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tempest1964 tempest1964
User | Posts: 66 | Joined: 11/11
Posted: 07/07/14
03:28 PM

I was trying to look up the thread on the demise of HPP magazine. Can't find it. I am just wondering when the final issue is (or was)? Will it be a farewell issue?
Thanks
Tony  

Darkitec Darkitec
User | Posts: 124 | Joined: 03/10
Posted: 07/07/14
09:22 PM

I'm just hoping that they get to finish up an issue with the 73 and 74 GTO. It pisses me off that once again these two years are getting short changed. or even ignored.  

bigD bigD
User | Posts: 129 | Joined: 05/14
Posted: 07/09/14
10:56 PM

Icon QuoteDarkitec:
I'm just hoping that they get to finish up an issue with the 73 and 74 GTO. It pisses me off that once again these two years are getting short changed. or even ignored.

Got mine today. The '73 is covered. I still remember that car mag with the "car of the year" 455 SD GTO that never was, on the cover. GM bombed out with that body style. The '73-'77 A-bodies did not sell, and are not popular today. I much prefer the X-body Ventura GTO. My favorite of all these years A-bodies is the Can-Am. Smile

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tempest1964 tempest1964
User | Posts: 66 | Joined: 11/11
Posted: 07/10/14
04:27 AM

Yes, as a matter of fact, I got mine in the mail last night too. Is that the last issue? I guess I'm wondering if they're going to give us a pat on the ass and a kiss on the forehead before they send us off into the long goodnight. Just wondering?
Tony  

Darkitec Darkitec
User | Posts: 124 | Joined: 03/10
Posted: 07/10/14
09:38 PM

They may not be the most popular, but they were still GTO's and deserve some respect.  

tempest1964 tempest1964
User | Posts: 66 | Joined: 11/11
Posted: 07/11/14
03:27 AM

I think we should stay on point or start a new thread. :-)  

RockyRotella RockyRotella
New User | Posts: 46 | Joined: 08/07
Posted: 07/13/14
01:31 PM

I tend to disagree with the comment that the 73-77 A-body didn't sell well. Pontiac's A-body declined in sales each year since 1973, but wasn't the Olds Cutlass in 1976 and 1977 the best selling car in America those years?

As for HPP, as far as I know, the October issue was the last. To my knowledge, there's no editorial staff to write the stories. In fact, the Editor was let go just as he started putting the November issue together, so there won't be any send off from him or the regular contributors.  

Brazil Brazil
Addict | Posts: 3945 | Joined: 06/09
Posted: 07/13/14
02:21 PM

Well Rocky,

The magazine and this Pontiac legacy that you were so instrumental in helping create, lives on in our hearts. I still have my stack of all the mags, and your articles from the earliest days. They will remain some of my most welcome reading material.

As hard as we try to fight it, time keeps ticking on. All the folks who lived through the heyday of this brand know firsthand the thrill of the almighty Indian, PONTIAC. We can't be sad to see it in the rearview because we have always seen our friendly (and sometimes not so friendly) competition in the rearview.

As for the contributers on this forum, I have never met a better bunch of folks.

Braz  

jbmacneil jbmacneil
Enthusiast | Posts: 541 | Joined: 07/09
Posted: 07/13/14
03:05 PM

So does that mean this forum will be going away as well? Because I have a lot of good info on here from the members and I dont wish to lose any of it!! I didnt know the magazine was done? I wonder about our subscription fees that we have submitted? Any refunds? Doubt it. JB  

tempest1964 tempest1964
User | Posts: 66 | Joined: 11/11
Posted: 07/13/14
04:17 PM

Well, I would like to say thanks to Rocky and ALL the staff at HPP. I'm sure all the readers feel this way. It's too bad that the powers that be decided to go with such an unglorious ending. Not very classy. I guess that's just the way of corporate America these days. Sad.  

bigD bigD
User | Posts: 129 | Joined: 05/14
Posted: 07/14/14
02:54 AM

Icon QuoteRockyRotella:
I tend to disagree with the comment that the 73-77 A-body didn't sell well. Pontiac's A-body declined in sales each year since 1973, but wasn't the Olds Cutlass in 1976 and 1977 the best selling car in America those years?

As for HPP, as far as I know, the October issue was the last. To my knowledge, there's no editorial staff to write the stories. In fact, the Editor was let go just as he started putting the November issue together, so there won't be any send off from him or the regular contributors.


I thought we were talking about Pontiacs. I certainly was. I don't have a clue how many Olds or Buicks were sold and really don't care. I never owned either. I'm not even sure that they still referred to the Pontiac Lemans as an "A" body in '73-'77. But I know the earlier Tempests, Lemans and Goats were.

I'm quite sure that there are a few '73 GTO owners who think their cars look great. We all have our preferences and opinions. My opinion is that ALL the other '64-'74 GTO's looked better than the '73. I'm certainly not putting down any Pontiac owner. It's just my own personal opinion. That's what we do on forums. We give our opinions. I am well aware that my opinions are not shared by all. And I am constantly reminded of that by others sharing their opinion.   Smile  

jbmacneil jbmacneil
Enthusiast | Posts: 541 | Joined: 07/09
Posted: 07/14/14
04:05 PM

This may be a stupid question, but does anyone know if this website and forum is going away too? Or is there some way we can at least keep this site up?? I know all these guys on here are great people and I hate to lose them and all there ideas comments and friendships!! JB  

Brazil Brazil
Addict | Posts: 3945 | Joined: 06/09
Posted: 07/14/14
05:53 PM

JB,

You can save the entire forum or any part of it to an online service such as Dropbox, or go back and at least copy pertinate articles and discussions to Word or on a high capacity flashdrive. I'm saving the "Knight's" thread and a few others including many of the sticky posts. These will, no doubt, still be available outside of the actual demise of "High Performance Pontiac" magazine. New data storage software is easy for saving forums, and if you don't know how to use it, there will be many who do.

As you say, the friendships that we've developed will be the most missed, and several of the long time contributers have waxed on about starting a new Pontiac forum from scratch. In reality, this was a magic moment in time that will never be recreated - and we all know that.

Our HPP Forum began to dissolve with a small number of contributers who started destroying the vibe with repetitive, seemingly drunken, diatribes aimed at arguments rather than friendly discussion - the downfall of many such forums. The minute a new member is confronted with an unfriendly member who quotes and dissects every word of a post, instantly distroys the feeling of community and we all run from the negativity. When civil discussion turns to confrontation, a communication will quickly dissolve despite the best efforts of moderators trying their darndest to mediate. These individuals are like poison and will return again and again under different names until our hobby is no longer fun to discuss with each other.

They never appear at the lunch table because they know their head would roll.

Let's remember this saga, the magazine, and the forum as it was.  

idrivejunk idrivejunk
Addict | Posts: 5139 | Joined: 12/09
Posted: 07/15/14
11:07 PM

Until I see "Error 404: Page not found", I'll not subscribe to the epitaphs. Pity about the mag and I do hope they make things right with the subscribers of that.  
idrivejunk

jbmacneil jbmacneil
Enthusiast | Posts: 541 | Joined: 07/09
Posted: 07/16/14
03:36 PM

Agreed!! You and Idrive are two of my favorites! Thanks for the info. I hope that someone does start a new website for the high performance pontiac people! JB