Jim Zeek's Immaculate GTO Judge.
It’s no doubt that anyone who lived in the late ’60s to early ’70s can remember the eclectic mix of muscle cars coming out of the corporate designers’ minds at the time. The wild advertisement slogans and promotions would eventually lead to the demise of the muscle car revolution under government intervention on emissions. Flamboyant colors, big engines, even bigger bodies and horsepower could be bought right at the dealer with a wide range of options.
One of the more prominent muscle cars during that first coming would be the Pontiac GTO. Based on the A-Body Tempest chassis in 1964, it enjoyed a glorious first-run production until 1968 when the hard and heavy body lines were redesigned to a more curvaceous, flowing version in the second generation design with the inclusion of the new “Endura” body colored bumper.
1969 seemed to be the turning point where the revolution was at its peak; Pontiac took the GTO to a new level with the addition of “The Judge” option. The late night Rowan and Martin hit comedy LaughIn coined the infamous phrase “Here Comes Da Judge” in a skit by Sammy Davis Jr. and it stuck in people’s minds, hence the origin of the name.
General Motors saw the appeal of the masses in the sales of the previous year’s GTO and released 2,000 Carousel Red GTO Judges of the first 6,700 built that year to the public “only,” every advertisement in 1969 was the Judge in this color. It’s safe to say that in 1969 history was made with The Judge.
Fast forward almost 40 years and the appeal is still going strong. When former 2012 RPM Magazine feature car/shop owner and fellow racer, Harry Gerb at H&J Motorsports alerted us to this badass Judge tribute car, we knew we needed to get it in the pages of RPM.
The owner of this beauty is Jim Zeek of Forest Grove, PA. A heavy machine operator, Zeek is also a diehard Pontiac man and horsepower fan, to the point where his mother was still sitting in the stands at Atco Raceway two days before his birth in 1967! On Jim’s 15th birthday, with money earned from a paper route, he bought his first car for $500: a 1969 GTO with a spun bearing.
Since then, Zeek has gone on and produced several Pontiac events at Virginia Motorsports Park, Cecil County Dragway, and Maple Grove Raceway from 2004-2009. Through these events, he was able to meet some of the most historic Pontiac heroes ever—Arnie “the Farmer” Beswick, Jim Wangers, Milt Schornak—that alone is over 100 years of Pontiac history combined.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Prepare For Launch
This Space City, USA-based Blown and Injected Colds Cutlass Is a Go for Throttle Up!
A Blown & Injected '55 Chevy That Redefines Smoooooooth.
All Rise For The Judge
Jim Zeek's Immaculate GTO Judge.
The Hand Off
The classic street/strip 1962 Impala has been successful on the strip for 15 years.... and the wins just keep coming
In The Raw
You'll be shocked when you find out what powers this off-the-wall Nova!
what do a gearhead and a samurai warrior have in common?
sometimes building your dreams means refining your craft in the confines of your sanctuary, young grasshoppa
street car drag racing back to basics
street machine owners in canada get a big boost from a dedicated racer
this twin-turbo ls-powered chevy proves that it is possible to breathe new life into a vintage pro streeter
home grown copo
progress continues as we create a 2015 copo from a stripped down shell
our st1000 ’64 fairlane gets disassembled, stripped and put in the box until fall, and fall is already here!by
TV PROFIT LEMONIS SQUEEZED!
70 companies sue reality guru for robbing them blind
MONACO PRINCESS FIGHTING FOR LIFE!
Charlene rushed to hospital as $500M divorce explodes
SWAMP KING DIES AS GATOR STORMS SHED!
Loses arm in ambush during raging flood
KALEY'S CURSE STRIKES AGAIN!
Unlucky in love cutie’s marriage down in flames
HISTORY HAUNTS HARRY & MEGHAN
Duke & Duchess of Sussex doomed to become exiles Edward and Wallis
FOR HARRY & MEGHAN CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME!
DO-AS-WE-SAY, not-as-we-do hypocrites Harry and Meghan are desperate to brand themselves as a caring couple devoted to inspiring regular folks to improve their lives, but evidence keeps piling up they’re just selfish, arrogant piggies!
COURTNEY'S FACE RUINED!
Freaky Friends star in nip/tuck drama
CELINE'S COMEBACK KISSER!
Diva Dion defies Father Time for Sin City return
GEORGE PETERSON'S BACK – TO WIN THIS TIME!
Da Bull Is All Done With Third Place at the Olympia
BRAD'S LAST STAND!
His back’s to wall as Angelina wins key custody fight