2018 GTOAA NATIONALS CONVENTION INFO
If you have never attended a GTOAA Convention, you will need to preregister for this event and if you are seeking lodging, you will need to register for and secure a room well in advance, the sooner the better. Once hotel registrations become active, generally one year before the event, you may want to consider registering. Each hotel will have no fee cancellation features and should you need to cancel you'd be able to do so. On our Lodging page, you will notice we have three different host hotels with their features, you will be able to select one of your choosing that best suits your needs. Hotel Fees will be announced at a later date.
We are still in the planning phases of this convention and as information is confirmed we will post to the selected pages for you to review. We will make the entire process from registering to selecting activities to attending this event as easy for you as we can. Please visit this page frequently as the dates for the convention nears.
We have searched many possible areas in the region to host our convention. While many of those areas offered us acceptable lodging or a convention center, it was difficult finding one particular area that would offer us both a first-class event facility together with distinguished hotels all easily accessible from major highways that would suit our needs and provide our guests an exceptional experience. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, and the three nearby hotels does just that.
The Expo Center is a massive complex that offers a secured fully air-conditioned indoor facility that offers a 75,000 square foot concours, vendor area, multiple comfort facilities, rooms for seminars, and a concession area. Outdoors, the popular vote area offers us a very large show car area with ample parking for spectators and ample room for swap meets and additional vendor areas. Onsite trailer-parking will assure our guests who trailer their cars easy access to their vehicles with a contracted professional security agency providing you peace of mind.
The Expo Center provides us a facility where all planned activities from show car browsing to attending seminars, enjoying refreshments to our parking lot party and the banquet will all be held on site.
Guests will be chauffeured to and from the Expo Center from the three hotels on shuttle busses that will run on a schedule during show hours or if you prefer, drive the short distance to the arena. We are committed to assuring your stay, and attendance to this event a pleasant and memorable one.
Philadelphia is rich in the history of our nation. Because of our convention being held in Valley Forge, we've adopted a Revolutionary War Theme. GOATS ON THE BATTLEFIELD will tie two Revolutions together: one, where the birth of our nation originated and, two, the birth of the Pontiac GTO that began its own revolution we celebrate each year. There is so much to see and do in this region you could spend weeks visiting the many attractions this area has to offer. Our intent is to offer a variety of scheduled activities for you to choose from or if you prefer visit one of the many nearby attractions we'll provide you information on. With the GTOAA Convention back on the East Coast for the first time in four years, we at SVGTO strive to provide you an event you will want to attend.
We are in the process of putting together a list of highlights we will announce as we confirm them. With the 15th Anniversary of the 2004 GTO in 2019, we'll be introducing to the concours area the 4th generation GTO at this convention. You will see a few concours grade 2004-2006 GTOs in our concours area. This is being done to: Acclimate the inclusion of these cars into the concours field as their 15th anniversary nears. Our concours Judges will go through mock-up judging of these cars which will better prepare them for 2019 when the 2004 GTO will make its debut into the concours field.
We'll add additional highlights to this page as the convention nears. Please check back to this page often.
- Concours Judging for GTOs and Pontiac A-Bodies
- Introduction and display of the 4th generation GTO into our concours area and mock-up judging to acclimate the 2004 GTO to the concours field at our 2019 GTOAA Convention.
- Popular Vote Showfield
- Scheduled activities
- Swap Meet
- Parking lot party
- Music tailored to the period of the cars
Popular Vote Info
Remote Trailer Parking
We’re planning onsite trailer parking located on the premises of the Expo Center. This area will be clearly marked and will be monitored with security personnel.
Shuttle buses from the host hotels will run on a schedule from Thursday June 28 thru Saturday June 30 during show hours. Guests will be shuttled to and from the Expo Center during those hours.
Air Conditioned Coach Buses will transport our guests to all scheduled destination sites.
Event t-shirts will be on sale for $20.00. We will announce when they become available. The GTOAA Club Store will be onsite at the convention selling officially licensed GM Apparel.
Once we confirm activities, a schedule of activities and fees, we'll announce them and list them here. - Please check back.