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37th Annual GTOAA International Convention (Seattle, Washington)

37th Annual 2016 GTOAA International Convention
is brought to you by
the Northwest GTO Legends
Seattle, Washington
July 13 - July 17, 2016​

General Info
Register early. Convention registration is $59, but after June 22, 2016, there is a late fee of $25 to enter a car.
Concours entry deadline is June 22. There will be plenty of indoor covered space but register early.
Popular Vote deadline is June 22. Popular Vote entries received after June 22 will be placed in “2 Late 2 Class” instead of their proper category.

GTOAA Member Online Registration:

GTOAA Mail In Registration Form:

Hotel Information:
Hilton Registration
Red Lion Registration

Concours Information
Concours Registration: If you wish to participate in the Concours Show, you must register by June 22, 2016.
Only 1964-1974 GTOs, GT-37s and other 1964-1972 “A” Bodies (Tempests, LeMans) can enter Concours classes.
1974 Venturas that promote a GTO image may compete in the Concours Competition Modified Class (full race cars) only. Cars in all Concours classes (except Competition Modified) must provide documentation from Pontiac Historical Services indicating that the car is an authentic GTO/Judge/GT-37/Tempest/LeMans.
Concours Class Description:
Restored: Judging in this class will be based on authenticity and quality of workmanship. Replacing original materials, assemblies, or additions of accessories is acceptable only if they were available from the manufacturer during that particular model year. Point determination for the use of reproduction parts will be based on their likeness to factory assembly line parts.
Factory Original (Unrestored): This class will be judged on the car’s originality and condition. Originality will be determined from the body identification and production codes. Condition will be based on cleanliness and amount of wear. Only original or GM maintenance parts are eligible to receive full point credit. Use of aftermarket or reproduction parts will be grounds for full point deduction. Cars in this class should have a majority of original paint upholstery, and chrome plating.
Modified & Competition Modified: To enter Concours Modified or Competition Modified, a car must have at least three qualifying modifications such as: engine swap, transmission swap, non-original induction, disk brakes where not original, aftermarket AC, fuel injection, blower, nitrous, suspension mods, custom dash or upholstery, custom paint (aftermarket color, flames, graphics, etc.) tube frame, roll bar, body modifications, etc. Cars in this program will be judged on build quality, fit, finish and detail.
Concours cars must complete tech-check-in by 5:00 PM Thursday, July 14. Judging takes place on Friday, July 15.
Concours Restored or Factory Original (Unrestored) questions:
Jon Wacholtz 507-433-5201
E-mail: [email protected]
Norm Warling 303-233-9109
E-mail: [email protected]
Concours Modified questions:
Paul Freese 812-614-3332
E-mail: [email protected]

Popular Vote Information
Classes are determined by year and body style based on actual registrations received. We may have 15 classes, or 18 classes, or 22 classes, or whatever amount best fits the entries this year.
Popular Vote is open to all Pontiacs. Classes for non-GTOs will be determined by the number of other Pontiacs registered, either by year or model. One category of the Popular Vote Show is “Street Legends”, which is a Display-Only class and will not be voted on, but all participants will receive a commemorative trophy.
Popular Vote registrations MUST be received by June 22, 2016. Popular Vote registrations received after June22 will be entered as “2 Late 2 Class”, which is a catch-all class for late entries, all models, body styles and years.
All cars must complete tech-check-in. Popular Vote tech-check-in takes place Wednesday, July 13, Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15. If you do not complete tech-check-in by 5:00 PM Friday, July 15, your car goes into “2 Late 2 Class”. Voting is Saturday, July 16 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. See the Popular Vote Classification Chart to determine if you should enter as Stock or Modified. Make sure you enter the proper category for your vehicle. If your car has to be placed in a different class upon arrival because the information you provided is incorrect, there may not be sufficient parking space in the proper class.
This also applies if you bring a different car from the one originally registered. Every effort will be made to accommodate such situations, but if you show up with flames on a car entered as Stock, there may not be a space for you in the Modified category. Likewise, if you register a ’64 GTO convertible but arrive with a ’68 Firebird hardtop, there may not be space for you in the class where you need to park.
In order to authenticate GTOs and Judge models, all 1964-65 and 1972-74 GTOs and all Judges in Popular Vote must be documented. Unverified GTOs will be classed as Modified A-body and unverified Judges will be classed a Modified GTO.
You must supply your VIN when registering a GTO or Judge. PHS will verify that the car is a real GTO or a real Judge. The authenticity of 1966-1971 GTOs will be verified by VIN.
Popular Vote Questions:
Tom Szmczyk 856-524-2588
Bob Alexander 970-221-0754

Original Owner Display
If you are a previous Original Owner award recipient or will be receiving the award at this year’s convention, you have the option of parking in a Display Only class of Original Owner GTOs, LeMans, and Tempests. Or you can enter the regular Popular Vote or Concours competition. For an Original owner application, contact Tom Oxler before May 22, 2016 at 636-928-5548 or e-mail [email protected].

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Activity & Fees

Meet Registration (required) – GTOAA member $59/family
Meet Registration (required) – non-GTOAA member* $69/family
Late fee for registrations after June 22, 2016 $25
Concours Car Entry fee (includes indoor parking) $100/car
GTO Popular Vote Car Entry Fee (including Street Legends) $30/car
Non-GTO Popular Vote Entry Fee $30/car
Original Owner Car Entry Fee (display) FREE
Pontiac Model Car Contest FREE
Trailer Parking Space $20/Trailer
Vendor spaces & fees $???/TBD
Official Event T Shirt $20/shirt

Jim Wangers Parking Lot Party Entry Fee
(Purchase food & drinks from food vendors) FREE
Snoqualmie Falls/Triple XXX Root Beer Car Cruise FREE
LeMay America's Car Museum Tour (5 hour) $39/person
LeMay Family Collection Tour (5 hour) $39/person

LeMay America Car Museum & Family Car Collection
(Includes lunch and is an 8 hour combined tour) $79/person
Museum of Flight at Boeing Tour $39/person
Seattle Shuttle (ride all day) $34/person
Downtown Bellevue Shuttle

(includes dinner/pub crawl) FREE
Awards Banquet $44/person
Mt. Rainier Trip $69/person

7 Day Alaska Cruise
Inside staterooms per person:
Oceanview staterooms per person:
Balcony staterooms per person: (discount based on participation)
$ 1053.00
$ 1253.00
$ 1603.00

*NOTE: The following explanations further describe our fee related requirements when you attend the 2016 GTOAA National Convention and are not currently a member of the GTOAA:

• If you come to the 2016 Convention with a GTO and you are not a member of the GTOAA, you will need to join the GTOAA and pay the membership fee of $ 35. You will need to register your family for the Convention and the registration fee is $ 59/family and pay your car entry fee of $ 30 to compete in the Popular Vote Show. If you want your car to compete in the Concours Show, your car entry fee is $ 100.

• If you come to the 2016 Convention with a non-GTO Pontiac, you will not have to join the GTOAA. You will need to register your family for the Convention ($ 69/family) and pay your car entry fee of $ 30 to compete in the Popular Vote Show. If you brought a GT37, LeMans or Tempest LeMans, the new rules allow you to compete in the Concours Show. If you want to do this, you will have to join the GTOAA ($ 35) and pay a car entry fee of $ 100.

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REGISTRATION: You have 2 methods to register for the GTOAA National Conventions. The preferred method is to register online by going to and clicking the “Electronic Registration” link. The other method is the printed form found in our monthly magazine, The Legend or download the form at and click on 20XX Convention and selecting the “registration form” link.
You will need some information available in order to complete your registration so you may want to gather the info below before starting.
You will need:
1) Your GTOAA Member number. This can be found on the address label on your copy of The Legend. If you have a GTO or A Body, you must be a member of GTOAA. If you own a non‐A body, you can leave the GTOAA number blank.
2) If you are going to register a car your will need to decide which show or class you would like to be in.
There are 2 shows:
Concours which is our renown Points Judge show that is usually held on Thursday and our large Popular Vote Show that is usually held on Friday. (Check the schedule of events for the exact dates and times)
Concours: You will have to decide if you want to be in the Original, Restored or Modified classes. See the Concours Judging Standards tab on for more info.
Popular Vote: You will have to decide if you want your car in the Popular Vote Class where participants will vote for your car, the Display Only Class where your car will be on display but not voted on or the Original Owners Class where your car has already been awarded an Original Owners Award or you are to receive your award at this Convention. For more info on Original Owners contact Tom Oxler @ [email protected]. If you are in the Popular Vote class, you will also need to determine if your car is Stock or Modified. For Stock/Mod descriptions, see the Popular Vote Info tab on The GTOAA PV Staff will create the Voting Classes (usually 22 – 28) depending upon the number of GTOs, A Bodies and Pontiacs registered.
3) If you are bringing a car, you will need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for registration. GTOAA verifies each and every car registered for authenticity.
4) If you are bringing a trailer to haul your car, you will need the license plate number of the trailer and will have to pay the trailer fee so there will be a spot for you to store your trailer while at the Convention.
5) Research available activities, dates and time you will want to attend. These can be found at and clicking the 20XX Convention tab and then clicking the Convention Information or Fee Schedule tabs. Please note that all awards from our Concours and Popular Vote Shows are given out at the Awards Banquet usually held on Saturday evening. Check the Schedule of Events for the exact date and time.
6) Names of those attending. This is needed so everyone in your party has the necessary Identification Badges needed to enter the shows, seminars and activities.
With all of this information, you are now ready to register. With either online or paper registrations, you will receive a confirmation email if you have supplied an email with your registration. If you register online, in your confirmation email, there will be a secure link that allows you to change or modify your registration so save this email and link.

ARRIVAL AT CONVENTION: Upon arrival, park in the hotel parking lot and check in at the Hotel. Even if you have a trailer, there is usually plenty of space to temporarily park in the back of the hotel or some Conventions have designated “Temporary Trailer Parking” areas. After unloading your luggage and checking out your room, proceed to the Convention Registration desk. Here you will pick up your Registration Packet that contains your name badges, activity tickets, and trailer parking info, maps and other info. The Registration Desk will direct you were to unload your car from the trailer and then were to proceed to the Tech Check‐In Tent.

EVERYONE MUST TECH: Every Car registered must go through “Tech.” At the Tech Check‐ In Tent, Concours cars will be verified that they are in the correct class (Original, Restored or Modified) and that the electrical items are working such as turn signals, brake lights, radio, etc. Popular Vote cars will be verified that they truly are either Stock or Modified. Once Tech’d, you will receive your Dash Card which will have your name, Registration number, the show (Concours or Popular Vote) and your Class (Popular Vote, Display Only or Original Owner). If you are in the Popular Vote Class, you will also get another Voting Class letter based upon your specific car. GTOAA divides the entire Popular Vote Class by year, style and stock/modified so there are an even distribution of cars in each class. You will also receive your designated parking space in the Popular Vote show field. If you plan on being in Concours, you should arrive no later than Wednesday to get through Tech before the Concours Show on Thursday. If you are in Popular Vote, you should arrive no later than Thursday to get through Tech before the Popular Vote Show on Friday. Tech is usually open beginning on Wednesday through Friday morning. Again, check the Schedule of Events for exact details.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Every car must get photographed prior to entering their designated parking space either in Concours or in Popular Vote. The Photographer Tent is usually located very close to the Tech Check‐In Tent. The photos are used to show your car when you win an award at the Awards Ceremony and will be used to show your car in the Awards Edition of The Legend usually in September following the Convention. The photography vendor will usually have a booth where you can purchase various pictures of your car.

SHOW FIELD PARKING: The dash card given to you at the Tech Check‐In tent must be posted where it can be seen by the Parking Attendants and if in Popular Vote by the attendees voting for their favorite cars during the Popular Vote Show on Friday. In and out privileges are usually available for Popular Vote and sometimes for Concours depending upon the facilities and layout of the Hotel or Convention Center. Many venues for Concours require all cars to be in the facility on Wednesday and they cannot be removed until late Saturday evening or Sunday. Again, check the Schedule of Events for more details.
All Owners must attend the Concours Owners Meeting usually on Wednesday and all Concours cars must be in the Concours Show field by Thursday morning or as specified in the Schedule of Activities. Concours Judging begins early Thursday morning and may run well into the late evening depending on the numbers of Concours cars attending. The owners should remain with their cars to assist the Judges in open doors, etc. and to answer any questions they may have. The Judging Sheets will be available to each Concours participant at the end of the Awards Ceremony. These sheets will show you where there are deficiencies in your car.
All Popular Vote Show cars should be in their designated parking spaces as much as possible but especially on Friday during the Popular Vote Show. Every registration will receive a Popular Vote Ballot and each registrant is required to vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for at least 50% of the classes in order to have their ballot counted. Keeping your car on the Popular Vote show field as much as possible assures that the majority of Registrants have had an opportunity to see and vote for your car.

ACTIVITIES & SEMINARS: The annual GTOAA National Convention is more than just a Car Show. It is our annual get together where our members can learn new things about the GTO hobby and to enjoy each other’s company. During the Convention, there will be many Seminars put on by some of our Pontiac Dignitaries or by some very qualified technical experts on Pontiac performance parts and restorations. The Tech Seminars are very valuable to our members and are always well attended. Since our annual GTOAA National Convention is usually 5 days long and is held in various locations throughout the country, this gives our GTOAA member families an opportunity to partake in some sight‐seeing activities that they may never have had the opportunity to do without attending the GTOAA Convention. Most activities include the tickets and transportation to and from the activity. Many activities are also self–guided or include driving your car. There is usually plenty of time to schedule all of the activities that will give your family a taste of the history and flavor of the location. Check the Schedule of Events for exact dates and time and check the Convention Information at for a detailed description of each seminar or activity.

AWARDS CEREMONY & BANQUET: The Awards Ceremony is held usually with a Banquet meal on Saturday evening. Check the Schedule of Events for exact dates and times. Here, all of the GTOAA awards will be presented including Concours Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and Popular Vote first, Second, third and Honorable Mention Awards. There will also be presentations for the Best of Show in Concours and in Popular Vote for 64‐74 and 04 – 06. If you cannot attend the Awards Ceremony, you should try to have a friend or relative accept any award you may receive. This helps the Host Chapter in shipping costs for awards not picked up. Also at the Awards Ceremony, the Host Chapter for the next GTOAA National Convention will make their presentation hoping to get you to attend their Convention next year.

QUESTIONS???? If you still have questions please do not hesitate to call one of our GTOAA Staff members:
Convention Coordinator:
Steve Hedrick
[email protected]
Registration Coordinator:
Beth Butcher
[email protected]
Concours Chairman:
Jon Wacholtz
[email protected]
Popular Vote Coordinator:
Tom Szymczyk
[email protected]

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Wednesday, July 13​
Registration Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Concours Tech Inspection (9 am – 5 pm)
Popular Vote Tech Inspection (9 am – 5 pm)
Swap Meet Setup (9 am – 5 pm)
Museum of Flight Tour at Boeing (1pm to 4pm) (bus leaves at 12:00 PM)
GTOAA Board of Directors Meeting (12 pm – 5 pm)
GTOAA Staff and Host Chapters Ice Breaker (6 pm – 9 pm)
Downtown Bellevue Shuttle ( 11 am – 9 pm)
Bellevue Dinner/Pub Crawl (4 pm – 9 pm)

Thursday, July 14​
Registration Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Concours Tech Inspection (9 am – 5 pm)
Popular Vote Tech Inspection (9 am – 5 pm)
Swap Meet Open (9 am – 5 pm)
Chapter Display & Model Car Setup (9 am – 5 pm)
Downtown Bellevue Shuttle (11 am – 9 pm)
GTOAA Board of Directors Meeting Cont. (12 pm – 5 pm)
LeMay America’s Car Museum Tour (8 am – 12 pm)
LeMay Family Collection at Marymount (8 am – 12 pm)
Combined LeMay America’s Car Museum/LeMay Family Collection Tour (8 am – 5 pm) (lunch included)
Concours Owners Meeting (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
Concours Judges Meeting (4:30 pm – 5:30 pm)
Pontiac Head & Intake Porting – Dave Bisschop Seminar (10 am – 11:30 am)
Chapter Recognition Ceremony/President’s Meeting (6 pm – 8 pm)
Bellevue Dinner/Pub Crawl (4 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, July 15​
Concours Judges Breakfast (7:30 am – 8:30 am)
Registration Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Swap Meet Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Chapter Display & Model Car Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Concours Show Judging (8:30 am – Complete)
Popular Vote Tech Inspection (9 am – 5 pm)
Downtown Bellevue Shuttle (11 am – 5 pm)
Pontiac Performance Tuning – Karl Boe Seminar (10 am – 11:30 am)
The GTOAA – The Beginning – Tony Bastien, Founder & 1st President (01:00 pm – 02:30 pm)
Jim Wangers Parking Lot Party (6 pm – 9 pm)

Saturday, July 16​
Popular Vote Show Day! (9 am – 5 pm)
Popular Vote Ballots due by 1 pm
Swap Meet Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Registration Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Painting Your Pontiac – Kelly Lay Seminar (10 am – 11:30 am)
Downtown Bellevue Shuttle (11 am – 5 pm)
Snoqualmie Falls/Triple XXX Root Beer Car Cruise (4 pm – 8 pm)

Sunday, July 17​
Swap Meet Open (8 am – 5 pm)
Downtown Seattle Shuttle (9 am – 5 pm)
Downtown Bellevue Shuttle (11 am – 5 pm)
Concours Car Loadout (10 am – 12 pm)
Awards Night Banquet (6:30 pm Happy Hour, 7 pm Dinner)
Monday, July 18
Mt. Rainier Trip (8 am – 9 pm)
A bus supported tour from the Bellevue Hilton to the State of Washington’s most majestic peak, the 14,411 foot Mount Rainier, one of America’s tallest mountains.

Tuesday, July 19 – Tuesday July 26
Alaska Cruise July 19th thru July 26th​
A Carnival Cruise that makes its way from Seattle to Alaska through the scenic “Inside Passage” with visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan & Victoria British Columbia.
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