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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.

2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells

2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells

2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells

2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells

It was a GREAT event!!

For our third anniversary, we once again increased our participation. The 2016 event saw an increase in older Pontiacs and we certainly had FUN. Yes, it was a beautiful weekend for the Pontiac Adventures driving event.  We had some wonderful comments from couples who enjoyed the event because of all the events they could do together. We had an amazing array of Pontiacs, old and new and we had fun – driving & showing Pontiacs!!!

The start of one of our great tours at the 2016 Pontiac Adventures event. The track at Dells Raceway Park once again proved to be fun to all who participated in this exciting event.  Then on Saturday night we visited Edge Of Dells for burn out action – and you won’t believe the stories!! Just one of our tours staging for a group picture before hot laps at Dells Raceway Park

The tailgate party was well received and we will work to enhance the experience next year with hopefully grills and also lighting under the tents just to mention a few of the improvements we will be working on.

Tours on Friday in 2017 will be at 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm and on Saturday the tours will be 1:00pm, 1:30pm and 2:00pm. Sunday’s tours will depart at the same time to get everyone back in time for that fantastic brunch.

We will have at least one tour stopping at an orchard and all new tours for you to enjoy, both scenic and spirited.  So, drive in next year and experience the best Pontiac show and driving event in the Mid-West, driving on curvy lower Wisconsin roads in the fall with the leaves turning along the roads – what a great way to spent the weekend!!

THERE IS A REASON to be here in 2017- well there are many reasons as we are the ONLY EVENT in the nation with these types of events: Spirited Driving Tours, Scenic Driving Tours, Hot Laps at Dells Raceway Park, Burn outs, Judging.

For 2017, the event will be held on September 15 – 17, 2017 – mark your calendars and come drive with us.

Thanks to all who participated in this record year and next year will be even bigger!!

Deb Stebane, Chris Wachel, Joe Morgan, Ed Saari

 

2016 Trans Am Nationals

2016tanationals5 2016tanationals4 2016tanationals3 2016tanationals2 2016tanationalsThe 2016 Trans Am Nationals were held from August 26-28 in Fairborn, Ohio which is just outside of Dayton, Ohio. As usual, there was a large number of Firebirds and Trans Ams so the National Firebird and Trans Am Club participates in this event.

There was a good turnout of cars as usual. There were many rows and rows of Firebirds and Trans Ams with many examples of all the generations including the growing every year Trans Am conversions.

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 33rd Annual Trans Am National will be held in August 2017. Take a look at all the photos of the event and we know we will see you there!

NJ 2016 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run

2016njtarun-1 2016njtarun-9 2016njtarun-8 2016njtarun-7 2016njtarun-5 2016njtarun-4 2016njtarun-3 2016njtarun-2Edison, New Jersey to Flemington, New Jersey on July 23, 2016

Though delayed by two weeks due to threatening weather on the original event date, the 2016 NJ Trans Am/All Pontiac Run went off on schedule on its ‘Rain Date.’

There were 13 participants taking part in the Run, and thankfully none of the participants experienced any difficulties with their vehicles, that prevented them from completing the trip from the McDonalds in Edison New Jersey, to Main St in Flemington New Jersey.

Once settled in on Main St, the participants were given some time to look around, and at 6:00 P.M., the ‘Giveaway Items’ (provided courtesy of the National Firebird Trans Am Club), were given out, and the Best Firebird/Trans Am, and Best Pontiac Trophies awarded. Best Firebird went to Bill Vantuono, owner of a1969 Firebird Convertible (see event photos), and Best Pontiac went to Scott Kievning, owner of a 1998 Pontiac GTP.

After the awards were handed out the participants hung out for at least another 2 hours, and then slowly began heading home, with yours truly (Ben Deutschman), leaving at 8:30 P.M.

A GREAT time was had by all, and we all look forward to the 2017 Run.

NOTE: We are now asking for suggestions for a 2017 destination for the NJ 2017 Trans Am – All Pontiac Run, . Please keep in mind that any suggested destination must be able to accommodate 25-40 vehicles, guarantee parking together, be available for a rain date, preferably have food available, and be open on Saturday. It is preferable that the destination be a Cruise Night/Car Show, but that is not a necessary prerequisite.

Ben Deutschman

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NJ 2015 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run

NJ 2015 TRANS AM/ALL PONTIAC RUN EDISON NJ TO HOWELL NJ OCTOBER 17, 2015

by Ben Deutschman

Though delayed by 3 months, the NJ 2015 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run finally happened, no rain, not even the tiniest hint of rain.

Thanks to my Co-Chair for this event, Steve Reed, who absolutely went above and beyond, not only helping act as liaison between our contact in the Club that hosts the event we ended our run at, but also having secured Goodie Bags, things to put in those bags, creating and printing ‘People’s Choice’ Ballots for the NJ 2015 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run participants to use in order to vote for their favorite Trans Am and Pontiac, securing additional items for use as ‘Door Prizes’, such as AMES Performance engineering ‘Gift Certificates’, plus creating and funding the VERY nice Dash Plaques for this event Yes, Steve was TREMENDOUS help, and a real asset to this event.

We departed Edison NJ at 2:30 P.M., and had a reasonably uneventful trip down to the Howell NJ Chick-Fil-A Cruise Night, in that NO ONE’S vehicle broke down this time around, unlike last year.

When we arrived at the Chick-Fil-A, were directed to our own parking area, where once settled in, my right hand man Steve, was able to then corral our participants, so as to hand out the Goodie Bags, and where we could then both make sure our participants got their People’s Choice Ballots.

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We wrapped things up by around 6:30 P.M., a few of us hung out for a while to shoot the breeze, and by 7:00 P.M. the last of use were on our way home

A successful wrap up, of a successful event, another BIG thanks to the Blue Moon Cruisers for inviting us use their event as our Run destination, and now it’s on to planning our 2016 event.