Screamer lives

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Eddy (left) and Jim Woodry pose with the trophy their restored 1967 Pontiac GTO earned recently at the Portland Roadster Show. The car will be in the Keizer Iris Festival Parade Saturday. (Submitted)

Eddy (left) and Jim Woodry pose with the trophy their restored 1967 Pontiac GTO earned recently at the Portland Roadster Show. The car will be in the Keizer Iris Festival Parade Saturday. (Submitted)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

The goat is screaming once again.

The Woodry family of Keizer has owned a 1967 Pontiac GTO since new. Following a couple of long periods of inactivity, the car – nicknamed “Screamer” – was recently restored and modernized.

Jim and son Eddy expect to be showing off the silver muscle car during Sunday’s Rev-Up @ The Renaissance car show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Renaissance Inn. Eddy, who did most of the restoration over an 18-month period, will also be driving the car in Saturday’s Iris Festival Parade presented by Valley Credit Service. The parade goes down River Road, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The GTO, first introduced in 1964, is widely considered the first muscle car and was quickly dubbed ‘The Goat.’

Jim still remembers seeing his dad’s 1967 GTO for the first time.

“I drove the car first,” Jim recalled with a grin. “It was delivered from Dallas, Ore. My dad traded in his 1964 Thunderbird. I took it right past here and took it to the highway entrance. We got to the freeway. My dad says ‘Hit it,’ so I hit it. I hit the freeway at about 100 miles per hour.”


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