Jim Butler

Jim Butler

Times Nominated: 2
Nominated Year(s): 2018, 2019
Last Year of Eligibility: 2023
Category: Racing

Jim Butler’s first car was a 1955 Pontiac 2 door hardtop and his second was a 1957 Pontiac.

He then he bought his first GTO, a 1965 model, before being drafted into the Military in the late 1960’s.


Flash forward to the early ‘80s and Jim again came back to his favorite car, a 1965 GTO which he completely restored from the ground up. This re-ignited his passion for Pontiacs that led to him buying, selling, trading, parting out and restoring literally hundreds more GTO’s, Trans Ams and other Pontiacs.

During this same time period Jim took over the local Drag Strip (US 43 Dragway) and began building racecars for his sons, Rodney and David. Rodney’s first racecar was a 1965 GTO and David’s was a 1977 Trans Am.

What started as simply building engines for their personal street and race cars soon led into a full time engine and parts business, Jim Butler Performance. Throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s Jim, along with Rodney and David, grew their Pontiac performance business while traveling with their cars to Pontiac events all over the country.

Jim was also a regular speaker at many Pontiac events and conventions. Jim Butler Performance eventually became Butler Performance, where Jim still works daily doing what he loves- talking to fellow Pontiac lovers, answering questions and helping Pontiac enthusiasts from across the globe reach their performance goals.


Our Mission At The PPA

The mission of the Pontiac Preservation Association is to provide a vehicle for all clubs, associations, individual hobbyists, web sites and groups, parts manufacturers, parts businesses, restoration shops, car dealers, event promoters, publishers-everyone associated with the Pontiac automobile to come together for the express purpose of better coordinating all energies and resources to preserve and promote the Pontiac hobby and to improve the Pontiac industry for the betterment of all involved.