here is some GTC history..
the first ever GTC I saw ( but didn't participate ) was of Grimsby, UK in the UK forum.. Jan 2002 I think. It was teh earlier version of SSC
My first ever GTC thread was Corydon, UK ( not my city ) in Sep 2004 before the GTC section was born. I don't remember who won it ( he doest participate anymore ) but I remember Kuesel complaining cos he thought Croydon was not a city but only a part of London
I am not sure but my first GTC that was moved to GTC forum form the main section probably was of Birmingham UK
I think the first GTC I started in the GTC sectino after it was formed was of Colombo