expecting 40 or so and 20 cars.
Leroy and Judy are great hosts, the wine country is awesome and we get to share GTO stories. What could be more fun in-the-sun!
See ya there!
GOLDEN GATE GOATS - - -
ANOTHER DAY AT THE RACES!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2002
BAY MEADOWS RACECOURSE - SAN MATEO
MULES, GOATS, AND HORSEPOWER!
On Saturday, we will meet at 10 AM just inside the main gate at Bay Meadows Racecourse to make sure everyone has a ticket and get ready to parade into the infield at approximately 10:30 AM. The location will provide FREE monitored parking for those who do not want to park on the infield or need to leave early. It is close to the stable area and just a short walk to the tunnel that takes you to our area of the infield. Tickets are available now and will also be available at this location so people who decide to show up at the last minute will not be left out.
At about 10:30 AM we will cruise into Bay Meadows through a special tunnel and out on to the Infield lawn. There we will park our cars so they are on display facing and in full view of the Grand Stand. Next to where we park is our private patio pavilion. The pavilion is on the lawn near the pond, and offers covered seating and tables for 50+ folks, complete with two closed circuit televisions to give us an even closer view of the races.
Right in front of where we park is the Barbecue pavilion. Here we get to do what we do best - - EAT! Our BBQ
Buffet includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, baked beans, whole kernel corn, potato salad, soft drinks and brownies! Grab what you want, plunk down on a section of lawn or go back to our pavilion and eat up. Then go back for more. Food will be served from about Noon to 2PM.
Those who feel like making a bet will find our betting station is conveniently located just a few steps to the left of where we park.
Our cost is only $21 per person (guests 17 and under are just $10) and it includes:
- racecourse admission - all you can eat BBQ buffet - gratuity - racing program - tax
- private pavilion seating - infield lawn display parking or parking in a monitored area near the stables
But there is more! To make this event and one club members will not want to miss - - Retired jockey Art Lobato will be our personal guide to Bay Meadows. Mr. Lobato will join us give us some insight as to what it is like to be a jockey and ride a winner. We will also be given tours of the paddock area, an extra special behind the scenes tour very few people will ever get to experience.
One final item. The County Fair will be in full swing when we are at the races, which means one of the races will be a unique and most entertaining MULE RACE! We get to sponsor that race and have a picture taken in the Winner Circle. It should be a kick (so to speak)! See you there!!
TO PURCHASE TICKETS CONTACTRuss Louthian - Vice President
OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner
This is one of John’s absolute favorite breakfast recipes. Never any leftovers here !!!!! These are really good.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
1 1/4 cups buttermilk ( Low fat o.k. )
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt ( Optional )
1/2 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
Whipped cream ( Optional )
In a small bowl, beat the buttermilk, egg and oil. Set aside
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda and optional salt. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Some lumps may remain.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter for each 4 inch pancake onto a lightly greased griddle. Top each pancake with 12 to 15 miniature chips. Cook until edges become dry, then flip and cook briefly on the other side
Keep pancakes warm until serving. Top with optional whipped cream and sprinkle with more chips, then serve with favorite syrups.
Makes 8 to 9 pancakes.
ENJOY - MARSHA
Welcome to these new members who have joined the
Golden Gate Goats
|Scott Lockard||Newark||1968 Convertible|
|Tomas Locke||Turlock||1971 H.T.|
|Michael Rahmgren||Pinole||1967 H.T.|
|Michael Fellman||Woodside||1965 H.T.|
|William Garcia||Hayward||1964 Lemans|
|Ken Miller||San Jose||1968 Convertible|
|John Curzi||Concord||1965 H.T.|