The Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend is Aug 13-14,2016. Located at The Pheasant Run Resort in St Charles, IL, the event has continued to grow each year. The featured car this year is the Grand Prix. The Indian Uprising is now considered to be one of the largest and highest quality shows in the Pontiac end of the automobile hobby drawing over 500 cars annually with thousands of spectators. Over the life span of the event, The Cruisin’ Tigers have donated proceeds totaling far more than $100,000 to children’s charities. For more event info www.cruisintigers.com
2017 POCI Convention
Fort Worth, Texas ~ July 11-15, 2017
Venue: Texas Motor Speedway
Host Hotel: Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club, 3300 Championship Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177
In 2010, a dedicated group of Pontiac hobbyists, set out to celebrate the rich history of our favorite automobile– Pontiac. Thus was born “A Pontiac Celebration.” It was a huge success, leading to A Pontiac Celebration– 2012, 2014, and now A Pontiac Celebration– 2016. This year, as in the past, ALL profits will be donated to two children’s cancer charities: Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for childhood cancer and The Tomorrow Fund helping children and families affected by cancer. All our participating Pontiac hobbyists can be proud of nearly $24,000 dollars we have raised so far, with hopes of even more for 2016. Continue reading Pontiac Celebration 2016
Here is a link to a nice article about member David Risner of Mansfield, Ohio 1969 Grand Prix SJ. It’s a beautiful car. http://www.hotrod.com/cars/featured/hppp-0602-1969-pontiac-grand-prix-sj/
Please start taking and sending in photos of your GP’s for the Calendar for next year and photos for the website along with a story about your car and equipment and how or why you own it. If you don’t have my email address just fill out the comment box on the contact page and I will get back to you.
The GP calendar is our only fund raising item of the Grand Prix Chapter. We can find photos of Grand Prix’s many places but we prefer to use member car photos and wouldn’t you like to see your car on the calendar. I need high resolution photos of your cars for the Grand Prix Chapter calendar. Continue reading PHOTOS FOR CALENDAR & WEBSITE
We invite you to “test drive” our Parent, Pontiac Oakland Club International (POCI) club’s award-winning monthly publication, the SMOKE SIGNALS. This is the only “All Pontiac” publication left. They are working hard to make it better. Click here
One of our members, Mark Henderson, had a great experience escorting Jay Leno around town. Continue reading Jay Leno in a 69 Grand Prix
By Bob Wolf
The September 20-21 Pontiac Show and Tours were a great success. With over 200 beautiful Pontiacs of all models around the Pontiac Ill. courthouse and good weather, it was a show that I was glad I didn’t miss.
I arrived on Thursday afternoon with a load of 1936 Pontiac parts that had been donated to the museum by a gentleman in Overland Park who was moving to California.
I met up with Tim and a few other friends at Alan Finkenbinder’s warehouse where he and Tim store a number of Pontiacs and other assorted cars in their collections. I met two great guys from Memphis, Tennessee, Ted Burgin and Mark Thomas, who had also arrived early to help Tim set up for the weekend. Alan took us in the warehouse and WOW there were rows and rows of dust covered cars, 3 or 4 rows wide and 7 or 8 rows deep. Mostly Pontiac’s but a few other makes also. A Thunderbird, Cadillac, Corvette, even a 70’s Honda a couple of years newer than Brenda’s and others I don’t even remember. There were more 1973 GTO’s than I had ever seen in one place at a time. 4 or 5. Oh yes, and a 20’s or 30’s Franklin Motor car. There were many other restored Pontiac’s and other cars on the other end of the warehouse.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
A letter from one of Charlie Speaks friends about his passing.
Continue reading GP Chapter Pit Crew Member passes
Remembering Ron Panzer
by Chuck Cochren
I am dedicating my column for this issue to my best friend of 35 years, Ron Panzer. We visited each others homes many times and traveled the country together in search of great roller coasters, with stops at car museums and hobby shops.
When Jim and Dee Shaudek took the reigns of the Grand Prix Chapter, they recruited Ron. He started working on a plan to boost membership numbers and at one point got it to over 400 members,
Gail even jumped in and handled the membership program. Ron was responsible for me coming on board to help host the 2004 Freedom Cruise, driving from Pontiac, Illinois to Las Vegas. Ron knew that my favorite Pontiac is the Grand Prix, so it didn’t take much arm twisting. Continue reading Remembering Ron Panzer
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.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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
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, By Douglas Klein
Continue reading GP CHAPTER 25th ANNIVERSARY
I see a lot of older Pontiacs with later engines that have had problems getting pulleys and brackets figured out. This is some info that can help.
Wild About Cars Online has many 61-72 Pontiac factory service manuals and some parts catalogs online in .pdf available for download. Just have to be a member. Ron http://wildaboutcarsonline.com/
The Grand Prix Chapter Slow Drags where held Thursday July 19, at the 2012 POCI convention Continue reading HOW SLOW CAN U GO? GP CHAPTER 2012 SLOW DRAGS