Tenney Fairchild, California
1964 Royal Bobcat GTO
GTO 50th Anniversary Display Sponsored by Ride On Appraisals
CELEBRATING GTO’s WITH THE GODFATHER OF THE GTO
There are plenty of Anniversaries in the car world this year, and at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, we will be celebrating several. The Class of 1964 will be one to remember and The Class of ‘69 will be another hit. Although we decided to not jump on the Mustang Anniversary bandwagon, we have incredibly significant Mustangs and Shelby’s throughout the show, including the very first USA sold Mustang, and some of the highest performance versions. (think Cobra Jet and Boss).
Since we are all about Muscle, we knew we had to celebrate what most consider to be the first real Muscle Car. Yes, some may argue this point, bringing up the Chrysler C-300, various multi-carb Chevy’s and even the early high performance Buicks, but let’s face it. The GTO is the one that created an entirely new genre of automobiles that would affectionately be referred to as Muscle Cars. You know the story; take a big engine, drop it into an intermediate body, mix in an incredible marketing campaign and a catchy name, (that may refer to something...) and put an affordable price on it. Voila!; Instant and unexpected success! Nobody can dispute the impact the GTO has had on our hobby, and it continues to this day.
And so we are gearing up to host a gathering of Pontiac’s iconic Muscle Car with an incredible group of the finest and rarest examples ever shown under one roof. Ride On Appraisals is our Official Sponsor for this one, so you know it will be good! Kicking things off is the actual 1964 “ringer” Royal Bobcat GTO. Yep...this is the one from the famous Car and Driver magazine GTO vs GTO cover story! Restored by Scott Tiemann and the Supercar Specialties team, it will be joining us from California. To make things even better, we are pleased to announce that you will be able to hear the behind the scenes real story of this car and much more right from the source. Yes...we are pleased to announce The Godfather of the GTO himself, Jim Wangers will be joining us both Saturday and Sunday! Jim will be mixing it up with our spectators and participants right in the GTO Invitational display and he will also present a very special and intimate seminar Saturday titled How Pontiac took racing off the track...and put it on the street! (yes...you are reading that right). What an awesome opportunity to step back in time, right at the MCACN show. Does it get any better?
Well, yes...yes it does! This display will tell the story from 1964-1974 with prime examples of Tri-power, Ram Air IV, H/O and more. We have several original owners, hardtops, post sedans and convertibles. Would you like to see a Palladium Silver RA IV ‘69 Judge? How about a RA IV Judge convertible? And of course, several of the cars in this display will be shown, fresh from restoration for the very first time. This is going to be an absolute must see display with a lot of interaction and a lot of fun.
We have openings for a few more select GTO’s, so if you have something special, please e-mail me asap at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to add one more 66, 67 and 72 to the mix and I really need a ‘74!
We would like to thank all of the people that have stepped up to make this one a memory maker, including one of our newest MCACN Official Sponsors, Ride On Appraisals. Dennis Parus of Ride On Appraisals will also be conducting several seminars over the weekend to explain the importance of having a proper appraisal for your collector car. (Exact seminar times TBA as we get closer to the show, and will also include special presentations from Jim Mattison of PHS and Jim Luikens of Berger fame).