Little G.T.O., you’re really lookin’ fine,
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389.
Listen to her tachin’ up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine,
C’mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out G.T.O.
This weekend at Payson’s beautiful Green Valley Park, nearly 250 classic GTOs, other “muscle” and sports cars, old-time trucks, roadsters and high performance, souped-up vehicles will be on display at the 20th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show.
On Friday, classic car owners from far and wide will be motoring into town, getting ready for the show’s yearly tour of the town late Friday afternoon, followed by the much-anticipated “Burger Burn” in the park. Said this year’s event chair, Mary Cailey, “We have vehicles coming in from all over the Southwest and as far away as Nebraska.”
The car show is always a wonderful family event and offers much more than classic vehicles. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with the more than 1,000 people who will stroll through the show, have lunch from one or more of the 11 food vendors and patronize the 18 business vendors that will be set up.
This year’s car show, which runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, will have a couple of new features. “We have two new things that we hope the public will enjoy,” said Cailey. “In the ramada, closest to the playground, we are hosting a Kids Coloring Corner from 10:30 until noon. And in the Assembly of God parking lot next to the park, we are sponsoring a Car Parts Swap Meet that will be going on all day.”
Can you name the group that scored a Top 5 hit with their mid-1960s single “G.T.O.”?
Arguably Nashville’s greatest contribution to the hot rod and surfing craze of the early ’60s came from this pop-rock trio. Centered around singer-guitarist-songwriter John “Bucky” Wilkin (son of country tunesmith Marijohn Wilkin, best known for composing “Long Black Veil” and “One Day at a Time”), the group’s big moment in the sun came with their debut disc, the Wilkin-penned 1964 “G.T.O.” (it’s interesting to note that Wilkin wrote the song in physics class as a senior in high school.)
Was the name of this “G.T.O.” group A) The Beach Boys; B) The Stray Cats; C) Jan & Dean; or D) Ronny & the Daytonas?
If you are the fifth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of 20 of the greatest “car” hits (in my humble opinion) ever recorded, which you may pick up at the car show on Saturday. Look for me in the main ramada.
Last week’s question
This past week’s music trivia question asked if you could name the late ’50s-early ’60s teen idol who had a crush on Annette Funicello, but was thwarted and had his heart broken because of Disney’s policy of over-protecting his young female star. The inability to act on his crush resulted in this artist’s song “Puppy Love,” a Top 5 hit in 1960.
Was this Canadian-born pop star A) Bobby Vee; B) Bobby Rydell; C) Bobby Vinton; or D) Paul Anka?
The correct answer was Paul Anka. Each of the “Bobby” choices was also a teen idol in the same era as Anka. You may remember their top hits — Bobby Vee’s 1961 “Take Good Care of My Baby,” Bobby Rydell’s 1960 “Wild One,” and Bobby Vinton’s 1962 “Roses Are Red My Love.”
Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Alan Kline, who won a one night stay in the Majestic Mountain Inn’s luxury king suite.
A little about Alan — he was born and raised in Boston, Mass., then earned his bachelor of arts degree from New York University in 1965. Alan’s main career was in purchasing, which spanned 25 years. Between the two of them, he and his wife, Josie, have five children.
After retiring, Alan and Josie moved to Payson in 2004. Alan is now a Payson Police Department patrol volunteer and also a weekend caller to our local shut-in elderly, making sure they are safe. In addition, he has taken on the role of co-chair of the Mayor’s Solar Ambassador Project.
Alan says his favorite genres of music are classic country, classical, Broadway show tunes and barbershop. His three favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline and Boston Common.
A couple of final notes
Please don’t forget that the Harlem Ambassadors and all their basketball wizardry will be on display at the high school’s Wilson Dome this coming Tuesday night at 7 p.m., as they square off against our Payson All-Star team, made up of local celebrities, former athletes and just a bunch of other fun-lovin’ local guys and gals. This fund-raising basketball game promises to be a great night of comic entertainment for the whole family.
Also, regular trivia caller, Mike Leigh, called in last week with an interesting short story about Annette Funicello.
It seems that in the early days of California’s Disneyland, which Mike grew up close to, weekend dances were held on its premises. Mike said, “At one of those dances, when I was 17, Annette strolled into the room, which caused quite a stir. She was 15 at the time and had my heart aflutter the whole time she was there. I vividly remember dancing three times with her that night, before Disney staff whisked her off the dance floor and out of the building. It broke my heart when she left, but I’ll never forget those three dances.” (I’ll bet Mike’s heart wasn’t the only one that was aflutter that night.)
See you at the car show!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482
Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com