Vol. 9 - #5 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

May - 2004


Club Meeting
Wednesday, May 5, 2004
6:30 p.m.
Englander Sports Pub and Restaurant
101 Parrott Street
San Leandro







OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner  







Hi Folks,

Yeah Baby !!!!!!!!! Last weekends Steppin’ Out with the Stipanov’s Event  with special guest Jim Wangers was an absolute gas. Weather turned out really nice, 25+ cars and 60 people in attendance. Thanks to Mark and Deidre Stipanov for hosting this event and to Ken and Barb Davis for playing chauffeur for Mr. Wangers. Gotta tell yell, the food at Stormy’s was really superb. Plenty to eat too. Great time at Korbel, great cruise route. Not much more you could ask for. All 
that and the company of Jim Wangers too. If you haven’t seen them yet, there are some really good photo albums that went out to you at Yahoo groups.

You may get this newsletter just prior to our Benicia event on Sunday April 25th. Full info in last months newsletter if you can make it. Contact Stuart Cole at (707) 745-2918 and he will answer any questions you may have. Your attendance will help GGG regain the coveted Club Participation Award !!!!

Our next club meeting is on Wednesday May 5th at The Englander in San Leandro. Please plan to attend as this is the final meeting before we go on summer vacation from meetings and will be our planning meeting for the GGuys June show. If you would like to work this show, please contact me ASAP or at the May meeting to insure you receive a complimentary T shirt. My annual email barrage to remind you to sign up will be starting soon and will remain in full swing until the event. Please sign up as soon as you can though, it makes life way easier. Full details in this newsletter. 

Thanks to Tom Stanger, the BBQ is on for both days. Tom volunteered to take this on and we say THANK YOU. As in previous years, we have room for everyone and can really use your help for both days. Saturday signups always exceed Sunday’s so if you can help both days, or Sunday only, that will really help us out. Let’s really pull out the stops and have 100 cars on Saturday. You can make this happen……………GO FOR IT!

Also at this meeting, Leroy and Judy Anderson will be discussing the May 22nd Microbrewery Cruise. This event also looks to be a blast. Full details in this newsletter to whet your appetite. That takes us through the first part of June.

How about asking some folks to write some Car of the Month articles. Hmmm, let’s see. Marvin and Carole Sakamoto, please tell us about Marvin’s original owner 70 being restored. John and Fran Descalzo, heard John has owned your 65 for 20+ years, gotta be a story there. Eric and Christina Hinz have rejoined the club after moving out of state for awhile. How about telling us about your 70 Ram Air IV Judge. Blair Locke is currently working on his newly acquired '66, he brought in from Colorado. Let’s hear about it. Bill Wells, neat 64 I saw for the first time at Steppin’ Out. Tell us a little bit about it would you. You see these articles each month in the 
newsletter and there is an archive on our website so you can see how others have done their stories. Send your articles to Jim Lent, any questions, Jim will be happy to answer them for you as will I.

Mike LaCombe is always interested in expanding the number of cars in the Car Facts section of our website. If your car is not yet up there, contact Mike and he can make it happen for you.
Marsha has asked me to ask you for feedback on the Recipe Corner. Are you enjoying the recipes, do you have some that you would like to share with everyone? Please let Marsha know, you can e mail her at That pretty much covers everything for now.
I will borrow a lyric from the song Jim Wangers refers to as our national anthem to close with this month……………………………….
“Turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO…………………”




A Big Thanks From Jim Wangers

“Come up to the Bay Area”, they said, “and don’t bring any of your stuff”,
“We just want to listen to you talk GTO…right off the cuff.”

“You know what,” I said to myself, “I’m not so sure I should go?’
“How can I tell the GTO-story, with out puttin’ on a show?”

“Don’t worry about that, they said, we’ll have fun picking your brain,”
Oh, that’s OK, I smiled, “Then that should be no strain.”

So, I flew into San Jose, and got picked up by Barb and Ken,
If I’ve ever met a “more fun” couple, I’m sure I don’t know when.

Have you ridden in his red Ragtop…65’s were never that good,
He’s got a big new engine, and it runs better than it should!

Brother Dale and his wife Aneta joined us too…and if you promise you won’t quote, 
I know their white ’65 Tempest wants, so much to become a “GOAT”.

Off to Sonoma County we went, toward the Wine Country green,
Right through the big city and across the Golden Gate scene.

We took the 101 of course and saw way too many “Benzes” and “Beamers”,
But this is where they all hang out, seems like Pontiacs have all gone to the cleaners.

It looked like rain but it never did, and we were really on a roll,
The Stipanov Place was not far away, in the middle of Sebastopol.

Mark and Deidre, bless their hearts, were standing at their gate, 
Waving arms of welcome to a hungry crew, I’m sure glad we weren’t late.

We hugged, (ladies only) shook hands and said how great it was to meet,
What we really wanted at that time was something good to eat.

And it was there indeed it was, as we all prepared to imbibe,
What a feast these ladies had prepared, impossible to describe.

We began to talk GTO, as more and more great cars arrived,
There’s a ’66 and there’s a ’64, but it seemed like all the rest were beautiful ‘65’s.

Jim and Jeannie Lent’s magnificent ’66 boast a new tri-power now,
And when you see Wayne Barnes’ new red ’67, you’ll only say “Wow”.

I saw a whole bunch of “Goats”, more than I ever expected to see,
Tri-Powers and 4-speed, and Ram Air’s…and even a ’73.

There were 26 “Great Ones” headed to the Champagne House of Korbel,
What a great sight that was, boy did those “Goats” look swell

Those Korbel folks were magnificent too, when we arrived on time,
They had reserved places waiting and we all parked on a dime.

I led the parade…riding in Mark and Deidre’s “new” ’68,
What a nice car that’s gonna’ be with new Verdoro Green paint.

We learned how to make Champagne, even learned how to “riddle”,
I wish I knew what that means, it’s designed to keep the yeast in the middle.

The best part of our visit to Korbel came at the very end,
We got free tastes and could sample every blend.

It rained a little bit, as we prepared to leave for the coast,
And when it dried up and got sunny, you should have heard those locals boast.

We haven’t got a coast like Bodega, in the South, oh boy what a sight,
Natural beauty at its very best, basking in the rare sunlight.

When we motored into Bloomfield, Stormy’s Road House was our goal,
We were a hungry bunch of “Goat Lovers”, ready to “rock and roll”.

Now I’ve had prime-rib at some of the best restaurants around,
But the 20 oz. cut they served me could match any…pound for pound.

Sunday morning we were back at Stipanov’s for more food and good cheers,
By then I knew that this would be…one of my best times in years.

So to all of you “Golden Gaters” I humbly say “Thanks”, while I go,
What food, what drink, what sights, but in all our time together, all we spoke was GTO.

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Date: Wednesday, April 7th, 2004

Note Taker:  Barb Davis

Location:     Harry's Hof Brau, Redwood City

Club Officers  2004

John Mekisich    President
Russ Louthian    Vice president
Al Harris   
Barb Davis   
Jim Lent           
News Letter Editor

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

  1. John Mekisich talked about changing the meeting location from Harry’s Hofbrau to the Englander in the East Bay. We will talk more about it at our next meeting.

  2. Deidre Stipanov talked about the Steppen’ Out with Stipanov’s 3rd Annual Wine Event, on April 17th. This will be an informal get together with Jim Wangers. Barb and Ken Davis will pick Mr. Wangers up at the airport Friday. We will start off with pastries at the Stipanov’s then cruise to Korbel, taking the coastal route. Stop and have an early dinner at Stompies, where we will have a choice of 5 items that we can order from. We will charge a flat $25.00 per person for the event with the club picking up the balance. Meals need to be paid in advance and ordered by April 3rd. The checks need to be mailed to Mark and Deidre Stipanov and be made payable to the GGGoats. Our club treasure will give the restaurant the appropriate amount. Send your money before April 2nd. Please don’t forget to RSVP.
  3. April 25th is the car show in Benicia. Stuart Cole will be the event coordinator. Meet in front of the StarBucks. Entry form will be in the newsletter with more information. Benefits go to Panther High School Band. RSVP to Stuart Cole. You do not need to pre-register.

  4. Leroy and Judy Anderson are planning a Micro Brewery event in May. We will meet at the North Gate Mall area between 9:30 and 10:00 for a cruise. Details to follow.

  5. June GoodGuys is June 5th and 6th. Our club will sponsor the event. Sign up sheet was passed around. We talked about changing the meeting place in the morning to Main Street in Pleasanton. We will leave at 5:45 to enter the fair grounds. Work a shift and get a free GoodGuys T-shirt. We need a volunteer to barbeque Saturday and Sunday.

  6. Carol Sakamoto gave us a flyer on the “Run Through the Canyon VII” cruise. Join the Nor-Cal ChevelleCaminos club on Saturday, June 26th, 2004 for a cruise down Monterey Peninsula and the 17 Mile drive. Proceeds go to the Children’s hospital in Oakland. Poker Run, Picnic and Raffle Prizes.

  7. Please sign up for the CAR OF THE MONTH articles. Send them to Jim Lent/News Letter Editor.

  8. NEXT MEETING WILL BE Wednesday, May 5th AT The Englander, San Leandro, CA 7:00 PM


Car of the Month article assignments

This is your opportunity to share your GTO story with the club members.
Send your articles to Jim Lent @ or snail mail to Jim Lent, 118 Iris Court, Hercules CA 94547.

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




Benicia Car Show - Sunday, April 25

Yes folks, its that time again-time for the Benicia Car Show. This yearly event has long been the GGG's stomping ground with the "Club Participation Award" having an almost permanent home with us. However last year the unthinkable happened and a Mustang club received the award. This must not happen again. Come spend a Sunday with the club in Benicia. Hanging out and having fun after the show we will cruise up First Street (our local main drag) and then head to a local park for hamburgers and a potluck with your favorite delicacies. We will meet at Starbucks in Benicia at 7:00 AM and leave for the show around 7:30 AM. 
See enclosed map for directions. Advance registration is $20.00 due by April 2, or $25.00 paid at the Gate. See application in this newsletter. Remember, the show is on school grounds, so no alcohol is allowed.

Please RSVP Stuart Cole at (707) 745-2918 or email me at so we can plan enough food for you. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere and we want you to attend, even if yoSo come on out, meet our celebrity chefs and have a GREAT TIME!

Directions to the Starbucks meeting point.
Take 80 or 680 to 780 and then take the Southampton exit. Head north on Southampton Rd. to the intersection of Southampton Rd. and Chelsea Hills. Turn left at the light into the shopping center and look for a place to park. Starbucks is on the left side of the shopping center. Starbucks does have restroom facilities.



Microbrew & More Cruise!

Saturday  May 22nd, 2004


MEET:  10 AM in the Southeast corner of the Northgate Mall in Terra Linda in Marin county.  There are several gas stations and a Starbucks nearby so you can fill up on octane and caffeine!

  DIRECTIONS: From the South, go north on 101, take the ”FREITAS PARKWAY-TERRA LINDA” exit which is 1 mile north of the Marin Civic Center, go over the overpass, stay in left lane, turn left onto Northgate (2nd traffic light), go past Las Gallinas Ave, turn left into Mall parking lot, look to your left for the Goats!

  From the North, go south on 101, take the “FREITAS PARKWAY-TERRA LINDA” exit which is 1 mile south of the Lucas Valley Road exit, turn right at the end of the off-ramp, merge to the left and turn left at Northgate (the next traffic light), go past Las Gallinas, turn left into Mall parking lot, look to your left for the Goats!

  THE DRIVE:  We will leave at 10:20 SHARP!   We will head into the west Marin countryside via Lucas Valley Road.  We’ll pass George Luca’s Skywalker Ranch, and through a great Redwood grove.  Around 11AM we will arrive at the Marin French Cheese Company (AKA Rouge et Noir).  There we’ll have a chance to tour their facility, taste the goodies and have a snack in the picnic area next to their pond.

  Next, we’ll take a scenic drive through the hills and into Petaluma.  Along the way we’ll drive on some of the streets used in the movie “American Graffiti.” We’ll stop at Lagunitas Brewery for a tour and tasting.  It’s not as scenic there, but the owners are car guys and they promise to “take good care of us.”

  Finally, we’ll drive through some scenic Sonoma county areas, and down the road used in the American Graffiti drag scene.  We’ll end up in Novato at Moyland’s Brew Pub and restaurant at about 4 PM.  There we’ll get a private tour of the brewery and a tasting.  We will then have an early dinner, and reveal the trivia contest winners.  Did I forget to tell you about the trivia contest?  I guess you’ll have to come to cruise and find out!

  SEE YA THERE!  Leroy




JUNE 5 & 6, 2004


As many of you already know, Golden Gate Goats is the host club for the Good Guys 11th Summer Get Together at the Pleasanton fairgrounds. This has proven to be one of our largest event to date with 70+ 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 years 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. New rendezvous area will be determined at our April meeting and publicized in our May newsletter.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 5TH 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. (This year we need volunteers for 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 at 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 GTO's to do articles on and we have some mighty fine examples of the ORIGINAL MUSCLECAR!

Plan to be there! John


OR 650-349-2095








Hi Everyone,

I prepped these ribs for John to barbecue on Easter Sunday. I followed a 
butcher’s directions. I have never really enjoyed ribs till now. These
were tender and so flavorful. Both of us chowed down. We could not stop 
saying, mmmm, yum, lets make them again soon. Hope you enjoy as 
well.Nice as you can prep ahead, then barbecue when ready in no time.

Barbecued Ribs

1 Rack of Ribs (5lbs)
2 Tablespoons of Honey
Barbecue sauce of your choice

Cut Rack into portion sizes. I cut the rack into thirds. Place in a 
large kettle of water (enough to cover the ribs) and add honey. Place 
lid on kettle, leaving a gap for steam to escape and to keep an eye.
Simmer..Do not boil. Simmer for about one and a half hours. Test for 
doneness. Done once tender, but do not want to have falling off the
bones. Remove ribs from water and place in a zip lock bag or container.
Coat well with barbecue sauce. Let marinate in sauce over night or at 
least an hour before placing on the barbecue over medium heat. Barbecue 
just enough to heat through.









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

Russell Kaul Martinez
Sam & Alene Hedgpeth Los Altos 1968 LeMans
Rick & Jan Reynolds Gardnerville, NV 1965 H.T.
Robert Arthur Columbia 1966 H.T.
Arnoldo Diaz Millbrae 1969 Convertible
Daniel & Rhonda Mondragon Monterey 1966 Convertible
Steven Hudson Alamo 1970 GTO