Sunday Trivia – 12 September – Vrooooom!

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    • #445179
      HassleCat
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      The Pontiac GTO is widely considered the first “muscle car,” a mid-sized American sedan with a large engine and other high performance features. Pontiac introduced the GTO as an option package that could be added to the 1964 Tempest LeMans model. The GTO was a big success, a top seller that even inspired a popular song with fairly silly lyrics. The question is, what does “GTO” mean? It may help you to know that Ferrari used the GTO designation two years earlier than Pontiac. Meaningless bonus points for knowing the group that recorded “Little GTO.”

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      GZeusH
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      So GTO is Granny, take off!  As in the little old lady from Pasadena in the Beach Boys song.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      • #445182
        HassleCat
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        So you could run the manure spreader on the way to the mini-mart. Creative answer.

    • #445181
      jbnw
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      Well, maybe not —

    • #445183
      jbnw
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      Rats. What’s the O for?

    • #445186
      jbnw
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      Maybe. Probably not, but maybe – overdrive was a term in use back then, I think —

    • #445189
      jbnw
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      Could be, while I’m guessing!

    • #445192
      HassleCat
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      GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omologato, an Italian designation that means a car is certified to compete in the Grand Touring category.  Pontiac had its GTO officially certified to compete against Ferrari and the other GT series cars, so the GTO label was legitimate, although they didn’t make a “Pontiac Vs Ferrari” movie. John DeLorean came up with the GTO name, but he swore he wasn’t stealing from Ferrari.  I remember somebody racing a heavily modified Pontiac GTO in a few European GT races back in the 1960s. Car & Driver magazine tested the two GTOs against each other and the Ferrari was faster. Would you like to own a GTO? A vintage Pontiac GTO in decent condition can be had for $20K or so, but a 1962 Ferrari GTO will set you back about $10 million.

      Your prize today is this old, scratched, warped, British copy of “GTO” by Ronny & The Daytonas, a Nashville surf rock group, because of course we think of Nashville & England when we think of surfing & muscle cars.

    • #445194
      jbnw
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      One more interesting detail!

    • #445198
      Passionate Progressive
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      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

    • #445199
      Pam2
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      I knew the song question but not the car one.

      By the way “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” was a Jan and Dean song.


      @gzeush

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