Monday, April 27, 2009

Hail to the GM Chief Pontiac

As a Detroit native, it saddens me to see the demise of the Pontiac brand from the landscape. It means there will only be memories of such names as Bonneville, Grand Prix, Grand Am and of course, the Firebird and GTO. My third car in Texas was a Pontiac.
It will be buried along with that other long-standing GM brand, Oldsmobile, which WAS my Daddy's car at one time and had given us the Rocket 88, the Ninety-Nine, the Cutlass (a memorable vehicle in our lives).
It is also the name of the stadium in Lansing where the Class A Lansing Lugnuts play - Oldsmobile Park. The entire stadium is ringed by pictures and old advertising creations featuring a defunct auto brand.
But no more Oldsmobile, no more Pontiac, no more American Motors, no more Eagle, no more Avantis, no more ... lots of names from the past.
SO as a tribute to the late, great Pontiac (a fine car and a fine heritage) here are the best in pop culture featuring Pontiacs.
Song: G.T.O. by Ronny and the Daytonas - as classic a 1960s car song as EVER, ever recorded.
"You gotta turn her on, wind it up, blow it out, GTO!"
Movie: "Pontiac Moon" in 1994 with Ted Danson but the BEST known Pontiac was the 1977 Firebird driven by Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit" (and S&B II).
A moment of silence please for the Pontiac.

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