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’79 Trans Am of Doug Lester

The featured car in May 2010 issue of the National Firebird and Trans Am Club Eagle is the ‘79 Trans Am of Doug Lester. Here is his story:

I have had Trans Ams for as long as I can remember. I sold my first one to start a business. Things went well for me and I caught the car bug one day at a local car show. I went out looking and found one in January of 2009 and stripped it down and built it back up. 8 months and 15k later, she was done. I took it to the Trans Am Nationals, in Dayton, Ohio and placed 2nd in the F-4 modified class . Thanks to some of the tips I got from other Trans Am owners!

'79 Trans Am of Doug Lester

'79 Trans Am of Doug Lester

'79 Trans Am of Doug Lester

’86 Trans Am of Mark Goldman

In January of 1995 I found my 1986 Trans Am in a used car lot. At the time it had 59,000 miles, was dark blue metallic w/silver ground effects and had been used as a pace car on the local track. It was pretty much a stock 305.

Since that day I have totally transformed her into a custom modified beauty”. In 2000 I had my 305 pulled and the car painted Ice Blue w/Pearl Dust and Ghost Flames by Dreamakers Kustoms in Endicott, New York. Upon completion of the paint I installed a custom built 350 Chevy 700R4 transmission, Be Cool radiator, fiberglass ram air hood, Eagle alloy wheels and a custom dual muffler system w/dual Monza exhaust tips. The interior is stock except for Firebirds embroidered on the headrests, Panasonic stereo w/ MTX custom sub box and Kicker Amp and a BM Ratchet Shifter.

In 2008 I won all local shows in my class and took a 3rd place in 3rd Generation at the “Firebirds On The Lawn” in Saratoga Springs, New York.

'86 Trans Am of Mark Goldman

'86 Trans Am of Mark Goldman

'86 Trans Am of Mark Goldman

'79 Trans Am and '98 Firebird of Kelly Powell

I am an avid Firebird and Trans Am lover! I have had around ten Trans Ams and Firebirds throughout my life. My pick is the ‘79 Trans Am but I love them all!

When I was around 20 years of age, I drove my first Trans Am. The rest is history! I was hooked and had to have that car which was exactly like the blue ‘79 featured in a past issue of the Eagle. I begged my friend and talked him into selling the ‘79 to me. After that, I wanted nothing to do with any other car, other than a sports car and mainly a Trans Am.

I now have a ‘79 Trans Am which I purchased in December 2006. I never thought I would ever get the chance to own one again. The way I got the car is bitter-sweet in that my parents passed away leaving the family home to me. Since I could not keep the home because of taxes and repairs needed on the house, I sold the property. At the time I made the sale, I was cruising through New Boston, Ohio on my way to Wal-Mart and in passing Cooper’s Car and Truck Accessories, I spotted the ‘79 Trans Am I now own.

I had to have that car! As you can see, it is beautiful! I have a son who is 16 years old and I have a feeling this car will be his graduation present. That way, he will have a “gift” from his grandparents and mother and something to treasure for the rest of his life. But until then, it will continue to be my dream car. I want to restore it in the near future and I hopefully I will be able to. Having suffered from cancer and back surgery and having really been through a really rough time in my life. Purchasing this car has been a god-send to me. It really cheered me up and brought back new hope in my life!

I also have a ‘98 Firebird which I will be hanging onto and restoring in the future. I love my ‘98 Firebird but it does not compare to my ‘79 Trans Am. Nothing ever will.

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