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From the Editors' Desk – February 2009

by Robert Thomas and Frank Ochal

'79 Trans Am of Kelly Powell Thanks to all of the new members that joined recently.

Thanks to Keith Furst, Tom Smith, David Gerston, Kelly Powell, Philip Lepage and all of the other contributors to this issue! Also many thanks to Todd Stahr, Justin Kwarta, Bill Simcox and Brett Campbell on their continuing technical help to our members on our new message board at board.firebirdclub.net.

We have updated our payment form on our website to directly take credit card and PayPal payments. Your credit card is now checked for accuracy and verified and your order is placed into a shopping cart of items awaiting checkout. This type of program should be very familiar to people who pay for items on other Intenet websites and is available on the PayPal/Credit Card website button. The old form will also remain for members that are comfortable with it.

The latest NFTAC local chapter is the New England Firebird Auto Club serving all of New England. The president is Joseph A. Pendola, the vice-president is Paul Cullen and the organizing officer is Christian Driscoll. The address is 760 North Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876. Phone number 978-821-0528 and email address of Spcledtnta@yahoo.com .

Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section on the Club Message Board where each local club has its own section where local club items can be discussed.

You can now find us on the popular networking sites myspace.com, facebook.com, friendster.com and yuwie.com in the groups/clubs section.

I am happy to inform you that Technical Sections Volume II is now available which continues the great tradition of practical tech advice started with Volumes I. In keeping with the times this one is available only on CD for PC or Mac and is available in the Club Store section of each Eagle and on the website at www.firebirdtaclub.com.

Another new item in the store is a complete copy of the past ten years of the Eagle available on CD only for PC or Mac.

We have a new and improved club message board. You can access through the club website at www.firebirdtaclub.com or directly at http://board.firebirdclub.net . We have a members only section of the message board. You can use the user id and password on page 3 of each Eagle or you can get a personal id and password. To do so, register and then logon to the message board and send a message to us with a reply in this section or via email. This allows you to access the Member Only Question & Answer and Upkeep and Performance Hints Area.  It also allows you to post items in the For Sale and Wanted sections as well as post photos in the Member Photos area. Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section.

The club also now has a blog located at http://blog.firebirdclub.net . Members can publish items or comments to the Blog.

We have a National Firebird & Trans Am Club photo gallery located at http://photos.firebirdclub.net . The same login is used for the gallery as the Message Board. Members can download photos directly here.

We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt or tech volume II CD. The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA. And in response to many members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $65 which also includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. So save some money and get a free t-shirt or tech CD in the process!

Classified ads are FREE to members but now you can add photographs of your items for sale. For $15 we will include a B & W photograph of your car or item and for $35 we will include a color photo. Also the classified ads will now appear on our Internet web site.

Remember we will send out the eEagle, our email newsletter in addition to the regular Eagle for members that have given us their email address. Our website address is www.firebirdtaclub.com and our email address is info@firebirdtaclub.com .

The website has a “Members Only” section on the web site. This section contains technical staff contact information, recommended repair shops, spare parts lists that members have sent in as well as complete current and past issues of the member magazine which can be viewed on-line or downloaded for printing.

You need an ID and password to access this area. You will find the current ID and password on page 3 of each issue of the EAGLE. These will change with each issue so use only the current ones listed. Also now you can to create your own id and password for the members only section. Submit the form on the members only page to do this.

Thanks for all of your support and to this issue’s contributors and I hope you are have a great start to the New Year are are preparing for next year’s driving season!!

2008 All Firebird Lawn Show

Story bv 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 was…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            Home town      Class            Year / Model

Tony Tirone         Poughkeepsie, NY   Best of Show         1977 SE Black T/A
Bill Thompson      Acra, NY      Athletes’ Choice      1984 Knight Rider replica
Phil & 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 T/A
Ryan & 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 & Connie Gebo      Lake Luzerne, NY   1967-1969      3rd   1969
John Murphy         Buskirk, NY      1967-1969      4th   1969
Douglas Bussing      Stillwater, NY      1967-1969      5th   1969
Sam Wahnon         Saratoga Springs NY   1967-1969      6th   1967 Convertible

Greg & Denise Bleamer   Palmerton, PA      1970-1976      1st   1971 T/A
Chuck & 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 T/A
George Berg         White Plain, MD   1970-1976      6th   1970 T/A

Nick Rossi         South Salem, NY   1977-1981      1st   1979 Esprit Redbird
John Kunasek         Feeding Hills, MA   1977-1981      2nd   1978 T/A
Steve Mastrianni      Schenectady, NY   1977-1981      3rd   1979 T/A
Harry DeBernardo      Branford, CT      1977-1981      4th   1979 T/A
Angelo Psaras         Hopewell Jcn, NY   1977-1981      5th   1977 T/A
Louie Hershberg      Burlington, VT   1977-1981      6th   1978 T/A
Ray Adamski         Nazareth, PA      1977-1981      7th   1977 T/A
David Newcomb      Schenectady, NY   1977-1981      8th   1978 Formula

Donald Ogilvie      Fitchburg, MA   1982-1992      1st   15th Anniversary T/A
Holly Rushlow      Richford, VT      1982-1992      2nd   1989 GTA
Mark & Janie Goldman   Endicott, NY      1982-1992      3rd   1986 T/A
Rit & Cindy Sindoni      Schenectady, NY   1982-1992      4th   1991 Formula
Adam Sweeney      Burlington, VT   1982-1992      5th   1988 Firebird
Mary Lou Palmer      Brant Lake, NY   1982-1992      6th   1986 T/A

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

Dennis Tice         Delanson, NY      Super Street      1st   1967
Sue & Pete Holland   Easton, PA      Super Street      2nd   1979 T/A
William Meyer      Schenectady, NY   Super Street      3rd   1985

The End of Pontiac?

Ah, another week, another Congressional hearing.  It almost feels like pledge week back in college. Candlelight, dark robes, the glisten of fresh paint on those long, wooden paddles.  “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”

But, the one thing that makes all of this mess worth it is finding out just how many friends we have.  In addition to the comments posted here, we’ve also been getting e-mails and phone calls expressing support for Pontiac and making suggestions for our future.

So, we just wanted to take a couple of minutes and address some of your comments and suggestions, some very general and some very specific…

G6_cluster So, is Pontiac going away?
Nope.  As we said last week, we’re still a very active part of GM’s future, especially within the Buick-Pontiac-GMC channel.

So, what’s all of this “core brand” verses “niche brand” stuff?
We call it a poor choice of words.  From our perspective “niche” means more focused, which means Pontiac does what we do best: sporty, fun-to-drive cars.  And, that’s perfectly cool with us.  We don’t need to be everything to everybody.  When you add Pontiac to Buick and GMC, you’ve got a single, “full line” dealer showroom.

What does this mean for your current cars?
In the short term, nothing.  We’ll keep selling the G5, G6, G8, Solstice and Vibe while we sort out what vehicles are best for Pontiac and the Buick-Pontiac-GMC channel in the future.

What about the new cars you’ve already announced, like G8 GXP, Solstice Coupe, G3 and G8 ST?
We’re happy to say that the G8 GXP, Solstice Coupe and G3 are all being launched in early 2009.  The G8 ST is still on schedule for a late 2009 launch, and it will be part of the total portfolio review for Pontiac, as will all of our other vehicles.

Bring back the Firebird!  –  Jkujo, Pontiacspeed, and numerous others
We’ve got to be honest and say there are no current plans to bring back the Firebird.  But, we can promise you that your comments will be sent directly to the team reviewing our future product portfolio, so the voice of Firebird fans WILL be heard.

'76 Trans Am of Brian Deines

The November 2008 featured car is the ‘76 Trans Am of Brian Deines. Here is his story:

In 1975 I was ready to order a new 1975 Trans Am; but because of emissions controls G.M. didn’t offer the 455 Engine in Canada. I had decided that I wanted to have the 455. So buying a new Trans Am went on hold.

'76 Trans Am of Brian Deines

A few months passed when I read an article that G.M. was coming back with the big Block 455 in the TA for 1976 and this would be the last year. The car was ordered April 1976 from our local G.M dealership. Options were 455, 4 speed, screaming eagle on hood, custom white interior and carousel red exterior. After 10 weeks of waiting and checking the dealership about every other day at last a Trans Am appeared on the front lot. Wow! This was mine, beautiful ORANGE color and white interior. As I got me closer to the car I went into a cold sweat, it was 400 not the 455 that I had ordered and it was an automatic, my heart stopped. They had messed up the order. As I stood over the car for while, one of the head salesmen came out and told me some good news. This wasn’t my car. What a relieve. It had been ordered for the local race track to use as a pace car.

Two long weeks later my T.A. came in; it was perfect. I enjoyed the T.A. for 5 years. Getting married to my best girl, we took the car south on our Honeymoon. Those were great times. After those 5 great years, we decided (with the wife’s regrets) that we needed something more practical. Children were in the near future and I had to build my garage. Sad, but I sold the T.A. and bought a ½ ton truck.

After having two great children, 20 years has passed and I still missed the TA.

With encouragement of my wife, I decided to look for another TA. Both of my children are into cars, and they though it was a cool idea. Searching on the web, eBay there was many beautiful Firebirds on line. But if you can’t see it in person, you don’t know what you are buying.

Finally one day, my wife suggested why not try to hunt up our old ’76 TA. Wow, what a great idea. Since having kept the bill of sale, and if it still registered I should be able to track it down. After some investigating, I found the person that had the TA registered. She was just west of Ottawa; not very far away. When I talked to her at first I thing she was suspicious about my call, but she came around and we finally got to talking about the car. She had the car for almost 20 years, and changed the color to blue. It was stored in the barn, so when I heard that, I thought the car should be in good shape. Then the big blow came. She had just sold the car and would not give me the new owner’s name. I left my phone number with her and asked if the new owner ever called her back that I would like to talk to him. It seemed like the end of the trail. Then one night, approximately 6 months later, I received a call from the guy saying he was the owner of a 76 TA and heard that I was the original owner.

Finally, I was talking to the guy that has our car; what a rush! He wanted to know what the color code was when the car was new, as he wanted to change back to the original color. I asked him if he would call me when the car was painted as I would like to see it again. I never mentioned about buying it since I wanted to see what shape it was in first.

Another 6 months passed, when I got his call and the car was done. He was going to a car show, and I said I would see him there.

The day of the car show my wife and I went early and got a good spot to see all the cars drive into the show grounds. We were both exited to see our honeymoon car again. Then, all of sudden you could hear it coming down the road. You can’t only miss the carousel red, but the sound of it gave it away. We both felt 25 years younger. I got weak in the knees as it came closer and parked with the rest of the show cars. There it was looking almost as good as the day I saw it for the first time in front of the dealership. It didn’t take us long to go and join up the owner. The outside of the car had been all refinished, new paint, rally rims painted, new screaming Eagle and all decals. Inside was original and looked very good for the age.

We talked to the owner for a couple of hours, as he was very proud of the car and was having fun telling his friends that I was the original owner.

The next question was; is the car for sale. My wife and I talked in private, as we both wanted the car back. That was all I wanted to hear. He was very reluctant at first to sell, but after the right price and help from his wife a deal was achieved. The TA was coming back home.

I enjoy taking my prize to shows, where I never have time to rest; always sharing my story with other car owners and spectators. Lots of memories that will only grow.

’76 Trans Am of Brian Deines

'76 Trans Am of Brian Deines

From the Editor's Desk – November 2008

'89 Formula 350 of Steve Reed Thanks to all of the new members that joined recently.

Thanks to Janice Francis, Jay Lord, Wayne Lewis, Brian Deines and all of the other contributors to this issue! Also many thanks to Todd Stahr, Justin Kwarta, Bill Simcox and Brett Campbell on their continuing technical help to our members on our new message board at board.firebirdclub.net.

The latest  NFTAC local chapter is the New England Firebird Auto Club serving all of New England. The president is Joseph A. Pendola, the vice-president is Paul Cullen and the organizing officer is Christian Driscoll.  The address is 760 North Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876.  Phone number 978-821-0528 and email  address of Spcledtnta@yahoo.com .

Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section on the Club Message Board where each local club has its own section where local club items can be discussed.

You can now find us on the popular networking sites myspace.com, facebook.com, friendster.com and yuwie.com in the groups/clubs section.

I am happy to inform you that Technical Sections Volume II is now available which continues the great tradition of practical tech advice started with Volumes I. In keeping with the times this one is available only on CD for PC or Mac and is available in the Club Store section of each Eagle and on the website at www.firebirdtaclub.com .

Another new item in the store is a complete copy of the past ten years of the Eagle available on CD only for PC or Mac.

We have a new and improved club message board. You can access through the club website at www.firebirdtaclub.com or directly at http://board.firebirdclub.net . We have a members only section of the message board.  You can use the user id and password on page 3 of each Eagle or you can get a personal id and password.  To do so, register and then logon to the message board and send a message to us with a reply in this section or via email. This allows you to access the Member Only Question & Answer and Upkeep and Performance Hints Area.  It also allows you to post items in the For Sale and Wanted sections as well as post photos in the Member Photos area. Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section.

The club also now has a blog located at http://blog.firebirdclub.net . Members can publish items or comments to the Blog.

We have a National Firebird & Trans Am Club photo gallery located at http://photos.firebirdclub.net .  The same login is used for the gallery as the Message Board. Members can download photos directly here.

We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt  or tech volume II CD.  The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA.  And  in  response to many members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $65 which also includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. So save some money and get a free t-shirt or tech CD in the process!

Classified ads are FREE to members but now you can add photographs of your items for sale.  For $15 we will include a B & W photograph of your car or item and for $35 we will include a color photo. Also the classified ads will now appear on our Internet web site.

Remember we will send out the eEagle, our email newsletter in addition to the regular Eagle for members that have given us their email address. Our website address is www.firebirdtaclub.com and our email address is info@ firebirdtaclub.com.  The website  has a “Members Only” section on the web site. This section contains technical staff contact information, recommended repair shops,  spare parts lists that members have sent in as well as complete current and past issues of the member magazine which can be viewed on-line or downloaded for printing.

You need an ID and password to access this area.  You will find the current ID and password on page 3 of each issue of  the EAGLE.   These will change with each issue so use only the current ones listed.

Thanks for all of your support and to this issue’s contributors and I hope you are preparing for next year’s driving season!!

1977 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis

My name is Wayne Lewis form southeastern Indiana. I purchase on eBay in August of 2007 a 1977 Trans Am. This vehicle was sold new in December of 1976, at Don Sisk Pontiac in Indianapolis, Indiana. The original owner kept the car 20 years and only put 36,000 miles on it. He then sold it to his brother, who in the next 11 years put another 3000 miles on it. And it gets better. The car was rust proofed at the dealer when it was sold so it has no rust in the floor pans, trunk, etc. And I have all the original paperwork for the original sale, rustproofing, and even the the first two Indiana vehicle safety inspections. The interior also is in very good condition. The car came with steel wheels on it. It has the W72 package and Hurst link 4-speed. The A/C is inoperable but everything is there. It has camel interior and white exterior. I was going to paint it Smokey and the Bandit black and gold but I may leave it cameo white. I also picked up a set of snowflake wheels and had them reconditioned and then painted gold.

It is really nice getting all the double looks as I meet people on the highway and people coming up to talk while getting gas and stuff.

'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis
'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis
'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis
'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis

2008 Trans Am Nationals

by Frank Ochal

The 24th annual Trans Am Nationals were held the weekend of August 22-24 in Dayton, Ohio. The staff of the National Firebird & Trans Am Club participates in this event because of the large number of Firebirds and Trans Ams that always are present.

The turnout was great as there were rows and rows of Firebirds and Trans Ams with many fine examples of all generations.

It was great to meet so many of our members at the show and we thank you for all of the many complements about the club itself.

A great time was had by the attendees and the 25th Annual Trans Am Nationals is already scheduled for August 28-30, 2009. Take a look at all the great cars and we know we will see you there!

2008 Trans Am Nationals

2008 Trans Am Nationals

2008 Trans Am Nationals

2008 Trans Am Nationals

2008 Trans Am Nationals

2008 Trans Am Nationals

2008 Trans Am Nationals

From the Editors' Desk – August 2008

'68 Firebird of Dominick Laudia Thanks to all of the new members that joined recently.

Thanks
to Cathie Heighes, Christian Driscoll, Marcia Corvig, John Motroni and all of the other contributors to this issue! Also many thanks to Todd Stahr, Justin Kwarta, Bill Simcox and Brett Campbell on their continuing technical help to our members on our new message board at board.firebirdclub.net.

The latest NFTAC local chapter is the New England Firebird Auto Club serving all of New England. The president is Joseph A. Pendola, the vice-president is Paul Cullen and the organizing officer is Christian Driscoll. The address is 760 North Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876. Phone number 978-821-0528 and email address of Spcledtnta@yahoo.com .

Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section on the Club Message Board where each local club has its own section where local club items can be discussed.

You can now find us on the popular networking sites myspace.com, facebook.com, friendster.com and yuwie.com in the groups/clubs section.

I am happy to inform you that Technical Sections Volume II is now available which continues the great tradition of practical tech advice started with Volumes I. In keeping with the times this one is available only on CD for PC or Mac and is available in the Club Store section of each Eagle and on the website at www.firebirdtaclub.com.

Another new item in the store is a complete copy of the past ten years of the Eagle available on CD only for PC or Mac.

We have a new and improved club message board. You can access through the club website at www.firebirdtaclub.com or directly at http://board.firebirdclub.net . We have a members only section of the message board. You can use the user id and password on page 3 of each Eagle or you can get a personal id and password. To do so, register and then logon to the message board and send a message to us with a reply in this section or via email. This allows you to access the Member Only Question & Answer and Upkeep and Performance Hints Area. It also allows you to post items in the For Sale and Wanted sections as well as post photos in the Member Photos area. Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section.

The club also now has a blog located at http://blog.firebirdclub.net . Members can publish items or comments to the Blog.

We have a National Firebird & T/A Club photo gallery located at photos.firebirdclub.net. The same login is used for the gallery as the Message Board. Members can download photos directly here.

We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt or tech volume II CD. The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA. And in response to many members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $50 which also includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. So save some money and get a free t-shirt or tech CD in the process!

Classified ads are FREE to members but now you can add photographs of your items for sale. For $15 we will include a B & W photograph of your car or item and for $35 we will include a color photo. Also the classified ads will now appear on our Internet web site.

Remember we will send out the eEagle, our email newsletter in addition to the regular Eagle for members that have given us their email address. Our website address is www.firebirdtaclub.com and our email address is info@firebirdtaclub.com . The website has a “Members Only” section on the web site. This section contains technical staff contact information, recommended repair shops, spare parts lists that members have sent in as well as complete current and past issues of the member magazine which can be viewed on-line or downloaded for printing.

You need an ID and password to access this area. You will find the current ID and password on page 3 of each issue of the EAGLE. These will change with each issue so use only the current ones listed.

Thanks for all of your support and to this issue’s contributors and I hope you are enjoying the driving season!!

Pontiac Southern Nationals

by Jay Lord

It’s Back!!! Yes, after a two year hiatus, the Pontiac Southern Nationals is Back!

In case you have never heard of or been to this event, it’s the brain child of the Dallas Area Pontiac Association. Here’s how it all got started. In 1993 the Pontiac Southern Nationals came to be as a result of the Dallas Area Pontiac Association’s desire to put on an event weekend that rivaled any national car event anywhere. Traditionally, PSN has been held in Dallas, Texas and quickly became one of the major Pontiac event weekends in this part of the United States. The PSN also quickly became known nationally as one of the top events each year and Pontiac hobbyists from across the nation attend. A very high quality hotel is always selected as the host hotel where Pontiac guys and gals bring their family and friends and meet other Pontiac owners and spend hours sharing information about their cars and the hobby. Traditionally, on the Friday night of the event weekend, there is a casual supper for entrants and their family, usually around the hotel pool, a court yard or at a hospitality suite. On Saturday, the all Pontiac car show is run and on Sunday, bracket racing is offered at one of the top ¼ mile tracks in the area.

Josie\'s 1970 Trans Am The PSN was a hit from the beginning and continued its winning ways through 2005. Then the DAPA members took two years off in 2006 and 2007 and only hosted a charity show in its place by way of the Sewell Pontiac BOP show benefiting the American Cancer Society, which is still their charity today.

During those two years, many Pontiac folk sent emails, letters or had conversations with many of the DAPA members, expressing their feelings about the need to resume the PSN. In late 2007, DAPA President Don Fenton and DAPA members came together and decided to resurrect this tremendous weekend on June 6-8, 2008. The only difference was that it was held in San Antonio, Texas.

Pontac Southern Nationals car A block of rooms were set aside at an almost brand new La Quinta Inn and Suites which was only a few miles from downtown San Antonio, where attractions such as the Riverwalk, the Alamo, Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park, fine restaurants, and shopping could be enjoyed by all. The La Quinta was also where, the traditional Friday night casual social event and supper for entrants and their families was held.

Saturday started early for many of the hobbyists. Many struck out before 8 a.m. for the car show which was held on the grounds of the Retama Horse Race Track. Although the forecast called for a 30% chance of rain, the show was blessed with only one small rain shower. A few of the entrants might have seeked shelter at the race track because the entry fee included a free admission to the track.

Pontac Southern Nationals car Pontiac hobbyist and their cars came from all over Texas to celebrate the resurrection of the PSN. Despite sky rocketing gas prices and the threat of rain for the weekend, 77 primo Pontiacs entered the show. Of the clubs that entered cars, the San Antonio Pontiac club, South Central Texas Chapter of POCI, entered over a dozen cars and many of them took home awards. Over three dozen top quality first, second, third and fourth generation Firebirds, Formulas, and Trans Ams entered, were teched and placed in one of the six classes for F-bodies.

Four second generation cars that caught everyone’s eye and scored very well by the judges were the 1976 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Trans Am owner by Robert Kern of Dallas, the 1979 Special Edition Trans Am owned by Paul Kenny of Houston, a 1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am owned by Greg San Marco of San Antonio and a 1970 Trans Am owned by Josie Lord of Bulverde, Texas.
Robert’s ’76 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is a Hurst t-top Y-82 code car, with automatic (TH350), 400 cid, 2.56 rear gears. This very original car’s total mileage (after the 2008 Bandit Run and the PSN) is only 83K!

Paul’s 1979 Special Edition Trans Am has the Pontiac 400 ci motor, 4spd. with only 31k original miles. He’s owned it for 10yrs. It is a high optioned un-restored survivor car that shows very well.
Greg’s 1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am is a 400/4spd car with only 3800 original miles on it. It too is an un-restored survivor car that shows very well.

Josie’s 1970 Trans Am has been in the family for almost 20 years, is a polar white, numbers matching, PHS documented, highly optioned, Ram Air III, California car.

Best of Show went to a 1969 Firebird 400 owned by Jay Lord of Bulverde, Texas. This gold with a parchment vinyl top Firebird is an unmolested, numbers matching, PHS, heavily documented car. It has only been driven 78K by its 4 owners. It has won awards in many shows in and around San Antonio but this is the car’s first Best of Show award.

Pontac Southern Nationals car The races on Sunday at the San Antonio Raceway’s ¼ mile track had some fantastic cars. Many of the DAPA members that had been involved with the PSN for years felt the track was the best venue they have used hands down. Several classes were established and provided racing fun and excitement. Cash awards were made to the winners and runner up in each class. To maximize entrants and spectators enjoyment, if a racer lost their first round elimination race, for an extra fee, they were allowed back in to the same class for a second chance.

The entire weekend was a huge success thanks to all the hard work of all the Dallas Area Pontiac Association members and family as well as the support received from several sponsors – Red McCombs Superior Pontiac GMC of San Antonio, Ames Performance Engineering, Butler Performance, Sewell Pontiac of Dallas, GTOAA Ram Air Restorations, DuSold Enterprises, and Street Dreams.

Rest assured, whenever and wherever the PSN is set for 2009, we’ll all be there. Hope many of you reading this story will bring your cars and join in the excitement, Pontiac Southern Nationals style.

Firebirds of Christian and Tracey Driscoll

‘68 Firebird of Christian Driscoll The 1968 Firebird has a fresh engine swap. in November of 2006.the preparations for the swap began. All new subframe, heater components, Hurst shifter, front end rubber, springs, 400 hood and more. I got her back in August 2007 and it a work in progress still but she‘ll do for now. The ‘79 formula is built for Canada. The gauges are in kilometers. She belongs to my wife Tracey. It does not have the 301 engine but has the 403 monster engine. ‘68 Firebird of Christian Driscoll 79 Formula of Christian Driscoll’s wife Tracey