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July 28, 2007

Orange native gets ‘Best in Show’ at national car show

By Erik Onstott

The Orange Leader



Orange resident Ambrose Claybar is very proud of his charcoal-gray 1965 Pontiac GTO, so much so that he’ll take it all over the country to show it off — and it recently earned him a major award.

At the 28th Annual GTO Association of America International Meet in late June — held in Worthington, Ohio, just outside of Columbus — the car was awarded Best of Show out of approximately 307 cars, as well as Concourse Best of Show, for which about 65 GTOs were judged. The car will also get more visibility in the coming months, when it will be featured on the cover of High Performance Pontiac magazine along with another GTO Ambrose is having restored.

The car had 34 options on it, including a 389-cubic-inch V-8 with three two-barrel carburetors, tilt steering and an AM/FM radio.

“The car’s just like it was when it was unloaded off the truck,” Claybar said. “I didn’t add anything to it that wasn’t on it to begin with, and I didn’t leave anything off.”

The story of Claybar’s charcoal-gray GTO started in late 2001, as he was looking through Classic Car Trader magazine.

“I saw this guy listed in Atlanta, Georgia, and I called him,” he said. “He had some fairly rare cars. I came to find out he sells other people’s cars on consignment.”

After several talks with the man, Claybar said, he found out the car he was searching for was owned by John Eaton, who was also an Atlanta resident. There was, however, just one slight problem.

“There were 11 John Eatons in the Atlanta phone book,” Claybar said. “I called every one of them, until I found him.”

Eaton wanted $16,000 for the car, despite the fact that it had been sitting out in the elements for almost 30 years.

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