Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

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    Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    With their versatility, station wagons have served in a variety of roles – family commuter, grocery getter, vacation steed, suburban fixture – but one role they haven’t yet filled is that of documentary subject. Thanks to two film students, that’s no longer the case, and station wagon enthusiasts will soon get a change to see a preview of their work.

    Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski, both Master of Fine Arts students in the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, will screen their upcoming documentary “Wagonmasters” at next month’s Concours d’Elegance of America. Not coincidentally, this year’s Concours d’Elegance of America will include Jet-Age Station Wagons among its featured classes.

    As Smartt and Zaluski explain on the website for the documentary, station wagons were a quintessential part of the American dream and its evolution over the last century.

    Station wagons were America’s “workhorses on wheels.” Today, they conjure images of outdated family photos, over-sized hairdos and unfashionable wooden siding.

    There are some, however, who still cling to these vehicles and what they stand for in American culture. “Wagonmasters,” a full-length documentary film, offers glimpses into the lives of such wagon enthusiasts, and tells the story of the station wagon as it represents a changing America over the last one hundred years.

    At its heart, Wagonmasters is a film about reconnecting with America’s past as one of its most memorable chapters comes to a close.

    more at http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...ce-of-america/

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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    Interesting; in assumedly telling how cool wagons were/are (and I would agree), they show a totally fictitious 'muscle-wagon'.

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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    Quote Originally Posted by balthazar View Post
    Interesting; in assumedly telling how cool wagons were/are (and I would agree), they show a totally fictitious 'muscle-wagon'.
    While the GTO wagon was never factory built there were some 425HP 427CID 4spd Caprice wagons made. They sure did put some design effort in some of those old wagons. Look at the chrome and wrapped glass used on the back half of the green houses.

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    No doubt the ultimate factory muscle wagons, were the 1963 Pontiac Tempest 421 Super Duty Safari's! With the 4 speed manual, or the 4 speed Powershift automatic transaxle, with clutch or without.
    P.S. An even rarer wagon would be a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Vistacruiser.
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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    That GTO Safari is my idea of a good 'clip job', its way cool! I have loved wagons, ever since our parents drove us cross country in a 1963 Bonneville Safari.
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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    I still like my wagon. It does the dual role of a work car with my usual transportation very well. Not so sure his comment regarding being just American holds any water though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balthazar View Post
    Interesting; in assumedly telling how cool wagons were/are (and I would agree), they show a totally fictitious 'muscle-wagon'.
    There may have not been any official GTO Safari's..... but if you ordered the right options you could get most all the GTO hardware on a Safari.
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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    Quote Originally Posted by ljtyphoon View Post
    There may have not been any official GTO Safari's..... but if you ordered the right options you could get most all the GTO hardware on a Safari.
    LJ
    For the 1971-72 models, you could get the GTO Endura front end for the LeMans as an option including the wagon
    http://www.carcraft.com/featuredvehi.../photo_02.html

    Here more Tempest/LeMans wagons "GTO-ized"
    http://www.highperformancepontiac.co.../photo_01.html
    http://www.allmusclecars.com/wagon.htm
    http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showc...68/68h_00336_1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stéphane Dumas View Post
    For the 1971-72 models, you could get the GTO Endura front end for the LeMans as an option including the wagon
    http://www.carcraft.com/featuredvehi.../photo_02.html

    Here more Tempest/LeMans wagons "GTO-ized"
    http://www.highperformancepontiac.co.../photo_01.html
    http://www.allmusclecars.com/wagon.htm
    http://ultimategto.com/cgi-bin/showc...68/68h_00336_1
    I like the Judge wagons, the stripes really look good on the Safari's! The one in Car Craft running in the 11's, while pulling the wheels off the ground, shows how Pontiac's can be super fast and be totally streetable with 3.31 rear gears a mild cam and weigh over 4000 lbs. Check out the 63 Tempest Tempestuous (picture at bottom of article) that runs sub 10 second 1/4's with no nitrous or boost, that is real Pontiac Power!.
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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    wagons are cool....why do people not see that anymore?

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    Found it interesting that you could order a 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Safari with a 421 HO, 4 speed (wide or close) with bucket seats, console and air conditioning. Unfortunately you would need to provide your own 2+whatever emblems. But in 1966 you could not get the 421 HO engine in station wagons. I think I would prefer the 8 passenger version 2+3+3 ? , but 5 passenger 2+3 ? would be ok.
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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    I miss my Big Block wagons. 454 Chevrolet, 455 Buick and 455 Olds.
    All factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAZRancher View Post
    I miss my Big Block wagons. 454 Chevrolet, 455 Buick and 455 Olds.
    All factory.
    In 1970 the first and last year of available 454 Chevy or 455 Pontiac, *Oldsmobile, or Buick with high compression engines, there was only one wagon available with a manual..... surprised me, the Buick with 3 speed only, column shift or 'on the tree' as we use to say.
    P.S. * Sometimes I forget that Oldsmobile came out with their 455 in 1968, 2 years before the other divisions.

    I would prefer my wagon be really fast, and special so a 4 speed with buckets and console and hurst shifter on the floor would be my choice. My cousin had a 65 Catalina 2+2 with a 421 HO Tripower with 4 speed, that his dad bought for him in 65, and it was crazy fast in those days. No factory wagon, except of course the 1963 Tempest 421 Super Duty Safari's, even with a 454 or 455 wagon from the factory, would beat that drivetrain in a Safari.
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    Re: Station wagon documentary to screen at Concours d’Elegance of America

    Those are some nice and rare rides there.
    It'd be a toss up between a 421 poncho or a 425hp/427 4spd bench seat caprice wagon for me.
    In the end your GXP G8 would beat them both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowboy View Post
    Those are some nice and rare rides there.
    It'd be a toss up between a 421 poncho or a 425hp/427 4spd bench seat caprice wagon for me.
    In the end your GXP G8 would beat them both!
    My G8 GXP is pretty fast, but I don't think it would beat the Catalina 2+2 Car and Driver tested in March 1965. It did a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds!! Back then that was way faster then all other cars. There was talk it was a ringer, since it was so fast.
    I believe my Solstice Coupe with the GMPP power upgrade is faster then the G8.
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