Archive for December, 2008

GM Heritage car collection for SALE

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

by Sean Mattingly, webmaster of

Starting in January, the classic car collection at GM will start to go bye-bye. The manager of the GM Heritage Center, Tom Freiman, has revealed that the company plans to significantly “thin the herd”.

The collection, based in Sterling Heights, Michigan currently numbers about 1,000 vehicles. The first of two auctions will happen at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 13th to 18th, 2009. Some of their vehicles will be up for bids April 9th to 11th, 2009 at Barrett-Jackson in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The GM Heritage Collection numbers in the many hundreds of cars and trucks – from “first builts” and “last builts” to one-off show cars to SEMA show cars. The first-built 2004 Pontiac GTO is in the collection. This is the first one actually built in production.

Built by Hollywood car builder Eddie Paul, using a custom Blueberry Blass paint. The dashboard features all sorts of lights, switches and gadgets.

The January sale will include several GTOs.  This customized hardtop 1967 Pontiac GTO will be sold.  It was used in the action movie “xXx” starring Vin Diesel. Built by Hollywood car builder Eddie Paul, using a custom Dupont Chromalusion BlasBerry paint. The dashboard features all sorts of lights, switches and gadgets.

Some vehicles in the auctions may include these Pontiacs which are in the collection:
1926 Pontiac (Gray/Black)
1968 Pontiac Catalina (White)
1969 Pontiac GTO (Green)
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge (Orange/Yellow)
1980 Pontiac Grand Am Pickup
1994 Firebird Lingenfelter 383
1999 Grand Am SCT
2003 Sunfire X-plores (Yellow)
2006 Solstice DTP (Orange)
1967 GTO hardtop from the movie “xXx”
1984 Fiero GT 2+2
1986 Firebird Trans Am Kamback
1987 Fiero GT Convertible
1991 Firebird Trans Am Twin Turbo
1993 Firebird IMSA Race car
1994 Firebird Firmula V8
1994 Firebird Trans Am 25th Ann.
1998 Firebird Trans Am Gold Rush
1998 Firebird Trans Am X-plorers
1998 Grand Prix M&M Pace
2000 Bonneville Salt Flats
2000 Firebird Rytek Project
2000 Firebird Trans Am Darth Vader
2001 Aztek First Built (Black)
2001 Aztek Pace #1 (Red)
2001 Aztek SRV
2002 Firebird Trans Am Daytona Pace #2
2003 Grand AM Autocross
2003 Vibe Autocross Sema
2003 Vibe FX
2004 Grand Prix GXP SEMA
2005 Firedbird Trans Am Collectors Ed.
2006 Solstice Red Bull Drifter
2006 Solstice Weekend Racer
Fiero Goodwrench Race
G6 Rolex Pace Car
Grand Am #85 race car
Grand Prix (show car)
GTO Drag Performance Parts car
Firebird Mobil Race Car
1999 Grand Prix GT (red)
GTP Ultrlite

The “Insider’s Blog” becomes “Inside Track”

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

by Sean Mattingly, Webmaster of
Today Sean moved the blog in-house for a better layout. No longer hosted externally on, the name was also changed. The Insider’s Blog changed to Inside Track. Sean comments on the change,

I like the look of the new blog better now. You know, most people don’t know what a ‘blog’ is anyway and don’t relate to the silly-sounding word ‘blog’. It’s just a place to post GTO news. Now we call it ‘Inside Track’

Mattingly was questioned on the financial ramifications of making such a move away from his affiliation with the large site (which is owned by mammoth Google) and commented,

I didn’t like the silly google ads at the tops of the pages. Those goofy bastards would run ads for Dodge minivans and sex pills at the tops of the pages. They can suck eggs! Besides, if anyone is going to make a penny off of each Viagra tablet sold, it should be ME!

Describing the long-term goals of the new Inside Track, Mattingly says,

It will continue to be a place where Pontiac GTO fans can learn about new developments in the hobby. I’ll post those news-y items here. And I’ll still post photo-y items on the main section of like I’ve been doing since late 1963.

But, sir, that was two years before you were even born.

Uhmm, right, but I had a computer anyway.

That makes no sense, especially since the Internet wasn’t invented until decades later.

Who knows who really invented the Internet. There are some ideas about that on wikipedia. But hey, it’s on wikipedia, where anyone can edit their own name into the articles anytime they want.

What enhancements might we see on your blog in the future?

Stop calling it a ‘blog’!!!

Oh, sorry. What enhancements will we be seeing on the Inside Track Blog?

It’s no longer a ‘BLOG’! Quit calling it a ‘blog’ for gosh sakes!

What enh…

You will be seeing a brighter and bolder layout. There will be more frequent postings of newsworthy significance by myself and guest bloggers, uhh, umm, strike that. Call them guest Inside Trackers posting news concerning the ultimate muscle car, the Pontiac GTO.

The new Inside Track is accessed through the main page of or directly at . Sean Mattingly can be contacted by emailing or by leaving comments to this article, below.