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 (www.schwamotorsports.com). 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fiero-35th-anniversary-celebration-presented-by-black-top-racing-registration-38307061452

John Callies Returns

At the Midwest Fiero Clubs Region of the AACA we’re busy putting together a list of Fiero celebrity guest speakers for the the Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by Blacktop Racing. Reprising his appearance at the Fiero 30th Anniversary Celebration is John Callies. John is a 20 year veteran with General Motors in the Pontiac Division. The last 15 years he headed up Pontiac Motorsports Engineering.

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John Callies speaking at the Fiero 30th Anniversary Celebration in Indianapolis, Indiana.

John spoke to us at the 30th anniversary and shared with us his build in progress, the Che’Pon P557. The car was later finished and even managed to sneak into a Midwestern Fiero show! The car is an absolutely stunning work of art.

This year John Callies will be joined by John J Paskvan a Pontiac engineer instrumental in the development of he Fiero. We are working on adding more guests to the discussion and we will announce more names as soon as we can.

Register now at www.fiero35th.com

To learn more about MWFC and the Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration please visit: midwestfieroclubs.com

Tom’s Corner – The Rattler is ready for the 35th!

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The Rattler at the 35TH!!

YES, The Rattler will be coming to the 35th anniversary show in East Peoria, Illinois on August 8th-12th 2018! I created this unique Fiero in 1996 to compete at the Fiero Owners Club of America national Fiero show in Indianapolis Indiana where is won 1st in class. It then went on to win national titles in Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, Collinsville, Illinois, Osage Beach, Missouri, and Pontiac, Michigan. It has been driven on race courses at Road America, Gateway International, Michigan International speedways and Tom has driven racing cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Pomona California as well as vintage race cars and open wheeled formula race cars at Road America.

The Rattler will be displayed in doors at the Hall of Champions at the Embassy Suites during the 35th anniversary show. Some of the modifications to look for when viewing this Fiero are: Sprint F-1 racing headers, Holley side induction intake system, K7N air filter, over bored throttle body, four tuned exhaust megaphones, six Hi-rise velocity stacks recurved 70 degrees for additional heat venting, nine inch wing stands on the rear wing, unique custom rear NASCAR spoiler, chromed EGR valve, heat shields, vapor cannister, cooling lines, map sensor and intake tube, top strut tower brace, black ‘HEMI’ powder coated intake and valve covers, Hypertech performance chip, chromed breather cap, Koni rear sway bar, 140mph speedometer, Millani wheel rims with Toyo Z rated tires, Earl’s braided brake lines, Y-99 competition suspension, 4 core radiator with racing guard, M&R competition seat belts and shoulder harnesses, custom diagonal roll bar with fire bottle, custom pin striping and vinyl graphics by Pegasus Auto Racing, custom front spoiler, original paint and trim, fuel pressure gauge, Monroe shocks and struts, and custom ‘unplugged’ exhaust system. The Rattler has been featured in many newspaper, magazine and internet articles and has won over 110 awards in its lifetime including ‘Best in Show’ In St. Louis Missouri and ‘Best in Show’ in Davenport Iowa.

The 35th anniversary show will bring out the best Fieros from around the nation and Canada in the last five years and this show is going to be the ‘go to place to be’ to view Fieros in 26 classes, so plan to be a part of this event with your Fiero. The Rattler will be there with the crew chief so bring your camera and don’t miss this opportunity to be with the Fiero community!

Is Your Fiero Model Ready Yet?

As part of the Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by Blacktop Racing, Midwest Fiero Clubs will have a Model Car Concours contest! If you’re not ready there is still plenty of time. The celebration runs from August 8th through the 12th in Peoria, Illinois.

Complete rules and class descriptions for the model contest are available HERE.

It is not required that you register your model in advance but, if you’d like to email 35thmodels@midwestfieroclubs.com

If you need to register your car you can do so now at www.fiero35th.com

To learn more about the Midwest Fiero Clubs and the Fiero 35th Anniversary please visit: midwestfieroclubs.com

Fiero 35th Anniversary, Recognizes May 8th 1981

Fiero 35th Anniversary

Press Photo From the Collections of the Pontiac-Oakland Museum.

As the Fiero 35th Anniversary prepares to celebrate the history of the Fiero we ask: Where were you on May 8th 1981? On that day a lucky few automotive journalists got their first glimpse of Pontiac’s prototype “P-Car”. It appeared on General Motor’s test track at Milford, Michigan. Continued development of the P-Car gave birth to the Fiero.

Where will you be August 8th through the 12th, 2018? That’s when the years largest gathering of Fieros will come together. The Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by Blacktop Racing is a can’t miss. It will also be the largest gathering of Fiero prototypes and racing vehicles that have come together in years.

To be part of Fiero history register now at www.fiero35th.com

To learn more about Midwest Fiero Clubs and the Fiero 35th Anniversary please visit: midwestfieroclubs.com

Fiero 35th – Celebrate Fiero Racing History!

We are excited to celebrate Fiero racing at the Fiero 35th Anniversary presented by Black Top Racing!

Racing has been a part of Fiero history since almost the conception of the Fiero. A huge part of the first model year 1984 was the Indy Pace Car replica edition. Of course, having a replica means that there was a specially prepared Fiero Indy Pace Car that could stand up to the task of leading the Indy 500. The man tasked to put together a Fiero that would meet the specifications for pacing the prestigious race was Lead Engineering Manager of Pontiac Motorsports, John Callies. Callies developed a 2.7L Super Duty 4 cylinder capable of putting out 232 horsepower propelling the car to a record-breaking 144mph four-lap average. 3 cars were prepared for pace car duties in the event that anything one of the cars developed an issue. Callies himself drove the pace car for the 1984 Indianapolis 500 won by Penske Team Driver Rick Mears. After the race Fiero Pace Car #2 was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Fiero Pace Car #1 was returned back to GM and is now part of the Heritage Center Collection, and Fiero Pace Car #3 was contracted to join the PPG Indy Car World Series Pace Car Fleet. It is reported that winning driver Rick Mears wanted to take home one of the actual Fiero Pace Cars, but unfortunately all were spoken for and he was awarded one of the replicas.

The Fiero Indy Pace Car #3 started pace car duties with PPG in June 1984 in essentially the same form as it participated in the Indy 500 with various graphics changes and a few extra safety upgrades. At the end of the 1985 Indycar race season, Fiero Pace Car #3 had a major makeover with the addition of a DGP Aero Widebody, custom experimental paint, and engine upgrades that brought the engine horsepower up to 280 HP. Fiero Pace Car #3 remained active with the PPG Pace Car Fleet until mid-season 1987, pacing several Indycar races in the United States and Canada when the car was retired. The car remained in the PPG storage warehouse until 1989 when PPG and GM donated the car to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago to become a permanent display with in the Race Car Room at the museum. The car was put on display in a climate controlled glass enclosure that contained a lighted sign with some misleading information that described the history of the car inaccurately. In 2007, access was granted into the glass enclosure to document the car. It was this research trip that verified that the car was in fact the lost Indy Pace Car #3. In 2009, the museum decided to sell off a fairly large lot of their inventory at auction due to budget shortfalls caused by the reduction of state funding. The Fiero Pace Car was sent to Brookline, MA to be auctioned off in a non-running and very dirty state of condition. Midwest Fiero Clubs President Fred Bartemeyer Jr obtained a bidder number with the aid of two other Fiero Enthusiasts to be able to purchase the car and continues to preserve the large amount of history that accompanies the car. Fred will be displaying this special Fiero in the Poncho Perfection Hall of Fieros.

Indy Pace Car #3

Indy Pace Car #3 back on the track at the Fiero 30th Anniversary

The re-purposed Indy Pace Car #3 was not the only Fiero involved in the CART Indy Car World Series, though. PPG Industries and Autostyle Industries also sponsored a Precision Driving Team made up of 6 specially prepared Fieros. These were truly the first Fiero fastbacks shown to the public featuring a European influenced body design giving the six cars a very unique look. They were all painted six different colors in experimental pearlescent effects to showcase PPG’s new future product lines. A team of women drivers would “warm up the crowd” showcasing their driving skills in the 6 Fieros before each Indycar race as part of the pre-race festivities. At the end of the Precision Driving Team tenure, the six cars were donated to various vocational schools through out the upper Midwest area in 1989. The donation distribution of the six cars were administered through the GM Vocational Donation Program by PPG and Pontiac Motorsports.

Over the years, many Fiero enthusiasts attempted to track the locations of where the cars were donated. In 1998, the Michigan Fiero Club was able to find and visit the Pearl Yellow GTP car at the Vo-Tech vocational school in Adrian Michigan. Harold Hooten of the American Fiero Chapter of POCI alerted that the car could possibly be available in spring of 2001. Fred Bartemeyer stayed persistent in obtaining the car and eventually was able to purchase the car in April of 2005. The Pearl Blue GTP car was retained by Pontiac in their special vehicle collection and was auctioned off in the 2009 GM Heritage Center Barrett-Jackson offering and purchased by long time Fiero owner Ed York. In 2004, through the contacts of the Cleveland Fiero Club, Fred Bartemeyer was able to view and document the Red Turbo GTP car at the Cuyahoga Vocational Center in Brecksville Ohio. The school contacted Fred to come and retrieve the car in 2010 in exchange for a monetary donation to the educational facility. Much effort went into tracking down the remaining PPG Fieros. Although the Red Turbo GTP car is in need of a complete restoration, is currently white and in very poor condition, it is important that the car is saved from the original intention of being destroyed when the school determined that the car no longer was of useful educational purposes. Through out the duration of several years of research, it is unfortunate to know the fate of the other three cars in which the cars were subject to the intended donation agreement and destroyed per the signed contract. We are excited that the three remaining PPG GTP Pace Cars will be in attendance at the 35th Anniversary. Come and see a unique part of Fiero history.

PPG Pace cars

PPG Pace cars at the Heartland Fiero Show.

Fiero racing was not just about pacing races though, it was also about winning races, as Pontiac Motorsports campaigned Fieros in a number of racing series: several classes of SCCA including Pro-Rally, IMSA GTU, GTO and GTP classes and NHRA Competition Eliminator class. Pontiac Motorsports largest efforts concentrated in the IMSA GTU class during the mid 80’s, teaming up with Huffaker racing. Drivers Clay Young, Terry Visger and Bob Earl put their IMSA Fieros on the podium multiple times.

We are very excited to have one of the Huffaker IMSA Fieros scheduled to be displayed in the Poncho Perfection Hall of Fieros. In 1984 Huffaker Engineering put together a tube frame chassis with anti-squat and anti-dive adjustments. Huffaker utilized a modified Spice Racing running gear, and of course the potent Super Duty 4 engine powered the race cars. Huffaker went on to build a number of Fiero race cars, but it is believed that only 4 were made in this configuration. This Fiero campaigned in GTU class as the number 55 Goodwrench / Huffaker Fiero from 1985 to 1987. Bob Earl started 27 races and came away with 10 victories and 16 poles. Terry Visger ran 10 races and came away with 7 wins.

Huffaker IMSA Fiero

The Huffaker IMSA Fiero still racing and still winning after all these years.

In 1989 the car was set up for TransAm racing for a corporate sponsor. The Super Duty 4 engine was replaced with a 4.5 Liter Buick V6. The sponsor’s CEO drove it in three Trans Am races and then the program was halted. The car was then raced in two IMSA GTO races by Dominic Dobson. The Huffaker Fiero then sat until 1999, when an SCCA enthusiast purchased the car to compete in races in the San Francisco region. The car claimed an additional 25 victories in the SCCA Super Production class along with qualifying records at Laguna Seca and Sears Point. In 2012 the Fiero underwent a complete frame off restoration and the Buick V6 was replaced with a NASCAR Chevy 354 V-8. In 2013 the Huffaker Fiero was sold to Mark Schwartz who continues to race the Fiero when time permits. Mark still has the NASCAR Chevy motor in the Fiero, but hopes to replace it with a proper Super Duty 4 some day. We look forward to seeing Mark and his IMSA Fiero this summer in East Peoria.

Also scheduled for display is Paul Hosler’s home built Fiero IMSA Racecar. The car emulates what would have been available to the general public if a person desired to build their own racecar from the information available from the Pontiac Motorsports issued Pontiac Performance Plus Magazine. A 412 ci Small Block Chevy with prototype Pontiac 867 heads developing 645 hp powers the 2300 lb racecar. The suspension has been fabricated by the original IMSA Fiero engineer to period correct specifications. With a host of features ready for the track, this 210 mph track rocket is a work of art performed exclusively by the owner. You can find more details about this car at http://www.cardomain.com/ride/789315/2003-pontiac-fiero/

Paul Hosler IMSA Fiero

Paul Hosler’s IMSA Fiero

Fiero racing would not be what it was without Lead Engineering Manager of Pontiac Motorsports John Callies. His involvement spanned from the original Super Duty engine in the Indy Pace cars, to overseeing the Spice Fiero GTP Daytona prototypes. John was in the catalyst of it all. We are happy to say that John has stayed in touch with the Fiero community (he has spoke at the Fiero 20th, 25th and 30th, and made a surprise appearance at the 2016 Heartland Fiero show a few years ago). John is scheduled to attend the Fiero 35th Anniversary show, so please bring all of your Fiero racing questions!

John Callies talks to attendees at the Fiero 30th

John Callies talks to attendees at the Fiero 30th

Fun Fact: Did you know that John Oates (famous for posing with a Fiero on an album cover) drove the number 55 Huffaker Fiero at Road America in the 1985 Löwenbräu Classic 500?

Fun Fact 2: Did you know the Dodge M4S Prototype, more commonly known as The Wraith, is built on a stretched Huffaker Racing Fiero chassis?

Fiero 35th – Model Car Concours

ANNOUNCING—MODEL CAR CONCOURS

Got a Fiero model kit you built? A rare collectible Fiero toy, or a diorama with a Fiero garage? Have we got a deal for you! We will be having a Model Car Concours contest at the 35th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Pontiac Fiero event taking place August 8-12, 2018. Classes will include Stock for kits built mostly stock, Modified for kits built with substantial modifications from stock, Diorama for any display containing a Fiero or Fiero parts, Promotional/Collectible for preassembled Fiero toys (judged on condition, presentation and completeness) and Scratchbuilt for Fiero models built without kit parts or drastically modified kits or toys. Each class will be divided into Junior (under age 16) and Senior (age 16 years and older).

Driving your Fiero to the 35th Anniversary event and have a little extra room? Bring along a model car entry. Not driving a Fiero to the 35th but want to compete in a Concours anyway? Definitely bring along a model car entry. To pre-register, email 35thmodels@midwestfieroclubs.com with your interest, or you can register when you arrive at the event. Pre-registration is not required. It just helps the organizers plan the event. Complete Model Car Concours Rules will be available soon at Fiero35th.com. There’s still time to dust off that old toy, finally built that kit, or build that diorama you’ve been planning to for years.

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Tom’s Corner – The 35th Countdown!

As we approach the home stretch in preparing for the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the introduction of the Pontiac Fiero, it is very important that the Fiero community come together to make this event a HUGE success. Many hours of planning and meetings so far has resulted in a full schedule of events for all Fiero owners to enjoy at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria Illinois from August 8th through the 12th 2018. To execute these plans and it will take continued effort by many volunteers. As supporters of the Midwest Fiero Clubs, a non geographical region of the AACA, we can help accomplish this by getting involved with both our time and sponsorship—that’s right—sponsorship!!

Have you thought about personally sponsoring a class, or working with your business/employer or club? There are several businesses that stepped up to sponsor the Fiero 35th, but we still have additional sponsorship opportunities available. Perhaps each Fiero club across the country could do this or the individual members would like to be a part of this. The satisfaction of knowing you are a part of this event will be self-evident. For more information on how you can make a difference and how sponsorship can help your business, contact Mike Kroyer at: mkroyer@midwestfieroclubs.com . If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities available at the Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration email 35thvolunteers@midwestfieroclubs.com .

I am proud to announce that Tom Schmidt Motorsports (supported by Advance Auto Air, Inc) will be a Class Sponsor at the Fiero 35th! Advance Auto Air has over 40 years of experience in automotive air conditioning on all types of cars from local repairs to exotics and classics.

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Look forward to seeing everyone in August!

Fiero 35th Anniversary VIP Treatment

The Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by Blacktop Racing will be cruising to Pontiac, Illinois. This will happen on Friday, August 10th 2018. There are many museums there. The Route 66  Museum, the Pontiac Military Museum and, the Wall Dog Museum are places you’ll want to visit.

Fiero 35th Anniversary Museum MemorabiliaThe star attraction will of course be the Pontiac Oakland Museum. The museum has a large collection of automobiles. There is even an example of the 1893 Pontiac horse drawn buggy that started it all. Eighty percent of the cars on display are rotated on a regular basis.

The museum is also home to huge memorabilia collection. As part of that collection they have over 3500 unique one quart oil cans. The museum’s resource library has many thousands of Pontiac-Oakland books, literature and, service manuals. Curator and, founder Tim Dye has committed to being in town that day. He will be offering behind the scenes tours of the shops and, other areas not normally open to the public.

There is no admission feeFiero 35th Anniversary Museum Library for any of these museums. Since the museums survive on visitor donations, a five dollar donation is suggested as a thank you for the Pontiac Museum’s behind the Scenes tour.

Register now at www.fiero35th.com

To learn more about the Midwest Fiero Clubs and the Fiero 35th Anniversary please visit: midwestfieroclubs.com

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 www.fiero35th.com

To see more articles about MWFC and the Fiero 35th Anniversary please visit: midwestfieroclubs.com