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ABOUT SVGTO

 

Current Club Officers:

 

President:  Vic Schreck Vice President:  Brian Little 
Secretary:   Russ Esenwine Treasurer:   Bob Krewson 

 

Mission Statement of SVGTO; We are a Regional Chapter of the GTO Association America.  We are dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and enjoyment of the Pontiac GTO.

 

Susquehanna Valley GTO was founded in 1995 in York, Pennsylvania, by a group of local GTO enthusiasts looking to share knowledge, and camaraderie with other like minded enthusiasts. Although we are primarily a Pontiac organization, membership in SVGTO does not require ownership of a GTO, or any Pontiac for that matter, we welcome all muscle car enthusiasts who share an appreciation of the history of what these great cars represented as a whole in the American Muscle Car era.

As a regional chapter of the GTOAA, SVGTO grew in its membership as the club became better known, both locally, regionally, and nationally. The breadth of the club now reaches outside the confines of York County to areas such as Northern Maryland, Exton PA, Gettysburg PA, Ephrata PA, Lancaster PA, Lebanon PA, Conestoga PA, Carlisle PA, Mechanicsburg PA, State College PA, Potter County PA, McKean County PA, Huntington County PA as well as the greater Harrisburg area, with members in the Philadelphia area, and New Jersey. The club has grown into a truly regional club and we continue to expand. 

 

By attending shows and cruise functions, the club’s exposure allowed it to grow. At all major area shows as well as many smaller ones, a SVGTO member can be found promoting the club by chatting with other GTO, and Pontiac enthusiasts and supplying them with literature about our club and the national organization.  We support other GTOAA chapters, and are always eager to represent SVGTO at their functions.  Every August, we hold our yearly All Pontiac Show in Lancaster, PA. Our show is one of the more popular shows and is strictly limited to Pontiacs. Our yearly show draws participants from many different states with Pontiacs of all models, and years. SVGTO is also a co-host of the GTOAA Eastern Regional meet held yearly in Hatfield, PA.

 

Club sponsored, and other organized events such as car-shows, and sightseeing cruises, are planned throughout the entire show/cruise season yearly. We hold our annual club picnic at an area car show, and our yearly Christmas/ Holiday party at the season’s end to wrap up the year. We believe a true car enthusiast regardless of the type car they drive, share one major obsession; the appreciation of what the era of Muscle Cars was, and still is.  SVGTO members are encouraged to invite prospective members to join us at functions, cruises, and attending our monthly meeting to see what SVGTO is about. Many current members joined the club as a result of being invited to one of our functions. We believe this is an important tool in recruiting prospective members so they may see firsthand what we do and how we operate.  We also have a member’s referral program.  For every 3 new members a current SVGTO member brings into the club and the new members join the GTOAA, or, the new club members are current GTOAA members, you can earn your next year’s club dues free.  This is on a yearly basis and is limited to one free membership per year.

 

We have a diverse group of members with many first generation and new generation GTO’s. Currently the ratio is about 60/40, classic vs. new gen.  Members are encouraged to participate in all club functions and add their input on ways to improve the club and submit ideas for functions. Classic GTOs mingle with New Generation GTOs at club functions and shows.

 

Jones Family of Dealerships in Lancaster, PA a former Pontiac Car dealer is our sponsoring club’s preferred dealer.  Through Jones we are able to provide for our members, 10% discount on all standard parts, and servicing. SVGTO members receive specialized discounts on performance parts and specialized discounts on all new, and used cars Jones sells. This club discount is extended for all servicing, and parts of all makes Jones deals with. These discounts afford our membership the opportunity to recoup their club dues many times over depending on how often they utilize it.  Jones offers delivery of parts for those members who are out of the immediate area. We encourage our members to take advantage of this benefit. 

 

We hold monthly club meetings on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Hillside Café just off of route 83 in Etters PA at exit 35 to discuss over lunch; club business, and share ideas on ways to improve, promote, and organize functions. All members are strongly encouraged to attend and add their input, and suggestions.  If you are interested in learning more on SVGTO we encourage you contact any club officer, attend a meeting or visit us at an event you see is at.  

 

 

ABOUT GTOAA

The GTO Association of America is a national organization for GTO enthusiasts. There are over forty chapters in the USA with SVGTO being an affiliated chapter representing the greater Susquehanna Valley Pennsylvania region.

 

Mission Statement of the GTOAA: To preserve and promote the Pontiac GTO and offer enthusiasts opportunities to share their common interest. We do this by promoting and publicizing the GTO Association of America, our Chapters, and our members.

 

How we do this:

  • We join thousands of fellow Pontiac GTO enthusiasts through one of our Chapters and participate in shows, runs, tours, rallies, while promoting GTO enthusiasm at the local level.
  • Offer an Annual subscription to our award-winning Legend magazine. Each monthly issue is chock-full of technical information, cars, a classified section, along with tips and hints for all GTO owners.
  • Access to our Club Store where members can purchase GTO and GTOAA merchandise.
  • Allow members to stay connected with the GTOAA Technical Advisory staff to help you keep your GTO in top shape. All years, all body styles.
  • Special deals and savings through our Vendor Discount Program, being a GTOAA member saves you money.

As an affiliated chapter of the GTOAA: We are afforded three million dollars’ worth of liability insurance coverage for our membership, insurance we could not afford on our own. We are also afforded access to the biggest names in the Pontiac world and attend the very best Pontiac venues in the country as a chapter representing the GTOAA.

 

The GTOAA require all chapters maintain a minimum percentage of its membership be GTOAA members. In order to enjoy all the benefits the GTOAA has to offer our chapter, we require all GTO owners in SVGTO also be GTOAA members. Although non GTO owners in SVGTO are not required to join the GTOAA, they will pay a slightly higher annual membership due. We encourage all SVGTO members consider joining the GTOAA as we all enjoy the benefits the GTOAA they afford us. We do however allow non GTO members the option to become a GTOAA member or not. We encourage you to check out the GTOAA at their website: GTOAA

 

 

SVGTO is a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA. 

We collect donations throughout the season at all venues we as a group participate in as well as a portion of our proceeds from our car show and present them to RMDHC. All donations we collect and present to RMDHC stays locally and benefits those families who utilize this marvelous facility.  We believe in giving back to the community and feel every organization should adopt a worthwhile charitable cause and assist where they can, getting involved in their community. By clicking the RMDHC logo you can make a donation to the RMDHC. To learn more on their cause please visit their website:

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania                                                      

 

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