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GTO 2001-2002

67gtonut

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Well, after purchasing the GTO, I was not about to dump a lot of money into it right away. I had to sort of just enjoy it, until I could work up further funds for projects. So, I just keep it to little things, or some small items to keep it on the road.

The first thing..... Whitewalls had to go, so for now, had them turned around to blackwall. 

I then had to have the radiator re-cored, but I knew that was coming, and I also installed a 180deg T-Stat. 

2002 season was a little more productive. Replaced the shocks with some KYB's, and sold off the 14" Rally II wheels and purchased a set of 15" ones and bought a set of BFG Radial T/A's. As you can see in the photo with the 15" wheels, the 3 different shades of gray really show up.... Just something I was going to live with, I figured a paint job would not be for many years. A few other mods for 2002 - Replaced the leaking Ram Air exhaust manifolds and modified the distributor with a Pertronix Ignition module to get rid of the points...

The highlight for me in 2002 was the winning of the Presidential Trophy at the GTOAA Regional Show. What made this special is that the guest speaker at the show gets to pick the winner of that trophy. The guest speaker was a Paul Zazarine, a renowned author, and Pontiac Historian.  He was walking the show and came over to my car to talk about it, we had a great conversation about the documentation and history of the car. I had him sign the inside of the trunk lid and thanked him for the conversation. Later that night during the awards dinner, I was shocked when he came up to give his award and said my name..... I was speechless, and will always be one of my highlights of my life...

Few links regarding Paul Zazarine

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/hppp-1106-paul-zazarine-tribute/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjGhfG3s4vUAhXD5xoKHYy2ApoQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.findagrave.com%2Fcgi-bin%2Ffg.cgi%3Fpage%3Dgr%26GRid%3D129733982&psig=AFQjCNEylzU4-uGcuU7Mb_SSbOpPztMHng&ust=1495813977120484

At this point, being a member of the local GTOAA Chapter, I would be working my way to becoming Treasurer and then VP of the club, and also being a Concours Judge for future shows....

More Later..... 

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67gtonut:

Thank you for taking the time to write and share with us your car photos and some salient points about your beautiful GTO and how it was and is one of your passions.  I can relate and empathize with you since Like you, I am also a "car nut" and appreciate the time, effort and money you have invested to modify, maintain the special and unique aspects of your car.  I understand the motivations, challenges and yes, politics of taking your car to various car shows and meets.  I am also active in a number of enthusiast automobile clubs and have learned much while serving as a judge over the years. When we meet others who are as knowledgeable, if not more so, about our cars, it becomes a very satisfying and inspirational conversation and learning experience. For folks like us, these cars are more than just transportation and a means to get from point A to B.   They are symbols of the dreams and aspirations of our youth, rolling repositories of precious memories and symbols of what we value, along with being part of our multi-faceted personalities.

All the best and I still look forward to eventually seeing your car in "the flesh"....

AVB-AMG

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7 hours ago, AVB-AMG said:

67gtonut:

Thank you for taking the time to write and share with us your car photos and some salient points about your beautiful GTO and how it was and is one of your passions.  I can relate and empathize with you since Like you, I am also a "car nut" and appreciate the time, effort and money you have invested to modify, maintain the special and unique aspects of your car.  I understand the motivations, challenges and yes, politics of taking your car to various car shows and meets.  I am also active in a number of enthusiast automobile clubs and have learned much while serving as a judge over the years. When we meet others who are as knowledgeable, if not more so, about our cars, it becomes a very satisfying and inspirational conversation and learning experience. For folks like us, these cars are more than just transportation and a means to get from point A to B.   They are symbols of the dreams and aspirations of our youth, rolling repositories of precious memories and symbols of what we value, along with being part of our multi-faceted personalities.

All the best and I still look forward to eventually seeing your car in "the flesh"....

AVB-AMG

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Maksim:

Unfortunately, at some car shows where many of the participants know each other and their cars, the judging sometimes can become political with certain non-automotive, personal feelings along with biases, favoriatisms and envy may become factors in selecting the so-called winners.  Not always right or fair but it happens...

AVB-AMG

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