Don’t Yell Fire In A Crowded Car Show

Fire Extinguisher

All right, apologies for yet another bad Fiero fire joke. However, while we’re on the subject there’s something new for the Black Top Racing Presents the Fiero 35th Anniversary Celebration. If you have not heard Midwest Fiero Clubs is now a Non-Geographical Region under the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).

This is a tremendous opportunity that is bringing new found respect and attention to the Fiero from the antique automobile community.

The AACA will be insuring the 35th and as a result there is one requirement. All gasoline powered cars on the show field must have a fire extinguisher displayed horizontally in front of the left side front tire. This has been standard at all AACA shows for years and having a fire extinguisher on hand just makes good sense.

It need not be fancy. An inexpensive 2 & 1/2 Lb. Type ABC Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher that can be found at Walmart, your favorite hardware store or Amazon is just perfect.  Remember the one behind your seat doesn’t count nor, does the one in your frunk. (front trunk). It must be on the ground in front of your left front tire. Cars without a fire extinguisher displayed this way will be asked to leave the show field.

The only exception to this rule is for go karts. The go karts are only required to have one fire extinguisher for the display area. MWFC will supply that extinguisher.

The MWFC will have a small number of fire extinguishers for sale at the show just in case you forget but, the best course of action would be to have one before you get there.

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Midwest Fiero Clubs now a Region of the AACA

To the Midwest Fiero Clubs member-clubs and wider Fiero community:

I am pleased to announce that on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) graciously granted the Midwest Fiero Clubs (MWFC) a charter to make our association of clubs an official Non-Geographical Region of this prestigious international organization. Our Region application, club bylaws, and introduction background letter were submitted to the AACA national board of directors for discussion in Charlotte, NC on April 29th, 2016 in preparation for their vote. 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.

While the MWFC now has a formal club structure with operating bylaws and an oath to the AACA to conduct ourselves within the expectations of the national policies and procedures, the current purpose of the MWFC will remain the same as it has since 2004 which is being: 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, and Pontiac Fieros of the Fiero community. While becoming an AACA Region, the MWFC will continue to operate as its own separate entity within the Fiero community and offering the same support as we have done for the past 12 years. With the acceptance of our application as a region, the MWFC is now exposed to the vast resources of the entire automobile hobby. Since the youngest Fiero is 27 years old, our cars have crossed over into what is recognized as a collector car instead of just normal daily transportation.

A few minor changes will be made to the MWFC logo to reflect our new affiliation with the AACA. The benefits of this venture are numerous. They range from public exposure of our activity with the Pontiac Fiero and the Fiero community to liability protections for our officers and members. Our new Region has appointed the following officers: President, Fred Bartemeyer; Vice President, Kevin Lindeman; Secretary, Ken Nagel; Treasurer, John Holmes.

A specific set of MWFC bylaws will need to be drawn up and a board of directors will need to be elected at our next meeting, tentatively scheduled for October 2016. I encourage all Fiero clubs and interested Fiero enthusiasts to join in support of our new unique opportunity to continue in our interest of preserving the Pontiac Fiero and its history. The MWFC currently maintains a website at: and can be found on Facebook under Midwest Fiero Clubs. The AACA main website can be found at

Fred Bartemeyer
President, Midwest Fiero Clubs