Roamin Angels Corner: Hot August Goat |

Roamin Angels Corner: Hot August Goat

For many years, Karen and Landon Schadel had been going to Hot August Nights in Reno. Friends who owned a Pontiac GTO (known as a Goat by afficionados) had loaned them a ’72 Chevelle so that they could enjoy the auto-fest in a classic and that seemed a satisfactory arrangement. Until the year 2000.

While wandering around the “car corral” at Hot August Nights, they walked past a ’68 GTO convertible. Their friend pulled them back to look at it. Landon had always had a soft spot in his heart for them from his high school days when he used to ride around town in his best friend’s new ’64 GTO, but his first reaction was that they and Karen had no room for it. But they did have a motor home. So it was goodbye motor home and hello GTO.

They are happy with the decision, especially Landon. Karen says it “made him smile again.” The car was about 80 percent complete, so not much needed to be done. Paint and upholstery were in good shape, with the original 400 CID engine and an auto trans. It has power steering and power brakes, with optional discs in the front, all stock. It doesn’t have air conditioning, but who needs it with a convertible, right?

Well, since they do make an annual pilgrimage back to Hot August Nights each year with their Goat, there are times of the day it would be nice. But there are more important things. Like a smile.

For more information about the Roamin Angels Car Club, go to http://www.roaminangelsinc.

com, call 432-8449 or write to Roamin Angels, PO Box 1616, Grass Valley, CA 95945

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