Vol. 7 - #11 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 



 Meeting at Harry's Hofbrau
 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City
November 6, 2002

See Map and Directions on the News page








OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner  








Hello Everyone,

Saturday October 5th was GGG’s 6th Anniversary, celebrated by a special first time event, the South Bay Discovery Poker Run. Please see the recap in this newsletter written by GGG VP Russ Louthian. Russ does a great job of putting everything in perspective. Thanks Russ for taking the time to write this. Some of you are aware of the very low turnout we experienced, the event was beautifully put together and everything clicked just perfectly. We can only assume that many of you had an overbooked social calendar and were unable to participate. Thanks to those members that helped with the event and those of you that participated, we all had a great time. The planning of this event required a huge amount of time by over a dozen GGG members. They nailed every aspect, I commend your efforts…………

Our next meeting is on Wednesday November 6th at Harry's in Redwood City. We will be discussing potential 2003 events, upcoming events and the Poker Run plus anything else that you choose. The low turnout for the Poker Run necessitates some information gathering and analysis. Please be prepared to discuss any 2003 event ideas you may have. The more possibilities, the more choices we will have to choose from. This is always an important meeting so please plan on attending………………………

November 9th & 10th is the GGuys season finale at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds and November 2nd is the new date our Beer Belly Tour………………details in this newsletter.

Please make note of the date just made available for our December Toys for Tots event, Saturday the 14th. Due to this date being closer to Xmas than in the past, we have decided to have a short meeting and reschedule our 2003 event planning meeting for the first part of January at Harry’s in San Leandro, date TBA.

This covers everything for now. Please plan to attend our 2003 event planning meetings as they define the future direction of YOUR club……………………. GGG has now been together for 6 years. I would like to ask that each and every member take a few minutes out of your busy schedules before our next meeting and ask yourself if GGG is doing the things that YOU would like GGG to be doing. We control our own destiny and can do whatever the membership wants. So, I ask each and every member this question…….

What do YOU want us to be doing next year???? Come on out and share your ideas with your fellow GGG members………………see ya in the fast lane.





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







Santa Clara County Humane Society $157 plus many helpful items from blankets to pet carrier.

Winning poker hands:

First Place: Al Harris with J-J-J-9-5, wins a $60 Gift Certificate at the Goat Farm

Second Place: Paulette Hendrickson with 8-8-8-4-2, wins a $60 Gift Certificate toward Golden Gate Goat glassware.

Third Place: Ken Hendrickson with 2-2-2-10-9, wins a $60 Sees Candy Gift Certificate

Fourth Place: John Ruloph with A-A-K-K-5, wins $60 Century Theater Gift Certificate

Fifth Place: Pam Harris with A-A-7-7-10, wins $60 Starbucks Gift Certificate

Sixth Place: Errol O'Berry with 10-10-3-3-6, wins one year membership in the Golden Gate Goats plus one year membership in the GTOAA

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to those who participated. We hope you all had fun, learned a bit about places to see and visit in the South Bay, and that you enjoyed the drive.



Don't Thank Me

As we begin our lucky 7th year as one of the best (if not THE very best) GTO car clubs in America, I would like to share a few thoughts and observations with you.

First, those of us who put on events tend to thank each other for all the "hard work" we put into making an event a success. That’s bull. Truth is the people who put on events enjoy doing it or they wouldn’t do it. Yes it is work, but it isn’t "hard work." In fact, it’s usually fun. The amount of time, effort and worry we put into what we do is typically a result of the pressure we put on ourselves to do the absolute best we know how, not the expectations of any other club members. So don’t thank me, I enjoy working with other club members on events.

Measuring Success.

Unfortunately, event coordinators (myself included) often judge the success of their work by the number of people who attend. That’s wrong. The success of any event should be measured first by the appeal it had to those who participated, and then by the cost of staging the event (was the appeal of the event worth the cost?).

Take the South Bay Discovery Poker Run for example. The people who put in all the time, effort, and "hard work" to make the event happen really enjoyed getting together and did one hell of a great job (we amazed ourselves). The sponsors, Fourth Street Bowl, Santo Market, Sunset Magazine, Villa Montalvo, Bonfante Gardens, the Goat Farm, the Mexican Heritage Plaza, and A Touch of Aloha Family Restaurant were all pleased with the number of people who came to their locations. The folks from the Humane Society of Santa Clara County were delighted with the donations they received. And, most importantly, the event was a big hit with all those who participated. But it still was not a success. We simply did not have enough people participate to make the time, effort and cost worthwhile. Now rather than complain about people not showing up to ooh and ahh in wonder at the magnificent work we did on this event, we need to learn from our experience.

What Did I Learn?

I learned our club means different things to different people and I think that is exactly why it is as popular as it is today. We have over 250 PAID members right now, the vast majority of whom are quite happy to simply receive their newsletter, look at the Web site and maybe display a club sticker on their car. Then there is another big group of folks who also like to attend an event or two during the year, usually the Good Guys event and maybe one other if nothing else is going on in their life. Next comes the core group that runs the club. These 50 folks attend at least half of all the events and meetings during the year and would list the Golden Gate Goats club as one of their most important outside interests. And last, but by no means least, about one-third of the 50 folks I just mentioned are heavily involved in the club - - club officers, event coordinators, and members who rarely miss a meeting or event. What makes the club a success is the way it allows folks to participate at any level they want without criticism.

As one of the coordinators of the last two events where we lost money due to not having enough participation, I started to complain (loudly) about those "ghost" members who didn’t live up to my expectations of them. How stupid of me!

When I thought about it, what I was saying was folks who don’t participate at the level I do are not as good club members as I am. Well duh! Could be they actually have a life outside the club!

After coming to this realization, I made a short list of what I think we all need to do to keep the club successful (which I need more than most, since it is one of my most important outside interests):

1. We need to continue to allow members to participate at any level they choose WTIHOUT criticism.

2. We need to formally welcome new members to make sure they know ALL the club has to offer and so they feel right at home as quickly as possible.

3. We need to continue the quality level of our newsletter and Web site (please feel free to send in any ideas, suggestions and / or articles).

4. We need to continue to plan fun events that the core group will enjoy and attend (so they don’t lose interest or burn out on the club).

5. We need to examine what we did right and what we did wrong each year so we can continue to improve the next year.

It’s as simple and as complicated as that - - now I think I’ll go for a drive, I love that car.






An overview by Mike LaCombe

I'm a car guy! I like cars. I enjoy working on cars. Indeed, that is what I do for a living. I especially like classic cars of the 50's and '60, all of 'em. I own three. A '65 Corvette 396 roadster, a '65 Ford Mustang (my current project car) and of course my favorite '65 Pontiac GTO. 1965 was a good year!

Being a "car guy", I like to know about what the other folks are doing with there cars. This is why I started the CarFacts page on the club website. On this page, there are (as of this writing) 62 cars listed. It has taken about a year. Along with several photos, pertinent information can be found, such as the owner's name, how long they have owned it, what engine, transmission, tires and wheels it might have, plus any modifications. It is all listed in ascending order by year, and owner's name. From 1964-74 and A to Z. Just click on the red button marked CarFacts to the left of your computer screen, after of course, you have logged on to the above address. This information could be useful for the curious or the folks out there working on a project, i.e. "What tire size should I use?" or "What wheel will look best?" Check out the website!

You may be wondering by now "Why is he writing this?" Well, I have a goal. I want to get at least 200 cars listed in this section. The more cars the better. The problem is, many people, especially new members do not realize there is a Golden Gate Goats website, or if they do know, they're not sure how to use it. Check out the website! Of the 62 cars now listed, 24 are '65's. It has been a gold mine of information for me, and it can be for you too. We have a listing for every year except '73. I know you are out there somewhere, and I sure would like to hear from you. In fact, I would like to hear from all of you. New members, old members, if your car is not listed yet, give me a call or send me an email to set up a time and place to take pictures and gather your information. As the borg would say "resistance is futile, you must be assimilated!"

I can be reached at (925) 939-8087 or my cell, (925) 876-MIKE (6453) or email me at

There is, of course, much more to be had than just CarFacts at the club website. Just click a red button on the left side of your screen. I personally enjoy going through the Car of the Month archives (remember, I'm a car guy). There is also some great links to other Pontiac sites all around the country and probably the world. Merchandise can be viewed and there is also a Classified Ads button. It's all there! So, Check out the Website! And don't forget to give me a call!





Saturday, November 2, 2002

Meet at the Jelly Belly Factory at 10:00 am. Tours take about 40 minutes and begin every 15 minutes. After we tour Jelly Belly, enjoy a lunch at their Cafe or bring your own lunch and eat in their outdoor patio. Of course, there’s a gift shop with tons of candy (including Harry Potter’s Every Flavor Bean, are you game?)

As soon as we’re all ready, it’s on to the Budweiser Factory. AND, the Clydesdales will be performing between 12:00 and 3:00. Because the horses are performing, there will not be any formal tours of the factory that day but everyone is welcome to just look around. Hot dogs and beer will be served. The gift shop will be open and, of course, beer is always for sale.

So, meet us all at 10:00 am at Jelly Belly, or caravan with your buddies. Two favorite caravan meeting places are:

1. Park and Ride at Sycamore and 680 in Danville.

2. Southland Shopping Mall (by Sears) in Hayward.

Be sure to meet your caravan early enough to leave no later than 9:00 am to arrive at Jelly Belly by 10:00.

Directions to Jelly Belly:

From Sacramento & Vacaville: I-80 West to Abernathy/ Chadbourne Rd. exit in Fairfield. At first stop, turn left onto Chadbourne Rd. and continue past first stop light. Left one block past light onto Courage Dr. Left onto North Watney Way and left onto Jelly Belly Lane. Approximate driving time from Sacramento is one hour.

From San Francisco & Vallejo: I-80 East toward Sacramento (from San Francisco, cross Oakland Bay Bridge to reach I-80). At Fairfield, exit I-80 onto Hwy. 12/Rio Vista. Right at first light onto Beck Avenue. Right onto Courage Dr., right onto No. Watney Way and right onto Jelly Belly Lane. Approximate driving time from San Francisco is one hour.

From Napa and Sonoma: Take Hwy. 29 to Hwy. 12 East (Jamieson Canyon Rd.)

At junction with I-80 proceed East toward

Sacramento. At Fairfield exit I-80 onto Hwy. 12/Rio Vista. Right at first light onto Beck Avenue. Right on courage Dr., right on No. Watney Way and right on Jelly Belly Lane. Approximate driving time from Napa is 20 minutes.

From Contra Costa: Take Hwy. 680 North to Fairfield. At junction with I-80 proceed East toward Sacramento. At Fairfield exit I-80 onto Hwy. 12/Rio Vista. Right at first light onto Beck Avenue. Right on Courage Dr., right on No. Watney Way and right on Jelly Belly Lane. Approximate driving time from Contra Costa is 40 minutes.

So, be sure to bring your camera for pictures of the Clydesdales and prepare for a fun day!

For more info, check out:




Golden Gate Goats Third Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Saturday Morning / December 14, 2002

Here’s the kind of holiday event you’ve been looking for - - a simple, rewarding event that takes little time and even less effort and is guaranteed to make you feel good!

Holiday Bonus Brief December Club Meeting
Plus Breakfast and Bowling at The4th Street Bowl San Jose

That’s right, we will be holding a brief December club meeting starting at about 10:30AM at the 4th Street Bowl in San Jose. Those who are closer to San Jose are encouraged to meet earlier for breakfast at the Bowl’s restaurant, known for its great food and friendly service. Plus there will be plenty of FREE PARKING in the paved lot to display our cars.

What We Need to Do

This event takes place right in the middle of the Holiday Season, so we have done all we can to make it simple, easy and fun.

Bring your family and friends in your car along with one new toy to donate per car occupant. If you’re alone, no problem, just bring one new toy and you are in the event. If you have five in the car, each person must have one new toy to donate. Yes, you can bring more that one toy per person if you wish.

Toys must be new (not something you took from your cousin). DO NOT WRAP the toys; just leave them in their box/container.

If you hate to shop, you can donate cash in the form of a check made payable to Toys for Tots.

That’s it. No need to RSVP, you can make up your mind at the last minute to join us. We want as many member cars as possible to take part. But, if your car just can’t make it, don’t let that stop you. Bring your toy to donate (or your check) and meet us at the restaurant. Then hitch a ride with one of the club members to the donation stand and you too can get the great feeling that comes from taking part in a good cause and knowing you did your part to help. The folks at 4th Street are providing us with a meeting room where we will hold our December Club meeting. After that, we will depart as a group for the ceremony at about Noon (see map & directions).

The round trip from the restaurant to the ceremony stand and back will be a nice easy cruise through the heart of San Jose, sort of a mini-parade. So feel free to decorate your car in the Holiday Spirit!

Event Schedule

8:00AM - 10:30AM -  Breakfast (optional)

10:30AM - 11:30AM -  December Club Meeting

11:30AM - 1:00PM

Prepare donations/Decorate cars (optional) for drive to ceremony
Drive to ceremony in downtown San Jose
Donate toys/checks to Marines at the ceremony stand
Return to 4th Street Bowl parking lot

1:00PM - Lunch and/or bowling (both optional)

Directions & Map

From 101 take the Brokaw Road / First Street exit off the freeway. Follow the exit ramp signs to First Street and then head south on First Street toward downtown San Jose until you reach Gish. Turn left on Gish to 4th Street, then turn left on 4th and the Bowl will be on your left.  

From 880, take the First Street exit off the freeway. Head North on First Street away from downtown San Jose until you reach Gish. Turn right on Gish to 4th Street, then turn l left on 4th and the Bowl will be on your left.







Hi All,

John and I just made a quick visit to his Dad and Step Mom in Oregon. Beautiful fall colors there. Reds, Oranges and Yellow. Very nice trip up. Mom gave me this fun recipe she says is so easy and delicious. Thought you might enjoy. Can make ahead and place in the fridge, then bake up while warming some soup or maybe with your turkey. Hope you enjoy.

Note: you can buy buttermilk by the pint.

Angel Flaked Biscuits:

1 package of yeast
5 T. Lukewarm water
3/4 cup Crisco, butter or margarine
5 cup flour
5 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
2 tsp. salt
3 T. sugar
2 cups buttermilk

Dissolve yeast in water and set aside. Blend Crisco with dry ingredients, cutting in with pastry blender. Combine yeast with buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients and make a stiff dough. Store in refrigerator. Pinch off dough as needed. Roll out and cut as desired.

Place on cookie sheet in COLD OVEN and turn rise and bake. Remove from oven when biscuits are golden and tested done with tooth pick.

Dough may be kept in refrigerator 1-2 weeks in sealed airtight container.









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

Randy Newsome Oakland 1965 Convertible
Rene' Ramirez Alameda 1964 H.T.
Dave Conway Santa Rosa 1965 Convertible & 1970 Judge
John Whitmore Santa Clara Two 1966 H.T.'s
Robert Wagner Gonzales 1969 Judge
Kevin & Lynda Dempsey Novato 1964 H.T.
Ledell Williams Oakland 1967 H.T.
Jerry Pitti Novato 1971 Judge