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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

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

MusclePalooza

Here are some of the Firebirds from the Hemmings MusclePalooza event last Labor Day weekend in upstate New York. This event is also held every Memorial Day weekend at West Lebanon Dragway. I was with the Long Island GTO/POCI contingent. For this we don’t necessarily restrict ourselves to our Pontiacs. some of these Firebirds are ours and others are not. This is a great muscle car show and classic drag racing event! I’ve enjoyed this event for years and recommend it highly.
Michael Weiss

Hemmings MusclePalooza
Hemmings MusclePalooza
Hemmings MusclePalooza
Hemmings MusclePalooza

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

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.

Firebird and Trans Am Day at the Pontiac Museum

Ken Pitcher

What a fun and fantastic time we had in Pontiac, Illinois again this year, as we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Firebird, at the 3rd Annual All Firebird and Trans Am Day at the Pontiac Museum in Pontiac, Illinois!

This event is co-sponsored by Midwest Firebirds and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum. All proceeds from the event go to help the museum continue their great work promoting the legacy of the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors and the Oakland Motor Car Company, which produced cars from 1908 to 1931 and then became Pontiac Motor Car Company in 1932. I am ecstatic to report we had 85 Firebirds and many more people at the event, and were able to generate over $4,300 to the museum’s bottom line! As Penny Dye from the Museum told us: “That’s a huge impact to the museum for a day of cars, music, food, and fun in the sun on the square in the beautiful little town of Pontiac, Illinois.”

Our club’s involvement with the museum started in 2014, when we did a Spring Cruise down Route 66, ending at the museum. We then met up with members from the Indianapolis Firebird Club and did a tour of the museum led by curator, Tim Dye. Tim approached me with an idea. He asked if we would consider co-hosting an event with them for Firebirds of all generations the next year – which he dubbed “All Firebird Day at the Museum.”

We just completed our 3rd Annual All Firebird and Trans Am Day at the Museum a few weeks ago, although you could argue we’ve actually been there for four years in a row! And every year we are getting more Firebirds coming from further away, as interest in this Firebird gathering is gaining some serious momentum.

One of the cool things about this event is that it is not just a “car show”, the museum is open the whole time, and special behind the scenes tours are offered, including the new art gallery, which our club helped sponsor last year.

Part of the day’s events include a tour of the private auto collection of Alan Finkenbinder, and a tour the Dongbai Art Studio. The Village of Pontiac provided Trolley service to all of these locations, as well as shuttling our group to Mario’s Pizzeria for a special pizza lunch prepared for the participants.

The museum always provides one or two of their special display Firebirds for us to examine up close. And this year was no exception, as they brought out the 1970 special-color, 433 original-mile, restored Firebird Formula that was featured in the current Smoke Signals magazine, and a real Sportsman-Series 1979 Trans Am race car for all to enjoy.

You should have heard the noise coming from the race car when they actually drove it into place under its own power. It was quite an attention getter!

Being a First Generation Firebird club, this is a wonderful event for us to co-host, to unite all Firebird enthusiasts. We truly enjoy seeing all the years of Firebirds, especially those rare Anniversary and Special Edition Trans Ams and Firehawks, you just don’t see at every car show. The idea behind the show has always been to create a fun event for Firebirds of all generations to celebrate our Pontiac car model, and support the POCI museum. Kind of like a smaller version of the Trans Am Nationals, held in the heart of Illinois. And other than Illinois, we had Firebirds come in from seven different states including, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and even Mississippi!

If you want to be a part of this Firebird get-together next year, mark your calendar now for the 3rd weekend in May. We hope to have even more Firebirds on hand for another wonderful day at the museum.