The Ultimate Pontiac GTO Picture Site By Sean
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GTOAA Nationals in Columbus Ohio
The show was held July 3 - 7, 2000. The show cars were situated around
the Worthington Holiday Inn, which is a convention hotel. The hosting organization
was The GTO Association of Central Ohio chapter of GTOAA. Events included
judging of Popular Vote cars and Concours cars. A swap / parts area was
next door at the Sheraton hotel. There was a cruise to the drive-in movies
on July 4th, a model car contest, an impromptu evening burnout contest,
a poker run to the dragstrip, and awards ceremony at the end of the week.
All pictures were snapped by Sean & Mary Ann Mattingly. Thanks
to Tracy Kirk for loaning us a Polaroid digital camera.
My '68 GTO hardtop
white makes its debut on this web site, finally. Note the lack of a
"GTO" sticker on the rear quarter. Those had been removed in order to buy
and install some fresh ones at the swap meet. The wing is not correct for
a '68 car, but I think these '69 wings look spectacular on '68 cars as
well. On the way to the show we had a flat tire. We were only 3 miles from
home -poof- flat tire. Found a BOSCH spark plug had punctured right through
the tread and was stuck in the tire. Luckily we had a spare tire ON a Cragar
that matched the others. Thunderstorms were rumbling nearby as I hurriedly
got the tire changed. Didn't get wet. No big deal. We laughed about the
episode and continued on our way!
AT THE MOVIES... We made a cruise from the host hotel to the local drive-in movie place
to see "Gone In 60 Seconds".
This was the Kingman Drive-In, Delaware Ohio.
'70 GTO Judge hardtop Orbit Orange waits in line to cruise to the movies.
'69 GTO Judge hardtop black in the parking lot line.
Cars enter the movie entrance with their free passes.
Array of GTOs #1 arriving at the drive-in
Array of GTOs #2 arriving at the drive-in
Array of GTOs #3 arriving at the drive-in
Adults on the playground
snapped pictures of the many cars while standing on top of the slide. Later,
the movie staff brought out a ladder so the many photographers could get
a good view of the GTOs spread out across the drive-in lot.
'68 GTO hardtop and a Judge wait for the movie
to begin. The movie was a hit with the crowd.
I give it at least 4 stars. It would earn a 5th star if there were some
GTOs in it.
'68 GTO convt belonging to John Jump was
Picture Of The Week on 7/9/00. It sits next to a '69 convertible
at the movies. Both are the same color, Verdoro Green.
Same GTO convertibles from the rear.
'66 GTO hardtop gold with red fenders next to a movie speaker.
Sharp photo! This one would make a neat computer wallpaper image.
'GTOs from the side
with Indy GTO Assn member Chris Smetana staring down the snout of a Judge.
Sneaking around #1 we check out the old projector room at the drive-in.
Sneaking around #2
the projectionist keeps an eye on things through this window. Since he
stands up a lot, he's got some very squishy carpet to stand on here.
Sneaking around #3
the left projector with the movie reel "Gone In 60 Seconds" ready to run.
Sean's '68 GTO hardtop white at movies.
Here's an update on "THE MOVIES" added 12 Aug 2001.
I got a note that says:
From email@example.com I live in Columbus Ohio and stopped by the 2000 GTOAA show and really
enjoyed myself. It was nice to see photos from that show on your
The reason for my writing, the Drive-In the show attendees
visited in 2000 is to be torn down end of this season. My wife and
I take our three girls there often and had the demolition rumor confirmed
by one of their employees. What a sad day for Columbus, tract-homes
in place of our drive-in. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news,
but I thought I'd mention it.
Well, I'm not a GTO owner (yet), but hope to be someday. Best Regards, Brian Ginier, Columbus Ohio
If you have some interesting snapshots of the show, email them to me.
Or U.S. Mail them to me. I can return photos after scanning them. Just
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