Your Ride: 1969 Pontiac GTO
When he was a senior in high school, our reader Chris came across the prettiest Pontiac he had ever seen — a 1969 GTO. Like any gearhead, Chris knew he had to have it. So, in 1992, he picked up this stunning machine and never looked back.
After a full restoration, loads of mechanical and aesthetic adjustments, Chris now takes his GTO on the road to show it off for anyone curious enough to take a look. Read his full story here:
How did you acquire your ride?
I have owned my 69′ GTO since 1992 when I was a senior in high school. I had a welding class and I had to travel to a different school each day. My friend Jason spotted the GTO and we talked about it. It looked in great shape and we joked about it being for sale and costing only$ 3,500. Sure enough, we went and looked at it one day and it was for sale and for $3,500 shockingly!
My Dad and I came back and test drove it and were hooked and had to have it.
What drew you to it when you bought it?
The looks and styling of the 69′ GTO’S, especially the hood scoops and of course the 400-inch power plant under the hood!
Does it have a name?
Of all the years I have owned it I have not really named it. I call it my “Ol’ Goat” typically or “Rompin Stompin Poncho”!
What do you feel like when you drive it?
It feels great, I have taken it to several shows and drag races including the Tiger Run in Oregon and won 1st and 2nd places in the modified class! I have had numerous people tell me they had one just like it and to never sell it. One memory I have– I was driving it one day and a guy rode up on a motorcycle and scared the crap out of me by just sticking his head in my car and yelling awesome car and don’t sell it!
My Dad and I have owned several Pontiac’s over the years and have been to several of the All Pontiac shows. We have met so many Pontiac greats including Jim Wagners the man behind all the marketing of GTOs in the 60′s, Pete McCarthy and his wife and even got head porting tips. Arnie Beswick, Jim Butler, Bruce Fulper, Dave Bischof of SD Performance, and so many others. One year at the Tiger Run in Bend Oregon, I spoke to Jim Wagners and he autographed the under side of my trunk lid and there it remains till today as a great reminder of the awesome man!