Great Moments in General Motors Railroading

In the 1930’s and 1940’s General motors was one of the main players in the manufacturing of locomotives. They were good at it too. They were so go that they were one of the driving forces that caused the United States to switch from steam to diesel locomotives.


Chevrolet-Vert-A-Pac-1-720x340In the Early 70’s  in order to hold the cost down on the Chevy Vega, GM invented rail cars with sides that folded down like ramps. The Vegas were driven on, secured and, then the ramps were folded up and the car was transported on it’s nose! The original factory battery for the Vega had the fill caps on the top, back edge so when the car was stood up the battery acid would not leak out!



BN3_CBQ9911-Rcraig1The next great moment on GM railroading occurs this September 7th through the 9th, 2018 as the Illinois Fiero Enthusiast club hosts; Fierorama catches the Fiero train!
There are events planned all weekend long. Friday night we will head for a cruise night in Wasco, Illinois.
Saturday we will tour the Illinois Railway museum. This is one of the country’s finest rail museums and you will have an opportunity so see a number of locomotives built by General Motor’s EMD division like these two Burlington and Northern locomotives. You will have the opportunity to ride the rails as well as IRM normally has at least two trains operating each day on two different routs. After the museum visit we will return to the host hotel for the world famous Northern Illinois Fiero pizza party!


DSC_0065On Sunday will be the 23rd annual Fierorama show. It’s the last stop on the Midwest Fiero Club’s yearly show circuit. The show takes place at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, IL along the wooded banks of the Fox River.
Along with the other activities that take place that day we will be looking for the best display that features a train theme!



IMG_20180724_103151870_HDRGet working on this now! figure out how to display your Fiero with trains worked into the display!

Also revel in the fact that your Fiero was never stuffed into a railcar while standing on it’s nose!

For more information visit Fiero Focus.

Tom’s Corner – It’s the Final Countdown!


The Homestretch for the 35th !
By Tom Schmidt
This will be THE place for the Fiero community to experience the largest gathering of Fieros in the last five years and we hope to see you there with your car. The Rattler will be displayed indoors in the Poncho Perfection Hall of Fieros
The Rattler has been maintained by Advance Auto Air Inc for many years. This is the company where I have worked since 2003 a public relations director in many diverse capacities since retiring from the petroleum industry after 45 years of service.

Have you pre-registered for this show? Online registration has been extended through the 29th of July, so you need to do so as soon as possible. You do not to miss out on all the events planned for this event. Have you volunteered yet to help out at the 35th? If not contact ASAP as opportunities are filling up.

The Rattler

The Rattler

Fiero 35th – Don’t leave the kids at home.

Join us at the 35th Anniversary Fiero Car Show for fun family activities!!

First, the 35th Anniversary Fiero Cruise – Friday, August 10th, 2018 to Pontiac, Illinois. Family activities in Pontiac include:
• A mural scavenger hunt.
• Decorated art cars, located all around the square, for kids to sit in and pretend to “drive”.
• Two beautiful local parks:
o Along the Vermillion River with a swinging bridge and a playground that is walking distance from downtown.
o Chautauqua Park boasts two historic swinging bridges, a playground, and a disk golf course. Chautauqua Park is located outside of downtown Pontiac but is walkable.

On Saturday, August 11th, 2018 bring your kids to the 35th Anniversary Fiero Kid’s Zone. Fiero Kid Zone activities are free and open from 10am – 3pm in the Convention Center.

Fiero Kid’s Zone activities include:
• Fiero Kid’s Zone coloring books with pictures and games.
• Decorate small cardboard Fiero cut-outs that kids can color and keep.
• Children and adults, have your picture taken with the LIFE SIZE FIERO CAR cut-out.
• Enjoy coloring with chalk on a Fiero car hood.
• Be part of the voting for Kid’s Choice – Favorite Fiero Car and Kid’s Choice Favorite Fiero Go-Cart.

Join us Saturday evening from 6pm – 8pm in the Convention Center hallway, for Hot Wheels Car Races! One free Hot Wheels car will be given to each child who participates.

To enjoy the fun activities, volunteer staff will be available to assist the children. In order to make the day enjoyable, children must be supervised by a parent while participating in the Fiero Kid’s Zone activities.

Fiero 35th – Online Registration Extended!

Due to the extreme demand this week (over 30 registrations in the past few days) we have decided to extend Pre-Registration until July 29th! Don’t miss out joining a few hundred of your fellow Fiero owners and admirers.

A large team of volunteers have been busy planning a great event for you to enjoy!

Wednesday Night – August 8, 2018
At 5:00pm, the show committee looks forward to gathering early-bird attendees for a reception in the hotel lobby. Each evening, the Embassy Suites hosts a complimentary reception featuring light snacks and beverages for hotel guests in the hotel’s atrium. Those not staying at the hotel are also welcome to participate and purchase beverages from the hotel bar. This early-bird reception on Wednesday will be the “official” beginning of our events.

Thursday – August 10, 2018
For those arriving on Thursday, Registration, Classification and Merchandise Sales will be up and running! Arriving on Thursday will give you time to settle in and prepare for a scenic dinner cruise. We will depart from our host hotel at 4:00pm to drive along the lovely Grand View Drive that runs the bluff area that borders the Illinois River to take in the scenic sites and provide several photo opportunities for owners to capture their Fieros against a beautiful backdrop.
The cruise will take us about 30 miles on a 30-45 minute drive to “The 50s Diner” in Metro Center (Peoria) where we will meet up with the friendly Central Illinois Cruisers (a local car club) for a joint cruise night. We will have a special section of the parking lot specifically reserved for our Fieros; The 50s Diner is looking forward to providing us with a great meal! 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?
Upon returning from the cruise, festivities will shift to the show field parking lot where we anticipate a reprisal of the famous “Circle of Shame” being held in conjunction with an opportunity to see what your Fiero weighs thanks to Schwa MotorSports ( The weigh-ins will take place at the west end of show field parking lot from 9:00pm – 11:00pm (and 8:00pm – 10:00pm on Friday, August 10, 2018).

Friday – August 10, 2018
Our Classification and Registration volunteers expect to have a full day on Friday and we strongly recommend you take the time to grab your special 35th Anniversary related merchandise on Friday too at the Merchandise Sales table! Some items will be limited in quantity at the actual show; any remaining items will be available for post-show shipping (for an additional fee).
Our last article gave an extensive review of the “Fieros on Route 66” event. If you missed it, you need to know that this event will give you the opportunity to drive your Fiero on historic Route 66 and experience the Pontiac-Oakland Museum in Pontiac, IL. The Museum will be giving special tours to Fiero owners and the town is excited to host our contingent of Fiero owners.
Groups will be able to return from Pontiac, IL at their own leisure. If you make it back by 5:00pm, you can take part in the Embassy Suites complimentary evening reception before heading out to dinner with Fiero friends or just stay at the hotel for a Fiero tailgate party with food trucks in the show field parking lot. At 8:00pm, the Midwest Fiero Clubs will host a judging school that will prepare participating judges for the points judged classes on show day. All 35th Anniversary event participants are welcome to join in and listen to the judging school seminar.
From 10:30pm – 11:30pm it’s time for “Friday Night Lights”, a one-hour lighting contest sponsored by Black Top Racing which will be held out in the show field parking lot.

Saturday – August 11, 2018
Saturday is the BIG day of the event – one that is filled with the car show, Kid’s Zone activities and an evening of special guest speakers. If you’re bringing your young Fiero enthusiasts to the car show, we will have a special Kid’s Zone where you can work with your kids and help them create special Fiero-related arts and crafts. All kids will also have the opportunity to judge the Fiero Go-Kart class, as well as select their own Fiero favorites on the show field.

Following the culmination of the car show (“official” show hours are from 10:00am – 3:00pm), join in for the evening’s complimentary reception and an evening meal during the tailgate party out in the show field parking lot; several food trucks are planned to be on site. Following dinner, participants are invited to Poncho Perfection Magazine’s Hall of Fieros at 7:00pm to hear an outstanding lineup of guest speakers.

So register now at