The Inland Empire GTO Club got started by Dil Brandow in the summer of 1985, the clubs 1st Car Show was indoors at the Tyler Mall in Riverside, CA., we currently have more than 55 members in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties, with out-of-state members in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona. We have several members that race their cars, and travel to different tracks outside of California, like Pontiac Heaven in Arizona, Summit Raceway in Norwalk, Ohio, and Tulsa Raceway in Oklahoma. You can see our local members racing at AAA's Raceway in Fontana or Barona Raceway several times a year.
Our Club Meeting is the 1st Tuesday of each month at the IHOP Restaurant in Redlands, CA. off the Alabama Avenue exit. We meet at 7:00 PM - most members arrive earlier to eat before the meeting starts, and to catch up on what’s been going. We are a family oriented club and encourage all ages to join in on the fun so that the future of our hobby stays alive. We have Pot Luck dinners, pool parties, tour car museums, and attend many car shows throughout the year, one of the biggest is the "Route 66 Reunion" the second weekend of September in Ontario, CA.
With the passing of John Delorean on March 19th 2005, The Inland Empire GTO Club got in contact with the Delorean Family and received exclusive permission to use John's name to revive the John Delorean Awards that were originally given out to Pontiac Dealers in the mid 60's for meeting sales criteria in a particular quarter. Ours started out as a yearly Award given to an I.E. GTO club member who throughout the year best exemplified their dedication and contribution to the preservation of the GTOs. The very first award went to club member Al Meyer, who owns a very historic and significant 1965 Mayfair Maze GTO Convertible, and three years later we decided to go public with this Award Program, again with exclusive permission from John DeLorean’s daughter Kathryn. We have expanded to other GTOAA sanctioned GTO Clubs and encourage them to get involved, as proceeds from the sale of this Award go to Kathryn's Children's Charity for kids with rare heart conditions similar to what her own daughter has.
After a long discussion with club members, we felt that the first Award to be presented outside the I.E. GTO Club should go to someone that best met the criteria, and of course Jim Wangers was the only name mentioned again and again. At a local event that he helps put on each year at his shop in Escondido, CA. we presented the award to Jim on February 16th, 2008. He was most gracious with kind words about John and how the whole GTO thing got started, and his involvement with promoting the GTOs back in the 60's.
Please visit our website iegtoclub.com for additional information, and feel free to email with any GTO or Pontiac questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for showing interest in our club, Mick Batson, Club President