by Jim Wangers
Jim Wangers 2014 book signing and author appearance schedule
2014 is the anniversary year for several important milestones in the Pontiac GTO story:
- 50 years of the 1964 GTO
- 40 years of the 1974 GTO
- 10 years of the 2004 GTO
At nearly 88 years young, Jim Wangers is as active as ever. Wangers greatest joys are gained by spending time with Pontiac musclecar enthusiasts of all ages. As part of the GTO's year-long birthday celebrations, Wangers will be making a number of appearances at Pontiac events all over the country. Come see him speak and/or sign copies of Glory Days at these events.
March 8 - GTO 50th Birthday Celebration - Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo CA
Join musclecar enthusiasts of all makes and models on March 8, 2014 as Jim Wangers, "Godfather of the GTO," and the Automobile Driving Museum present a GTO Celebration at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles) to celebrate the Pontiac GTO's 50th birthday and the dawning of a new automotive era, the era of the American Musclecar. The GTO Celebration features a provocative presentation by Jim Wangers, a catered lunch, a celebratory concours style display of 50 of the region's best Musclecars, and a Show 'n Shine car show open to all performance cars. Advance registration is required, for more information visit http://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/2014/03/08/gto-50th-birthday-celebration-saturday-march-8-2014
March 15 - Saturday Morning Lecture Series - Blackhawk Museum, Danville, CA
Jim will be giving a presentation entitled "The Anatomy of the Musclecar" that will address the growth and history of the American performance car, including today's modern performance car. There will be a question and answer session following the lecture. The lecture is free with admission to the Museum and to Blackhawk Museum Members for more information, visit the museum's website at www.blackhawkmuseum.org.
April 5-6 - Pontiac Heaven, Chandler, AZ
The 16th annual Pontiac Heaven will feature car shows, drag racing, a Pontiac parts swap, and a special guest appearance by Jim Wangers. The event takes place at the Wild Horse Pass Raceway Park, for more information visit www.pontiacheaven.org/2014_Pontiac_Heaven.html.
June 8 - San Marino Motor Classic, San Marino, CA
Jim Wangers is scheduled to make an appearance at the 4th annual San Marino Motor Classic, the successor to the Los Angeles Concours d?Elegance. The event takes place in Lacy Park in San Marino, CA, for more information in this event, visit www.sanmarinomotorclassic.com.
June 17-21 - 42nd Annual POCI Convention, Wichita, KS
Since 1972, the Pontiac-Oakland Club International (POCI) has worked to promote interest in the Pontiac, Oakland, and GMC vehicles, their history and restoration and preservation. Their annual convention, to be held in Wichita, KS, will feature a seminar by Wangers on Friday from 1PM to 2PM at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. Then on Friday night from 5PM to 10PM, check out the "Jim Wangers POCI Drag Days" event at Kansas International Dragway in Maize, KS. For more information on POCI, visit their website at www.poci.org.
July 1-5 - 2014 GTOAA National Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
The GTO Association of America will hold its 35th annual convention in the Pittsburgh, PA area this summer. This national event will draw owners, guests, and up to 500 cars to the Monroeville Convention Center. For more information, visit the convention website at greaterpghgto.com/html/welcome.html.
August 1-3 - 2014 Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals, Norwalk, OH
The Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals has grown to become the largest Pontiac event in the country and features a two day car show, three full days of drag racing, and the largest Pontiac swap meet ever. As at previous events, look out for Jim Wangers' legendary GeeTO Tiger at the drag strip. For more information, visit www.pontiacnationals.com.
September 25-28 - Pontiacs at the Pines 3, Bass Lake, CA
In addition to many other activities, Jim Wangers is scheduled to be a guest speaker at this all-Pontiac event, hosted by the Pontiacs of Central California club. For more information, visit their event website at www.pontiacsofcentralcalifornia.org/2014regional.htm.