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2019 NJ Trans Am/ All Pontiac Run

Edison. NJ McDonalds to Howell, NJ Chik-Fil-A
7-13-2019

The 2019 NJ Trans Am/All Pontiac Run drew 20 participants, and all but three made the whole trip from Edison to Howell New Jersey Chik-Fil-A, our host and destination for this year’s Run. The weather was as good as one gets in July, with a high near 90 degrees, but fortunately without oppressive humidity, which pleased both the vehicles, and their owners.

While we did hit a small traffic jam getting on to Rt 195 east from the New Jersey Turnpike, as the non-car people fascinated themselves with a roadside Tire change, which backed traffic up from a point just as we got on to Rte. 195 east, back to the NJ Turnpike Toll Plaza. Once past the roadside entertainment for the non-car people, it was smooth sailing all the way to our destination.

The folks at Chik-Fil-A outdid themselves, not only did they throw in a Chunk Chocolate Cookie with each Run participant’s food order, but they even coned off the lower Parking Lot for our participants.

After allowing about an hour for everyone to settle in, eat, and hang out a bit, the winners for “Best Trans Am/Firebird”, and “Best Pontiac” were called. The “Best Trans Am/Firebird” Trophy went to a semi customized 1978 Black and Gold Trans Am, and the “Best Pontiac” Trophy went to a dark Green 1966? G.T.O.

Once the Trophies were awarded there was a FREE Raffle, to distribute some giveaway items to six lucky winners.

With the Trophies awarded, and free Raffle concluded, everyone headed home

See you all again next year.

Ben Deutschman

2019 NJ Trans Am/ All Pontiac Run
2019 NJ Trans Am/ All Pontiac Run
2019 NJ Trans Am/ All Pontiac Run
2019 NJ Trans Am/ All Pontiac Run

‘70 Trans Am of Bob Himes from Spring City, Pennsylvania

PONTIAC GUY

I’ve been a Pontiac guy nearly my whole life. I grew up street racing a 1969 GTO, and along the way I’ve owned a 1976 Trans Am and a 1983 Trans Am. I currently own a 1965 Tri power GTO.

Last August, I was sitting out back on a Friday night with my wife enjoying a beverage when my friend Mike called. He asked if I was interested in going in on a car with him to work on over the winter and flip in the spring. He said he thought of me because the car he found was a Pontiac. After asking him several questions about his find, I realized that he may have found one of my dream cars – a 1970 Trans Am. I told Mike if it’s what I think it is, I want the car for myself! He thought I was crazy, but he was excited for me.

The following Monday, I met up with Mike to check out the car. As the garage door was opened, my eyes feast upon a Polar White 1970 TA RAIII 4-speed. The car had been sitting in that garage since 1998! The car showed 56k miles on the matching numbers engine. It had some light surface rust on the body, but otherwise it was solid. After extensively inspecting the car and finding no issues, I did some quick negotiating and loaded the car on to our trailer.

I decided to do a complete frame off restoration since it is, after all, one of my dream cars. We dropped the frame, disassembled the suspension and sent it out for media blasting. The engine was broken down, and completely rebuilt to stock. Everything on the engine was rebuilt instead of replaced to try and keep it as original as possible. While that was being worked on, the car was sent to the body shop for a strip down, body work and paint. This is a good time to mention I also sent out all the chrome to Speed Sport Chrome who advertises in the back of the Eagle. Craig did an amazing job on it.

During the restoration, we had an amazing thing happen. I purchased the car in August, but sadly my Mom passed away in September. After her passing, I told my family that I was dedicating the car to her and so I named the car “Carol”. Everyone loved the idea! Then, when the interior was starting to be disassembled, the glove box door was removed and there written in white marker from the factory was the name “Carol”. Talk about being speechless! At that point, my wife declared it was meant to be.

Carol’s restoration is now complete. My wife and I enjoy taking her out for weekend drives. She looks, runs, and handles incredibly. Ride on Carol!

Bob Himes
Spring City, PA

‘70 Trans Am of Bob Himes from Spring City, Pennsylvania
‘70 Trans Am of Bob Himes from Spring City, Pennsylvania
‘70 Trans Am of Bob Himes from Spring City, Pennsylvania

Pontiacs at Pigeon Forge

The Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Car Show has been happening now for almost two decades! This year’s show has some of the most gorgeous Pontiacs around. The 19th Annual show was held on May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The show was held in a new location at MainStay Suites in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. There was fun for the whole family as there was something here for everyone! You could go to the indoor and outdoor pools at the host hotel, visit Dollywood Amusement Park for some serious thrills, or shop till you drop at the many outlet malls. We assure you that no one was bored. All proceeds from the show went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in loving memory of Ciera Blackburn. Editor’s Note: Thanks to David Caudill for the photos.

Pontiacs at Pigeon Forge
Pontiacs at Pigeon Forge
Pontiacs at Pigeon Forge
Pontiacs at Pigeon Forge

Pontiac Transportation Museum

Pontiac Transportation Museum
350 W. Pike St.
Pontiac, Michigan 48341

One of America’s most robust centers of transportation history, innovation, and accomplishment is Pontiac, Michigan. While nearby Detroit proudly claims the mantle of “The Motor City,” it was here in Pontiac during the late 19th and early 20th centuries where some of the nation’s most successful manufacturers of horse-drawn buggies and carriages evolved into the earliest automobile companies. Among the dozens of such companies with local roots, two of the largest ultimately became General Motors’ famous Pontiac Motor Division and GMC Truck and Coach.

To celebrate the heritage and remarkable achievements of these many enterprises, the Pontiac Transportation Museum is being created to showcase examples of the cars, trucks, and other vehicles designed or built here – vehicles that truly changed the nation and the world. The Museum will also honor many of the personalities whose legacies are associated with these efforts. Through the museum’s existing and growing collections we will endeavor—through displays and various programs—to help educate and inspire young people to chart their own destiny with greatness.

The Pontiac Transportation Museum has acquired and will develop a 55,000 square foot building that will include vehicle display galleries, a theater, research, library, and restoration spaces. The museum store will offer appropriate merchandise and the facility and its grounds will be able to host special events, vehicle shows, and other meetings. The Museum is expected to open to the public late 2019.

Pontiac Transportation Museum Rendering

’99 Trans Am 30th Anniversary Edition of Tom Joseph

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘99 Trans Am 30th Anniversary Edition of Tom Joseph from Clarkston, Michigan.

Here is my 30th Anniversary Trans Am. It’s one of 292 coupes with a Hurst 6 speed. I drive it as much as possible in Michigan. Thanks to the National Firebird and Trans Am Club for all the technical advice and putting on a great shows every year!

‘99 Trans Am 30th Anniversary Edition of Tom Joseph from Clarkston, Michigan.
‘99 Trans Am 30th Anniversary Edition of Tom Joseph from Clarkston, Michigan.
‘99 Trans Am 30th Anniversary Edition of Tom Joseph from Clarkston, Michigan.

Firebird and Trans Am Gallery

‘67 Firebird of Lawrence Sobczak from Gurnee, Illinois
67 Firebird of Lawrence Sobczak from Gurnee, Illinois – The 1967 was bought as a father/son project. Pops passed away. It’s still a work in progress. Now it’s a father/daughter project. Best way to teach your kid about cars is to get them invested.
‘76 Trans Am of Lawrence Sobczak from Gurnee, Illinois
‘76 Trans Am of Lawrence Sobczak from Gurnee, Illinois – Dream car purchase. Had been searching for a 455/4spd but that’s almost impossible to find. This one is a 400/Auto and I still love it. Was restored once by a previous owner. Still needs a little attention here and there.
‘85 Firebird of Randy Mushro
85 Firebird of Randy Mushro