Vol. 9 - #10 Monthly newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS 

October - 2004

Club Meeting
Wednesday, October 6th
Englander Sports Pub
San Leandro






OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner  







Greetings Everyone,

Last weekend's weather certainly makes us aware that summer is about out of here. Hope those of you that went to Cherries had a great time.

Good news on Good Guys for next year:
Several members have volunteered to be event coordinators. It would be nice to get a few more people involved, this is a BIG job. We will be discussing this at our next meeting. I am very happy that GGG will be able to continue hosting this event. Thank You.

Looking forward to October, on the 6th we have our next club meeting at The Englander in San Leandro. Among the topics we will be discussing; GGuys 2005, voting results pertaining to the NEW GTO being GGG eligible, a date and location for our Jan 05 meeting and our event choosing process for 2005. Several members have shown interest in participating in the Wednesday Night Drags at Infineon Raceway. We will plan some dates for 2005. The next 3 meetings are all very important and define what we will be doing next year. October meeting in San Leandro, November meeting in Redwood City, no meeting in December and we will decide the date and location for the January, 2005, meeting on October 6th. The Englander seems to work well, we should consider it for a possible January meeting location. Please plan to be there…………….

On Saturday October 16th, we will have our Fall Picnic hosted by The Sanderson’s and The Blake’s. See this newsletter for information. This is always a very well attended event, kindly RSVP as requested so your event coordinators know who will be coming and can plan accordingly.
This covers everything for now………........

See ya in the Fast lane;




We have a picture hosting site that has lots of event pictures. These can be downloaded to your own computer or you can order pictures directly from the site. Pictures can be viewed at:


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





 Good Guys June 2005 Show Event Coordinators Requirements

These are the areas that we need to cover in performing our hosting duties for the Good Guys All American get-together. We have given each position a brief description along with some personal observations. This was put together primarily by Jim Lent with input from John Mekisich.

Head Coordinator and Scheduler

This person acts as the liason between Golden Gate Goats and Good Guys. You are ultimately responsible for everything pertaining to our hosting club duties, before during and after the show. This person gathers information from all members that sign up to participate, tracks it and forwards it to GGuys approximately 3 weeks prior to the show. GGuys typically have shows going on all over the country and your contact may be tough to get a hold of. Be relentless in your attempts to contact them. Then follow up to be sure they received what you sent. ASSUME NOTHING. We typically have sign up sheets at our meetings, however a lot of e mail correspondence between members and yourself is required as members will both e mail and call you. You are responsible for ordering event T’s as well. Prior to the show, GGuys will send you their coverage requirements for the show. The last several years, they have requested far more coverage than we typically provide. As a result of this, I have had to negotiate this area each of those years. Once this is agreed upon, you are responsible for setting up the work schedules for each day to insure adequate coverage, photocopy and distributing it to our group each morning at our rendezvous point. Your real challenge will come at the show dealing with no shows, members not reporting for their work assignments, etc. It is your responsibility to make any and all adjustments that may be required to insure the proper head count each hour. A good analogy to this would be performing as a juggler. Through it all, keep in mind that this is THEIR show and it is OUR privilege to host it. Work through any challenges that may arise. GGG has earned a lot of respect from GGuys over the last eight years and they want us to be their host club.
The areas of coverage are typically not physically defined until the Friday prior to the show. You will need to meet with GGuys and walk the show along with the rest of your team members Friday afternoon. THIS IS MANDATORY, ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.

This lead position will need to be performed by a single person or couple for both days. At the show you will need to constantly be in contact with your other team members and monitor all of our areas of responsibility to make sure everything is being handled properly. The buck stops with you. Your focus at the show needs to be on performing your responsibilities, you will not have a lot of time for much else, I assure you.

Gate Assignment Coordinator

Meets with GGuys Friday afternoon to determine exactly where members will be stationed and what their duties will be at the various gate locations. Friday afternoon is also the time when the golf carts are collected and parked at the museum area to allow for quick start each morning. (We found that two smaller carts, as opposed to one larger one, allowed for much better delivery and flexibility in 2004).
Responsibilities include delivering club workers from the host club area to the gates from 6 a.m. to noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is typically a much calmer day as there are less participants and they arrive at a slower pace. Naturally two carts would require that at least two people volunteer for this position. These coordinators need to work closely with the Head Scheduler to address any lapses in coverage as they occur. This position requires your constant attention from the minute we enter the fairgrounds until the end of our coverage. Any issues that arrive must be communicated to the Head Scheduler to pass on to GGuys as they occur.
These persons as we mentioned, need to walk the show with GGuys on Friday afternoon being sure that their directions are completely understood. Trying to figure this out on Saturday morning would result is absolute chaos. It would be possible for groups to only work Saturday or Sunday, but the Saturday group would need to meet with GGuys on Friday afternoon. THIS MEETING IS MANDATORY, ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS. The Sunday group will need to meet with the Saturday coordinators on SATURDAY to see where each gate is physically located, review placement of people etc. The Sunday coordinators should plan on spending whatever time is necessary to be up to speed. The only exception would be to attend Friday afternoons meeting, otherwise anyone planning on attending the show Sunday only SHOULD NOT volunteer for this position. Sorry, it just won’t work.

T Shirt Coordinator

Arranges to physically pick up the shirts for club members that have volunteered soon enough in advance. Responsible for separating, bagging and labeling so members can pick them up at the show each day. Jim Lent has handled this in years past and will continue in this role.
Specialty Areas Coordinator

Meets with GGuys Friday afternoon to determine exactly where the 5 to 6 specialty areas will be located, where members are to be stationed and what their responsibilities will be. GGuys may still be putting their plan together so please be patient. Coordinators responsibilities include making sure that club members are directed to their work areas from 6 a.m. until noon on Saturday. This person(s) needs to verify that the proper cars are being allowed to park in these designated areas as well as to monitor how quickly they fill up. Be prepared to make any changes GGuys may require communicating this with the Head Scheduler. Issues will arise sometimes requiring GGuys to get involved. Sunday’s duties are much different however every bit as demanding. We are to have members assigned to the Winners Circle from 6 until noon, to check in award winners from Saturday ( verify correct paperwork ) and get them parked correctly on the front lawn area. Be prepared for GGuys to ask you at the very last minute for coverage until 2p.m. It is very important that these cars are lined up in straight rows with adequate spacing. Easier said than done. GGuys are very concerned that this area presents itself well and will let you know if something is amiss. Be forewarned, some of these owners can display some major attitude if you ask them to move their car, park closer to the next car etc. Be aware that the radical cars in attendance typically are award winners. Asking an owner to re locate a 3000 horsepower blown alcohol car can be a very interesting ( loud ? ) experience. Concentrate on row alignment from the start, verify it with GGuys and we are good to go. Saturdays coordinators must meet with GGuys on Friday afternoon. THIS MEETING IS MANDATORY, ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS ARE ALLOWED. Once again, trying to figure this out at 5:30 on Saturday morning will result in chaos. Sundays duties could be handled by someone coming Sunday only as there would be adequate time to meet with the Head Scheduler first thing that morning.

BBQ Coordinator

Responsible for purchasing, delivery and preparation of all required supplies for our club sponsored lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Those two sentences say a lot, this requires a ton of work. Coordinator(s) should have access to several coolers and be prepared to keep food cool, shop AGAIN Saturday night for Sunday, etc. Our group can put away a serious amount of food.

These are the coordinator positions required to host this show. Yes, they are somewhat involved, however our club gets tremendous recognition for the job we do. Folks often ask “ Where are all the GTOs at the other shows’’ Hosting this show the past eight years has had a huge effect on our ability to consistently grow our membership. John Mekisich, Jim Lent and John Phillips have been your team of coordinators for eight years and they all agree that Eight Is Indeed Enough.

In addition to having members participate as volunteers, we are asking that some of you step up your level of participation to include Sunday. Sunday has been historically challenging to handle as so many folks volunteer for Saturday only. We fully understand that it is physically demanding to be at the show by 5:30 two mornings in a row and that you have many many many other things to do. This is our Flagship Event, one weekend of the year, scheduled well in advance. Our duties on Sunday are smaller in scope, however we typically have less than half as many people show up than on Saturday with multiple no shows. We can use help on Sunday all the way through the end of the show, so if you come on Sunday, please plan on sticking around.

Teamwork is the key to making this show come together as planned. The entire coordinator team must accept total responsibility for their areas and communicate with their other team members as required throughout the weekend. This requires a pro active hands on approach to planning and problem solving. The show will most certainly go on, however you truly need to be at your best. All volunteers will be required to attend any meetings scheduled for event planning. THIS WILL BE MANDATORY, NO EXCEPTIONS ALLOWED. If any of you that have volunteered have any second thoughts or concerns after reading this, please contact us immediately.

Comments from your Prez.

As many of you know, 2005 will be the first year that we have had a change in the event coordinator team for this event. Jim Lent, John Phillips and myself will work with you to bring you up to speed with your areas of responsibility. We are confident that our new team will do a splendid job. This is a major undertaking, no two ways about it. At the conclusion of last years show in saying goodbye and thanking them for this opportunity, I mentioned to GGuys Event Director Harry Daviess that we would have a new team of coordinators for 2005. I gave him my personal assurance that we will be up to the task and I am confident that we will. The bottom line is that I am ultimately responsible to both GGG and GGuys. If any of our event coordinator volunteers for any reason are unable to or simply not willing to meet our expectations, I will have no other choice but to dismiss you. I will then have the task of making the required changes to put us back on course.

Thanks for listening;
Prez John

P.S. I have promised the GGuys that we would let them know, by Nov. 1, whether we would continue as the host club. So, we need those willing to volunteer as coordinators to inform us before then in order to confirm our decision.



Annual Golden Gate Goats Club Picnic - Oct. 16th at Del Valle East Bay Regional Park in Livermore

Please bring family and friends (children most welcome) to the GGGoat's Annual Picnic at Livermore Valley's beautiful Del Valle Regional Park on Oct. 16th, 2004. There will be lot's of family activities and loads of fun! Lay on the beach, swim in the lake, take a paddle boat out, hike through the hills, go on the wine cruise, catch some fish, try your hand at horse shoes, toss a Frisbee, help your kids build a kite (simple kite kits will be provided) and fly it (assuming we have sufficient winds), or just laze around and enjoy the fabulous scenery in the beautiful surroundings. Their will be plenty of parking right next to the picnic area so feel free to bring your car.

Del Valle is one of the East Bay's hidden jewels with a beach area for swimming, rental boats, plenty of campsites if you want to camp, and beautiful scenery and nature to enjoy. Located just a few miles South of Livermore in the surrounding hills and minutes from all the Livermore Valley Wineries . There are plenty of local Hotels if you wish to stay over -
Or golf locally at the Championship Poppy Ridge or Wente Golf Courses.

Please RSVP to or phone 925-455-4702, no later than Oct. 8th, 2004 with how many people (adults & children) you'll be bringing.

Location: Del Valle East Bay Regional Park -
Date: Oct. 16, 2004
Time: 10:30 AM till park closes (5 PM)
Eat: Around Noon
Raffle: Details provided at event
Livermore Wine Cruise: Approx. 2 PM (optional) - we're going to try and get some discount coupons!




Hi Everyone,

What a nice rain we had yesterday. All of a sudden fall is near. Here is a recipe to help ease you into the fall spirit.

Hope you enjoy.

Spicy Pumpkin Bread:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. finely chopped orange zest
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup pumpkin puree
Optional...add 1/2 cup of mini choc. chips, or toasted chopped walnuts, or if walnuts added additional 1/2 cup raisins or currants. Can add
chopped candied Australian Ginger.

Optional glaze:
3/4 cup water
Zest of 1 orange
2 Tbs. finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Have all the ingredients at room temperature. Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 350°F. Grease a pumpkin loaf pan.

To make the bread, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and orange zest on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and pumpkin puree and beat until incorporated another 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture in two additions just until smooth. (if adding nuts, chips, raisins and or ginger add these with the last addition of flour.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the top springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the water, orange zest and ginger. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a glass measuring cup.

Pour 1/2 cup of the orange-ginger mixture into a clean small saucepan (discard the remaining mixture). Whisk in the granulated sugar. Bring to
a simmer over medium heat and cook, uncovered, for 2 minutes to thicken slightly.

Tap the loaf pan gently on a work surface to loosen the bread. Set the rack over a sheet of waxed paper, invert the pan onto the rack and lift
off the pan. Turn the loaf over and, using a pastry brush, brush it with the warm glaze. Let cool completely or serve slightly warm.







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

Mike & Glenda Meighan Castro Valley 1969 H.T.
Michael Aquino San Francisco
Jim Blackford San Francisco 1965 H.T.
Mark Schwab Hayward 1966 GTO
Brian Bender San Jose 1967 H.T.
Mike & Stephanie Sherman Benicia 1968 Lemans
Ritch Golino Scotts Valley
Glen Guy Santa Cruz 1966 H.T.
Michael Sorensen Yuba City 1965 H.T.
Joe Sura Morgan Hill 1967 Convertible
Paul Curro Sacramento 1970 H.T.
Mike Curro Davis 1969  Convertible
Dave Selesnick Manteca 1966 Convertible
Martin Killkenny Davis 1968 H.T.
Frank Dipaola Carmel 1966 H.T.
Petr Divis Holoubkov, Czech Republic 1968 H.T.