A Pontiac Celebration – 2018

Warwick, Rhode Island – September 21-23, 2018

The 2018 “Pontiac Celebration” Eastern Regional Meet was a huge success, setting all new records. Once again, our event has grown in the number of great Pontiacs showing, and the number of Pontiac hobbyists enjoying this special weekend gathering.

Not forgetting the purpose of this event– “Pontiacs with a Purpose”– many gave their time, energy, and contributions to our children’s cancer charities: Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for childhood cancer and The Tomorrow Fund helping children and families affected by cancer. To date nearly $50,000 has been donated by “A Pontiac Celebration” from 2010 through 2018. All because of our generous Pontiac enthusiasts. Proving how great Pontiac people are!

While a few Pontiac lovers arrived as early as Thursday to help with the event, many more rolled in Friday to participate in our area-wide “Teddy Bear Cruise” that evening. Live music, food, and drink attracted many great cars of all types, makes, and models cruising in for the fun.

The big event was the All Pontiac Car Show on Saturday. Sunny Fall weather made for a great day. We were happy to see 255 beautiful Pontiacs on the show field. Once again many local and surrounding area Pontiac Clubs came in force to make our event a huge success. We thank everyone for their support. As our event has grown in cars showing, so has the Saturday banquet awards dinner. The evening’s sprawling BBQ dinner spread was enjoyed by a hungry crowd after a full day of fun and activities. But the high point of the banquet was when the many awards were given out to all who worked so hard preparing their cars.

Top award of the evening– People’s Choice– went to Keith Bailey with his beautiful 1910 Oakland. In addition, the Vacation Raffle saw a lucky winner heading off to a luxury condo vacation in the mountains of New Hampshire. For more information about A Pontiac Celebration– 2018 visit www.PontiacRegistry.com .

A Pontiac Celebration - 2018
A Pontiac Celebration - 2018
A Pontiac Celebration - 2018
A Pontiac Celebration - 2018

’69 Firebird of Ken Miller

’69 Firebird of Ken Miller

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club  featured car is the ‘69 Firebird of Ken Miller from Enfield, Connecticut. Here is his story:

My 69: As a new member of the club, I am sending you some pictures of my recently acquired 1969 Firebird. The car underwent a 6 year restoration to stock by the original owner. who reluctantly sold it to start work on another project, and needed the extra cash and space for his new project vehicle. He was very meticulous with the project, and the only modifications are the 69 Trans Am rear spoiler, and exhaust tips. The 400 motor was rebuilt with speed pro racing lifters and a Crane cam setup identical to the one Pontiac used on the 69 Ram Air IV engine. Even the exhaust was replaced with the correct factory setup with the single transverse mounted rear muffler. All of the receipts pics, etc. were sent to me with the car. Looking forward to hitting the many car shows and cruises when the good weather gets here, as well as putting some miles on her as well.

 

2018 NJ Trans Am/All Pontiac Run

photos and story by Ben Deutschman

The annual NJ Trans Am/All Pontiac Run was held on July 7, 2018, and this year’s destination was the Flemington New Jersey Cruise Night. The weather conditions were perfect, with not a cloud in the Sky, low humidity, and a high around 80 degrees. One cannot get better weather in July, than what we had for this year’s Run.

The vehicle count was the best we’ve had so far in the ten years or so this Run has been in existence, with over 30 Pontiacs showing up at the Edison New Jersey Crossroads Plaza McDonalds.

Our entourage left the McDonalds Parking Lot a little after 2:00 P.M. and headed out for Flemington. We arrived in Flemington a little after 3:00 P.M., and sailed right down Main St, to our designated Parking area behind the Courthouse, made famous by the Lindberg baby kidnap case, and across from the dangerously deteriorated Union Hotel, also made famous by the said Lindberg baby kidnap case.

After giving everyone a chance to settle in, and before our host Cruise Night officially started, we had our own prize and Trophy Awards presentations. The giveaway items, graciously provided by the National Firebird and Trans Am Club (https://firebirdtaclub.com/) were dispersed to the lucky recipients via a free Raffle, and I (Ben Deutschman), as the event organizer, chose the two vehicles to receive the Best Pontiac and Best Firebird Trophies. The National Firebird and Trans Am Club also provided back issue of the Club magazine, The Eagle, which were given out to the participants in the Run.

After our Awards presentation, and free Raffle, everyone hung out for the Cruise Night, and we were also asked to take part in the Parade of Pontiacs, since the feature car for the Cruise Night was Pontiac.

The Cruise Night ended around 8:30 P.M., and the remaining participants in the NJ Trans Am/All Pontiac Run departed at that time as well.

Overall, a great event this year, and once determined, next year’s date will be announced on Facebook, the event Website http://www.njtransamallpontiacrun.com/ and via the National Firebird and Trans Am Club magazine..

 Burt Reynolds 1936-2018  –  Rest in peace Bandit!   Thanks for the memories!

Cruising the Ozarks to 2018 Cruising the Ozarks NWA Auto Week & Car Show

With the passing of Burt Reynolds (The Bandit) we are wanting to put together the greatest collection of Bandit Trans Ams and Smokey and The Bandit Movie Cars October 5th-7th. These Cars will be center stage all three days. We would also like them to lead Arkansas’s Largest Road Tour October 7th. This will be a 54 Mile Drive that takes you through some of the best roads and scenery in Northwest Arkansas to Devils Den State Park then back up toward Fayetteville ending at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum. Even if you don’t have a Bandit Trans AM but just a Firebird or Trans Am we want it right there with the rest leading the pack. Please share this with anyone you know that owns a Bandit Trans Am or Pontiac Firebird or Trans Am. For questions please message us or email us at cruisingozarks@gmail.com .

As posted on the National Firebird and Trans Am Club Facebook Page.

A Pontiac Celebration 2018 – September 21-23, 2018 – Warwick, Rhode Island

Our 5th Pontiac Celebration will be held on September 21-23, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. It’s an all Pontiac event.

Friday evening will be a meet and greet at the hotel. Members of the local classic car community have been invited to join us.

Saturday will be the car show and swap meet. There are separate classes for Firebirds, which in the past have been the largest group. Saturday evening is a BBQ awards dinner.

Sunday morning features a getaway breakfast. Discount rates are available at the hotel and special registration packages are also available. For information, please contact Rick DiGiacomo at 401-934-0663 or frdigi@cox.net .

This year we will have two major raffles.

  1. The first is a complete Pontiac 426ci engine donated by Nitemare Performance. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Complete details can be seen on Nitemare’s website: http://nitemareperformance.com/
  2. The second is a 5 day stay at a condo in New Hampshire.

Rick DiGiacomo

Editor’s Note: The “Pontiacs With A Purpose” Pontiac Celebration event grew out of the minds of Rick DiGiacomo and www.PontiacRegistry.com‘s Larry Kummer, as a way to bring Pontiac enthusiasts together to raise money for worthy charitable organizations, after Rick’s grandson was diagnosed with cancer.. The event helps out children’s charities: Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for childhood cancer and Tomorrow Fund helping children and families affected by cancer. To date over $30,000 has been donated by “A Pontiac Celebration” from 2010 through 2016. All because of generous Pontiac enthusiasts.

’79 Trans Am S.E. of Ken & Darlene Szymczak

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘79 Trans Am S.E. of Ken & Darlene Szymczak from Dunkirk, New York. Here is their story:

It was November in 1978 that I ordered my 1979 black and gold Y84 Special Edition Trans Am. It came with the 6.6 403 automatic, 225/70R15 white lettered tires, the S. E. package including T-Tops, stripes and the “bird” on the hood, AM-FM stereo radio and power windows. All for $8500.

Everyone in our family has had the pleasure of driving and enjoying our Trans Am. Our son and daughter both learned how to drive in the Trans Am and passed on their first drivers’ test. It was also fun to see my mother and father driving the Trans Am.

It is hard to believe that this November it will be 40 years since I ordered our Trans Am. It still looks good and we get complements wherever we go. Who knew back then that it would become a part of our family.

We love going to car shows and sometime winning trophies and sometimes not. I display the original window sticker along with the build sheet. And the people are just amazed at what the car cost back then.

Now with my wife and me retired and all the memories we will have plenty of time driving the road hearing that great sound of our 1979 Trans Am.

 

’69 Firebird of George N. Farley from Ferndale, Michigan

In 1967, GM entered the pony car market with the Camaro and Firebird, which set out to redefine the genre.

A lifestyle vehicle, the Firebird was designed to appeal to younger audiences, while having enough available features to attract almost any kind of buyer.

This vehicle is an excellent example of a low production and rare true “pony car”.

The last year of the first generation Pontiac pony car. Designed to offer a little more luxury that the competition but still be affordable. The base models like this were just for young drivers and with engine options it turned into a formidable muscle car.

Built in November 1968, delivered in Indiana and taken to California. The second owner then brought it to Michigan and kept it as a Sunday cruiser, never taking it out in the rain. I purchased it unrestored in 1992 with 66,000 miles. Since then its been an ongoing project with a body off restoration completed in 2012. The body parts are all original with complete white pearl interior. The original drivetrain has never been apart and performs perfectly.

The unique thing about this car is its lack or options. 350 2 bbl, powerglide transmission, manual drum brakes and manual convertible top. The definition of the pony car – “Less Is More”.

Nicknamed the “Funtiac” this car has been driven as far as New York, Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Notable awards include: GM corporate award for best restored vehicle at St. Ignace, AACA National Senior and Grand National 1st Place and POCI National Gold Award.

’77 Bandit Trans Am of Ken Meagher

I am Ken Meagher and my high school dream car was a Trans Am. Fueled in no small part by Smokey and the Bandit. It was out of my price range then but I never forgot.

I finally purchased one sight unseen off of Craigs List that was 150 miles away. I had talked to the owner and had friends go by and verify it existed. It had been in a field in Billings for at least 10 years.
I bought it and borrowed a trailer to bring it back to where I live in Bozeman Montana. My wife was watching when I unloaded it off the trailer and the drive shaft fell off. She nearly got sick laughing at me. I should mention that I have next to nothing as far as mechanical experience, just the normal replacing of alternators, starters water pumps and such. I always thought that restoring old cars would be cool and was impressed by the folks that do it.

Anyway, that was 7 years ago and it has been quite a journey. Hundreds of youtube videos, some watched over and over again right in the garage while I muddled my way figuring out how stuff goes back together. Many times I took long pauses as sometimes money was not available and working in a home garage in Montana can be pretty cold. The paint, also was something that I did not want to do as it had to be perfect. Lots of work on the sanding and prep though

At some point in there I joined the NFTAC and it’s been a great help as I tried to bring this car back to life.
Anyway, its drivable now and looks great and sounds great. Lots of little things left to do, but I wanted to share my story as it was worth every penny and every rough patch.

Thanks!
Ken Meagher

’71 Trans Ams of Gregg Gorman from Paulding, Ohio

As you see I am the original owner and originally ordered the car. But it almost didn’t survive delivery! When it came in on February 4, 1971 I received a call from a friend that I better get up to where they were unloading the car because my ordered car was getting ready to fall off the truck!

It was on the top over the cab. We had snow and freezing rain the previous few days and when the driver put the car in reverse it jumped sideways partially off the right side and was caught by the A-arm.

A wrecker across the road in a body shop had a cable on the left frame holding it on! The only thing they could do was give it a quick pull and luckily it slid back on the track with no damage other than a bent brake rotor dust shield!

We kick ourselves to this day for not getting a photo of this occurrence!

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