What Do People ask about your GTO?
I'm sure that anyone who's had a GTO has had people come up and ask them questions about it. I have had dozens of people over the year I've owned the car.
My question is...
Do y'all seem to get more of one type/age/sex/race of person than another? I've had both men and women of all ages and several races ask me questions about my car. I do seem to get about an equal number of middle-aged men who had a GTO in their younger days and younger, high-school or college-aged guys who are interested in the car. I've had a few women ask questions as well, but they tend to comment more than ask questions. Is this what everyone else gets too?
I live in a very small town in Missouri, so I don't get a huge cross section of people around here. When I go to St. Louis, I do tend to get a few more questions/comments. Just yesterday, I was at a gas station and a middle-aged guy asked me what kind of gas mileage I get (a common question actually), I told him I get around 24 or so on the highway, then he told me he had a '71 Mach 1 Mustang and proceeded to ask me how fast the GTO was...to which I answered "pretty fast, but your mustang may give me a run for my money" (his wife was in the car, listening, and I didn't want to make the guy feel too bad). He ended up telling me that the GTO would probably outrun him in a shorter race, but he may catch up in a longer race...he said the newer cars seemed to be faster off the line, but they lose some "oomph" as speeds increase.
Most of the comments I get from women are "that's a pretty color" or "that's a beautiful car, I had a yellow (insert car here) when I was younger". Very rarely has a woman asked "is it fast" or "is it fun to drive". Women seem to be far more interested in the looks of the car, whereas men seem to be interested in the speed. I'm sure that's not always the case, but that's the pattern I've picked up.
The younger guys ALWAYS start out with "is it fast", or if they've seen inside, their first question is "will it really do 200?" (I'd **LOVE** to be able to say yes to that question haha).
I always see a lot of people staring at the car, especially the middle-aged guys in older cars. They know what my car is, and some of 'em will even toy around with me a bit if we're going the same direction. I had my arse handed to me last year by a Chevelle, which I haven't been able to find again since I got my new rip-shifter in my GTO. I'm generally staring at their older cars too, because they're just as interesting to me as my goat.
I'd breakdown my question-askers as:
60% middle-aged men (35-55).
30% Teenaged males and under-35 men.
5% Women, usually middle-aged.
3% Older men, 55+
2% Everyone else
There is nothing cooler to me than to have a guy with an older, fast, COOL car like a chevelle, older camaro, gto, mopar or even an occasional mustang, come up and tell me they like my car. I already have a sense of respect for those cars and the people that drive/build them (usually), so it means more coming from them. When a guy driving a ricer, which tends to sound like a weed-eater says "nice car", I tend to think something like "uh, yeah, I know, especially compared to a car which sounds like a leaf blower!" (although I doubt I'd ever say that). It's always nice when a woman notices the car, especially if they're cute, but that's another story entirely. haha
Anyway, I'd like to hear from y'all about the people who ask you questions about your GTO and what they say. I made a few generalizations here, so please don't hold that against me, I know there are plenty of women out there who are interested in speed more than colors and looks and I know there are men out there who are interested in the way a car looks more than how it drives/runs or what kind of mileage I get with it. I feel very privileged that people DO notice my car and take the time to make positive comments about it, that means there's something about my car which makes it stand out from the rest...and that's precisely why I bought this car!
Thanks in advance for your replies and I look forward to hearing from everyone.