Thanks to Mark Henderson the Grand Prix Chapter calendars for 2014 are now available at www.cafepress.com/6972gp. Don’t be swayed by the address as he does a calendar for the 1969-1972 Grand Prix Yahoo Group too. They will both be there so pick the one you want. Mark was held up by GM making sure no one was using their Trade Marks for profit. He was able to convince them this was just a club thing. They can be ordered in 2 sizes 8 1/2″ X 11″ or 11″ X 17″. If you order more the freight is not much more so order for your friends too. Merry Christmas to all.
All-Pontiac Show, Pontiac, IL 9/21-22, 2013
by Scott A. Scheel
With the sun just peeking over the Eastern horizon on a brisk September Saturday morning, I coaxed 455 cubes of Pontiac power to life, engaged drive and pointed my ’74 Grand Prix SJ west toward Illinois. The late summer sun was still low in the sky and cast a long shadow ahead of the car as I was on my way, looking forward to arriving in Pontiac in time to participate in the Route 66 cruise. The 220 mile trip was uneventful with the big ‘Prix burbling along smoothly and confidently at about 2,600 rpm, temp reading just shy of 180 and oil pressure at a steady 60 PSI. I didn’t worry about packing my toolbox as I naively thought I had finally gotten most of the bugs out – this was going to be a fun trip. I arrived in Pontiac just after 11:00 local time, so I filled the 25 gallon tank & planned to join the other Pontiacs then lining up for the cruise. With $80 worth of dead dinosaurs in the tank & my body relieved of used coffee, I thought I was all set. Turning the key dictated a revised plan with the all too familiar sound (to vintage Pontiac owners, at least) of a starter that was dying a quick death, turning over very slowly and then stopping with a sharp click of the solenoid. It was now 11:20, so I called Prez Mark Pataluch who was leading the GP brigade on the cruise. The next thing I knew Mark & Kay had broken away from the pack (a great Pontiac Break-Away!) and rolled into the gas station followed by Ron & Nancy Maurer and Hank & Mary Kollross. Ron produced a test lamp and was probing key electrical circuits in my car. After pronouncing my electrical system OK, Ron, Mark, Hank & I rolled the 4,200-pound ’74 up on a curb and Ron dove under the car & had the starter dropped within 5 minutes. He then proceeded to confirm that my 2-month old Duralast starter was cooked by jumping both the solenoid and the starter motor itself directly to the battery. I have to say that I was especially glad to have just completed refurbishment of my car’s engine compartment – nobody got greasy working on it! Read the rest here
Congrats to Paul Bergstrom, our Grand Prix Chapter Editor. He has done it again, gotten the Old Cars Weekly Golden Quill award for 2013.
This is a list of the Grand Prix Chapter member 2013 POCI convention award winners.
2013 POCI CONVENTION POINTS JUDGED AWARD WINNERS
Modified Silver Award Winners
Ray Stoeck 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix 2DrHdtp Silver Evans GA
Stock Gold Award Winners
Dave Shega 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix 2DrHdtp Gold Cleveland OH
Stock Gold Award Junior Status, score of 390+
Mike Spizziri 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix 2DrHdtp Junior Lansdale PA
Champions, Stock Gold Award Senior Status, score of 390+
Wayne Beran 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix 2DrHdtp Oak Lawn IL
Repeat Champion, Stock Gold Award Senior Status, score of 390+
David Risner 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix 2DrHdtp Mansfield OH
2013 POCI CONVENTION POPULAR VOTE AWARD WINNERS
A. J. Koszi Bethlehem PA, MOST OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1962 Class 27: 1962 GP
Robert Jacobe Cheektowaga, NY, OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1963 Class 28: 1963‐64 GP
Arnold Krause Columbus IN, MOST OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1963 Class 28: 1963‐64 GP
John Walton Hamilton, OH, OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1965 Class 29: 1965‐66 GP
Steve Fleury Centerville, OH MOST OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1966 Class 29: 1965‐66 GP
Ronald Maurer Cherokee, IA OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1969 Class 31: 1969 GP
Mark Henderson Kokonmo, IN OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix1969 Class 31: 1969 GP
Robert Wolf Lees Summit, MO MOST OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1969 Class 31: 1969 GP
Mike Gilbert Westville, IN MOST OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Prix 1970 Class 32: 1970‐71‐72 GP, Hurst, SJ, SSJ
Tim Dye Pontiac,IL OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Safari 1976 Class 47: 1949‐10 SW, Limo, Ambu, Comm
Seymour Bradley III Broad Brook, CT OUTSTANDING Pontiac Grand Ville 1974 Class 13: 1971‐05 full size
Bob Powell Millville, DE MOST OUTSTANDING Pontiac Bonneville 1966 Class 11: 1965‐66 full‐size
I hope I didn’t miss anyone. Ron
Host Hotel is Hyatt Regency 888-421-1442 if you want to make reservations. Ask for POCI block rate of $109.00. More info to be on http://www.poci.org/ The date is not a misprint.
The Grand Prix Chapter turns 25 years old this year. We will be celebrating at the POCI convention in Dayton, OH July 9-13, 2013. We will be having a “Hospitality Tent” in the parking lot at the convention with cold drinks available and maybe birthday cake or cookies (Depends on the GP Gals) Stop by.
We got a bit of history from GP Chapter founder, Doug Klein in a letter to the chapter.
The birth of the Grand Prix Chapter, Douglas Klein
Somewhere during my junior year of college, 1976 to be exact. I signed up with POCI through a small ad. in one of the car magazines. Back then, POCI was dedicated to Oakland’s and Pontiacs up to the late fifties. After a few issues of the “Silver Streak News” ( the original name of the national magazine), I was let down because there was nothing about my car, a “70 GTO. It took some time for coverage of “newer” vehicles to begin, but too long for my liking!
As time went on, I became involved with the Long Island Chapter. After attending few National Conventions, I made a handful of contacts within the organization and was asked to serve on the POCI Board. My everyday driver was a special order ( Hertz executives car) ʼ78 Grand Prix SJ. The car was very sharp for it’s day and there was nooo way, there would be any coverage of this car or most other Grand Prix’s in Smoke Signals. Car magazines, or books also contained nothing about the Grand Prix line. I actually felt left out . It was time to do something about that!
During the ʼ87 POCI Convention at Sturbridge, Ma. I asked the POCI Vice President
( the VP was in charge of all the chapters) if a chapter dedicated to Grand Prix could be formed. The answer was “No!” “We don’t want “Specialty Chapters” because we had a GTO Chapter and it failed.” Great logic? Stupid thinking at best, but at that time, that was the mentality of who was in charge. After asking the President, the answer given was, “try it!” That was all I needed.
The trip home from the Convention is where the foundation started to take place. Fellow Long Island Chapter member and friend for life, Greg Kersul ( ʼ63 Grand Prix) agreed to help get the 10 signatures needed for the paperwork. Greg and I found people, my wife Lisa, did all the required forms and our petition to the board was filed.
The POCI Board of Directors were not entirely behind the “specialty chapter” concept, but I had a good relationship with President Debbi Arend, and Debbie helped get approval. A few well placed letters within Smoke Signals gathered the needed support to get the Chapter up and running. Among those offering assistance was MIke Schaudek, Jim’s dad. Mike and I hit it off from the beginning and Mike became our first treasurer. Mike was very helpful in finding the money for newsletters/postage and promo. items. He also provided much needed mental support as there were many times when we both dug deep into our pockets to keep the newsletter going.
Within a few months, we jumped to about 40 members and held our first Chapter meeting in ʻ88. In ʼ90 we had iconic Pontiac Historian John Sawruk talk about GPʼs at our Annual meet at the Convention. When POCI members heard that John was speaking at the Grand Prix Chapter meeting, we finally arrived!
Many thanks to Greg,and Mike, and a long list of dedicated members that would buy our membership, purchase our promo. items. contribute to the newsletters and continue through some mighty “dry spells”. Also, many heartfelt thanks to all of those listening, that have lifted and carried this organization to become the finest group of Pontiac enthusiasts within POCI and of course the world! Also, thank you for remembering me on this wonderful occasion.! Happy 25th. Anniversary! Douglas Klein
One of the members that went on the Grand Prix Chapter Cruise Across America to Las Vegas in 2004, Jim Downs (Pat) bronze/tan 71 GP, passed on Jan 2. He had a nerve degeneration problem and had been unable to get around anymore. He got pneumonia around Christmas time. His GP which they purchased new will stay in the family with one of their sons. He also has a Blue 66 GMC Suburban that has been in Smokes for some time already. It has the drive train out of a 74 Suburban that he bought new. When it got too rusty he found the 66 and rebuilt the drive train and put in it and fixed the Suburban up. He liked to keep his vehicles.
He had lived in the Davenport, IA area and had spent many years working for Caterpillar. They retired to Florida to be near the water to enjoy boating and diving which he loved. They drove the GP up from Florida to Pontiac,IL to the start of the Cruise Across America and back to FL from Las Vegas. Loved to drive his vehicles.
Congrats to Paul Bergstrom, our Grand Prix Chapter Editor. He has done it again, gotten the Old Cars Weekly Golden Quill award.
The Grand Prix Chapter’s fall cruise is on a page under Cruises And Shows. Enjoy
A tech article on pulley alignment and timing covers and accessory brackets was posted under the TECH tab. Check it out.