Jim Wangers, Godfather of the GTO
Jim Wangers talks with Lance Lambert on the Vintage Vehicle Show
(www.vintagevehicle.com). Among other things he shows his Judge and tells
how the Judge was named. Taped at the All Pontiac Show-N-Shine in Laguna
Pontiac Performance History, Part 1
A brief history of Pontiac performance from mid 1950's to 1960. Jim Wangers
describes historical milestones. Jim Wangers was responsible for providing
a 1964 GTO to Car & Driver with a special 421 engine instead of 389.
Amazing performance but not a true production model.
Jim Wangers' GeeTO Tiger at the 2011 Jim Wangers GTOAA Drags
Jim Wangers brought out the infamous 1966 GeeTO Tiger drag car to the 2011
GTOAA Jim Wangers Drags held at Woodburn Dragstrip in Woodburn, OR. Driver,
Dave "Big Injun" Anderson put on the "Beat the Tiger" program and won 2 of
his 3 match races.
Big Burnouts: 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari - /BIG MUSCLE
If you haven't figured it out by now, we love wagons on this show. To some
they're a misunderstood breed, but to those in the know, they're amazing.
Not only were the wagons of yesteryear known for their styling, but their
capacity to haul as much cargo as a modern day pickup. This 1964 Pontiac
Catalina Safari started off life as a Police Wagon, but was transformed by
its owner into the kick-ass, tire-shredding monster you see here. With a
Nelson Racing Engines 468 cid big-block under the hood, some updated
suspension bits and a killer look, this big green machine is
outside-the-box styling at its best.
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1956 Pontiac Star Chief Low Mileage Survivor 317 V8 - Gateway Classic Cars
I thought you'd like a look at this very original 1956 Pontiac Star Chief.
This amazing survivor has only 74,xxx original miles on the odometer. It's
powered by the factory 317 V8, backed by an automatic trans. It has all
original interior and even the factory Air Conditioning. You won't find
too many out there like this anymore. It has a cool patina to it, that can
only be built up over decades of use. If it were me, I would leave this
car as it is and just have fun cruising it. I hope you find it
interesting....thanks for watching!
Filmed at Gateway Classic Cars near St Louis, MO
The first background track used in this video was Open Road by Jason Shaw.
Available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
The background music track is Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod.
Available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Kit, Organ, EP
With a jumping bass and off-beat syncopation, this is straight from
Memphis' Beale Street. The Hammond organ and electric guitar play together
as longtime friends, while the melody changes hands from guitar to organ to
electric piano. 011
Bouncy, Grooving 2010
70 Double Blown GTO
My 1970 GTO with two blowers. It's 474ci Pontiac engine with a 8-71 blower
on top of a 6-71 blower. This is from the last day of being double blown.
I'm going to one single 8-71 blower and going racing. The front clip was
removed to make it easier to work on. The reason for the double blowers was
not as a power enhancement like many ASSume. I stacked the blowers to have
a car that stood out in the crowd. Most Pro Street cars were starting to
blend together. If you seen one, you had seen them all. That wasn't the
case with this GTO. Al someone had to say was "The double blower GTO" and
people knew which car. I was told it couldn't be done, so I attempted it
and it worked. It stayed that way for almost 2 years. I knew a twin turbo setup would make more HP. I knew I could
have run a 14-71 blower and made more power. That wasn't the point. I
wanted to be different than the other cars in the parking lot, I did that
now it's time to ove on. For all those people who don't understand why,
I'm not going to try and explain it to you anymore. Get over it. I didn't
expect EVERYONE to love it. But you won't forget it.
Pontiac Banshee A Longer Look
The Banshee was a vision for what the Firebird could become. Of course,
this concept car could never be built exactly, too low on the road and it
wouldn't pass the safety and crash tests, but it was exciting. It
demonstrated that the problem with GM cars didn't sit on the designers'
shoulders. They were more than capable of dreaming up engaging and fun
vehicles that would set imaginations on fire.
Big Sounds of the GeeTO Tiger - GM Proving Grounds 1965
Posted by Request! This 1965 45rpm record is on the Colpix label #SPEC-773
and is the flipside of GeeTO Tiger by the Tigers. Cuts: Inside the
Experimental Garage, At the Ride and Handling Loop, On the High Speed
Cicular, Panic Stops on the Brake Pad, and The Standing Quarter Mile.
1967 Pontiac GTO Thom McAn Sweepstakes Car
Special Order "Tiger Gold" paint
Power Brakes w/ Front Discs
Custom Sport steering wheel
Red fender liners
Reproduction code 524 GTO walnut shift knob
Saf-T-Track HD Posi rear end
Ride & Handling package
Rally 1 wheels
Door edge guards
Prepared by Milt Schornack of Royal Pontiac
Awards & Documentation:
Cover/feature car, High Performance Pontiac magazine, December 2007
2007 GTO Nationals Concours Gold Award
Invitee, Rocky Mountain Concours d'Elegance
PHS Letter of Authenticity
Mecum High Performance Auction Kissimmee FL Jan. 24-26 2008
PONTIAC - "The Super Duty Story" Part 1 of 3
Pontiac had an SD engine program in the late 50s early 60s, and
later/briefly again in 1973/74 with the SD455. This video is regarding the
FIRST Super Duty program.---In only a few years time during the late 50s
early 60s, Pontiac MORE THAN DOUBLED their V8's horsepower output (described
in this video), while using/keeping the same V8 engine block they used thru
1955-81. Even though the same block was kept, from 1955-62 the cubic inch
displacement grew much larger than the initial 287 cuber it started as in
1955. It grew to a 317 347 370 389 and finally a 421 cuber in 1962. It
eventually maxed out at 455 cubes in 1970. By 1970 ALL the other GM
divisions were producing engines at 454 or 455 cubes (500 for Cadillac).
PONTIAC WAS THE ONLY DIVISION still using the same block they used in the
1950s on engines that had a much smaller displacement -- 287 cubes. The
1955 287 displacement would remain the smallest displacement ever used in
the Pontiac V8 block all the way until 1980/81 when a 265V8 was produced.
Since less durability was required for the smaller displacement, the block
was decked/butchered/lightened on the 265/301v8s of 1980/81. Prior to 1980
the block had never been decked/butchered/lightened. The 1980/81 265/301v8
blocks were about 200 pounds lighter than the 1955-79 blocks, and only 25
pounds heavier than a Buick 231V6.
Jim Wangers Special Edition Pontiac GTO Revealed Ahead Of Official SEMA Debut
Big Three Performance of Green Bay, Wisconsin reveals the limited edition,
one-of-fifty Jim Wangers Edition Pontiac GTO at their second annual car
show. The car is set for an official debut at SEMA, but Big Three
Performance, which did much of the work to the car, surprised media and
bystanders by taking the covers off it before the SEMA debut. Jim Wangers,
the "Godfather of the GTO", started up the car, a tribute to him, and
revved the motor near te end of the video.