Your definition of "owner" vs. "driver" is very different than what I thought when I read the poll question. I thought you were going to say that a "driver" is someone who drives the car (a "daily driver") and an "owner" is someone who has a GTO but drives something else.
I think you'll get very different answers from the people who have classic (64-74) GTO's from the people who have the newer ones.
For one thing, if I wanted to drive my GTO on a daily basis, my insurance company would not cover it for collision which kind of rules it out.
hmmm, interesting responses. Well, here is where I was going with this. When I was 18 and got my first GTO ('67)in '77 we had a real tight bunch of Pontiac guys. We were "owners". We believed that people with GTOs, Lemans, Tempests, and Gran Prixs fell into these 2 categories. To us an owner bought his Pontiac because he loved the car. It was not the flavor of the year, something to be bought, modded, demodded, and sold the next year. It was bought forever, or maybe a real long time. An owner did thrash the car, raced it, drove it hard. But he did not beat on his car. Nor drive it if something was wrong. When it was modded, the mod was complete, it was never just get it driving and finish later.
A driver on the other hand, bought the car because it was cool. But the car itself was not important to him. It was just another car. Mods done cheaply and with no love.
An owner has Pontiac blood running in his veins and is pained to see a driver beat on his car.
I understand where you are coming from. A car is not mine til I make it mine. Making a car payment does not make it yours, wrenching on it and doing something substantial to it makes it yours. Anybody can buy a car, building a car yourself makes it special. I'm an owner I guess.
I am an owner of a piece of the Pontiac heritage, only thing that i have not done is Machine work on this car. At first to keep the budget down but it has become a matter of pride now. I will know everything done to the car and know it was done right. Every part of resto has been documented. And between mechanicals and body and paint i will know every inch of it many times over before it hits the road after a 26 year sabbatical.
I'm going to say driver, even though it only gets about 3k miles a year of road time. I don't abuse mine, but i drive it the way it's meant to be driven every time i'm in it. I didn't buy it to baby it, look at, or talk about. I bought it to put a smile on my face every time i nail a turn or smash the gas. It's not a trailer queen, or a spotless show car that goes to car shows and cruises only, although it's never seen snow and has only been caught in the rain once. It's my nice weather toy.