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'71 Trans Am of Gary Trombino
this is an excerpt from the articles appearing in the EAGLE


This issueís featured car is the Ď71 Trans Am of Gary Trombino. Here is his story:

I have been a Pontiac guy for as long as I can remember. My Uncle Bernie and his Pontiac racer buddies would take me to the Long Island drag strips when I was a kid. His friends included Harry Wesch, who drove a Mertle Motors sponsored 1968 Firebird. All of my Uncle's friends raced and won with their Ponchos.

This 1971 Trans Am is my third Pontiac collectable. I've had a '67 GTO, and still have a '73 TA with a Jim Butler 455 motor. The '71 was purchased from a guy in Michigan, after having well known Pontiac expert Dan Jensen check out the car. It is a completely restored, PHS documented 40K mile TA with turbo 400, original trim group, Garner exhaust system, and is near 100% original. I hope to make the Dayton Nationals and Saratoga Lawn Show in the coming years.

'71 Trans Am of Gary Trombino '71 Trans Am of Gary Trombino

Now I have a Ď94 25th Anniversary Trans Am. Itís number 3 off the assembly line for the total production of the anniversary run. Now for the really neat part - itís also 1 of 2 1994 NASCAR pace cars. One is in Michigan at the Pontiac Motorsports Museum and I have the other. Itís also the same car that paced the late, great Dale Earnhardt to his seventh and last championship. This car still has all the markings on it from race 29, AC Delco 500, North Carolina Raceway, October 23, 1994 and the caution lights are still intact and still work.

'94 Trans Am of John Klaver It has 12,600 miles, 4,000 are documented pace laps from the 1994 season. Itís one of the 25th anniversary cars with hard top, automatic transmission and AM/FM Cassette radio which makes it 1 of 254 produced but again the documentation shows it to be one of the earliest off the assembly line, as NASCAR needed it to prep for the Ď94 Daytona 500. Paperwork also shows that these two pace cars were at 20 different NASCAR tracks in Ď94 excluding the Brickyard 400 which used a Monte Carlo.

In short, this rare í94 25th Anniversary pace car looks good sitting in my garage next to my 10th Anniversary turbo pace car.

Long live the Firebird Trans Am, if not on GM sales lots, at least in the our garages and on the road!

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