Enter to Win the Ultimate Smokey and the Bandit Collectible!

Enter to Win the Ultimate Smokey and the Bandit Collectible! 50% Bonus Tickets Compliments of The National Firebird and Trans Am Club!

Say the word “Bandit,” and one image instantly comes to mind—Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds behind the wheel of a black-and-gold Pontiac Trans Am.In 2015 and 2017, Mr. Reynolds worked hand in hand with Dream Giveaway Garage to bestow two autographed Bandit Trans Ams on two lucky winners. These Bandit Trans Ams became two of the most popular muscle cars in Dream Giveaway history. Now, with the full blessing of the Burt Reynolds estate, you can bring home an extremely low mile and restored 1979 Bandit Trans Am, which is nearly identical to the one that Burt Reynolds owned and sold for $300K at a recent national auction. When you enter to win, you’ll be honoring the legendary Burt Reynolds, who will always live in our hearts and minds. Plus if you’re the winner, we’ll pay $17,500 for taxes and fly you to Clearwater, Florida, to be awarded this grand prize. Enter now!

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Put The Pedal to the Metal and Enter Now
Smokey and the Bandit
fans, listen up. If your lifelong dream is to own a Bandit Trans Am with Burt Reynolds’ autograph looking back at you every time you put the pedal to the metal, this is the only Bandit Trans Am on earth for you. Win a Bandit Trans Am Autographed by the Legendary Burt Reynolds
Dream Giveaway Garage worked closely with the Estate of Burt Reynolds to handpick the perfect Bandit Trans Am, which honors Burt Reynolds’ life, legacy and films. Now you can bring home this very special Bandit Trans Am in the Bandit Dream Giveaway brought to you by Ames Performance Engineering.This documented 1979 Pontiac Trans Am has all the signature features that made Smokey and the Bandit a car-guy classic for all time – Pontiac’s black and gold Special Edition package, T-top roofs and a numbers-matching V-8 engine.

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“I know what an important part the Smokey and the Bandit movie has played in the lives of so many of my fans.” — Burt Reynolds, 2015 *Photography of Mr. Reynolds from the 2015 Bandit Dream Giveaway.
Go to DreamGiveaway.com or call toll free 866-600-0646 and use code NF1019Z
NO PURCHASE, CONTRIBUTION, DONATION OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY AND MAKING ONE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Bandit Dream Giveaway starts on September 6, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ends July 28, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, with the selection of a winner on or about August 13, 2020. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. (except Oregon) and Canada (except Quebec) and other countries and U.S. territories and possessions only where offered and permitted by law, age 18 and older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning equal to one divided by the total number of tickets issued. This ad is for informational purposes only. For entry and official rules including free entry method visit www.dreamgiveaway.com/dg/Bandit/official-rules. The Sponsor, New Beginning Children’s Homes, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, PO Box 529, Centerton, AR 72719, is a licensee of the Dream Giveaway® brand. Prizes identified, logos, brands and other trademarks referred to within a Dream Giveaway are the property of their respective trademark holders and are not sponsor of this promotion.. 

’77 Formula of Jim Elick

This issue’s featured car is the ’77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia. Here is the story:

The Formula is the rarest of Firebirds but try to find a one-owner, matching numbers 400, in 29L Nautilus Blue with prototype “Sky Bird” bucket seats.

It was purchased 21 days after Smokey and the Bandit and spending $5000 for this car nearly 42 years ago. I have not seen another 77’ like her and apparently neither have the judges as we’ve just stormed through the southern US car show circuit. By these same attachments, it’s clear who my only Firebird club is!

Having just returned from Mecum in Indy and speaking with PHS, yet again, these simply don’t exist any longer, not with this cowl plate.

She is 43 years old and was featured on Summit Racing’s turntable for two weeks in September.. This car has a terrific story behind it as well being a one-owner vehicle.

'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia
'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia
'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia
'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia

2019 NJ Trans Am/ All Pontiac Run

Edison. NJ McDonalds to Howell, NJ Chik-Fil-A

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


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

National Firebird and Trans Am Club – For owners of all year Pontiac Firebirds, Trans Ams, GTAs and Firehawks

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