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On a whim I took the beast and entered it in a show this afternoon. It was the first time ever for me, and one of those deals where all the participants vote on each others cars. We all got ballots to vote for our 10 favorite.
It looked like there were a lot of buddies there who all knew each other, probably do this together from week to week.
They tallied the votes, then awarded trophys for Top 20, Top 10, and Best In Show.

I got a Top 20 Trophy :party:

The most satisfying though was the number of other participants who commented on and asked about the paint, then were wide-eyed when I said I'd done it myself, in my garage, and it was my first ever paint job. :D

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eat it up and soak it in, you earned it Bear. Shows i went to were class shows, and its hard to fit our cars into a class. Resto-mod, Musclecar...etc. How about Home Built....:D, I know i won't win any shows but i also enjoy the "you did that yourself.....?" doubters ...ohhh and the "My cousin Vinny" comments about about the Tempest and mostly seeing what others have done with their cars. Cannot count the times i have come out of the corner store on a beer run and walked out to someone circling the car slowly.....makes all that hard work worth it to have a guy say i had one of those when i was a kid and see the memories flashing back in the smile on his face.
 

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The shows are fun, it's always a little rush when they call your name and you go up and claim your trophy. I've been to a lot of those shows where a bunch of guys are voting for each others cars, it's a bunch of crap. I really don't care that much about the trophies but enjoy the shows, talking with people and checking out what everyone else brought. I'm really enjoying this GTO I bought this spring, around here you just don't see that many of them at shows, especially the 68-69 models. Seems the 66 & 67 are the most popular. I've always wanted a '67, I've got a 68 and use to have a 70. If I could afford it I'd have all the 64 -70 models. There's just something about a GTO that makes people say "Sweet."
 

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There was only one other Pontiac there, a really sweet 1938 sedan - metallic copper paint - gorgeous. I was disappointed when I walked around front and saw the late model injected sbc in it though :(

Then very late in the afternoon a pair of "Smokey and the Bandit" era Trans Ams showed up. One black, one gold. I didn't get to look at them very close but they looked to be in pretty good condition - bone stock as far as I could tell.

There were some very cool cars there, including a 67 Galaxie 500 XL --- 427. A 70 GS 350, one turbo Buick GS, a 68 GT500 Mustang, several late model Mustangs and Camaros (including one with the Kitt Nightrider lights up front), a smattering of tri-5 chevys, a ZR1 vette, a mid 40's Olds --- I should have taken some photos.

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Congratulations. And thanks for all the good advice. I can always count on something from BearGFR every time I have a question.
 
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