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GTO-ing to some shows? Got some Summer plans?

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What will the Summer of 2014 hold?  Hopefully, more cruising around, more local car shows, and perhaps a national show.

city square 02sOne of the GTOs on display on the Pontiac, Illinois town square at the Pontiac museum's 2011 grand opening. This is Denny Vodvarka's modified 1968 GTO.

A couple  years ago, I attended the grand opening of the the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center located in Pontiac, Illinois.  We found the town square to be a nice tourist destination.  It might be time for another visit.  The museum is located at 205 North Mill Street, Pontiac IL.  I follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pontiac-Oakland-Automobile-Museum

For some reason, the official museum website has a blank “events” calendar, but I found this info on one of the city’s “tourist” websites.

GTOAA Regional All Pontiac Cruise and Show  Saturday, September 20 and Sunday September 21, 2014

Sponsored by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum & Resource Center. Saturday – Private Collections tour, Museum Tours, Ice Cream Social, live musical entertainment. Sunday – All Pontiac Car Show with expanded Classes. For information, contact: Mark Melrose @ 314-968-3106 or Brian Sorensen @ 630-991-1465.

A return to Norwalk?  Okay!  I always enjoy the Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals.   It’s at the pristinely-kept Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio August 1, 2, 3, 2014.  I do enjoy the midway vendors there, the show cars, extensive swap meet, and drag racing.

Or, another possibility is the Pypes Exhaust Open House & Car Show June 13& 14th at the Pypes Corporate offices, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield , PA

What will you do in the Summer of 2014?

 

Classic Cars Pass Legislation to Scrap Old Senators

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Some humor from the Editor of The Endive

Olds Cutlass and Pontiac GTO

The Classic Car Senate passed legislation today that would reward Americans with up to $5,000 in tax incentives to scrap old, inefficient senators and representatives.

“We need new senators,” said Classic Car majority leader Pontiac GTO, “Old senators are polluting our air and using up our resources at an astounding rate. Let’s get some new, young senators inside the beltway who spout out less hot air and don’t consume as many cheeseburgers.”

The move was backed by an overwhelming majority of classic automobiles.

“It’s about time this legislation passed,” said Oldsmobile 442, “I’m excited about the influx of recycled material that will become available when these old senators are crushed and melted down. Now that’s what I call ‘going green.’”

The new legislation, HR-101.4, provides Americans who scrap older model senators with up $5,000 in tax rebates on the election of a new, smaller, more efficient senator.

“These old senators have ruled Washington so long that people don’t know what’s good for them anymore,” said Chevrolet Chevelle SuperSport, Classic Car senator from Michigan, “It’ll do my heart good to see these guys rounded up, cut to pieces and possibly shipped overseas to countries in need of their raw materials.”

Other American automobiles opposed the bill, unwilling to let go of their old lawmakers.

“I just like things the way he had them,” said Toyota Corolla of West Palm Beach, Florida, “My old Senator knows how to raise some taxes can stall a bill in congress for eight years. You can’t get that out of a new senator.”

Others questioned why a congress of classic muscle cars was pushing to scrap older people.

“I tried to ask Senator Plymouth Superbird why he was so interested in scrapping old senators,” said Toyota Prius, “But I couldn’t catch up to him. I’m not anywhere near as fast off the line and my top speed doesn’t even come close.”

Classic Car Senators did confirm speculation that the bill was crafted in response to Representative Henry Waxman and his scrappage legislation.

“Want to get us old clunkers off the road, huh Waxman?” said Buick GSX, “Before you can make us into tin cans, we’ll have you guys pureed into Soylent Green.”

“One more important message to our old senators,” added Representative Mercury Cyclone, “We are prettier, louder, and faster. Don’t mess with us.”

Reaction to GM ditching the Pontiac brand

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

This week GM may unveil their plans to kill off the Pontiac brand.  Enthusiasts of Pontiac’s products are finding this news hard to swallow.  The headlines are screaming these foul words:

  • PONTIAC MAY DRIVE INTO THE SUNSET
  • PONTIAC RUNNING ON EMPTY
  • PONTIAC HEADED FOR JUNK YARD
  • END OF THE LINE FOR PONTIAC

At the very least, GM is expected to close some plants, giving salaried workers mandatory time off, idling other plants for a while, and finding different ways to curb employee compensations.

GTO emblem 6.5 Litre

The GTO enthusiasts are weighing in with their opinions.  These are folks that have a Pontiac or two or three in their garages.  Most enjoy the hobby of auto restoration or drag racing which tends to be a family sport:

1964 GTO drag racer

Vintage photo of Mike Blodgett Sr. with his 1964 GTO that raced in the Stock Eliminator class

Jamie says, “Folks, take your goats [GTOs] out today to commemorate this great GM division.  It’s beautiful here on the east coast!   Been out all morning with my ’70, and it’s bringing out the best out in people:  Strangers at red lights telling me about their  GTO’s from the past through open windows; and pedestrians with thumbs up.  Connecting with people from all walks of life.  There is something about a goat that brings people together.  Rumble! Rumble!!”

Jim points to the recent political climate that led to GM receiving government bailout funds, “Just look how the country voted and we will all pay for it starting now. The mighty that had the balls to produce GTOs seems to have all been castrated.”

a gathering of GTO fans

A gathering of GTOs at an Indianapolis, Indiana car club meeting/picnic

Scott, a manager of a Pontiac store in Minneapolis says, “E-mail General Motors. We need to fight for what we  want. This economic mess was not caused by the domestic automobile business.  It was caused by our Politicians both Democrat and Republican.  They made policies that are killing freedoms of  all Americans. Politicians made the lending policies that put people in  homes and vehicles they could not afford and then ignored the fact those people could never pay for those luxuries. It scares me that now politicians are  telling us what we are going to drive. What’s next, our clothing and homes? Will we all wear the same clothing and live in the same homes?  This is the beginning of communism!!”

Primo, a member of the UltimateGTO.com email list, also sees Pontiac’s demise as a political issue rather than an issue of consumer’s lack of demand to buy a car product, “If we could all just see the whole picture, not just blame everyone that does not share your view, this mess can still be righted. I see it as a mess we created by sending back all those politicians that keep digging us deeper and deeper.  First we lose Olds, Plymouth, now our Pontiac.  We need to let them hear our view and then when time comes around if they don’t respond, that would be the time to rid of them. So let’s all stop the blame game and get to doing something about it.”

UltimateGTO.com logo image

Logo of UltimateGTO.com website shows the “arrowhead” marker light of a 1968 GTO

Sean Mattingly, who runs the largest enthusiast-based website for the Pontiac GTO fans says, “I heard a report on CBS Radio News tonight about the passing of Pontiac.  I noticed every news story mentions the GTO as one of PMD’s great accomplishments.  All this attention to the classic GTO is allright.”

Sean continues with some thoughts on the Australian import GTO which was re-introduced for a run in 2004 through 2006.  The car was favored by performance car fans, but largely panned by the public for the car’s simple looks.  “I just returned from a radio promotion where we’re setting up a weekend sale for all the auto dealers in town.  They’re bringing in their best cars for the weekend.  Anyway, I sigh when I see the beautiful RETRO-styled Dodge Challengers.  People are drawn to them, tuff lookin cars.  Also, when the RETRO-styled Shelby KR Mustang rolls in, spectators are chasing it to get a better look.  Why oh why didn’t Pontiac listen to us enthusiasts about 6 years ago when we told them (over and over again) that we wanted a RETRO-styled GTO.  We know the car could have been a big hit ahead of the RETRO-Camaro.  It might have saved the friggin division from getting its head cut off.  GM’s Bob Lutz poo-pooed our ideas, calling us “hardliners”.  He’s gone now.  GM boss Rick Wagoner didn’t believe.  He’s gone now.”

GTO marketing

Pontiac TV ads portrayed the re-born GTO as being mysterious and powerful

Darwin would have liked for GM to have given the Pontiac brand more marketing.  He says, “I met Bob Lutz during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of GM.  I was part of a caravan of Corvettes representing every year of manufacture. (53-08) One car from each year.  We were invited to the 100th celebration at GM headquarters in Detroit.  I had the 63 split window.  At the celebration I met Bob and told him that even though I was driving the 63 vette I am a Pontiac GTO person first.  I told him that I was very disappointed that the new GTO had failed and that it was never given a chance to succeed. I asked if the GTO would ever come back and he said that the Camaro would fill the void.  I told him that the Camaro is a nice retro vehicle but it will never be a GTO. I reminded him that GTO enthusiasts have been hung out to dry.  It would have been nice if all the marks had been invited to the celebration.  We visited most of the large museums on our travels to Detroit and every one had a GTO on display.  Even the Ford Museum had a 65 GTO as you enter the museum.”

2004 GTO Yellow Jacket

2004 Pontiac GTO owned by Warren in Kansas

The re-introduction of a 2004-2006 GTO has pretty much been smoothed over in the enthusiast community since then.  Classic car clubs have since opened their ranks to include the newer GTOs.  However, classic GTO restorer Craig George opens up the scab to underscore GM’s lack of commitment to the enthusiast community’s wants, “Sean, I remember editing the thousands of comments about the 2004 GTO styling that poured into your website. The GTO faithful were both articulate and passionate about their distaste for the bland looks and outrage that the most famous American musclecar would now be arriving from Australia, covered with sea salt!  As an investment, I considered taking delivery of a 2004 red over black 6 speed coupe. The paint had so much orange peel, however, that I insisted that the dealership make a attempt to smooth it out. No amount of claying and polishing would bring out the shine one would expect on a new, bright red car.  I am just as glad now as I was then that I ultimately refused delivery. The 2004-2006 GTO’s will become marginally collectible in the future. Sadly, their value will be as an example of the folly and hubris of GM’s business management and their resounding failure in the opening years of this century. Their legacy certainly will not be one for crafting a modernized tribute to the original American musclecar!”

Greg, a fan of several different models of Pontiacs says, “I guess like a bad marriage that went sour years ago and dragged on for too long, we can just say goodbye to our beloved brand of choice. It appears my dream of ever buying a brand new Firebird will never come true. In the early 80′s I had a ’68 Lemans Convertible for my daily driver and used to be appalled by the lack of respect it got from my friends. They would refer to it as my ‘LuhMannz’ with the same disdain you would inflect when you mentioned an Escort or a Chevette, because at that time that’s what the LeMans had become – a little 4 cylinder sh*tbox.  This is when I knew things were going really wrong with Pontiac.  In today’s world you aren’t judged on what you’ve done in the past, it’s ‘what have you done for me lately?’. Sad but true.  When you consider the stylish Aztec, or the desecration of the GTO; the answer to that question is, ‘Not a whole hell of a lot.’  RIP PMD”

Al George points out GM slowness in bringing products to market at the right time, “Regarding your comment about GM hubris, I remember talking with a dealer in the ’60′s about the need for American manufacturers to develop small economical and fuel efficient cars such as were coming out of Japan and
Germany. I remember his response: “Aw, ‘mericans ain’t gonna buy them little bitty cars!” Within two years our highways were infested with Beetles. And within the last couple of years Detroit exec’s have been whining that they couldn’t get even a hybrid – let alone a fully electric – vehicle to market before 2012 or 2015, depending on which testimony you heard before the Senate or House. I’m old enough to vividly
remember Pearl Harbour, Dec 7, 1941. By February, 1942, Detroit had completely retooled, using technology we would now consider primative, and were producing tanks, half tracks, jeeps, convoy trucks, aircraft engines and all sorts of military essentials. And because the Japanese had cut our supply lines to rubber plantations in Southeast Asia, Goodyear, Firestone, and Goodrich in three or four months completed
development of a process to recycle old tires and to make synthetic rubber, on which our armies rolled to victory in the next three and a half years.  All theses overpaid Detroit whimps are telling me is that they’re not the men their fathers and grandfathers were.”

This week’s “Picture Of The Week” on the main page of http://UltimateGTO.com features a computer keyboard with a finger poised over a “Pontiac Delete” key.

Picture of the Week for 4/26/09

(The author of this article, Sean Mattingly, grants permission to re-publish this article in print form, on blogs, in newspapers, stored electronically, whatever)

What about Bob Lutz?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Bob LutzWhat about Bob Lutz? – by Chuck, submitted by Billy

In early February 2009, we learned that Bob Lutz, GM’s internal Car Czar, will step down later in the year. Lutz has had his share of swings and misses, and has more than his share of fans and critics. But his legacy at The General should be judged as much by what he prevented than by what he accomplished.

When Lutz joined GM in 2001, one of the first things he did was review every product project under development, in order to get an idea what was in the oven, what was hot, and what was not. What he found was an Aztek behind every door.

He quickly went about killing the turkeys, and delaying a few other things so he could work them around a bit. When shown one particular sports car, he reputedly asked “What’s that” He was told “that’s the new C6 corvette!” His reply, according to one source, was “Oh no it’s not…”

Lutz pushed for more expressive design, and higher quality interiors. If you like cars such as the Malibu, Aura, and current-gen CTS, thank Bob. If you think the Volt is a significant accomplishment, thank Bob. If you enjoy your Solstice or Sky, imperfect though they are, thank Bob. And I certainly appreciate that he gave us the 2004-06 Pontiac GTO, which led to one of my current faves, the G8 GXP. He also peeled off a lot of plastic body cladding along the way.

We’ll never know how many bad ideas Lutz kept from becoming reality, but I’m confident there were many. Every ill-conceived project he killed or redirected is nearly as important as every successful one he was behind. Because the last thing any car company needs is to be its own worst enemy. Many of them — GM perhaps at the head of the class — have done enough of that.

The classic GTOs that got away

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

The classic GTOs that got away – by Sean Mattingly

Many times life with throw a GTO owner a curve and he will find himself (gasp!) GTO-less! Here are some stories to inspire you to get your old GTO back. Or maybe you will decide to hold onto your current car with an iron fist.

silver 1964 GTO

David Keim (seen above) wants this silver 1964 GTO back. Does anyone know where this car ended up? David says, “I ran out of money for school and joined the Army. I put my Father in charge of my car (big mistake). While I was over in Germany, he put it on a U-store-it lot and then never paid rent. By the time I got back (1987) they had sold it and it was nowhere to be found. I have spent every minute since wondering where it was or what had happened to it. I would love to see a picture of it finished and on the road or better yet get my hands back on it. I go to this website everyday and look over the 64’s dreaming that one day I will see or read about someone buying my car. I won’t keep dragging this story out. I am sure you hear stuff like this all the time. No VIN #, no title, no insurance, no keys. I [now] live in Illinois. I am trying to get a hold of an old friend in Riverside, California to get the name and location of the U-store-it that sold the car. Odd side note: my Dad stored my car and a car he built – a 1978 Town & Country station wagon on a 4×4 Suburban frame at the same place. Both were sold for past due bills.”
Multiple photos of the car can be seen at http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showcar.cgi?type=lot&pic=/1964/64_00170_12

John's old 1964 GTO

John C in New Jersey is looking for his old Teal 1964 GTO. John tells us this story, “I picked this car up in Central Jersey back in 1988. It was a 4-speed Tri-Power car. Only Power steering. The best part about this Goat was that is was dent and rust free. No numbers match on drive train though. Sad part was I had to trade it a few months later for financial reasons and I already had two other GTO’s I was building at the time. It’s been over 12 years now since I have seen it. I lost track of it when the guy I traded it to moved. I tryed to buy it back from him two years later when I found out he was moving, but he didn’t want to sell. Then I found out two years after he moved, he sold the Goat to someone else. I was just wondering if this Goat is still out there somewhere.”

It is the only photo we have of the car at http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showcar.cgi?type=lot&pic=/1964/64_00113_1

Jerry's old 1965 GTO

Jerry Hamilton in Georgia is looking for his old red 1965 GTO. At one time, he cared well for this Montero Red 1965 GTO hardtop. Jerry asks, “I bought this car in 1984 and did a frame-off resto in 1985. It won its class at the GTOAA Nats in 1987 (with Rally Is). I sold it in the mid 90s to a Michigan classic car dealer and lost count of it. Anyone know its whereabouts today?”

The one photo on file, and Jerry’s email address, is located at
http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showcar.cgi?type=lot&pic=/1965/65_00301_1

Wayne's old 1969 GTO

Wayne Blackburn (pictured above) wants his first car back, a Verdoro Green 1969 GTO. The vintage photo is from 1980. He is looking for it again. Wayne tells us more, “I would like to hopefully buy it back. Here’s how it was built: Verdoro green (not Midnight Green – some pictures are dark) on green buckets, console, 400ci/350hp, M-20 4-speed, factory air, but NO power steering, power brakes or power locks from factory. I am not sure on the gauges. I last saw it in Florida, Port Richey area, in 1982 and lost track of it then. I was told it was painted white around 1982. I don’t have, and can NOT get the VIN as I tried everything. I added a ’69 AM-FM and 8-track to it. I also painted grilles black. There is a generous finders fee for info leading to or top dollar for right car. Please check your PHS….. Thanks. I really would love to have it back. It was probably originally sold at Crown Pontiac or Wes Harris Pontiac.”

There are a few photos of the car posted at
http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showcar.cgi?type=lot&pic=/1969/69h_00289_1

Ralph Law's old 1965 GTO

Ralph Law in California wants his first new car back, a Cypress Green 1965 GTO convertible with a stripe. It was Picture Of The Week 5/17/98 on UltimateGTO.com. The vintage image was emailed in by Linda Hilton. The former owner, Ralph Law, tells us this story:

A long time lady friend of mine, Linda Hilton, who I have known since high school sent you the picture of my 1965 GTO that you have so nice presented as this week’s cover car. This was my first new car purchased with my own earnings when I was 21. I added headers and a racing cam, plus a few other extras. I ran 13 second 1/4 miles! Got several trophies at the drag strips in Wisconsin. When I raced it, I put on the slicks. It was special ordered due to the color which is Cypress Green. Cypress Green was not a Pontiac offered color, rather it was one of the colors for Chevrolet. I loved the color and they painted it at the factory.

Linda e-mailed me and suggested I look at your site. What a surprise when I saw it. I received many citations from law enforcement personnel. One night, I got six tickets! I used to taunt the police and peel away near them or spray them with gravel and they could not catch me. However, one night, I raced it continuoulsy through several Chicago suburbs. Thinking I had lost them all, I quietly pulled into the driveway of a friend. Suddenly, multiple police spot lights were upon me. To this day, I still aggravate police but with my mountain bike and roller blades in Walnut Creek, CA. Although am 54 now, I have always been a runner and a bike nut. Thus, I go where I am not supposed to, the hills in the open space area, and downtown where cops have noting to do but hassle teens for skateboarding and roller blading. I wrote a letter to the chief and said if they could catch me, I would donate a $1,000 to their police association. So far, no pay outs!

The GTO was wonderful and I am fortunate that it didn’t kill me. Later, in mid 30′s, I was able to afford a new Porsche. The Porsche was my favorite of almost 60 cars I’ve owned. However, the 65′ GTO is my second favorite, and I had six Corvettes, and some other nice cars.

If someone e-mails you and says they have the car, please let me know.”

It is the only photo we have of the car so far at http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showcar.cgi?type=lot&pic=/pow/pow9821

The tales of long-lost GTOs are frequent. If you wonder what powerful feelings of loss are like, hang out at a car show and listen to the stories of “the one that got away”. Some guys get over the loss by buying a different classic car…moving on with life. Others keep looking for their first GTO, checking the ditches, walking through junkyards, poring through classified ads, looking in backyards in their old hometowns, keeping a vigilant eye to the road’s horizon.

Do you have any tales of a car that you lost and then got back again? Leave some comments, below.

Or send in old car photos on the UltimateGTO.com Self-Upload page at http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/upload.cgi

See the 1969 Judge movie called "Sex Drive"

Saturday, October 18th, 2008


Review by Sean Mattingly, webmaster of UltimateGTO.com

I just came back from watching “Sex Drive” [TRAILER HERE], the new movie that showcases a Carousel Red 1969 GTO Judge. Unlike most modern flicks that have a muscle car in them, this movie actually SHOWS the muscle car throughout.

This is not your typical review, poring over such boring things as the director’s name or his credentials. The movie basically stars a teenage punk what’s-his-name and his big bully brother who-cares-what-his-name-was. For me, the movie experience was all about the CAR! As soon as little brother gets his hands on the keys, the hilarity ensues.

The little brother and his friend and some black-haired chick with annoyingly crooked teeth head for a road trip. The car is an object of desire on a trip to get laid. Sounds like a few dates I’ve had. All the while, you know the movie teens will have the typical adventure elements thrown their way. There’s the engine-revving, the speeding, some wreckless driving, avoiding roadside obstacles, hitting a possum. There’s even a scene with the Judge driving crazy through a cornfield.

Hardcore Judge fanatics won’t be disappointed by this movie. You get to see the full exterior of the car often. There are many interior scenes as well, showing off the black Morrokide and the lovely black headliner. The hood tach is shown briefly as the engine revs. Even the engine compartment is seen, with all the main characters “working” on the car to try and solve an overheating problem by pissing in the radiator. Really? Really. As far as the soundtrack of the vintage Judge, I found all the engine sounds unsatisfying. It didn’t sound like a Pontiac engine to me. The car had the sound of what might have been the soundman’s 1980′s truck with a bad muffler. Big whoop.

Like any muscle car romp at the hands of an inexperienced teenager, there is bound to be some damage that made me cringe. They drove the car across some medians at high speed. They did a little jump out of a field that got air and landed the Judge on a country road with surprisingly no visual damages. The heartbreaker was near the end when the Judge gets “tapped” in the door by a dumbass Larry The Cable Guy-type dude driving a pickup truck into the side of it. Never fear, the car gets fixed in the end.

If you’re looking to judge the Judge’s factory correctness, you have plenty of opportunities to look at this shiny orange car. All that bugged me was the grille. Rather than being painted black, it seemed to be a silvery gray. In one shot under the hood, it appeared that the radiator hose was held on by an oversize adaptor hose of some sort. The underside of the hood was not painted black as I think it should have been. It was Carousel Red. If you can spot other non-factory irregularities, please comment below.

Here’s how I rate “Sex Drive”. It gets 5 stars out of 5 for muscle car content. It ranks even higher because in some scenes, they leave a foreign tuner car playing the fool. I give it 5 stars for raunchy sex jokes (like Porky’s) and dirty sight gags and a required flash of boobs. Brief, but nice boobs! I would have deducted a few stars if they had treated the car badly. Throughout the movie, I suspected it would be driven off a cliff and/or blown up at the end. Not so. Whew! This is a must-see movie for muscle car fans. Round up you car club buddies and go see it.

2009 Pontiac GTO, unknown author

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Pontiac GTO was a spin off from the Australian arm of GM, Holden, which sold a coupe domestically called the Monaro. As Holden is the last bastian of rear wheel drive in the GM empire, attention was focused on the Monaro and it was decided that the car could be brought into the US as the new GTO. A few changes were made, most notably the fuel tank was relocated which ate into trunk space, and the nose was redesigned for a Pontiac look.

But like the Monaro the GTO never really took off. Once everyone who wanted a big coupe had bought one, demand fell way off and the car was discontinued in 2006, when production of the Monaro was stopped. The GTO was also criticized for lacking visual aggression, which didn’t help sales.

Pontiac shifted just 36,427 GTOs over three years when the company had expected 54,000. At one point, due to proposed CAFE standards, the new GTO was almost cancelled, but the GTO’s future is assured, by none other than Bob Lutz, GM’s Vice President.

The new GTO will appear next year, along with the Chevrolet Camaro. As before, the chassis will be from Holden, but this time it’s the new Zeta platform, which debuted in the Australian VE Commodore. The Camaro will also use the Zeta platform, which is exceptionally stiff, which bodes well for handling, Certainly the Holden products drive very well.

The 2009 Pontiac GTO should be available with an entry level 261 horsepower 3.6 liter DOHC V6 and a full on 362 horsepower LS2 6.0 liter V8, the same engines that are available in the Pontiac G8.

One thing’s for sure, the 2009 Pontiac GTO will have much more aggressive styling than the previous model, to emphasize the cars sporty and muscular nature. And thanks to the Zeta platform suspension handling should match the image. Suspension at the front is MacPherson strut, and at the rear is a ‘proper’ multi link suspension rather than the primitive semi trailing arm suspension of the previous GTO. The wheelbase is also longer, giving the car a more stable ride, while the overhangs have been shortened, which should give the car a very sporty look.

There’s some question over whether the car will be built by Holden and exported to the US or whether it will be built in the US. The GTO is being developed in Australia because of Holden’s experience with the Zeta platform, but Bob Lutz says the final decision on the location of assembly will come down to the exchange rate between the Australian and American dollars. You can bet your bottom dollar that the UAW (United Auto Workers union) will be campaigning hard for the car to be built in the US.

Pontiac GTOs rule! What you said…

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

I always enjoy reading comments from the visitors of UltimateGTO.com. Seeing that feedback continually gets me fired up about “The Great One”. Read a few and see if you don’t feel like kicking down the accelerator pedal on this great muscle car hobby!

Susan said “It’s really nice to have a place to go for comparison and appreciation of The “LITTLE GTO’s” “WHOOO…, WHOOO, WHOOOO!!!” As I will never forget my Dad taking me out for my first Drive at 16 years of age…, and him telling me…, this is 1st! Then his stomping on those THREE DEUCES!!! And the “WHOOO! WHOOO! WHOOO!!”

Pete is looking to find a 1965 GTO and said: “For my dad on his 60th birthday. When he was in college, he had his first ’65 taken from him – only three years after he bought it brand new. 40 years have passed and now I’m going to get it back for him. 1965 GTO hardtop, 389, tri-power, 4-speed, black interior, preferred exterior color blue/teal but not absolutely necessary, completely original or rebuilt with original parts, can deal with minor mods but no mods preferred, CLEAN/MINT/SHOWROOM or whatever you want to call it, big price tag doesn’t scare me. If you help me find this car, I will tell everybody it’s the best site I’ve ever visited.”

Ron said: “Had a 69 GTO in High School. My football jersey # was 69, although not relating to the car. At 51 years of age I am getting the urge for another GOAT. I know I could never find my original love or even if it still exist? I do search from time to time and it gets me all stirred up to get one. The one I had in the early 70s was a fully loaded coop with every option and the Hurst 4spd. This GOAT was plum purple with a black vinyl top. I bought the GOAT in Tulsa Oklahoma and it was sold from Arrowhead Motors in Glendale Arizona when I joined the Navy. I miss this old friend and if I can’t have her I will find another. Thanks for letting me bend your ear.”

Timothy said: “Well I think this site is just what all GTO people need…a place to come and dream, look at the others that are out there compare get ideas. Just to get my fix for the day, as the winter sets in and I have to park it I can open a window and drive some one else’s for awhile.”

Donnie likes to see: “Projects, parts cars, and of course the “oh crap, look what I found in grandma’s barn with a 100 miles on it”

Mr Sibraa said: “Greetings from Sydney Australia. I stumbled across your site one night by accident, and was immediately impressed. I have learnt some very useful things on GTO’s thanks to your informative site. All that I can say is that it must take an awful lot of work to maintain, the info contained on your site is most valuable, especially down under.”

Paul said: “When I first found the site I couldn’t believe my eyes. I found a 1965 GTO just like the one I had before I had to sell it when I first got married. It’s a great site just to look at and dream again when I was 21 again.”

John quickly typed: “My first visit…I am at work, so I can not be here very long…but come this weekend…I’ll be enjoying it much more without having to look over my shoulder.”

The Ultimate Pontiac GTO Picture Site at http://UltimateGTO.com has 15,225 car photos and adding more every week. Every photo is categorized and tagged for easy searching of color, body style, options, and even photo angle! Enjoy.

This WAS a GM town

Monday, October 29th, 2007

They made the parts for your car here. Anderson, Indiana was one of those cities in the midwest where auto part manufacturing was king. However, GM and most of the parts-related businesses went away many years ago. Once upon a time, the major factories included Delco and Guide Lamp and others. For a while, the city was stunned by the job losses and areas of the city were in obvious decline. Just driving through some parts of town was an embarrassing eyesore. Then came the turnaround under Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith. The city administration has endeavored and succeeded to some degree in replacing lost businesses with new businesses. Smartly, rebuilding the economy was not confined to auto parts businesses. With the USA trend toward sending auto manufacturing-related work to Mexico, the handwriting was on the wall. Anderson chose to tear down the long-vacant auto parts factories, reminders of times once-great, now a crumbling eyesore. Smith put almost all his eggs in the Economic Development basket, paying a lot of attention to attracting new enterprises. Those eggs keep on hatching – with announcements of more and more high tech firms, medical and educational institutions attracted to invest in Anderson. Nice going, Mayor’s office. That’s why I called you guys the other day and “ordered” the installation of the first political sign be placed in my yard ever. Kevin Smith for Re-Election!

sad footnote: The Mayor was not re-elected

Ghost Of Owners Past

Friday, October 12th, 2007

There is a 1970 Judge that I was checking out the other day. Sometimes I wonder why owners do what they do. Here are two examples…
And they also did this to the hood…Whoa. That will be enough of that!