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2008 All Firebird Lawn Show
Story by Keith Fuerst
Photos by Keith Fuerst and Tom Smith

We were concerned about the effect of $4 a gallon gas and a monsoon like weather pattern on attendance of the 6th Annual All Firebird Lawn Show at the Saratoga Auto Museum, but prayers for good weather were answered in Saratoga Springs. Unfortunately the weather in southern New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania prevented some Firebird enthusiasts in those states from attending the festivities.

On Friday night, early Birds gathered for a show appetizer at the Saratoga Auto Museum. Firebird enthusiasts mingled in front of the museum, cameras in hand, introducing themselves, and of course the subject of conversation wasand#8230;Firebirds!! The Saratoga Springs PD provided an escort for 37 Firebirds on a cruise past Saratoga Lake, Saratoga Thoroughbred horse track, and Saratoga Racing and Gaming Racino, to Mr. Ed's Ice Cream and Pizza Station. It's very nice to see people's reaction when such a long line of Firebirds go cruising by! Ironically, the number of cars in the cruise this year is the same as the total number of Firebirds at the 1st All Firebird Lawn Show. It's amazing just how much this show has grown.

On Saturday, much to the delight of the host club, Firebird Nation of North America, a show record of 139 Firebird owners did not let the price of fuel keep them from enjoying a day of fun in the sun and showing off their Pontiac F-bodies. A bigger surprise was that the participants opened their wallets and helped to raise almost $6,000 to benefit Special Olympics Saratoga. Combined with donations from show sponsors, this year's total was another show record.

Once again the Firebirds on the large rectangular show field were truly amazing. However you like your Firebird, from stock to wild custom, from flames to Pro Street, it was there. As usual, judging these fine examples of Pontiac muscle was extremely tough. Judges Joe Carey, Ray DeCrescenzo, Eddie Barra, Keith Fuerst and Dean Meneilley rolled up their sleeves and got the job done.

There are many people to credit for the success of this show. The Head Cheese Tom Smith and his wife Sandy who work year round to organize this event. FNONA members Keith Fuerst, Joe Carey, Keith Tanney, Dave, Lisa, and Trish Lord, Eddie Barra, Ron Pratt, Joel Auger, John Green, and Dean Meneilley. We also thank our Special Olympics athlete representatives Brian Smith, Anthony Larmon, Daniel Larmon, Ernie Dillon, Todd Byron, DJ Nolan, and Jennifer Delaney. We also thank Special Olympics Saratoga County coaches and volunteers Mike and Margo Bagneschi, Ron and Arlene Delaney, Sandy Byron, Chris Radz, and Don Nolan. Volunteer friends included Barb and Henry Gepfert, and Ray DeCrescenzo

Special thanks go out to Alan Edstrom of the Saratoga Auto Museum and Show sponsor Ralph Mangino Jr. of Mangino Pontiac, and NFTAC for generously donating raffle items and Eagle Magazines.

The date for next year's show is July 11, 2009. Rain date is July 12, 2009.

Following is the 2008 All Firebird Lawn Show Winners List:

Name Hometown Class Year / Model

Tony Tirone Poughkeepsie, NY Best of Show, 1977 SE Black Trans Am
Bill Thompson Acra, NY Athletes’ Choice 1984 Knight Rider replica
Phil and Julie Dickler Valley Stream, NY Coach’s Choice 1996 Winston Cup Pace Car
Adam Hoffman Schenectady, NY Museum Choice 1967 Sprint
Donald Allen Savannah, NY Dealer’s Choice 1986 Trans Am
Ryan and Grace Corcoran Milford, PA Joe Nolan Award 1995 Firehawk

Beth Ann Agostini Athens, VT 1967-1969 1st 1968 Convertible
Tom Martens West Nyack, NY 1967-1969 2nd 1969
Bill and Connie Gebo Lake Luzerne, NY 1967-1969 3rd 1969
John Murphy Buskirk, NY 1967-1969 4th 1969
Douglas Bussing Stillwater, NY 1967-1969 5th1969
Sam Wahnon Saratoga Springs NY 1967-1969 6th 1967 Convertible

Greg and Denise Bleamer Palmerton, PA 1970-1976 1st1971 Trans Am
Chuck and Ann Marie Gifford Roaring Brook, PA 1970-1976 2nd 1976 50th Anniversary
George Berg White Plain, MD 1970-1976 3rd 1973 R/A III Formula
Rob Ryan Liverpool, NY 1970-1976 4th 1973 Firebird
Chris Lepri Naugatuck, CT 1970-1976 5th 1972 Trans Am
George Berg White Plain, MD 1970-1976 6th1970 Trans Am

Nick Rossi South Salem, NY 1977-1981 1st1979 Esprit Redbird
John Kunasek Feeding Hills, MA 1977-1981 2nd 1978 Trans Am
Steve Mastrianni Schenectady, NY 1977-1981 3rd 1979 Trans Am
Harry DeBernardo Branford, CT 1977-1981 4th 1979 Trans Am
Angelo Psaras Hopewell Jcn, NY 1977-1981 5th 1977 Trans Am
Louie Hershberg Burlington, VT 1977-198 16th 1978 Trans Am
Ray Adamski Nazareth, PA 1977-1981 7th 1977 Trans Am
David Newcomb Schenectady, NY 1977-1981 8th 1978 Formula

Donald Ogilvie Fitchburg, MA 1982-1992 1st 15th Anniversary Trans Am
Holly Rushlow Richford, VT 1982-1992 2nd 1989 GTA
Mark and Janie Goldman Endicott, NY 1982-1992 3rd 1986 Trans Am
Rit and Cindy Sindoni Schenectady, NY 1982-1992 4th1991 Formula
Adam Sweeney Burlington, VT 1982-1992 5th 1988 Firebird
Mary Lou Palmer Brant Lake, NY 1982-1992 6th 1986 Trans Am

Jeff Clune Sparrow Bush, NY 1993-2002 1st 1999 30th Am Convertible
Gary Blond Clifton Park, NY 1993-2002 2nd 2001 Trans Am
Stephen Dike Milton, VT 1993-2002 3rd 2002 Firehawk
Louie Delmonico East Greenbush, NY 1993-2002 4th 1999 Trans Am Convertible
Kim and Holly Rushlow Richford, VT 1993-2002 5th 2002 Trans Am CE
A.J. Viruet Edison, NJ 1993-2002 6th 2001 Formula
Pierre Trudel Daveluyville, Quebec City, QB 1993-2002 7th 2002 Trans Am CE

Dennis Tice Delanson, NY Super Street 1st 1967
Sue and Pete Holland Easton, PA Super Street 2nd 1979 Trans Am
William Meyer Schenectady, NY Super Street 3rd 1985

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