MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 

JIM WISE – 1966 GTO

 
It all started in 1968, when I bought a used 1966 GTO, Fontaine Blue, 389, Tri-Power 4 speed. I had the car 2-1/2 years going through one engine rebuild and a rear gear change (4:33) during that time. Street racing was pretty common back then and with gas at 36 cents a gallon for the high octane fuel, a 4:33 gear wasn’t much of a problem. 
In 1970 I traded the GTO in for a new Oldsmobile Cutlass ‘S’. This was to be our ‘family’ car.  From that time on I really missed the Goat and the exhilarating feeling it created while driving it. This stuck with me for 38-years until I bought another 1966 GTO, 389, Tri-Power, 4 speed in 2008. It took 4-1/2 years to restore it and is the car pictured here.
I retired in March of 2015 after a 42-year career as an electrical engineer who specialized in power, lighting and special systems engineering design.  While I’m not driving or working on the GTO,  I spend my time with Ham Radio (N4PHN), tinkering in my shop, playing music with John, Paul, George and Ringo on my drum kit, playing farmer with my tractor and soon will start a woodworking hobby.