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Jim Wangers, the Godfather of the GTO announces the sale of his Pontiac Collection

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Wangers cars for sale

Oceanside, CA – Jim Wangers, the man most closely associated with the advertising and promotion of Pontiac during its glory days of the 60s and 70s and the man affectionately termed the “Godfather of the GTO” has decided to “thin the herd”. Wangers is offering his prized collection of Pontiac’s—Goats and Firebirds—for sale. Included is Wangers’ collection of Trans Ams—a complete set of Anniversary Edition cars—a ’69, a ’79, an ’89 and a ’99 Convertible.

Jim Wangers is not only Pontiac’s legendary “ad man”, he has always been an avid enthusiast, driving and racing since the late 50s with a win at the 1960 NHRA Nationals in a Pontiac to his credit. Nearing 84, Wangers recently stated, “I am not really able to enjoy these cars like I used to do. I respect these cars too much, so I’ve decided it is time for other more capable enthusiasts to get behind the wheel and feel the performance of my favorite Pontiacs.”

The Wangers Collection includes a ’65 Royal Bobcat GTO, his all-time favorite ’69 GTO Judge as well as a mix of Firebirds to mention a few. These Pontiacs all have significant meaning to Wangers given his involvement in the creation, marketing and promotion of so many notable Pontiacs.

Each car comes with its complete PHS (Pontiac Historic Services documentation) and can be personally autographed by Jim Wangers for the new owner.

These wonderful Pontiacs are “drivers” not “trailer queens”. They do what they were built to do—run and show people their taillights.

Now is every enthusiasts dream come true—a chance to own a Pontiac of memorable significance. Details on The Jim Wangers Collection can be viewed on Wangers’ website, www.geetotiger.com—they are GR-RRReat cars worthy of a closer look!

Here are the cars listed:

* 1965 GTO Sport Coupe, Jim Wangers’ personal ROYAL BOBCAT Tribute
* 1966 GTO Convertible, was featured on TV in A&E’s “America’s Top Musclecars” where the GTO was named #1
* 1967 Firebird 400, Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine “Greenbird” project car – original 400/400 “Fabulous Firebird”.
* 1969 GTO Judge, Jim Wangers Absolute Favorite GTO in Carousel Red
* 1969 GTO Judge, Original Drag Race “Dealer Program” Car in Carousel Red
* 1969 Firebird Trans Am, the “REAL” deal — A numbers matching Ram Air III Trans Am
* 1979 Firebird Trans Am, a 10th Anniversary Trans Am with less than 100 miles on the odometer
* 1989 Firebird Trans Am, a 20th Anniversary Trans Am, Documented Indy 500 Parade Car
* 1999 Firebird Trans Am Convertible, the 30th Anniversary Trans Am featured in Motor Trend and Car and Driver magazines.
* 2000 Holden Commodore HSV GTS-R, the “very” car that inspired Bob Lutz to seek from Holden (GM’s Australian car maker) a car for U.S. buyers—the ’04 Pontiac GTO.

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.”

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

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.