Art & Jan Peterson 1969 GTO Super Stocker
Art and Jan purchased this car brand new on 27 Sept. 1968. It was turned into
a Race Car in 1971, and has been in their garage since that time only competing
at Races, and Car Shows. It was originally a factory color called Espresso
Brown, and was repainted a Camaro Medium Red in the 80’s. In 2009 the GTO was
painted with House of Colors Magenta with a Blue Candy Base Coat. This car
has to weigh 3580 lbs. to run in NHRA Super Stock J/A. The NHRA Index for
the class is 11 seconds flat. The record in the class is set in the high 9 second zone.
Art and Jan’s Goat has run 10.40’s with all kinds of limitations, such as stock carburetor
and a minimum intake and exhaust port volumes. The GTO is the only traditional
GTO to ever win the Winternationals in Super Stock. GTO’s have won Pomona
in Pro Stock with the new style GM Pontiac. She’s getting ready to run Pomona
this year taking place at the LA Fairgrounds.. A lifelong love affair with Drag Racing.
Signed Art & Jan Peterson The GTO gets a new brake setup. Hi Al,This is the old one brake caliper per wheel setup as opposed to the new dual caliper brakes that I just installed. These new dual brakes will let me get up on the converter while using my new two-step RPM limiter to leave the starting line at a higher RPM. Should give me a much better 60 ft. time. Also, Jan and I will be on MAV TV and Velocity TV July 15th and 17th. We attended a big Car Show at Original Parts Group in Seal Beach, CA. and they did a lot of filming there. It was a great outing… Artie Art is in Las Vegas !!!
The weather was wonderful all four days, 78 to 83 degrees. You just couldn’t ask for a better weekend. Plenty of fans and plenty of racing. The GTO started the weekend out a little slow. On the first pass I had a timing issue and had to let off. Second pass was a little more like it (10.56 @ 125 plus). Third pass was a really good run as it was very hot. I went 10.52 at real close to 126 MPH. I bumped up five more spots on the ladder in the heat. Wound up being 43rd qualifier out of 64 cars running in Super/Stock class. Then, I broke a starter bendix just before making the burn out for first round of eliminations. I keep finding out another way to loose. That’s why, when you do win it’s so very very sweet, as wins don’t come that often for the average racer.
Signed Art Peterson
Video of one of my burn outs.
I’m excited…. Got past Tech Inspection with flying colors today with the new
seats. Looking forward to Thursday’s Run. Just want a solid pass!
Warning !!!!! This video is very loud !!! Warning !!!!!
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Art’s secret to an awesome reaction time !
Here’s some of the things I do to keep the G.T.O looking new…
1. I use the Racers Tape 3 and 4 inch inside the wheel wells and
also on all trim and wheel well openings to keep rock chips from
destroying the car. Do not leave this tape on too long as it will bond
to the paint and pull the paint off when you remove it. I have left it
on as long as 30 days, be sure to use a hair dryer when you remove it and
you’ll be fine..
2. The best stuff I’ve found “On The Internet” is FLITZ Polish. It costs
about $40.00 a can, but one can will last you a long, long time… Itwill remove scratches out of your paint (which always happens at the
track) and it will make your stainless steel and aluminum look better
than new. Another little thing I do is put a small piece of removable
tape on the scratches so I don’t forget them and they’re easy to find.
3. Most everyone who sees this car thinks it’s a Trailer Queen, and then I
tell them it’s been on the Race Track since 1971… Their mouths
usually drop… Hard work and loving care is the secret… Artie
4. I love California Car Covers – Golden Shine Tire & Trim Spray. It
really puts a nice deep look on all your rubber and plastics …..
Now we know what the dog biscuits are for 🙂