Even Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick...
Even Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick is impressed with Bill's GTO.
It earned a Silver Award in the '05 GTOAA Concourse Judged Factory Original Class (as a 335hp car) in St. Louis, just missing Gold due to an incorrect carburetor and distributor numbers and date codes. Bill has since been able to secure the correct parts and one of his current goals is to get them on the car. The four-speed-equipped California cars required a dual diaphragm vacuum advance arrangement so these parts are different and extremely difficult to locate.
In 2006, Bill showed the car at GTOAA in the Concours Modified Class using his rare Hurst wheels. Again, he just missed the Gold. When asked about additional improvements planned for the car, Bill said he wanted to install an original hood tach and the correct Rally gauge cluster for it, as he continues his quest to build his idea of the perfect '67 GTO.
I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to family and friends for putting up with me, the hobby, and the cars for over 25 years. If it weren't for this car, the brand, and the hobby, I wouldn't have had the privilege to meet the many people over the years who have become friends and who share the same passion as I. It was a pleasure to have made those acquaintances.-Bill Kirk