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2014 Trans Am Nationals

Story by Frank Ochal, photos from Facebook

The 2014 Trans Am Nationals were held from August 22-24 in Fairborn, Ohio which is just outside of Dayton, Oho. There is always a large number of Firebirds and Trans Ams so the National Firebird and Trans Am Club participates in this event.

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

There were hundreds of cars that registered for the show and everyone had a great time. Thanks to the staff of dedicated people who put on the show and volunteered their time.

A great time was had by the attendees and the 31st Annual Trans Am National will be held in August 2015. Take a look at all the photos of the event and we know we will see you there!

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Trans Am/All Pontiac Run 2014

by Ben Deutschman

EDISON N.J. TO FLEMINGTON N.J.

The 2014 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run went off as scheduled this year on July 12, 2014, unlike last year. Thanks to help from my partner Steve Reed, flyers were spread far and wide, and we also found a number of new outlets on the Web to publicize through, such as AutoMouth.com, Northeast Wheels, CarShowHQ.com, OldRide.com, CarShowNationals.com, just to name a few.

Another factor that certainly helped bolster participation levels this year, was beautiful sunny weather, with warm, but not intolerable temps.

The total number of cars gathering at the Edison McDonalds was 23, and while they didn’t join us for the ride, um, might have had a little problem keeping up, technically it was 24, if one included the mini replica Firebird, powered by a Lawn Mower engine.

At approximately 3:30 P.M. our entourage departed the McDonalds, and we headed out on to Rt 1. From our departure point we cruised for about 10 miles on Rt 287, then a short hop on Rt 22, and finally a nice long drive down Rt 202 South. Most of the trip was pleasant, and without incident, until we reached the halfway point on Rt 202. Unfortunately, one of our participants had an issue with a Starter wire a that grounded out, and though help from fellow Run participants got the problem taken care of, the fellow and his friends opted not to chance going the rest of the way to Flemington. An understandable decision, given the late hour we would depart the end destination of the Run.

With hopes high that our troubles were over, and good times lay ahead, the rest of us continued on to our destination, arriving in Flemington around

4:30 P.M., where our Host of the event Steve Mamackus of ‘Kroozin Productions’, ushered us in to our reserved parking area. Of course we figured we were home free at that point in our journey, but alas, trouble raised its ugly head again, as one of our participants, with a pristine 1964 Tempest, struck a retaining wall, while backing into his parking space.

The rest of the evening went well, no more incidents, or accidents, and ALL who remained, were treated to Goodie Bags packed by Steve Reed, with items from the National Firebird Trans Am Club, Hagerty Classic Insurance, and others, a drawing for giveaway gifts care of the Goodguys Car Club, and Rock Auto, plus the awarding of two trophies, Best Pontiac and Best Trans Am, selected by participant balloting, using our low tech Raffle/giveaway tickets as the Ballots.

 

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2013 New Jersey Trans Am Run

by Ben Deutschman

The very much delayed, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Steve Reed in finding us a destination point for a rescheduled NJ Trans Am/All Pontiac Run for 2013, the event finally took place on October 19, 2013. Our Event helper, Steve, also very thoughtfully donated some Hagerty Goodie Bags, to which we added a sample copy of the National Firebird and Trans Am Club’s Club magazine, and an application for membership in the NFTAC.

Unfortunately, one thing neither Steve nor I (Ben Deutschman) could control was the weather, and though unlike the July date, when it poured, on the 19th of October, it was mostly cloudy, with only a possibility of light rain, late in the day. Of course, understandably, even the hint of foul weather kept many participants from joining us, and so we had only eight Pontiacs in our caravan this year. What the Run may have lacked in numbers, it made up for in enthusiasm and fun, with all involved, from the youngest, to the oldest, having a good time.

Once at our destination we put together a balloting system, thanks to my Son Martin, and each participant had the opportunity to pick their favorite Pontiac overall and also their favorite Firebird.

After everyone was done eating, our next item on the agenda was to award the two trophies to the “Best Pontiac”, and Best Firebird”, determined by the earlier balloting. After the Trophies were awarded, the tickets were put back into a Coffee Can, and the kids were given the opportunity to randomly pick tickets, which were then used to award the giveaway items donated by Ames Performance Engineering, the National Firebird Trans Am Club, and Hagerty Classic Insurance. Of the many nice prizes given away, one lucky winner received a free, one year membership in the National Firebird Trans Am Club, donated of course by the Club.

With a light rain beginning to fall, the festivities ended around 6:30 P.M., and we all beat a hasty retreat towards home. Hopefully the weather will be nicer in 2014, and when the event takes place on July 12, 2014, we’ll have a better participant turnout.

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2013 Trans Am Nationals

The 2013 Trans Am Nationals were held from August 23-25 in Dayton, Ohio. There is always a large number of Firebirds and Trans Ams so the National Firebird and Trans Am Club participates in this event.

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

There were hundreds of cars that registered for the show and everyone had a great time. Thanks to Sue Emmel and her staff of dedicated people who put on the show and volunteered their time.

A great time was had by the attendees and the 30th Annual Trans Am National will be held in August 2014. Take a look at all the photos of the event and we know we will see you there!

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Naperville Crossing 3rd Annual Car Show

Naperville Crossing’s 3rd annual Car & Custom Bike Show located in Naperville, Illinois was very well attended last year with close to 200 cars and is fast becoming the best venue in the Chicagoland Car Show circuit! Dash plaques were given to the first 100 entries and over 75 very nice and large trophies were awarded! The venue is great with a huge clean parking area with Rt. 59 frontage and many many great places to enjoy breakfast and lunch. There are always many spectators well. The show is held on the Monday of Labor Day weekend. Plan to join us for a good time and a great show in 2014!

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A Pontiac Celebration 2012

For the second time, “A Pontiac Celebration” in Warwick, Rhode Island drew Pontiac lovers from throughout the Northeastern United States for a fun filled weekend to enjoy the cars and people of our great hobby. As by design, this “Celebration” is to showcase the great cars that we love so much, and to perpetuate the hobby by sharing them with everyone. Pontiac Clubs of all stripes are invited, and together bring a mixture representing every era and type of Pontiac from throughout the 84 years of Pontiac’s colorful history.

But, beyond the obvious fun of enjoying all these great Pontiacs, and visiting with all the dedicated people who bring these pieces of iron to life, “A Pontiac Celebration” reaches out beyond the hobbyplace and pulls all the members of our community together for an even greater cause– helping the fight against childhood cancer. Once again everyone rallied together and with all their energy we were again able to donate thousands of dollars to the two children’s charities we support: Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for childhood cancer and The Tomorrow Fund helping children and families affected by cancer.

With show costs held as low as we possibly can, and not one penny going to anything beyond actual costs of services, we bring a family-style event to everyone, and they answer with their generosity in donations and purchases that support the charities.

Saturday morning dawned a little on the hazy side, but all reports had been for sunshine throughout the day. And by mid-morning the clouds burned off, and the sun came peaking out for a wonderful show day. Registration stayed busy as new arrivals continued through the morning.

Meanwhile out on the show field the crew was busy checking everyone in and getting them to their assigned spots. But it didn’t take long for the relaxed atmosphere of a beautiful day and a bunch of even more beautiful Pontiacs to fill the air. Besides people prepping their own cars, they strolled the grounds and visited with many more who where also enjoying the day. Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer entertained everyone with great music and took care of all the announcements for seminars, raffles, etc. He did a great job helping keep everything organized and flowing smoothly.

As the show day wound to a close, and participants hurried about to get their voting ballots turned in, preparations began for the evening BBQ banquet dinner and the awards presentations. Once again our theme of casual and family fun prevailed as friends and families gathered in the atrium and the room became a-buzz with discussions of the day, and no doubt predictions of winners from the very competitive show. It was apparent, however, from everyone’s smiles and laughter that all considered themselves a winner.

Following a great meal, Rick DiGiacomo introduced special guests and speakers, and then again with the help of Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer, set right to the much anticipated announcements of the car show winners. It was no small job to select specific cars to award out of so many great entrants.

In addition to the show classes, we had a number of Specialty Awards given out in specific categories. New for 2012 was the “Kid’s Choice Award” given out in special memory of longtime Pontiac hobbyist Ken Deming from Massachusetts. We were so fortunate to have Ken attend A Pontiac Celebration in 2010, but sadly lost him soon after. Our special thanks to Noel and Starr Evans from Connecticut who helped Ken so much, and helped make this special award possible. Enjoying, and sadly remembering, the people of this Pontiac hobby is what helps make it so special.

The evening ended with a promise to come together again in 2014 for another Pontiac Celebration– Eastern Regional Meet. We are happy to again report that we were able to donate many thousands of dollars to our two children’s cancer charities. . . all from the wonderful Pontiac hobbyists who not only enjoy their special cars, but use them to help an even greater cause. Our sincere thanks to all who attended, and enjoyed themselves. You have our promise of an even better time in 2014.

Following you will find a display of all our great Show Sponsors who help make this event possible. Please consider these businesses first when you need something for your hobby. There is also a listing in another article of the many show winners who we congratulate for their accomplishments. Once again PontiacRegistry.com is happy, and proud, to host such an event for such a worthwhile purpose. Our thanks to all who helped make “A Pontiac Celebration – 2012” a huge success. See you all in 2014!

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H1) 1967–69 Firebird: Dave Brady ‘69 Firebird, Richard Roberts ‘68 Firebird, Mark Robitaille ‘67 Firebird

H2) 1970–81 Firebird: George Berg ‘73 Formula, Pete Slota ‘73 Firebird,

J1) 1969–73 Trans Am: George Berg ‘70 Trans Am, Gary Trombino ‘71 Trans Am, Rick Holloway ‘71 Trans Am

J2) 1974–78 Trans Am: Derek Fletcher ‘74 Trans Am, John Kunasek ‘78 Trans Am Charlie Barron ‘78 Trans Am

J3) 1979–81 Trans Am: Kenneth Usry ‘80 Trans Am, Fil Ferrauto ‘80 Trans Am, Star Theodosigu ‘79 Trans Am

K) 1982–2002 FB/TA/Firehawk/GTA: Rick Campana ‘00 Firehawk, Harry DeBernardo ‘79 Trans Am, Jim Napolitano ‘78 Trans Am

MODIFIED CLASSES:

M7) 1967–78 Firebird/Trans Am: Richard Beer ‘78 Trans Am, John Burgess ‘69 Firebird, Jason Burgess ‘70 Firebird

M8) 1979–2002 Firebird/Trans Am: Tom Yannone ‘81 Trans Am, Jim Oliver ‘79 Trans Am, Carlos Martins ‘89 Trans Am

SPECIALTY AWARDS:

Best of Show: Jeff Goldstein ‘65 GTO; People’s Choice: Wheeler Bradley ‘57 Safari; PontiacRegistry.com Choice: Tom Yannone ‘81 Trans Am; Best In-Process Trophy: Becky Peluso ‘64 Lemans

A Pontiac Celebration 2012

2012 All Firebird Lawn Show

by Tom and Sandy Smith

Our 10th Annual All Firebird Lawn Show held at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York. The show saw slightly less than 100 Firebirds on the show field in part due to concerns about weather but we still raised a lot of money for Special Olympics. Our All Firebird Cruise was also a success with protection from the New York State Police. We cruised from the Wilton Fire Department to the Saratoga PBA and had a blast with Crazy Herbs BBQ and a showing of Smokey and the Bandit! Many thanks go to FNONA VP Joe Carey for acquiring the cruise staging area Wilton FD lot, Saratoga PBA host venue and the projector to show the movie. A thank you also goes out to my friend Henry Gepfert for allowing us to use his sound system.

Financially, the show raised slightly less than $7,200.00 including income from Sponsors, Vendors, t-shirt sales, Pay Pal and check Pre-registrations, day of show cash donations, 50-50 raffle, silent auctions, spectator donations, etc., and FNONA, Inc. handed Special Olympics more than $6,000.00 including a club donation of more than $500. Show expenses included club show insurance, DJ payment, trophies, dash plaques, show t-shirts, printing costs, etc. As of this writing, FNONA, Inc. has given Special Olympics more than $42,500.00, an accomplishment for which I am very proud and thankful to all those who have helped Sandy and myself over the past 10 years.

After dozens and dozens of e-mails and five face to face meetings between myself, Special Olympics, and a third party promoter, I am sorry to say that negotiations fell apart and currently the future of the 2013 All Firebird Lawn Show looks dim. Although I agreed to stay on board for 2013 as co-organizer, mentor, and volunteer for an orderly transition into the future, the folks at Special Olympics Capital District Region and the third party promoter both felt that they could not dedicate the time and effort required to continue the show at the current level for 2013 and into the future. Therefore I am very sorry to say that as of this writing, we have all probably seen the last of the All Firebird Lawn Shows.

Do you want the Firebird Show to continue past 2012? Before you answer, are you willing to take on a leadership role? Are you willing to help? Are you willing to maintain a website, work with vendors and sponsors, are you willing to be a club officer and attend meetings? Are you willing to take on the complete role of show organizer where the buck and all decisions stop with you? You sign the agreement with venues, the agreement with show hotel, and the agreement with show insurers for liability insurance? If yes, then there is hope. If not, then it is over. Either way, it has been a great ride with no regrets, but Sandy and I are tired and need a rest. I thank you for your past support.

Tom and Sandy Smith

website: http://clubs.hemmings.com/firebirdnationofnorthamerica
email: tsmith24@earthlink.net

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2012 Trans Am Nationals

 

Story by Frank Ochal
Photos by Doug Lester and others

The 2012 Trans Am Nationals were held the weekend of August 24-26 in Dayton, Ohio. There is always a large number of Firebirds and Trans Ams so the National Firebird & Trans Am Club participates in this event.

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

There were approximately 368 cars that registered for the show and everyone had a great time. Thank you to Sue Emmel and her staff of dedicated people who put on the show and volunteered their time.

A great time was had by the attendees and the 29th Annual Trans Am National will be held in August 2013. Take a look at all the photos of the event and we know we will see you there!

2012 All Firebird Lawn Show

by Tom and Sandy Smith

Our 10th Annual All Firebird Lawn Show held at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York. The show saw slightly less than 100 Firebirds on the show field in part due to concerns about weather but we still raised a lot of money for Special Olympics. Our All Firebird Cruise was also a success with protection from the New York State Police. We cruised from the Wilton Fire Department to the Saratoga PBA and had a blast with Crazy Herbs BBQ and a showing of Smokey and the Bandit! Many thanks go to FNONA VP Joe Carey for acquiring the cruise staging area Wilton FD lot, Saratoga PBA host venue and the projector to show the movie. A thank you also goes out to my friend Henry Gepfert for allowing us to use his sound system.

Financially, the show raised slightly less than $7,200.00 including income from Sponsors, Vendors, t-shirt sales, Pay Pal and check Pre-registrations, day of show cash donations, 50-50 raffle, silent auctions, spectator donations, etc., and FNONA, Inc. handed Special Olympics more than $6,000.00 including a club donation of more than $500. Show expenses included club show insurance, DJ payment, trophies, dash plaques, show t-shirts, printing costs, etc. As of this writing, FNONA, Inc. has given Special Olympics more than $42,500.00, an accomplishment for which I am very proud and thankful to all those who have helped Sandy and myself over the past 10 years.

After dozens and dozens of e-mails and five face to face meetings between myself, Special Olympics, and a third party promoter, I am sorry to say that negotiations fell apart and currently the future of the 2013 All Firebird Lawn Show looks dim. Although I agreed to stay on board for 2013 as co-organizer, mentor, and volunteer for an orderly transition into the future, the folks at Special Olympics Capital District Region and the third party promoter both felt that they could not dedicate the time and effort required to continue the show at the current level for 2013 and into the future. Therefore I am very sorry to say that as of this writing, we have all probably seen the last of the All Firebird Lawn Shows.

Do you want the Firebird Show to continue past 2012? Before you answer, are you willing to take on a leadership role? Are you willing to help? Are you willing to maintain a website, work with vendors and sponsors, are you willing to be a club officer and attend meetings? Are you willing to take on the complete role of show organizer where the buck and all decisions stop with you? You sign the agreement with venues, the agreement with show hotel, and the agreement with show insurers for liability insurance? If yes, then there is hope. If not, then it is over. Either way, it has been a great ride with no regrets, but Sandy and I are tired and need a rest. I thank you for your past support.

Tom and Sandy Smith

website: http://clubs.hemmings.com/firebirdnationofnorthamerica
email: tsmith24@earthlink.net

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2011 Trans Am Nationals

Story by Frank Ochal
Photos by Doug Lester and others

The 2011 Trans Am Nationals were held the weekend of August 26-28 in Dayton, Ohio. There is always a large number of Firebirds and Trans Ams so the National Firebird & Trans Am Club participates in this event.

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

It was great to see 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 28th Annual Trans Am Nationals is already scheduled for August 24-26, 2012. Take a look at all the photos of the event and we know we will see you there!