In 1967, when I was 4 years old, my father bought a slightly used 1966 Midnight Navy Blue GTO with a factory installed 389ci, tri-power engine and 4 in the floor. Back then, it was just a daily driver and our only car. We lived in a small mountain town in North Carolina (still do) and that car quickly became locally famous as being one of the fastest cars in the county. I can remember riding in that car as a child, either in the back seat floor or laying up in the rear window package tray. That seems to be the two places I ended up getting, because my older brother would root me out of the back seat.
My father traded that GTO a couple of years later and regretted it from day one. For the next 46 years I heard stories about that car and my passion for the GTO grew and grew. The day finally came when I could afford to buy my own '66 GTO and I derived a lot of joy restoring that car with my father. The saying about a picture being worth a thousand words is very true and the two pictures I have attached to this article certainly do just that. The first picture is from 1967 and the next picture was taken in 2013 "back where it all began". We went back to the old home place, which is still owed by my family, and parked my GTO in the same spot my father's was, way back in '67, with my mother behind the camera for both pictures. Buying this GTO has been a great way to spend time with my now 78 year old father and his passion for the GTO has not faded. He found and bought a beautiful 1972 GTO in South Carolina shortly after I bought the '66 and now we have fun taking both cars to car shows and cruise-ins. For me, that is what this passion for old muscle cars is all about - spending time with family and friends, talking about our cars, and remembering good times.