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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:

NameHome townClassYear / Model

Tony TironePoughkeepsie, NYBest of Show1977 SE Black Trans Am
Bill ThompsonAcra, NYAthletes’ Choice1984 Knight Rider replica
Phil and Julie DicklerValley Stream, NYCoach’s Choice1996 Winston Cup Pace Car
Adam HoffmanSchenectady, NYMuseum Choice1967 Sprint
Donald AllenSavannah, NYDealer’s Choice1986 Trans Am
Ryan and Grace CorcoranMilford, PAJoe Nolan Award1995 Firehawk

Beth Ann AgostiniAthens, VT1967-19691st1968 Convertible
Tom MartensWest Nyack, NY1967-19692nd1969
Bill and Connie GeboLake Luzerne, NY1967-19693rd1969
John MurphyBuskirk, NY1967-19694th1969
Douglas BussingStillwater, NY1967-19695th1969
Sam WahnonSaratoga Springs NY1967-19696th1967 Convertible

Greg and Denise BleamerPalmerton, PA1970-19761st1971 Trans Am
Chuck and Ann Marie GiffordRoaring Brook, PA1970-19762nd1976 50th Anniversary
George BergWhite Plain, MD1970-19763rd1973 R/A III Formula
Rob RyanLiverpool, NY1970-19764th1973 Firebird
Chris LepriNaugatuck, CT1970-19765th1972 Trans Am
George BergWhite Plain, MD1970-19766th1970 Trans Am

Nick RossiSouth Salem, NY1977-19811st1979 Esprit Redbird
John KunasekFeeding Hills, MA1977-19812nd1978 Trans Am
Steve MastrianniSchenectady, NY1977-19813rd1979 Trans Am
Harry DeBernardoBranford, CT1977-19814th1979 Trans Am
Angelo PsarasHopewell Jcn, NY1977-19815th1977 Trans Am
Louie HershbergBurlington, VT1977-19816th1978 Trans Am
Ray AdamskiNazareth, PA1977-19817th1977 Trans Am
David NewcombSchenectady, NY1977-19818th1978 Formula

Donald OgilvieFitchburg, MA1982-19921st15th Anniversary Trans Am
Holly RushlowRichford, VT1982-19922nd1989 GTA
Mark and Janie GoldmanEndicott, NY1982-19923rd1986 Trans Am
Rit and Cindy SindoniSchenectady, NY1982-19924th1991 Formula
Adam SweeneyBurlington, VT1982-19925th1988 Firebird
Mary Lou PalmerBrant Lake, NY1982-19926th1986 Trans Am

Jeff CluneSparrow Bush, NY1993-20021st1999
30th Ann. Convertible
Gary BlondClifton Park, NY1993-20022nd2001 Trans Am
Stephen DikeMilton, VT1993-20023rd2002 Firehawk
Louie DelmonicoEast Greenbush, NY1993-20024th1999 Trans Am Convertible
Kim and Holly RushlowRichford, VT1993-20025th2002 Trans Am CE
A.J. ViruetEdison, NJ1993-20026th2001 Formula
Pierre TrudelDaveluyville, QC1993-20027th2002 Trans Am CE

Dennis TiceDelanson, NYSuper Street1st1967
Sue and Pete HollandEaston, PASuper Street2nd1979 Trans Am
William MeyerSchenectady, NYSuper Street3rd1985

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