TheIgnitionBlog Podcast Ep. 2 – Millennium Muscle : 2004 Pontiac GTO


In this Episode:

Matt Dace and Nolan Browning touch on the history of the original Pontiac GTO and the story behind the Holden Monaro coming to the States. We dive in and talk about the importance of the 2004 Pontiac GTO and how its presence was felt long after it departed the US market.



Show Notes:

(01:18) History of the 1964 Pontiac GTO
(03:34) Jim Wangers “The Godfather of the GTO”
(07:45) Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars by Paul Ingrassia
(08:20) Holden Monaro History
(09:50) 1999 Dodge Charger and Pontiac GTO Concept Cars
(10:45) Bob Lutz Opel Kadett Picture and Story
(16:10) Bob Lutz on GTO Issues
(17:00) Car and Driver Review – “a welcome departure from GM’s typical Tupperware interiors”
(18:50) 2004 Pontiac GTO Color Options and Production Numbers by Year
(19:07) Example of our “parking lot tested” 2004 Pontiac GTO in Quick Silver with Red Leather
(22:11) 1964 Pontiac Tempest LeMans GTO in GM Heritage Center Collection
(22:55) Amazon Video: Jeremy Clarkson Breaks His Back in Monaro – Top Gear Season 6 Episode 11 (Starts @ 7 minutes)
(23:27) Giant Pontiac GTO Key
(25:20) 2006 Pontiac GTO RA6 Custom Coupe
(25:33) Kip Wasenko, General Motors Performance Division design director, talks about wanting a more aggressive GTO design
(26:20) Lutz’s regrets the failure of the GTO but mentions it paving the way for Pontiac G8 and Chevy SS
(29:00) Pontiac GTO and Rhys Millen Take on Formula D Drift Series
(31:25) Rhys Millen Wins 2005 Formula D Championship with Pontiac GTO
(33:00) Pontiac Leaves NASCAR For Good in 2003
(34:14) Death of the Pontiac Brand
(34:50) Pontiac Aztek with Included Tent 
(35:39) Bob Lutz on Pontiac Becoming Niche Performance Brand, Like BMW
(37:30) Last Holden Factory Closes in Australia 
(38:48) 2008 Pontiac G8 GXP

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