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The Ultimate Pontiac GTO Picture Site By Sean Mattingly.
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GTO Classic Weekend 1997
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The show was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was at Domino Farms August
2nd and 3rd, 1997.
Events included a Mystery Cruise and a seminar with Jim Wangers.
I had a great time at the GTO Classic Weekend!
The highlight was meeting so many GTO listmembers. They were yelling
"Hey Sean!" all over the place. Having a web page is a weird thing.
People that I had never met before were recognizing me all weekend.
Saturday - Got to the host hotel 15 minutes too late to see where
the "mystery cruise" went. We would have looked silly following the
Goats in our burgundy minivan anyway. Ate at a nearby restaurant called
The Flim Flam.
Here's a picture of a GTO convertible that happened to drive
by the front of the restaurant as we were entering.
1965 GTO in front of Flim Flam Restaurant & Deli.
Returned to hotel. Dropped off some "Ultimate GTO Picture Site"
cards at the front desk. Checking out some cars. Snapping pictures.
Look at all the tiger tails.
Met Bryan Wilemski and his friend. Met the Cooks from the list.
Met some others too. Shoulda took notes on their names. Whipped out
the video camera. Shot more cars.
Was that indoor/outdoor pool freezing or WHAT? Headed for the warm
whirlpool thing. Met a guy and his son who drove in from Pennsylvania. They
had a GTO but didn't bring it. Here is a car we admired in the
parking lot of the hotel. '69 GTO Judge picture is small.
Here the same '69 GTO with a view of the wing logo.
At the hotel restaurant - their catfish sandwich was the best EVER.
The sauce on the side made it even better. Mmmmm.
See the view of the GTO's from the hotel window?
Sunday - Slept in a little. Awoke to find most all the GTOs gone
from the parking lot. Aack! Took time with hotel breakfast bar.
Headed for the "Farm". Cool tall sunflowers! Buffalo! And what the
heck was that blue squiggly thing up in the air supported with guy
wires? My brother says it is a "disguised" broadcast antenna.
Did you guys see the tall yellowish "Leaning Tower Of Pizza" outside?
Frank Lloyd Wright did that too.
Walked past the welcoming banner.
The cars were outstanding. What a well organized show!
This was one of the cars I admired first. It is a 1969
convertible in Candyapple red.It has low profile tires.
Here is the front left viewof it.
Noticed there were many varying degrees of correctness when it
comes to restoring an engine compartment. Does somebody need to write
a (thick) book on the subject of engine compartment detailing and
finishes? For example - I was checking out '68 / 69 GTO's. On the
NICE cars I saw about seven different finishes on the master brake power
booster. I believe the correct finish is a goldish colored natural
cadmium plating. But I saw they were...
* Gold spray paint
* Silver spray paint
* Very Gloss black
* Rust colored primer
* Flat black
* Grey spray-on "cast iron" color
* Body color
Here's an engine compartment of a '68 GTO.
Snapped lots of pictures before the rain got annoying. Jim
Wangers signed a shirt for me. Met more listmembers while walking
around. Noon came. It was me who asked the DJ to have all the
listmembers go to the DJ table (per Bryan's pre-show email) As far
as I could tell - I was the only listmember who was standing there.
Maybe the others were as "shy" as I was.
Sat in on Jim Wangers talk. Great info about Royal Pontiac. It was
me who asked him the question about the so-called "customized" GTOs
that were part of the Kellogg's promotion. That led him into the
Monkees story when he said the Monkees were a pain in the ass!
See these vintage cereal boxes? They were part of the Kellogg's promotion. Both the
Rice Krispies and Raisin Bran boxes were framed and displayed at the show in
the back seat of a GTO. Here is Jim Wangers posing in front of the '69 Royal Bobcat GTO.
Here is Jim Wangers posing in front of the '69 Royal Bobcat GTO.
I was lucky to get that photo!
Here is a side view of the car.
And here is a look at the right front of the Royal Bobcat car.
I met Rick M. from the list in the hallway. Nice guy.
I liked the tall grassy areas between the parking rows. The wife and I
climbed those hills several times to snap high views of the show field.
Here's another one.
Got a GTO Enthusiast
tshirt. Passed out lots of "GTO Picture Site" cards with the web
page address printed on them.
Thanks to the Woodward GTO Tigers for the fine Domino's car show.
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