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.