Note to Self: You Are Busy August 9-12, 2018!

By Jennifer Goss, Jim Hallman & Fred Bartemeyer, Jr, MWFC Members

Plans and arrangements for the 35th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Pontiac Fiero are currently underway. The goal of the event organizers is to attract as many Pontiac Fiero owners as possible to bring themselves, and hopefully their Fiero(s), to East Peoria, IL to take part in the celebration. The event will take place August 9-12, 2018 and will include a very wide range of activities such as parking lot tailgate parties and weigh-ins to a cruise from East Peoria, IL to Pontiac, IL along Route 66 called “Fieros on Route 66”. The highly anticipated Fiero car show will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018. These are only some of the events already planned. Be sure to mark your calendars and make your reservations today. You can register and learn more about the event by visiting www.Fiero35th.com. Black Top Racing (www.blacktop.racing) is the event’s Sponsor.

A Historical Summary of the Anniversary Events

In 2003, the Michigan Fiero Club and Classic Fiero Owners Group International (CFOG-i) hosted the 20th Anniversary Event in Pontiac, MI. This first event was the largest gathering of Pontiac Fieros to ever come together in the history of Fiero shows with an attendance of over 600 Fieros. This 20th Anniversary Event also exclusively featured the nine prototype Fieros brought to the show by the GM Heritage Collection. This was the first time that all of the remaining GM Fieros were shown at the same venue including the first public showing of the illusive 1990 Fiero GT concept car. The event also included a track day at Waterford Race Course and drag racing at Milan Dragway. To finish off the event, guest speakers Hulki Aldikacti (commonly known as the father of the Fiero), Don Parkinson and John Callies gave presentations on their involvement with the production of the Fiero.

In 2008, the Michigan Fiero Club hosted the 25th Anniversary Event. This edition was a near repeat/mirror image of the 20th Anniversary Event in the way the show was organized. The Fiero show itself featured nearly 400 Fieros. Once again, the nine GM prototype Fieros made their appearance. Little did we know that this was the last time that all nine cars would be shown together as GM Heritage Collection assets. As you may recall, in 2009 five of them would go on the auction block to be sold. An exclusive tour of the GM Heritage Center also took place the day before the show and allowed Fiero owners to see a very special collection of GM prototypes and unreleased vehicles that are often unavailable for viewing to the general public. The 25th Anniversary Event included several social events that allowed Fiero owners to interact on the streets of Pontiac, MI. The highlight of the event was the large culmination of guest speakers present at the awards banquet. Special guests included Hulki Aldikacti, John Callies, Alex Mair, Jon Albert and Gary Witzenburg.

In 2013, the Midwest Fiero Clubs hosted the 30th Anniversary Event. This event featured a change of venue to Indianapolis, IN. Over 260 Fieros turned out to celebrate the 30 years since the introduction of the Fiero and many enthusiasts, both with and without their cars, attended to participate in the festivities. John Callies made his third anniversary event trip and regalled the crowd with additional stories of his time on the Fiero project, made even more special by his role in the Indy Pace Car program and engineering. In fact, over 165 Fieros took the opportunity during the anniversary weekend to take two laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track and get their pictures taken on the track; it was a sight to see!

A Historical Summary of the Midwest Fiero Clubs

So, just who is this group called the Midwest Fiero Clubs (MWFC) who is hosting the 35th Anniversary Event? In 2004, the MWFC was formed as a result of many of the club representatives from the active Fiero clubs in the upper Midwest assembling at a meeting in the Chicago area. The meeting agenda centered mainly around what the Fiero clubs could do to combine efforts to promote the Fiero community as a whole and provide activities that would attract and enhance the experience that Fiero owners would participate in at the various club events throughout the Midwest. Discussion also involved future plans of expanding the concept of each club helping other clubs in other regions of the country by supporting their events outside of the general Midwest area. Another point discussed was if there was a way that we could revive the old structure of the former defunct national club and possibly sponsor national events that would attract Fiero owners from abroad. Each year the Midwest Fiero Clubs has created a promotional campaign to enhance the events and shows of the participating clubs.

As many in the Fiero community may already be aware, on April 30, 2016, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) graciously granted the Midwest Fiero Clubs (MWFC) a charter to make their association of clubs an official Non-Geographical Region of this prestigious international organization. As a result, the Pontiac Fiero nameplate is now recognized in this international organization that has 60,000 plus members, 400 Regions and Chapters in all 50 states, and more than 50 countries. The AACA’s purpose is the perpetuation of the pioneering days of automobiling by furthering the interest in and preservation of antique automobiles and the promotion of sportsmanship and good fellowship among all AACA members.

As a result of this charter, MWFC transitioned to a more formal club structure with operating bylaws and an oath to the AACA to conduct itself within the expectations of the national policies and procedures; however, the current purpose of the MWFC remains the same as it has since 2004: A dedicated group of enthusiasts whose passion is to promote and preserve the Pontiac Fiero and the Fiero community.

The MWFC goal is to promote the clubs, events, people, history and preservation relating to the Pontiac Fiero. After becoming an AACA Region, MWFC has continued to operate as its own separate entity within the Fiero community and offers the same support as it has done for the past 12 years. As a result of their regional status, the MWFC is now exposed to the vast resources of the entire automobile hobby. Since the youngest Fiero is now 30 years old, our cars have crossed over into what is recognized as a collector car instead of just normal daily transportation.

The benefits of this venture are numerous. They range from public exposure of MWFC activities with the Pontiac Fiero and the Fiero Community within a larger view of the collector car hobby to liability protections for officers and members. The Region has appointed the following officers: President, Fred Bartemeyer (IA); Vice President, Kevin Lindeman (MN); Secretary, Ken Nagel (IL); Treasurer, John Holmes (IA); Social Media Director, Jason Fawley; Webmaster, Jeff Jones. A specific set of MWFC bylaws were drawn up and a board of directors were also elected to include: Jim Hallman (IL), Sadie Goad Kaminski (WI) and Lisa Thuerauf (IA).

We also strongly encourage every MAFOA & NEFA member to consider a family membership to the AACA. A family membership is only $40 and gets you many benefits including a free bi-monthly magazine filled with content about the art of collecting, a free monthly online magazine – “Speedster”, access to national car meets/tours and more! Visit www.aaca.org for more information.

The MWFC currently maintains a website at (http://midwestfieroclubs.com/) and can be found on Facebook under “Midwest Fiero Clubs”. Please be sure to like this page and be an active contributor when you can.
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2+2 Prototype will be at Heartland Show and Fierorama

Did you know they made a 4 seat Fiero?  GM built a number of extended wheelbase Fieros as they were studying the space frame technology.   Most of these were destroyed, but one of them was fully finished out as a show car and went on the 1986 Auto Show Circuit.  If you have been around the Fiero community for a while,  you will remember it from the 20th and 25th Anniversary Shows.   The car was part of the GM Heritage Collection until 2009 when it was auctioned off along with a number of other prototypes as part of GM’s bankruptcy.     It pretty much disappeared after that until 2 years ago when Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts Activity Director Jeff Jones saw it pop up on his Facebook news feed.  A friend was tagged in a picture someone took while doing an article on some of  the owners other cars.  This spring Jeff  wrote the owner to invite him to the 35th Anniversary Fiero show next summer and added a “PS any interest in selling”. The answer was  yes, so Jeff contacted Heartland Fiero Club’s Chairman Fred Bartemeyer Jr. , who owns a number of Fiero prototypes and factory experimentals and knows how to properly maintain these rare cars, and they purchased it.

This prototype will be at the upcoming Heartland Fiero’s Car Show September 2nd and at the 22nd Annual 22nd Annual Fierorama – where deuces are wild. Look for an upcoming article in FieroFocus magazine.

Fiero 35th Anniversary Show coming in 2018

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The Fiero 35th Anniversary Show will be held in East Peoria IL August 8-12th 2018.

The host hotel for the weekend is the Embassy Suites Hotel.  It features a large indoor exhibition space,  great parking lot for the show field,  an indoor pool, hot breakfast buffet,  and free happy hour daily.    Its conveniently located near many eating and drinking establishments.

Registration will open in August of 2017,  if you would like a reminder when registration is open,  submit your email address in the form on the upper right of this page.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Show!!!

-MWFC

 

 

 

2017 Dells Run Registration

2017 is here,  so its time to start thinking about the Dells Run!   Put on by the Wisconsin Fiero Fanatics, The Dells Run is the traditional opening of the show season for the Midwest Fiero Clubs.  Come spend a few days in lovely Wisconsin Dells,  where the Fanatics always put on a good time at the Chula Vista Resort.

 

2017 Dells Run.

To stay updated with the lastest info,  subscribe to the event page on Facebook:

2017 Wisconsin Dells Run

Thursday, 1 June 2017 12:00 pm

@ Chula Vista Resort

Creator: Thomas Podziemski

 

Look forward to seeing everyone this Spring.  Remember the Best in the Midwest competition will start at the Dells Run,  and this year its looking for the Best Custom Interior http://midwestfieroclubs.com/#best-of-the-midwest

Don’t miss the Summer Sizzle in Minnesota!

Its going to be a sizzling good time in Edin Prairie this June as the Minnesota Fieros Forever host their annual Summer Sizzle Car Show and BBQ. Check out the flier below and some pictures from a past Sizzler.

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Registration is open for the 2016 Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show

The 7th Annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show will take place on July 30th 2016 in Downtown Frazee, Minnesota. The show is an all makes/models car show with a number of special classes for the Pontiac Fiero. The show takes place during Frazee’s Annual Turkey Days Festival. There are a number of events taking place July 28th – 31st, most notably the Fiero Family Reunion at Camp Shipman. The traditional Fiero Feast will take place Friday July 29th. If you have not heard the Tyler Shipman story, please watch the videos at The Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show website.

The registration form is available on The Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show website. Please note that t-shirts do need to be ordered ahead of time. For the latest information keep watching the website and the Facebook Event Page.

Lodging is available in the nearby towns of Perham and Detroit Lakes, but does fill up as the area is a popular summer vacation spot. Camping is available at Camp Shipman.

To see last years fun please visit our 2015 Tyler Memorial Car Show event recap.

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Dells Run 2016 Registration

1/7/2017 Edit:  2017 information available here: http://midwestfieroclubs.com/index.php/2017/01/07/2017-dells-run-registration/

 

Mark your calendars, get ready for the first show in a great 2016 Midwest Fiero Clubs show season — The Dells Run!!!! presented by the Wisconsin Fiero Fanatics. The Dells Run takes place June 2nd thru 5th at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. See everyone there.

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You can see a recap of the 2015 Dells Run here.

Find your local 2016 All-Pontiac Shows

How many of you attended an All-Pontiac show last year? There are many regional and national All-Pontiac car shows held throughout the Midwest every summer. Its a great opportunity to show off your Fieros. Yes there is a contingent of Pontiac Enthusiasts that don’t like anything made after 1981 and call them corporate Pontiacs. I like to bring out my Fiero to prove them wrong. The Fiero was uniquely Pontiac. Yes it may have had plently of off the shelf GM parts, but it also was a unique platform that was Pontiac Only, not many other GM cars in the 80s+ can say that. The best way to show others in the Pontiac Hobby how great Fieros are is to bring them out and show how much we love them.

Here is a list of All-Pontiac Shows in the Midwest, if you know of more shows please contact us, or comment below.

  • 7th Annual Pontiac Tribute Day – Olathe KS, June 4 KC Arrowheads
  • POCI Convention – Davenport IA July 12-16 POCI.org
  • Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals – Norwalk OH August 5,6,7 PontiacNationals.com
  • Indian Uprising – St Charles IL August 13,14 Cruisin Tigers
  • GTOAA Regional All Pontiac Show – Pontiac IL September 17,18 Gateway GTOs
  • Below, 2016 GTOAA Fall Regional All-Pontiac Show, Pontiac IL