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!
Pontiac is back… Well kind of. This is Lingenfelter’s Pontiac Trans Am based off of a 5th-Gen Camaro. It’s a turn-key package Lingenfelter introduced at the 2012 SEMA show. Mike Copeland, who used to head special projects for GM and built previous HOT ROD projectcars, said the only thing left is to sell them.
The Trans Ams will be offered in three price point packages that can be expanded upon or ditched for an entirely custom order. The base model is the $40,000 package which includes exterior work and cat-back exhaust. Package two is $69,000 and includes exterior, interior, paint job, and wheels. The top of the line package, what you see here, includes: exterior, paint, interior, Brembo brakes, full exhaust, and a 455ci V8. Lingenfelter starts with an RHS block and builds a custom 455ci with LSX heads and 655hp to the flywheel. The cars are built to order and don’t include the Camaro (they will buy one for you if you can’t show up with your own).
In 2009 Lingenfelter built four prototypes and thrashed on them for several years tweaking them before production was ready. The body kits were designed and now built by Lingenfelter. The car has specially designed wheels built by Forgeline and no, you can’t buy them, they will only be offered on the Lingenfelter Trans Am.