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There are days when it's just a sheer pleasure to own and drive this thing!

I live in the Wine Country of Northern California (Santa Rosa, to be exact). Every few days I have occasion to pop over into the upper Napa Valley into the town of Calistoga, for business. Yesterday, I had to make such a trip and decided it would be a great day to take my '67. The day was beautiful (low 80*s) and the sky was crisp and clear. I called my dad (now 71) and asked if he wanted to ride along, as my wife was at work and I thought dad might want to get out of the house.

The road over the hill is twisty, rough in parts, smooth in other parts, partly wooded, sparsely inhabited and all in all a really nice drive. I gotta say and so would my dad... What a GREAT car! Regardless of age, this car is incredible. I just can't believe there are no squeaks, rattles, pops, klunks or wierdnesses of ANY kind. Doesn't pull at all, stops on a dime and of course the torque makes it fun as hell! Just a complete and utter joy to drive!

I've been dealing with a chronic illness of late and am hopeful to be on the mend, the therapeutic value of driving this car can't be overstated to me. The bonus was getting to spend some time with dad.

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Sounds like it was a great day! I can't wait to have one of those myself
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sounds like a win, win, win to me....actually just thinking of driving mine through that landscape gave me chills....did it not feel like you were back in the 60's with no one in sight around you? And people ask "why would you spend all that money on an old car"....they have obviously never driven a Pontiac, there is a reason we are fanatics about our brand.....enjoy the hell out of it , there are few things in life so pure.

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sounds like a win, win, win to me....actually just thinking of driving mine through that landscape gave me chills....did it not feel like you were back in the 60's with no one in sight around you? And people ask "why would you spend all that money on an old car"....they have obviously never driven a Pontiac, there is a reason we are fanatics about our brand.....enjoy the hell out of it , there are few things in life so pure.

Amen Brutha!

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Chuckha, I'm a bay area native, and have spent many hours behind the wheel of either my '65 or my '67 on trips up to Clear Lake,Monte Rio, Occidental, and Jenner. My girlfriend's family had a family cabin in Monte Rio. Also, many trips out to Stinson Beach, Point Reyes, and Jenner, with the top down and the engine humming. Therapy? ABSOLUTELY!!! Keep it up!!
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Hey Chuck, I own a 67' GTO as well and live in the Greater Bay Area. I just finished getting my car back on the road. Aside from a paint job, I'm ready to take a trip to our vacation home in Clearlake. The drive through the wine country is fantastic. I upgraded my suspension and added Bilstein shocks, can't wait to see how it takes the turns through Napa Valley. You have a great looking car and hope all your drives are like the one you described. My car sat around for 8-years and recently had the chance to freshen it up and drive it. When you drive a GTO, it just makes you feel good.
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And it's also pretty cool to pull up to a business meeting in one.... Last estimate i took mine on we talked cars for over an hour as he walked around looking at every detail and he signed the contract without hesitation as i was leaving....guess he figured if i could do that to an old rust bucket over a winter with carpenters tools his Kitchen Re-model would be in good hands. He had a Ford Galaxy FX car he was getting ready to restore. Heres the kitchen, what can i say i love updating old things without destroying their integrity....it's a 1860's farm house directly across from the Monroe (shocks) Plantation. The 6" reclaimed Oak floor was hand rubbed in Tongue oil after we cleared out.
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Now that's class. Excellent job!
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Brian, Beautiful workmanship...wanna build me a house in Florida? Our weather is in the High 60's now....the car should be done (hahahahahaha) by June 1st ......E



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I knew you all would get it.

...and Brian, (during a Hiatus from the corporate gig) I spent the early 90's doing kitchen remodels for a local high-end cabinet maker. Few things are more satisfying than giving people their dream kitchen.

Now, after 25 years in the corporate rat race, I'm making outdoor furniture and surprisingly am able to make a living at it.

Cheers all!

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