Vol. 8 - #5 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

MAY - 2003


May 7, 2003
 Harry's Hofbrau
1909 El Camino Real
Redwood City

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Hi Folks,

Short letter this month as everything has been touched on;

Gonna pretty much be right on top of the Benicia Car Show when you receive this newsletter. If you want to attend Wangers 3, please let me know for the main event and let John Phillips know for the Friday night reception. Full details are in the last newsletter. Watch your e mail for any updates we will be sending out as the event gets closer. Sign ups have been on the light side. We hope that everyone has just been busy and we will have our typical large crowd.

Good Guys Sign Ups, info in last newsletter as well. Let me know..... sign up at Wangers or at the next meeting.............Room for everybody at both these events so come on out.............................Next meeting is Wednesday May 7th at Harrys in Redwood City. We will recap

Wangers 3, do some work on GGuys and discuss anything else you would like.

See ya in the fast lane; 





Rainy Day Fun


We just wanted to thank all of you who braved the rotten elements for "Steppin out with the Stipanov's" on Sat, we even had 6 or 7 GTO's!!!! We had 32 drenched good sports show up, and enjoy a little eats at our house and then up to Healdsburg for lunch, wine, beer, and shopping and antiqueing for a WET afternoon. The support we got from all of you was great, YOU ALL DESERVE A BIG HUG AND A PAT ON THE BACK!!!!! Those of you who couldn't come, we thoroughly understand, it was pretty wet and cold, and scarey driving etc. THANK YOU TO A GREAT BUNCH OF FRIENDS. We have always said, The Golden Gate Goats is a pretty special club, and we always have a fun time with all of you.

You're the Grrrrrrreatest! Deidre and Mark Stipanov



Hotel for Cherry’s Jubilee

Tony Billeci has blocked 10 rooms at the Marina Holiday Inn Express for Cherry’s Jubilee in Sept. Anyone interested can call (831) 884-2500 to reserve their room at a rate of $99 per night by mentioning that they are with the Golden Gate Goats. There is no minimum amount of nights required, and he has let them know that some club members may want to reserve as early as the Thursday before the event. The Hotel is located at 189 Seaside Circle in Marina just off Reservation Rd. & Hi way 1.

If anyone has any questions, they can contact Tony at or 408-448-2041. 


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, April 2, 2003

Note Taker: Barb Davis

Date/Location: Carrows, San Leandro, CA, 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 passed around the work assignment sheet for the June GoodGuys.

  2. Deidre Stipanov provided information about the Stipanov Stepin out wine tour event in Healdsburg on Saturday April 12th. The event will start in Sebastopol at the Stipanov s house. We will caravan to Healdsburg for lunch and shopping. Deidre has information for lodging in the area if anyone is interested in staying for the weekend. More details in the newsletter.
    Stuart Cole talked about the car show in Benicia April 28th. Mary and Larry Holt will come from Oregon for the event. You can sign up for the event when you arrive or you can e-mail Jim Lent for an application. See details in newsletter.

  3. Wayne Barnes reserved Santa Clara Speed Ring Indoor Kart Racing on April 5th 11:00 A M for the club. We will have 20 minutes of practice, take a break and then have a 20 minute race. This will be GGG club members only on the track at SpeedRing in Santa Clara. Check out their website at If you want to attend, you need to let Wayne know at, or call him at 650 578 1709 by Sunday March 16th LATEST.

  4. Dano Savino shared information about Warm Summer Daze car show at Petaluma fair grounds, July 12th & 13th. Our club cars will be featured. It is a 2 day event. Club members will not be charged an entrance fee. Our club cars will park together. For those who haven t signed up to volunteer to help that weekend, you can contact Dano Savino. Phone number (707) 527-0261. ELVIS (Glenn Freschi) will perform live on stage. Swap Meet, Exhibits/Displays. Dano will provide Skip Hendricks with the art work to put on our web site. If you plan to attend, you need to be at the fairgrounds by 6:00 AM on July 12th and 13th.

  5. Jim Lent has sold 59 out of 80 license plates. The plates are $35.00 while they last.

  6. Jim Lent has polo tee shirts with the club logo for sale. They come in red, white and blue. If you are interested contact Jim Lent. The price of the shirt is $35.00.

  7. We are taking sign ups for the Wangers event in May. The price per car will be $15.00. You need to sign up before April 18th. If you volunteer on Saturday, you will need to arrive early to help set up.

  8. John Phillips will need you to RSVP if you are planning on coming to the Friday night reception dinner for Jim Wangers. The price per person for the buffet will be $20.00.
    Call John Phillips at 510/886-3614 and let him know how many and your entrée choice(s).
    Club member Marv Cooper will provide lunch for $10.00 per person on Saturday. Jim Wangers will give his presentation after lunch in the showroom.

  9. Skip Hendricks 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 Skip. He needs to know how much food to buy for the event.

  10. Russ Louthian talked about the club discounts . We continue to seek out discounts for club members. If any member has connections or ideas on who to contact, please talk to Russ Louthian.

  11. Al Harris, Club Treasurer, said that we now have 227 paid members. The bank balance is $8,100.00.

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

  13. Next meeting to be held Wednesday May 7th, 7:00 PM, Redwood City, 
    Harry s Hofbrau.


Jim Wangers 2003
Friday May 2nd & Saturday May 3rd

We will kickoff our event with a reception dinner Friday Night at Dick’s Restaurant at 3188 Alvarado in San Leandro 6p.m. sharp. Dinner is buffet style with your choice of steak or chicken. Cost is $19.95 gratuity included. No host bar. Reservations Required. Call John Phillips at 510/886-3614 andlet him know how many and your entrée choice(s).

Saturday’s Main Event is being held at Marina Pontiac GMC 1444 Marina Blvd in San Leandro, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will have plenty of room to display our cars. Lunch to be catered by Down Home BBQ. All you can eat for 10 bucks. 

As a special treat, the GeeTo Tiger will be on display along with the Tiger Mascot. If things go according to plan……….perhaps an '04 GTO too.

Lots of neat raffle items, Mr. Wangers’ book available etc………….

Mr. Wangers’ presentation will be right on the showroom floor. 

$15 Registration Fee. Pre Registration Required. 

Please mail checks, made out to Golden Gate Goats, to John Mekisich 435 West 25th Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403. Registrations accepted via mail until April 18th. After that please call John at 650/349-2095.

Lodging is available at the La Quinta Inn 20777 Hesperian Blvd in Hayward 510/732-6300.


 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, 

Hope you had a nice Easter and enjoying spring. Here is a nice light soup I tried that I thought you might enjoy. Has curry, but only enough to flavor. You can certainly add more or less according to your taste preference.
I am out of recipes from our members. Do you have one you want to share? Do you enjoy or use these? Send your recipes, comments and feed back on to me any time. You can always give or send hard copy to John or I any time, or send via e-mail to I always look forward to hearing from you. 
Happy Spring!


Cream of Cauliflower Soup

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 whole onion chopped
3 nice stalks of celery chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 whole cauliflower broken into florets
1 can (14.5-ounce) fat-free low salt chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
2 cups skim milk
3/4 teaspoon of salt

Heat soup pot over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, and carrots. Sauté 
till onion is translucent...takes about 4 minutes. Stirring frequently. Ad 
cauliflower, broth, curry powder and pepper. Bring all to a boil over high 
heat, then cover and reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes or until carrots 
are tender.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of milk. In batches, place cauliflower 
soup mixture in a blender and process until smooth, then poor into a large 
bowl. Continue till all soup has been processed, then return all to the pot. 
Stir in remaining cup of milk and salt. Cook over medium heat until heated 
through, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and serve. 

This makes a nice thick creamy soup but with next to no fat. Serves 6-8 1 & 1/2 cup servings.








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.