Vol. 8 - #6 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

JUNE - 2003


 No Club Meeting This Month





OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner  








Howdy Folks,

Nice to see that our weather is at last coming around. Unfortunately not in time for us to have our Wangers 3 event. Received a nice e mail message from Mr. Wangers the following Monday. Although he missed coming up to visit, given the heavy rains, he appreciated our giving him plenty of notice that we cancelled due to weather and he was relieved to have not had to make the tow up with the GeeTo Tiger. He would love to be invited back again next year…………………………

We are now on summer break from our meeting schedule so stay tuned to the newsletter and our website to keep abreast of what is going on. Meetings resume on Sept. 3rd at Harry’s in San Leandro. The Carrow’s we tried had some challenges with our great turnout exceeding the capacity of their meeting room. John Phillips is searching for another location in the San Leandro area that will be an improvement over our present location. Until further notice, we will continue using Harry’s.

Our newsletter, Editor Jim Lent, has informed me that we need to once again assign some Car of the Month articles. Let us try something different and give our new members the chance to have their car in the spotlight. Michael Sissa, Mark & Janet Vanderhoof, Gary Bostick, Kon Zaharoff, Randy Bradley, Doug Shone and Joseph Grijalva please tell us all your GTO story. Lots of samples on the website for you to see what other members have said about their cars. Great way for us to learn a little bit about your GTO experience(s). Articles with at least 3 pictures to Jim Lent at or send to Jim at 118 Iris Court in Hercules, 94547. If you have any questions regarding this, Jim or myself would be happy to discuss with you. Thanking you all in advance for taking the time to do this…………………………

Good Guys is just around the corner on May 31st and June 1st. Sign ups have been strong. We can never have too many people participate and there is room for everyone. I challenge all of you that have not signed up to come on out and help us have our best attended GGuys show yet. E mail me at or call me at 650/349-2095 if you would like to participate and I will sign you up. Need day (s) and # in your party. T shirts are down to a precious few and at this late date, I cannot guarantee you an event shirt but the benefits to attend are so many, come on out and join in the fun………… full details in last newsletter and on the website.

Our 2nd June event is on the 21st. We will once again be returning to Tilden Park for our Summer BBQ. Full details are in this newsletter. Critical that you RSVP as per the event coordinators instructions on this one as they need to plan for the food. This is always a very popular event, see you there. That takes us through the month of June. Watch for information on our other upcoming events. Lots of fun things for you to do each and every month………………………………





GGGoats member in Iraq.


Received this email from a member:

I just wanted to let you know that you have a member in Iraq. I'm in the army and i have been called to do my duty. I'm saving money up, just so I can start to restore my69 GTO.

somewhere in Iraq

Edward Cudney




Car of the Month article assignments


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, May 7, 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.

Everyone introduced themselves and welcomed the new members to our club.  

  1. John Mekisich talked about the cancellation of Wangers III event. John read Jim Wangers e-mail. Al Harris gave back entrance fees that were paid to the club. He will contact those who didn’t attend the meeting and return the money.

  2. John Mekishich informed use that we needed more coverage at the GoodGuys May 31st and June 1st. They want us to work 90 minute shifts. The club voted to let the GoodGuys know that we do not have enough people to cover the hours that they need. John will send an e-mail to inform them.

  3. The club won a trophy at the Benicia Car show April 28th. Thank you Stuart Cole for sponsoring the event.

  4. Warm Summer Daze car show at Petaluma fair grounds, July 12th & 13th. . If you plan to attend, you need to be at the fairgrounds by 6:00 AM on July 12th and 13th.We have not received any additional information from Dano Savino.

  5. Jim Lent talked about the June 21st club picnic at Tilden park. We are able to park 30 to 40 cars. This is a potluck event. The club will provide trip tip and chicken. Please RSVP to Jim Lent. He needs to know how much food to buy for the event. Please plan on bringing a side dish to share.

  6. For those who were assigned CAR OF THE MONTH ARTICLES…Please send them in to Jim Lent.

  7. Next meeting to be held Wednesday, Sept 3rd at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Leandro. 7:00 PM. John Phillips is searching for another location in the San Leandro area that will be an improvement over our present location.



 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!





The fifth 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.

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.





Hi Everyone,

Here is an old recipe I found. Sounds yummy and thought I would share.



Hot Milk Sponge Cake


1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (sift together)
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of butter

Beat eggs, then add sugar gradually, .beating well. Heat milk and butter until near boiling. Add milk and butter alternately with flour /baking powder mixture to the egg mixture. Do not over stir. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake 350 degrees about 45 minutes, until passes tooth pick test.

Let cool about 10 minutes, then spread following on top:

1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons of melted butter
2 tablespoons of milk
1 cup chopped walnuts and or coconut. (equivalent of 1 cup total)

Mix all and then spread over cooled cake. Place cake under the broiler just until mixture becomes bubbly.

This batter works well for an upside down cake too.







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

Michael Sissa San Jose 1966 Convertible
Mark & Janet Vanderhoof Scotts Valley 1964 Post
Dale & Aneta Davis San Jose 1965 Convertible
Gary Bostick Pittsburg 1968 H.T.
Kon Zaharoff Forestville 1971 Convertible
Randy Bradley Petaluma 1964 Convertible
Doug Shone Santa Rosa 1969 H.T.
Joseph Grijalva Winters 1967 H.T.