Bill used his GTO to bring his first-born son home from the hospital, and it continued to serve as fair-weather transportation until the late-'80s. Bill bought two '67 project GTOs to replace the one he sold back in 1968, and the '72 languished through moves, graduations, and eventually Bill's retirement.

In 1998, he pulled the '72 out of the mothballs. Years of sitting had not been kind to the Goat's brakes and tires, so they were replaced. The aging original paint and engine compartment appeared a bit drab next to concours restorations, and Bill rarely had to leave his seat during car-show-trophy presentations. Undaunted, Bill and his wife, Patti, immersed themselves in GTO clubs and events and found a great amount of appreciation and support for their spirit and story.

Their '72 is driven to every event. Bill insists, "The only two times it was on a trailer were when it was new and when it spun a rod bearing coming home from the GTOAA Nationals in 2009."

Regarding the latter, with a scant 66,000 miles on the odometer, running 70 mph on I-65 just north of Indianapolis, the factory-issued 400 began knocking, forcing Bill and Patti to the shoulder. The GTO finished the trip on a flatbed.

Bill hatched a plan to repair the damage done by the wayward No. 3 rod bearing, while keeping much of the engine's internals reasonably stock. Despite an 068 cam to give the code-WS 400 a bit more rumble, all of the factory internals remain in service and have performed flawlessly since. The original Quadrajet still combines fuel and air, sending the mix through the original cast-iron manifold and into the 7K3 heads for a low-lead-fuel–friendly 8.2:1 squeeze ratio. Lighting the fire is the original points distributor with original wires and AC R44TS plugs. The exhaust system is a stock-type replacement and features the original chrome splitters out back.

The clutch and pressure plate were replaced in 1976 with over-the-counter GM parts and the Muncie Heavy-Duty three-speed transmission has never been apart. The original Hurst shifter still mixes gears at Bill's direction and the 3:55-geared Safe-T-Track differential faithfully multiplies the torque just as it has for 42 years. The complete suspension is likewise as Pontiac Assembly workers built it, except for a defective right-rear shock absorber, which was replaced under warranty by Kole Pontiac in 1972.

The cabin is pristine with very little yellowing of the ivory plastic and vinyl. A '66 GTO emblem is the only deviation from stock. Bill checked off a list of cabin options—Deluxe buckets, Console, Rally Gauges, AM/FM stereo, custom seatbelts, and the Decor group—that combine to offer an aesthetically pleasing environment.

Pleasing to Bill and Patti is the fact that the hobby has begun to recognize and appreciate original cars and owners. Reproduction Goodyear G70-14 white-letter tires; ACDelco lights, filters, electrical, and tune-up parts were installed to help maintain those ratings, despite the fact that the GTO is driven regularly to and from events. Now Bill hardly has a chance to sit down at trophy presentations these days. He's earned GTOAA Best Original honors in 2007 and 2013, and Gold four times since 2006.

POCI recognized the Nawrot's GTO as well, bestowing Gold on it the last three years in a row, and Champion status most recently.

The GTO has also received Freeze Frame accolades at Bloomington Gold, boasting an astounding 90-percent-original exterior, interior, and chassis rating, and an over-75-percent-original underhood rating in its Survivor Collector Car competition. Bill's '72 GTO stands testament to the fact that it's possible to drive and enjoy an original muscle car without keeping it sealed in an airtight container between shows.

Bill and Patti frequently talk about the wonderful people they've met through the hobby, and all of the interest in their GTO and its one-owner story. Bill may not have envisioned the long-term relationship his desire to buy one last new GTO has brought, but it's certainly one of the best commitments he's ever made.