My ’56 Pontiac Wins the UT Wheels Contest

My Pontiac was featured in the Union Tribune “Wheels” section last weekend.  I won a copy of “GTO – Pontiac’s Great One” from Motorbooks.  They were running a contest a couple months ago where you just had to email a quick story about your car and a picture.  I did, and then forgot about it, when a couple weeks ago I received an email saying that I had won as a runner up in the contest!

I still need to go by the UT office and pick up my copy of the book, but I saved a copy of the paper to keep with the records for the car.  Here is my winning story and picture:

DSC_0108Hey Kenneth,

Attached is a pic of my ’56 Star Chief down by Mission Bay. Although
it’s not a GTO, its still a Pontiac, and I love it even more
now that our beloved brand is gone! I’ve been working on t he
chief for over a year now…it was an all
original pile of rust
(purchased new in ’56 in Chula Vista) when I got it, and I’ve put
my blood, sweat, and tears into it ever since. From months of
body work, to planning and applying the custom paint, I’m building
this car exactly the way I’ve always wanted. This car embodies
a true ’50s hot rod mixed with my own unique style, and I
wouldn’t trade it for the world!

-Ian Grist

I was told about the contest by some friends in the San Diego Pontiac Club (SDPOCI), and when I emailed them to let them know I had won, they posted it in their newsletter as well:


Congratulations to club member Ian Grist for being a winner in the Union
Tribune Wheels contest for a GTO coffee table book. The new Motorbooks edition
is entitled “GTO: Pontiacs Great One” . It is a great book with awesome
pictures. I personally have picked up a copy and I had to pay for mine!

Ian’s winning entry and picture of his beautiful 1956 Star Chief is below.

Congrats also to club member Steve Levin for also being a winner in the UT
contest for his entry and photo of his sweet 1968 Firebird convertible HO!

I’m pretty stoked, and I know its just going to make my car more valuable!  I’m glad other people finally enjoy it too.

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