Norm Vos’ 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge has won the Goodguys 2012 Hemming’s Muscle Machines Magazine Muscle Car of the Year award. It’s the first time a Pontiac has won the prestigious award designed to honor an original factory stock or original fully restored Muscle Car of superb quality.
Vos bought the car in 1975 from the original owner with 39,000 miles on the clock. He then drag raced it from ’75-’79 in Stock Eliminator. When the class rules changed, the car was put into storage. It sat for 31 years until 2010 when Norm decided it was time for a full restoration to recreate the car as it sat on the dealer’s showroom floor.
One of only 73 ever made, the rare Judge has the Ram Air IV engine with a TH400 transmission and a 4:33-geared 10-bolt rear end. The drivetrain is numbers-matching and has been fully detailed.
The car’s white and blue stripe paint was also refurbished and accented with the factory correct G70-14 bias ply tires. The all original interior features bucket seats and one of those oh-so-popular 8-track tape player stereos!
The runner-up finalists for this year’s award were numerous (dating back to last fall) and included: Jerry Dennis, Concord, NC (‘62 Impala), Randy Fitzpatrick, Scottsdale, AZ (‘69 Chevelle), Sean Kelly, Carlsbad, CA (69 Chevelle), Clarke Lamont Calgary, CAN (‘62 Chevy Bel Air), Roger Day, Lewisville, TX (‘69 Chevelle), Robert Stokes, Buellton, CA (‘70 Oldsmobile 442), Mac Bernd, Arlington, TX (‘69 Camaro), Dave & Patty Anderson, Hughson, CA (‘69 Z28 Camaro), George Poteet, Memphis, TN (‘63 Ford), Jim
Albano, W. Springfield, MA (‘71 BOSS Mustang), Brian DeGross, Parma, OH (‘65 Pontiac GTO), John & Susan Benoit, Edgewood, WA (‘70 Mercury Cougar), Bob Leenstra, Kent, WA (‘69 Ford Torino), Dennis & Cindy Scroggs, Twain Harte, CA (‘67 Chevelle), Sean Ziolo Kansas City, KS (‘69 Ford MACH 1 Mustang), Syd Swennes, Lafayette, CO (‘68 Camaro) and Tommy Quinn, Amarillo, TX (‘70 Chevelle).
Look for the car inside the “Champion’s Arena” sponsored by Street Rod Headquarters at the Goodguys 15th annual Southwest Nationals, November 16-18 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Congratulations to all finalists!