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!
UltimateGTO.com 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 UltimateGTO.com.
In the summer of 2008, during the 12-year anniversary, I asked visitors on the main page of UltimateGTO.com 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…..lol)”
“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,
Jeff Klein, my primary website helper sent a note,
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