The original muscle car, the Royal Bobcat GTO was the baby of a burgeoning Detroit subculture, one not sanctioned by the big automakers of the early 1960s. In a post–World War II America hungry for chrome, flash and speed, Royal Pontiac in Royal Oak, Michigan, modified and sold its souped-up versions of GTOs to customers, and in the process created a demand for custom street racers in America. Founded by Ace Wilson, the Royal name became synonymous with speed.
This book outlines the history of the Royal Bobcat GTO, from the peopleincluding Milt Schornack, the mechanic who raced for Royal Pontiac and was responsible for the custom Bobcatsto the fabled midnight test runs on northern Detroit’s famous Woodward Avenue. Fourteen chapters, illustrated with 25 photographs of vintage GTOs, the infamous Car & Driver road test photos against a Ferrari GTO, and more, chronicle the history of a car that changed the focus of the Detroit auto industry for the next decade. Former editor-in-chief of Hot Rod Magazine Ro McGonegal contributes a foreword.
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About the Author
Writer Keith J. MacDonald lives in Culpeper, Virginia. Milt Schornack lives in Macomb, Michigan.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ro McGonegal 1
Introduction: Michigan Nights 9
1. The Pre-Royal Days 15
2. The Beginning1963 25
3. Lil' GTO1964 35
4. Those Royal Bobcats1965 46
5. The Royal Racing Team1966 70
6. Down Shifting the Momentum1967 104
7. It’s Not Easy Being Green1968 125
8. Heat on the Street: Woodward Avenue’s High-Octane Burn1969 143
9. An Era Concludes1970–71
10. The Truth about Ram Air 178
11. Lil’ GTO: Redux 183
12. The Return of the Project Cars 192
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A must read for any 60's musclecar enthusiast! Having owned many GTO's over the years, I have heard all the magazine hype and read 'Glory Days'. I always felt there was 'another' side to the story. This book answers those questions.