Archive for July, 2008

12 year anniversary of

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

In the early days of the internet, there was not much to look at. Searching for GTOs online, there were just a few guys that had figured out how to scan a photo and post it to an ISP’s personal web space. My, how we have grown since 1996! started out as a personal page on a local Indianapolis-area ISP called Iquest. At that time the website began being called “The Ultimate GTO Picture Site”. Because of the long name, some people abbreviated that TUGTOPS. It was primarily a place for photos of the 1968 and 1969 GTO. Then it expanded to cover all years of GTOs, Lemans, Tempest, etc. Later, the website moved to its own server and got its own URL of

In the summer of 2008, during the 12-year anniversary, I asked visitors on the main page of to tell me how many years they’ve been visiting.

Eric Tewald was first to respond,
“I’ve been visiting this site for just over 11 years. I discovered it my junior year in high school and it’s been my home page since I got out of the Army and got my first laptop. Nothing like opening the web and seeing what the news feed on your site has added. Keep up the good work and keep the pics rolling.”

Steven Whatley responded, attaching a photo of his car,
“I found the website in 2000. I visit it daily (when at work…”

Keith Maher was next, reminding me to post his newest photos,

“I have been here since posting my 2005 gto in the year 2006. Now just waitiing for my new post to show GTO 2006 sent in last month.Great site.”

Timster said,
“Sean, congratulations on your 12 years! I have been using your web site for 5 years. Strong work!”

Pat Lehouillier (aka goat_nut) wrote in,

“I purchased my car in 2001 so I have been here at least that long. Great sight. It’s good to see there are so many GTO/Lemans/Tempest fans out there. I’ll be here as long as the sight is up. Keep up the good work.”

Jeff Klein, my primary website helper sent a note,
“10 years for me. Found the site in 1998 and started helping late in 1999. Didn’t really get good programs working well until 2001 when we got all the years thumbnailed and databased. Early on, only the 68 and 69 model years had thumbnails. We had about 4,000 pictures once they were all thumbnailed. Now we have 4x that. What a trip it has been.”

Bill sent in a photo of his car and a quick note,
“10 Years. Keep up the great work!”

Thanks to website visitors contributing photographs of their cars, the website will continue to grow. Sometime this year, we’ll hit 16,000 photos – all indexed and searchable by year, color, options, etc.

-Sean Mattingly, webmaster