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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?

 

Aleesia with a 1968 GTO in music videos

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Check out the hot 1968 GTO in this music video from Aleesia. They made this video in El Dorado Canyon near Las Vegas. We also have the “behind the scenes” video. And Aleesia’s video diary where she discusses the car’s lack of power steering, etc.

Aleesia \”Headlights\” music video

\”Headlights\” behind the scenes with GTO

Her Vlog with a little story about driving the GTO


1969 GTO Judge wrecks bigtime

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Oh no! Dude wrecks his beautifully restored 1969 GTO Judge into a pole.

Judge wrecks with 10 photos here

Studying these pics from the crash in St Paul, Minnesota, I made this Google Earth .KMZ file where I’ve marked my theoretical trajectory into the fat pole (will open if you have Google Earth application installed)

The wreck happened in August of 2009 and was featured on the main page of UltimateGTO.com for about 6 months, where thousands of GTO fans checked it out, many mourning the loss of a once great car, not to mention the unfortunate driver.

Classic cars damaged at an auction

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Hundreds of classic cars were severely damaged at a car auction Thursday night Jan 21st, 2010. Brace yourself, there are some unfortunate GTOs that were damaged. Here’s what happened when a windstorm blew the auction tents to pieces at the Russo and Steele auction in Scottsdale, Arizona…

See 215 smashed photos and  252 more photos and a video of the tent blowing down

Indiana reflects on the end of Pontiac brand

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

At an Indiana car show, the Indy GTO Association President, Bill Sanders, had a chance to comment on the Pontiac brand disappearing.

TV report

Video:  GTOs at an Indiana car show

Sanders is seen in his 1966 GTO convertible.  Good video from the interior of the car while driving.

The story was aired on WRTV6 news in Indianapolis 5/3/09.

The same day, the Indy Star’s Dan McFeely did a story called…

Alas, the Pontiac — R.I.P.

Aficionados lament General Motors’ decision to end production of the brand now likely to be a hot classic

In the story, Bill Sanders is quoted as saying:

“Yes, I’m mad that Pontiac is going away,” He’s upset, he said, “not because Pontiac is going away so much as the way the nameplate has been mishandled over the last 20-plus years. This was a freight train that’s been coming for a long time.”

You can see some photos of Bill’s 1966 car before, during, and after restoration here on UltimateGTO.com

Pontiac brand to be gone by 2011: GMs press release

Monday, April 27th, 2009

GM logo2009-04-27

Updated Viability Plan Speeds, Deepens Restructuring of U.S. Operations

GM Accelerates its Reinvention as a Leaner, More Viable Company


DETROIT — General Motors (NYSE: GM) today presented an updated Viability Plan that will speed the reinvention of GM’s U.S. operations into a leaner, more customer-focused, and more cost-competitive automaker.

The Viability Plan is included in an exchange offer whereby GM is offering certain bondholders shares of GM common stock and accrued interest in exchange for certain outstanding notes.

Revised Viability Plan goes further and faster

The Viability Plan announced today builds on the February 17 Viability Plan submitted to the U.S. Treasury. The revised Plan accelerates the timeline for a number of important actions and makes deeper cuts in several key areas of GM’s operations, with the objective to make us a leaner, faster, and more customer-focused organization going forward.

Significant changes include:

* A focus on four core brands in the U.S. – Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC – with fewer nameplates and a more competitive level of marketing support per brand.
* A more aggressive restructuring of GM’s U.S. dealer organization to better focus dealer resources for improved sales and customer service.
* Improved U.S. capacity utilization through accelerated idling and closures of powertrain, stamping, and assembly plants.
* Lower structural costs, which GM North America (GMNA) projects will enable it to breakeven (on an adjusted EBIT basis) at a U.S. total industry volume of approximately 10 million vehicles, based on the pricing and share assumptions in the plan. This rate is substantially below the 15 to 17 million annual vehicle sales rates recorded from 1995 through 2007.

“We are taking tough but necessary actions that are critical to GM’s long-term viability,” said Fritz Henderson, GM president and CEO. “Our responsibility is clear – to secure GM’s future – and we intend to succeed. At the same time, we also understand the impact these actions will have on our employees, dealers, unions, suppliers, shareholders, bondholders, and communities, and we will do whatever we can to mitigate the effects on the extended GM team.”

Fewer U.S. brands, nameplates, and dealers

As part of the revised Viability Plan and the need to move faster and further, GM in the U.S. will focus its resources on four core brands, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC. The Pontiac brand will be phased out by the end of 2010. GM will offer a total of 34 nameplates in 2010, a reduction of 29 percent from 48 nameplates in 2008, reflecting both the reduction in brands and continued emphasis on fewer and stronger entries. This four-brand strategy will enable GM to better focus its new product development programs and provide more competitive levels of market support.

The revised plan moves up the resolution of Saab, Saturn, and Hummer to the end of 2009, at the latest. Updates on these brands will be provided as these initiatives progress.

Working with its dealers, GM anticipates reducing its U.S. dealer count from 6,246 in 2008 to 3,605 by the end of 2010, a reduction of 42 percent. This is a further reduction of 500 dealers, and four years sooner, than in the February 17 Plan. The goal is to accomplish this reduction in an orderly, cost-effective, and customer-focused way. This reduction in U.S. dealers will allow for a more competitive dealer network and higher sales effectiveness in all markets. More details on these initiatives will be provided in May.

Sales volume and market share projections

The Viability Plan anticipates improved financial results despite more conservative U.S. sales volume expectations going forward. The lower volume expectations are the result of managing the business with fewer nameplates and dealers, leaner inventories, and reduced market share. To address the inventory issue, GM on April 23 announced U.S. production schedule reductions of approximately 190,000 vehicles during the second and early third quarters of 2009.

The Viability Plan also reduces GM’s market share projections to adjust for the impact of the brand and dealer consolidation, as well as for the short-term impact of speculation regarding a GM bankruptcy. The plan assumes a 19.5 percent share in 2009, with share stabilizing in the 18.4 to 18.9 percent range in subsequent years.

“We have strong new product coming for our four core brands: the Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Cruze and Volt; Buick LaCrosse; GMC Terrain; and Cadillac SRX and CTS Sport Wagon and Coupe,” said Henderson. “A tighter focus by GM and its dealers will help give these products the capital investment, marketing and advertising support they need to be truly successful.”

Lower structural costs, lower breakeven point

The Viability Plan also lowers GMNA’s breakeven volume to a U.S. annual industry volume of 10 million total vehicles, based on the pricing and share assumptions in the plan. This lower breakeven point (at an adjusted EBIT level) better positions GM to generate positive cash flow and earn an adequate return on capital over the course of a normal business cycle, a requirement set forth by the U.S. Treasury in its March 30 viability plan assessment.

GM will lower its breakeven point by cutting its structural costs faster and deeper than had previously been planned:

* Manufacturing: Consistent with the mandate to accelerate restructuring, we plan to reduce the total number of assembly, powertrain, and stamping plants in the U.S. from 47 in 2008 to 34 by the end of 2010, a reduction of 28 percent, and to 31 by 2012. This would reflect the acceleration of six plant idling/closures from the February 17 plan, and one additional plant idling. Throughout this transition, GM will continue to implement its flexible global manufacturing strategy (GMS), which allows multiple body styles and architectures to be built in one plant. This enables GM to use its capital more efficiently, increase capacity utilization, and respond more quickly to market shifts.
* Employment: U.S. hourly employment levels are projected to be reduced from about 61,000 in 2008 to 40,000 in 2010, a 34 percent reduction, and level off at about 38,000 starting in 2011. This further planned reduction of an additional 7,000 to 8,000 employees from the February 17 Plan is primarily the result of the previously discussed operational efficiencies, nameplate reductions, and plant closings. GM also anticipates a further decline in salaried and executive employment as it continues to assess its structure and execute the Viability Plan. More details will be announced as soon as they are finalized with the various stakeholders.
* Labor costs: The Viability Plan assumes a reduction of U.S. hourly labor costs from $7.6 billion in 2008 to $5 billion in 2010, a 34 percent reduction. GM will continue to work with its UAW partners to accomplish this through a reduction in total U.S. hourly employment as well as through modifications in the collective bargaining agreement.

As a result of these and other actions, GMNA’s structural costs are projected to decline 25 percent, from $30.8 billion in 2008 to $23.2 billion in 2010, a further decline of $1.8 billion by 2010 versus the February 17 Plan.

Strengthening GM’s balance sheet

Another key element of GM’s restructuring will be taking the necessary actions to strengthen its balance sheet. GM today took an important step in improving its balance sheet by launching a bond exchange offer for approximately $27 billion of its unsecured public debt. If successful, the bond exchange would result in the conversion of a large majority of this debt to equity.

“A stronger balance sheet would free the company to invest in the products and technologies of the future,” Henderson said. “It will also help provide stability and security to our customers, our dealers, our employees, and our suppliers.”

Another important part of improving the balance sheet will be the ongoing discussions with the UAW to modify the terms of the Voluntary Employee Benefit Association (VEBA), and with the U.S. Treasury regarding possible conversion of its debt to equity. The current bond exchange offer is conditioned on the converting to equity of at least 50 percent of GM’s outstanding U.S. Treasury debt at June 1, 2009, and at least 50 percent of GM’s future financial obligations to the new VEBA. GM expects a debt reduction of at least $20 billion between the two actions.

In total, the U.S. Treasury debt conversion, VEBA modification and bond exchange could result in at least $44 billion in debt reduction.

Throughout the Plan, GM will continue to make significant investment in future products and new technologies, with an investment of $5.4 billion in 2009, and investments ranging from $5.3 to $6.7 billion from 2010 to 2014. Very importantly, development and testing of the Chevy Volt extended-range electric car remains on track for start of production by the end of 2010 and arrival in Chevrolet dealer showrooms soon thereafter.

“The Viability Plan reflects the direction of President Obama and the U.S. Treasury that GM should go further and faster on our restructuring,” Henderson said. “We appreciate their support and direction. This stronger, leaner business model will enable GM to keep doing what it does best – provide great new cars, trucks and crossovers to our customers, and continue to develop new advanced propulsion technologies that are vital for our country’s economy and environment.”

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About GM – General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), one of the world’s largest automakers, was founded in 1908, and today manufactures cars and trucks in 34 countries. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 243,000 people in every major region of the world, and sells and services vehicles in some 140 countries. In 2008, GM sold 8.35 million cars and trucks globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and Germany. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

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)

Shipping your GTO – how to do it right – guest article by Ben Leffler

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Comprehensive Automotive Shipping

auto shipping pic #1Whether you have purchased an everyday vehicle remotely or are sending it across the country for a competition, the condition upon arrival is always a concern. Nothing is worse than damage to your car that you didn’t even cause. It’s true that professional shippers are experienced and reliable most of the time, but accidents do happen and therefore anything you can do to minimize your risk is a good idea. The following will discuss important options to consider when choosing a transporter, as well as outline some simple steps to help reduce the chances of your vehicle being damaged while in transport.

When beginning the process of choosing a moving company for your vehicle, it is important to explore which kind of trailer is your best option. While tractor trailers that are capable of moving several vehicles at once are usually the cheapest option, it tends to take longer than single car transport. Also, due to the large size of these trucks you may have to meet your driver in a parking lot. Single car transporters can usually pick the vehicle up and drop it off in a residential area and may be able to get all the way to your front door. Your time frame and budget should be considered when weighing these two options.

auto shipping image #2Enclosed versus open trailer transport is another thing to consider. Once again, this should be discussed with your service provider to determine the best option for you. Closed trailers protect a vehicle from the elements at all times, but they can be twice as expensive as the open-air variety. For shorter distances in mild weather an open trailer may be best, but if you’re heading northeast during winter it may not, it just depends on the circumstances.

With so many shipping companies to choose from, finding one that services your area should not be a problem. However, before you hand over the keys you should make sure that the carrier is registered with the Department of Transportation. To do so, visit www.safersys.org and look up the company to make sure they are licensed to ship vehicles. From the same site you will also be able to check the company’s insurance information and compare it with the information that the company provides you when they quote you a price. Make sure that the policy is valid and that the coverage is sufficient before moving on. If you feel that the minimum policy provided to be lacking in any way, feel free to inquire about additional coverage.

Once you have determined that a shipping company is legal and insured, inquire about customer references. These provide proof of the shipper’s experience and competence, so they should be eager to share these with you. Also, be sure that at least some of the references are specific to vehicles similar to yours. You can also look up the company with Better Business Bureau for additional information on their history and records. Many companies are starting to offer free shipment tracking which allows you to go online and check the exact location of your vehicle at any time, so this is something you may want to inquire about.

Once you have chosen a carrier, it is time to prepare your vehicle to be transported. Keep in mind that different companies may require additional steps to be taken, especially if your vehicle is rare or extremely customized, but this should get you started.

Clean it out

auto shipping image #3The first step is to clean out the vehicle’s interior and the trunk. This not only ensures that your personal items will not be lost, but it also helps protect the auto’s inside. Loose stuff left in a vehicle on a trailer can bounce around and ding up seats and upholstery, as well as be damaged itself. Worst of all, a carrier’s insurance will not be liable. If there is something you prefer to keep in the vehicle, be sure that it is secured in a compartment or the glove box. At this point you should make sure that any aftermarket speakers are firmly held in place and stereo faceplates are removed.

Clean it off

Now that the inside is prepped, your vehicle’s exterior is the focus. Carefully wash and inspect for any existing damage. While this step applies less for a clunker than a new ride, it’s always better to know what shape the auto is in. Photograph all sides of the car and give a dated, written assessment. If you are dealing with insurance issues after damage, this step will make the process a lot easier.

auto shipping image #4Once the exterior has been cleaned and examined, all removable exterior parts that can possibly be broken while on the trailer should be secured or removed. Fold in the mirrors to the vehicle’s sides, lower the antenna and raise the windows. Convertible tops should be securely closed, and tool boxes shut and latched.

Check it out

Even though an automobile will only be driven off and on to a trailer during the shipping process, it is necessary to make sure that it is in operable condition beforehand.

auto shipping image #5While in-depth automotive knowledge is not necessary to check the battery, the tire pressure and fluid levels, your neighborhood service station or dealership can help out if needed. Alert the mover if you have been experiencing any particular problems, and make sure that they are aware of any leaks that could drip onto another vehicle. You should also disable the car’s alarm and make sure there is sufficient fuel in the tank. You want to keep the gas tank at around an eighth to a quarter full. There needs to be some, but more than that is just extra weight.

Finally, if you are unsure about anything throughout the process, feel free to ask your carrier questions.

Written by Ben Leffler of uship.com, an online marketplace for Vehicle Shipping.

Police blotter – Ex-wife steals GTO, is on the run

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

(from a press release)

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

WANTED FUGITIVE: ALVINA LISA BELFORD

FUGITIVE INFORMATION:

NAME: BELFORD, ALVINA LISA (41)

AKA’s: OLPHORD, ALVINA – PILATE, ELVINA

RESIDES: Northeast-El Paso, TX

DOB: 06-08-67

HEIGHT: 5’07″

WEIGHT: 180 lbs.

HAIR: Black

EYES: Brown

PLACE OF BIRTH:

Denver, Colorado

SCARS / TATTOO’S:

Scars on face / Right Shoulder / Back

The Manhunt is on for ALVINA LISA BELFORD.

BELFORD is wanted for the OFFENSE of:

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE – $50,000 BOND

FEBRUARY 2009- BELFORD took her ex-husbands 2006 Pontiac GTO without his consent while he was out of town. The couple had not been together for several years. BELFORD took the vehicle while visiting her daughter who lives with her father (BELFORD’s ex-husband). As the daughter went to another room & returned a short time later, BELFORD & the vehicle were gone.

A few days later, EPPD Officers patrolling the 8600 block of Lawson located BELFORD & the stolen vehicle in a parking lot. As EPPD officers approached, BELFORD attempted to start the ignition of the stolen vehicle in a desperate attempt to flee. BELFORD was arrested for UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE & an outstanding criminal warrant for THEFT. BELFORD bonded out of jail late February 2009.

MARCH 2009- Due to her recent arrest, BELFORD has violated the terms of her Probation & is now wanted for PROBATION VIOLATION / UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE.

BELFORD knows she is wanted and remains on the run eluding capture from Law Enforcement. Information received indicates BELFORD remains in the El Paso area.

BELFORD is the 2nd female ever to be featured on MANHUNT MONDAY.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts or has seen ALVINA LISA BELFORD or other fugitives featured on “MANHUNT MONDAY” is urged to call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous & may be eligible for a reward if the information provided leads to the apprehension of the individuals featured.

David Permut steers DeLorean biopic

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
By DAVE MCNARY, Variety.com
Filmmaker teams with Steve Lee Jones on film
John DeLorean
David Permut is getting into gear for a biopic of maverick auto exec John Z. DeLorean, with Steve Lee Jones also producing through his Bee Holder Prods.
Jones has secured life rights from the late DeLorean’s longtime attorney, Mayer Morganroth.
The film will chronicle DeLorean’s rise and fall, starting with his work as a young exec VP at General Motors, where he developed the Pontiac GTO and Firebird, and the creation of his own company and the DeLorean DMC-12 car — later featured in the “Back to the Future” films. DeLorean’s downfall came when was arrested in 1982 on charges of drug trafficking to help his faltering auto company. He was freed two years later after a court ruled he was a victim of government entrapment.
Permut Presentations VP Steve Longi will co-produce.
Permut is in post-production on “Youth in Revolt” for Dimension. He also produced documentary “The Boys,” which Disney is releasing this year.
Jones is in post-production with Foundation Films on director Matthew Galkin’s doc “Kevorkian,” about Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s bid for a congressional seat.