July 19, 2010


The Indy GTO Association
will have their monthly meeting at the
MAIN STREET ORGANIC BISTRO (www.mainstorganicbistro.com) at 922 East Main Street, Brownsburg, Ind., (317-286-3523) at 6:00pm on Monday, August 16th. They have an appetizer called Goat Cheese Nuggets. Expect to eat first then meet. We will discuss upcoming show/cruise opportunities, Christmas possibilities, the PREZ will review the agenda and we will have our car talk roundtable.
ALL Automotive Enthusiasts Welcome.

July 2, 2010

July Indy GTO Association Meeting

Dooley O'Toole's Cruise-In

The slideshow below is from the Wednesday night cruise-in at Dooley O’Toole’s on June 30, 2010. Dooley O'Toole's is at 162 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, Ind. 46032 / (317) 843-9900

June 21, 2010

INDY GTO ASSOCIATION Open Car Show Highlights

Our show at RETRO TECH in Brownsburg was great.
The rain stayed away for the entire show.
View the slideshow below to see some of the cars and attendees.

June 11, 2010

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour Update From Indy GTO PREZ

Friday June 4th -- Well Pat, Fitz and I made it to Iowa yesterday with no issues. Went thru a little rain, but nothing too serious. We picked up Alan Stroh from the Brandywine Cruisers on the way as well. Made a stop at the "worlds largest truckstop" based just inside Iowa on I-80 ... don't get no better than that, maybe tomorrow we'll see the worlds largest ball of string or something!! :))

Sat June 5th -- Registraton went good and we had a great steak dinner at Grinnel, Iowa. Last night it rained like I've never seen before...one town near by got 5 inches of rain!!!!! Today was pretty nice and we took in the Sprint car hall of fame at the Knoxville speedway. That was pretty kool if you are a sprint car fan. Looked like our lucky day as the World of Outlaws are in town to race tonight... we planned to go, but the skys opened up again about 6pm (luckily we were already back at the hotel) and it rained monsoon like for about 30 minutes so the race was most likely rained out :(

Sun June 6th -- Everything is still going well! Had a great day of cruising today! Weather was great all day! Went from Newton, Iowa to Springfield, ILL. today with no issues. The drive through the small towns along the way was fun. There were tons of folks just sitting along the highway waving at us all as we passed. Kinda feel like a rock star. It's way kool!! Springfield really rolled out the red carpet and the whole downtown was shutdown for the Hot Rod Power Tour. :)

Tues June 8th -- We made the trip from DuQuoin IL to Bowling Green today. Beautiful day, the cars ran well all day. The HRPT was set up at the local airport. Very hot today, temps in the mid 90's. We got stuck in traffic entering the venue and the Prez's goat got up to 220 degrees before we got parked, a little too warm for sure! Along the road today we ran into 3 funky looking vehicles at a gas stop. They were some dudes from Australia driving 3 Holden vehicles (very similar to the Holden GTO's) except these were styled like the small Dodge trucks that were kinda "El Camino" esk. We also detoured from the pack to Metropolis, IL, as in Superman fame Metropolis. There was a Ford Tri-Motor airplane giving airplane rides today as well. The 3 amigos decided to stay planted on the ground. I got a few pix of the orange GTO ('64 conv) that was detailed in a recent issue of the legend. Its an '06 GTO fitted with '64 sheet metal. Very clever indeed. He drove here from Colorado!!! We decided to take in the Vette Museum since neither Fitz nor Pat had ever stopped to see it before. All in all a great trip and good day. Tomorrow we are off to Chattanooga, Tenn. and hope to make contact with Tom Hart, a past Prez of the Indy GTO Assn.

Till Then, Cruz'em if ya Got'em

Prez Bill

Wed June 9th -- Bowling Green to Chattanooga, Tenn. We took off and decided to pass on the cross-country drive due to the on slaught of rain and we took the major highways and interstates. Sounded easy, but co-pilot Fitz blew to the navigator duties multiple times, so Pat & I had to fire him and go with the Garmin :)). Today's event was held at the Chattanga Community College right downtown on the river front. Very nice venue, but once again a big crowd, big traffic back-up and the Presidental Goat was not happy about running around at +220 degrees. Today was my day in the barrel form a poor running car. On the way to Tenn. my Goat was beginning to miss out running down the highway and I was having trouble keeping it running when stopping at signals and stop signs. We headed to the venue and got our credentials stamped with no problems. However, once we got to the hotel, checked in and I went to move my GTO out from under the front door canopy and .... no start. Lots of crank'n but it flat refused to move any further. Of course when this happens in a public place like that, you get plenty of "help" from the peanut gallery. Well, I had plenty of gas being fed in, plenty of air, not so much in the spark deptartment. A quick inspection of the coil wire revealed it was lose on the coil and had arc'd pretty badly and needed repalced. A short trip to the local parst house and I scored a new coil wire, back to the hotel, replaced the wire and that beautiful sound of a 455 cid Pontiac came to life!! What a relief!! These trips are always a bit of a calculated risk, so it was good to resolve this issue with minimal interuptions. At least I wasn't at some gas station in the middle of "banjo music country" with no "back-up." What fun this is!! If you're a car nut and doing the HRPT isn't on your "bucket list" you might want to re-think you're bucket list!! :)) It's been hot as Hell the last two days and now we head .... South! Fitz is hanging tough and probably handling the heat better then me!!! We had dinner tonight with Alan Stroh (Brandywine Cruiser-Greenfield) and his co-pilot Dave tonight. They said on the trip through the country side today they came across a wadded up '69 Camaro in the middle of the street, then later at the venue saw a lime green Camaro with its tail end all wadded up ... oops, alegedly the Camaro "hit water and hydro planned" and the guy backed it into the guard rail. Bummer. Well, that's about all of the excitment from today . Tomorrow we are off to Birmingham, Al. Wish us luck!!

Cruz'em if ya Got'em

Prez Bill

Fri June 11th -- Goatsers, This was a complete bummer of a day. Friday June 11th there was a fatal crash on the power tour. Thankfully, no one from our group was involved and we all returned Saturday safely to Indiana with no issues (or at least very few issues). Please keep this family in your prayers. Prez Bill http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20100611/NEWS/100619954/1007?Title=Florida-man-killed-in-head-on-collision&tc=ar#

May 16, 2010

Mystery Cruise Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bill and Rita Sanders put together a GREAT mystery cruise!!!
Enjoy the slide show below. Click the arrow to play again.
Click on any photo to go to the Picasa web album and see that photo and the rest of the photos enlarged. (Click the back arrow or button on your web browser to return to the blog!) The photos were taken by Betsy Fladung and Jean Gloudemans and Bill Sanders.

May 1, 2010

MAY 17 Meeting At MCL

The Indy GTO Association May Meeting will be held Monday, May 17th at 6:00 pm in the back banquet room at the Castleton MCL Cafeteria 5520 Castleton Corner Lane, Indianapolis 317-845-5717. www.mclhomemade.com
We could use a good turn out as we are planning our June car show at RETRO TECH http://www.retro-tech.net/! We will also discuss upcoming cruise opportunities, the PREZ will go through the agenda, there will be a guest speaker and we will have a roundtable.

February 14, 2010

Club Meeting Monday night at Kings Classics

We have an Indy GTO Association Club meeting at 6pm Monday night, Feb. 15. at Kings Classics 6370 S. Cozy Lane Whitestown, In. 46075. Jeff King  is really putting on the feedbag for us so come out and play!! Pork Loin Sandwiches, and all the fixins! Do me a favor and respond back to me if you are coming so I can give him a headcount!
Prez Bill

January 29, 2010

Daytona GTO.R photos from Bill Vantuono

An email from Bill Vantuono:
Hey everyone!
Greetings from the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Here's "our" GTO.R. She looks great! Our logo really stands out on the quarter panels. We're going to add a few small GTOAA decals on Saturday, on the nose, tail, and interior. Let me know what you think.

Bill Vantuono
National Chapter Coordinator
GTO Association of America
431 16th Avenue
Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 208-6860 (cell)
(212) 620-7240 (office)

January 24, 2010

John E. Jackson Nov. 01, 1942 - Jan 22, 2010

John E. Jackson, 67, of Cory, IN passed away at his residence Friday, January 22, 2010 following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Oaktown, Indiana November 1, 1942 to Emmett and Anne (Wilkin) Jackson. He graduated from Connersville High School with the class of 1960, and attended Indiana State University graduating with a Bachelors degree in Education. During his college years he worked as a musician with many local Blue Grass bands. Mr. Jackson served in the United States Army, the Americal Division. He served in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in battle. He was honorably discharged as a retired Army Sergeant. Following his return from the military Mr. Jackson returned to ISU to achieve a Masters degree in education. He married Kim Antcliff July 25, 1984. He taught Industrial Arts at Otter Creek Junior High School. He served on the Board of Directors of the Fayette Bank and Trust in Connersville, IN. Following teaching he began farming in the Cory area until retirement.

In his free time John enjoyed hunting, clay pigeons and skeet shooting, driving his 1966 GTO, playing Blue Grass music, cowboy action shooting, and spending time with family.

He was a member of the National Muzzle Loading and Rifle Association participating in historical reenactments, Life member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited, and participated in Hunters Helping Hunters. He taught, as a volunteer, hunters’ safety classes assisting with Department of Natural Resources. The Indiana Hunter Education Association honored him as the district 5 volunteer instructor of the year for 2005. He also served on various conservation committees throughout the valley and as a volunteer at the Cory Apple Festival for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Anne.

Survivors include his wife Kim Jackson; sons Christopher Wilkin Jackson and wife Maria of Sacramento, CA, John Thomas Jackson and wife Puni of San Francisco, CA Lt. Jacob A. Jackson USMC stationed at Quantico, VA.

January 16, 2010

January 30th Indy GTO Club Meeting

Happy New Year Goatnutz,

Your staff of diligent (or is that delinquent?) Indy GTO officiers, bored members and the US Congress have finally come to resolution on our health care bull, I mean bill and our first meeting of the decade that will lead on to become the twenty teens:

Date: Saturday January 30th
Place: RetroTech
Time: 11:30am-3pm
Address: 475 Northpoint Court, Suite 600,
Brownsburg, IN 46112
Phone: 317-858-3400

How do I get there: From Indy's westside: take I-465 to I-74west to St Rd 267 (Browsburg exit). Go south on StRd 267 to first stop light (Northfield Drive) and turn left (east), follow Northfield around until you see John Force Racing on the right. Just past JFR is Southpoint Circle, turn right on Southpoint Circle and go maybe 1/4 mile or so to Northpoint (its on the left). Go to suite 600

Our host, Mike Haluska, is providing pizza and sodas, so get there on time before the Jump family shows up!

Our agenda will cover our plans for our June show at RetroTech, Mystery cruise date, car shows we might want to travel to as a group, with plenty of time left over to socialize.

To kick things off, Mike Haluska will show us his new facility (he used to be over on Rockville Rd) and let us know what's happening in the world of "RetroTech".

So, mark your calendars NOW, show up to help us kick-off 2010 and this new decade.

January 9, 2010

Band of Brothers

We send our best wishes out to two of our members dealing with serious illnesses. We are keeping both of these guys and their families in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Indy GTO Club Treasurer, William Dave Fitzpatrick, was lookin' good after his surgery. Here is a slide show of favorite Fitz pics.

Here is a slide show of photos of John Jackson, many taken at his place. (Thank you to John Jump and Bill Sanders for your help with these pics!)