THE GOAT CONNECTION
Vol. 5 - #3 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS
MAR. - 2000
Member Organization GTO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
CLUB MEETING Wed., Mar 1, 6:30 p.m.
Harry's Hofbrau, Redwood City
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DRAG SCHEDULE
SHOW & SHINE AND LUNCH AT THE PYRAMID BREWERYNEWS FROM LOLLY MAYEDA ABOUT HOT AUGUST NIGHTS ROOM RATES
SAD BUT TRUE STORY
As I write this, I am listening to Who'll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It has been raining for several days. I hope it stops for awhile so we can get the cars out. We are in between events as I type away on this so I will be talking about our last meeting, dues, Wills Treasurers Report and upcoming events.
On the dues front, we are at 65% renewals as of 2/14/00. As most of you that have been members for awhile know, we have had almost 100% renewals in previous years. We have sent out a separate letter to those that have not renewed as a final reminder. Time will tell who stays with us. The relevant point here is that the members that come out to events and participate are still among us.
Talking about participation; Our last meeting in San Leandro was standing room only with 40 plus in attendance! We had several members attend their first meeting ever and many that had not been to one in many moons. It was a really great meeting. We agreed to have several more meetings there this year. All of our meetings are at a Harrys Hof Brau for the remainder of this year. 1/2 in Redwood City and 1/2 in San Leandro. Check out our meeting schedule on our website for the schedule. Many thanks to all of you that came out. T shirt sales were fantastic and many people took the opportunity to renew their dues. The number of people stepping up to the plate to help put on our 5th Anniv. event with Jim Wangers was huge. We will dedicate our October meeting to working on this. All the spots for March GGuys GGG indoor display were filled. Thank you. The forms were off to GGuys the next day. You will receive your packets in the mail. Our new website was greatly received by all. I urge all of you to visit it often and to use it!!! A club calendar featuring members cars was proposed. Anybody with ideas on this please let me know.
We really did get Will Valle's Treasurers Report in this issue. As this is our first one, we will learn as we go. Once again our plans are to do a yearly report. This will better help us budget club events and give all of you a feel for where our $ are going. Many thanks to Will for putting this together for us.
By the time you receive this, our next event is more than likely gonna be the March 11th Pyramid Brewery Tour. Watch for details from event coordinator Jim Lent on this. Should be a great time.
For the March GGuys show, let us meet across the street from the fairgrounds at 7 a.m. We will leave for the show at 7:15. GGG will have a designated area outside the building where our inside display will be. Any of you planning to attend that are not part of the indoor group, please let me know if you would like to help out on Sat. morning. Those of us inside will have brought our cars on Friday and will not need to be there that early. If any of you want to help, let me know. We will discuss both of these events in greater detail at our March 1st meeting in Redwood City at Harrys! In closing, hope the rain stops so that I can see you in the fast lane!!!!!!!!
Bye for now; JOHN
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
DRAG RACING INFO.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DRAG SCHEDULE
Superior Dyno in Fairfield has informed me that their Dyno has been sold. So, we don't have a Dyno day scheduled now. If anyone knows of a reliable dyno (and operator) please contact me at 650.349.2095 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sears Point Wednesday Nite Drags = April 26, June 14, Aug. 23, Oct. 18
Departure locations to be announced. Please remember that Sears Point reserves the right to change their schedule at any time. These dates are TENTATIVE. We will be doing updates via e mail as to who is attending, etc. Wednesdays are not convenient for a lot of us. If you are interested in Drag Racing, I urge you to consider taking a vacation or sick day and participating. If you are a first time racer rest assured that you are among friends and we will walk you
Those of you that do not want to race your GTO's are welcome to come and watch us! More people = more fun. Spectator admission is $10 and $17 to race (1999 rates).
A great time will be had by everyone!
GOLDEN GATE GOATS
SHOW & SHINE AND LUNCH AT PYRAMID BREWERY IN BERKELEY
WHEN: SAT., MAR 11, 2000
WHERE: Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse
901 Gilman Ave.
Driving Directions. Take Gilman Ave. exit of I-80 in Berkeley. This exit is right after University Ave. exit when heading east on I-80. Go up Gilman about 10 blocks. Pyramid is at corner of 9th St. and Gilman.
AGENDA: We will meet in the Pyramid parking lot at 10 am to show our GTOs and talk muscle car stuff.
11:30 am - lunch at Pyramid. We will have our own special area and waiters. They have an extensive menu of good pub food. Prices are generally from $6 to $10.00. Good beer and they also brew their own craft soft drinks.
1:00 pm - We will have a guided tour of the brewery with tasting at the finish.
Please let Jim Lent know how many in your party are coming, so we can let the restaurant know. 510-799-6096 or email: email@example.com
NEWS FROM LOLLY MAYEDA ABOUT HOT AUGUST NIGHTS ROOM RATESGOLDEN GATE MEMBERS:
The Atlantis Casino Hotel offered GGG members a room rate of $149.00 a night 3 night minimum stay. This is a great rate if you are NOT a H.A.N. participant as the regular rate is $199.00 a night
If you are a H.A.N. Participant, the Hotel rates were released in their newsletter which I will not name all but a few so you can get an idea of how much the rooms are if you are a participant:
Sun- Wed Thur- Sat
Atlantis: $59.00 $139.00
Cal-Neva $49.00 $99.00
Fitzgeralds $48.00 $112.00
Flamingo Hotel and Harrahs $79.00 $119.00
Peppermill $79.00 $129.00
Reno Hilton (H.A.N. headqtrs) $109.00 $129.00
Silver Legacy $82.00 $129.00
If you GGG members are making your reservations as a H.A.N. participant I encourage you to do so asap as they are only blocking off a certain number of rooms at the above rates and once the hotel sells out you will be charged a MUCH higher rate. If any of you are interested in the above rate at Atlantis as a GGG member please contact me: Lolly Mayeda at 408 926 3162. I will be out of town March 2 through March 14. Also Atlantis is only offering 20 rooms at the rate of $149.00.
Deadline to contact me will be April 15th (Sorry Tax Day)
SAD, BUT TRUE STORY FROM GGGOATS MEMBER DAVE DEGERE
Most people who have done a ground up restoration worry about having there car out in the rain, out in a parking lot, out in the hot sun, out period !
After putting zillions of hours and bucks into your car you worry about everything until it's safe at home in the garage. I have news for you , its not even safe there! Several months ago I was relaxing at home around 9:30 PM when the whole house shook and it sounded like a freight train was coming through the place. I ran outside and there to my surprise was a small truck hangingover my retaining wall half way into the neighbors driveway. The driver was spinning his wheels in a frantic attempt to get away. I ran in to get the portable phone, ran back out and tried to dial 911 but found my computer had the line tied up. I ran in and turned it off and got 911, but by that time the guy had bailed.
Fortunately he left his truck and I.D. and the police found him about 10 minutes later. He wiped out 30' of my garage and did a number on the Goat. The moral is "Your car is not even safe at home locked up in the garage"
So don't worry so much just drive it!
(Note from the Editor)
REMEMBER, YOUR GTO IS A MUSCLE CAR AND IS VERY SIMILAR TO YOUR MUSCLES - IF YOU DON'T EXERCISE THEM, THEY WITHER AND DIE. DON'T LET YOUR MUSCLE CAR WITHER. TAKE IT OUT FREQUENTLY AND GIVE IT THE EXERCISE IT NEEDS!!