I can’t say that I ever much cared for the Beach Boys. They were before my time sure, but I like lots of music that was before my time. I just don’t enjoy listening the Beach Boys. Perhaps it is my East Coast sensibilities; I don’t know. But if you like them, I won’t hold it against you that you have bad musical taste.
Taste in music is such a personal thing. It’s so incredibly subjective that one cannot judge another’s taste in music. So what I’m saying is I don’t have a problem with people who have bad taste in music. Just kidding again. Actually, there are some really interesting things that Mr. Wilson incorporated into his music that I can appreciate. Like the electro-theramin he used in Good Vibrations in 1966. As an aside, a variant of the theramin (similar to the electro-theramin) was used by Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin’s recording of Whole Lotta Love in 1977. Good times…good times.
Anyway…what song do you suppose I have been talking about without actually talking about it? Why, “Little GTO” of course.
Fortunately for me however, the Beach Boys only covered that song which was written and recorded by Ronny and the Daytonas in 1964.
It starts out:
Little GTO, you’re really lookin’ fine
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
Listen to her tachin’ up now, listen to her whine
C’mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO
Now as a car guy I can appreciate the sentiment. But the pile of yeah’s and wah’s that follow are a bit much. Sure there’s some talk about quarter miles and road courses in the next verse, but again it’s followed by a hefty earful of yeah’s and wah’s. Typical of the surfer bands of the time, I suppose.
You know what? A video’s worth a hundred words or so, so if you’re feeling a little melancholy for the good old days, just click the play button.
Here’s the crux of it though:
Gonna save all my money (turnin’ it on, blowin’ it out)
And buy a GTO (turnin’ it on, blowin’ it out)
Get a helmet and a roll bar (turnin’ it on, blowin’ it out)
And I’ll be ready to go (turnin’ it on, blowin’ it out)
Take it out to Pomona (turnin’ it on, blowin’ it out)
And let ’em know (turnin’ it on, blowin’ it out)
That I’m the coolest thing around
Little buddy, gonna shut you down
When I turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO
I mean, isn’t that the car guy creedo? Now me, I’m not much of a quarter mile guy. I’m all about twisties and knowing how to get the most out of a car in a variety of situations. So road courses have a great appeal. Even more than that, a twisty road through the mountains is the most enjoyable. But I sure can appreciate the lure of the quarter mile.
Now let’s face it, despite what the song says the GTO isn’t really a road course car as much as it is a muscler that enjoys ripping up a strip of asphalt. When I think of road course cars, I think of smaller displacement, lightweight and easily tossable cars. Kind of like my dog.
He’s a little guy. Just shy of 10 pounds but his legs are very long which makes him unbelievably fast and agile. The only thing I have seen outrun him his size is a miniature greyhound. Very few large dogs can keep up with him as well. And while they may have greater displacement…er…mass and thus speed, he’s so maneuverable that when he goes into high gear and starts dodging and weaving, there’s no way they can follow him. It’s really a fun thing to watch this desert mutt run circles around all the other dogs.
That’s exactly how I like my cars.
But that’s not to say that I don’t love muscle cars too. Honestly I am particularly fond of so many different kinds of cars that, like a horny teenager, I’m always ogling the next set of…come on now fellas, easy does it…I was about to say (analog) wheels. Fickle, fickle man that I am.
As it turns out though, 1966 was one of my favorite years for cars. Both mid-50’s and mid-60’s designs had great appeal for me actually. But my favorite element for the 1966 cars in particular was the over/under headlight configuration and the body lines that accommodated them. They were simply gorgeous to me. Sure there was some other over/under designs in 1965 and 1967, but ’66 was the sweet spot, such as on this red over red 1966 Pontiac GTO.
The seller states that this car has been recently painted and has a big V8 that is not original, nor do we have the specs on it, but what specs do you need beyond “Big” and “V8” really? I didn’t think so. It does have the original auto trans and even has an 8-track player. This Texas car has a clean Texas title and has been restored to a certain degree, however the interior is a project for the new owner. The odometer reads 43,xxx but it’s unclear whether that reflects milage on the engine or the car as a whole. To get the whole scoop on this analog gem, contact the seller by clicking HERE to take you to the original listing on craigslist.
Turn it on, wind it up, blow it out, GTO!