Got Kart?

If you own a Fiero go kart make plans to bring it to the  Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by Blacktop Racing. This is the first year that there will be a class specifically for go karts. The go karts will have an indoor display area located outside the Poncho Perfection Hall of Fieros! This area will be secured after hours so you can setup and not have to worry about it again until it’s time to pack! We will be asking kids who attend the event to help choose the best kart and a there will be an award presented at the Sunday awards presentation.

What is the best part about this? It’s free! You do not have to pay an entry fee to get your kart in the show. Unlike the full sized vehicles which are each required to display a fire extinguisher there will only be one fire extinguisher required in the kart display area and Midwest Fiero Clubs Region of the AACA will provide it. Since go kart gas caps are vented it would be best if you planed on bringing the kart to the indoor display with the gas tank empty.

Please note that insurance regulations forbid operation of go karts on the show field. Karts are welcome for display purposes only.

You don’t need to preregister your kart but if you have a full sized Fiero to register you can do it now at

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Register now for the 24th Annual Fieros at Carlisle!

by Joe Aponick, MAFOA Asst. Activities Director

It’s not too late to get your pre-registration in for the 24th Annual Fieros at Carlisle by visiting by May 15. After May 15, please register directly with Carlisle Productions at and list MAFOA as your official club to help us win this year’s Club Challenge! More on that below.

News from Carlisle Productions, the Rebody class that was introduced last year brought in several interesting entries and will remain this year. However, the Factory Stock and Daily Driver classes have been eliminated. MAFOA, however, will offer awards in both of those categories. Another important change is the location on the showfield where our Fiero’s are located. We will be moving a few rows north, away from the muddy spots we have encountered in the past.
Car clubs are again competing to see who will be the largest at the show. MAFOA was #2 last year with 59 registrations out of the 76 Fieros at the show. We can and will do better. With your help, Fieros Rule!
This year’s show will once again feature tech sessions, raffles and lots of Fiero camraderie. We also plan to have events to help prep our attendees for the Black Top Racing Presents 35th Anniversary of the Production of the Fiero Show, hosted by the the Midwest Fiero Clubs Region of the AACA, of which MAFOA is a member club.
Chevrolet will have a strong presence at the show and will be located on the midway with a cool display all three days of event weekend. You can check out the latest cars and concepts from Chevrolet, chat with the experts and so much more. Engineers direct from Chevrolet will be present at their tent for questions from you.
There will be several special displays to take advantage of. The second generation Chevelle will be featured, especially the SS 396, well known as being a much sought-after muscle car. The Chevy Impala will be honored with a celebration of 60 years as one of Chevrolet’s best-selling models. Also the LS engine will be marking 20 years since it debuted and will be showcased. We’d love to see one in a Fiero!

Last but not least, the Chevy Nationals will celebrate 100 years of Chevrolet Trucks. Hitting the truck market in 1918, Chevrolet introduced the Four-Ninety truck to the masses after using them internally for a couple of years. Priced at $595, the truck provided the market an economic light-delivery truck that many small businesses started picking up after World War I.

Following the awards ceremony and raffle, we’ll once again head over to Hoss’ for our post-show dinner and conversation. Last year’s event was one of hilarity and I am sure that this year’s will feature more of the same.

With all that Fiero action and special displays and events, this is one show that you do not want to miss. See you at Carlisle, sign up now and remember to list MAFOA as your official club!

Originally appeared in the New England Fiero Association / Mid Atlantic Fiero Owners Association publication Fiero Pride

Fiero 35th – Thursday Dinner Cruise

The Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration presented by Blacktop Racing has 4 days of fun scheduled August 9th-12th, 2018. Local Fiero owner Garry Kay has arranged for something special for Thursday evening. Please join us as we depart from our host hotel at 4:00 PM to drive along the lovely Grandview Drive. The drive runs along the Illinois River bluffs. We will take in the scenic sites and provide several photo opportunities for owners to capture their Fieros against a beautiful backdrop. Just how nice is Grandview Drive? President Theodore Roosevelt referred to it as “the world’s most beautiful drive” during a 1910 visit to Peoria.

Grandview Drive, Peoria

Grandview Drive, Peoria

The cruise will take us 30 miles on a 45 minute drive to “The 50s Diner” at the Metro Center (Peoria) where we will meet up with local car club the Central Illinois Cruisers for a joint cruise night. The “Cruisers” are incorporated as a non-profit organization and believe in bringing together people and families who enjoy classic cars, having as much fun as possible, and giving back to the community! The 50s Diner (where Breakfast and Sarcasm are served all day) and Metro Center will have a parking area specifically reserved for our Fieros. What better way to kick off your first full day of celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Pontiac Fiero than with food, fun and Fieros?


Register now for Blacktop Racing presents the 35th Anniversary Fiero Celebration at

Tom’s Corner – Let’s go racing!


The Richard Petty Driving Experience is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to actually drive a Sprint Cup stock car on many of America’s fastest race courses. I have been very fortunate to have driven these race cars at Lowes Charlotte Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet Illinois. This is a hands on heart pounding high speed fast action adventure you will never forget! Having driven these same speedways that the great race drivers competed in over the years is an honor for me. The fact that you can drive at speeds over 170 mph and feel the power of a 358 CU inch 600 HP V-8 with all the noise and heat is almost a religious experience for me.

The class session starts with professional instructors on how to find your marks on the tri-oval. The instructions are very detailed. Then you climb into a van that takes you to the top of the oval, which is 1 ½ miles in length around the race track and is banked at 36 degrees. This is to acclimate you with what will be a very exciting day. Then, you get strapped into one of the stock cars and wait your turn in the pits to go out onto the track. These race cars rev up to 7000 rpm’s and I advise you to use ear plugs! The cars can be Chevrolet Monte Carlo’s, Pontiac Grand Prix, Ford Taurus and Dodge stock cars. All drivers are issued flame resistant suits, neck restraint, and helmets. You must provide the driving shoes and gloves. The session lasts for 10 laps and there are 3 sessions. After each session, you are brought in and the instructor who is assigned to you will critique your driving style and advise where you can improve your lap times. At the end of the course, you are congratulated and issued a diploma to certify that you have completed the course.

The cost can range from $1500.00 to $3500.00 depending on where you go for your driving school. I highly recommend the three day course because it will really sharpen your driving skills and you will come away with a deep appreciation for the race drivers who have to do 500 laps! I was very fortunate to have driven Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s number 8 Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway and at Chicagoland Speedway. My sponsor, Lennox International paid for all expenses both times. My two diplomas are a treasured part of my racing heritage which started in 1946 as a kid and along with my Skip Barber racing school diploma and my racing license from the Pomona Drag Racing School, and my vintage racing experience in my cousins’ 1965 Corvette at Road America in Elkhart Lake.

Tom drives Dale Earnhardt Jr's number 8

Tom drives Dale Earnhardt Jr’s number 8