Tom’s Corner – Cruising

tomscornerA few years ago, our Fiero club (The Fiero Fanatics ) did a car show in Manitowoc Wisconsin and we stayed at a motel on the Saturday before the show. It was a lovely evening so we decided to take a cruise into town to a local drive-in for something to eat. This place turned out to be a local hang-out for the local car clubs to congregate every week-end and we were very surprised to find a huge selection of hot rods, custom cars and sports cars in attendance. I enjoyed this experience very much and it got me to think…why not do this more often ?

As you probably know, there are a myriad of drive-ins around our area in which to do this all summer long. Usually when we do a car show, we get flyers from other car clubs for up-coming events, but lately cruise-in flyers are becoming more prevalent as well. You can go on line to check out an event you may want to do if your time permits and the weather cooperates. All summer, there are cruises planned for other cities and towns in our area. Sometimes, it’s just a spur of the moment decision to hop in your Fiero and go out to eat and see the other cars at these cruise-ins. This can be a wonderful way to break up a week night.

Our Fiero club combined with the GTO club to cruise out to a car show in Madison recently and take the back roads. You should have seen the people look at all our cars as we traveled through the small towns to get to the show. This is another facet of our car that is overlooked and perhaps we can cruise together this summer if time permits to a drive-in near-by and enjoy each other’s company and check out all the other cars that assemble for a night of fun !

Check with your local club and see when their next cruise is, or organize one!

Below: Fieros stop by Sonic during NIFE’s Fierorama weekend.

20th Annual Fierorama Weekend

Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts celebrated the 20th Annual Fierorama weekend in September. It was a fun weekend that saw over 73 Fieros take part in 3 days of fun.

The weather held off on Friday as a dozen or so Fieros cruised from the host hotel in St. Charles IL to a cruise night at The Lodge in nearby Wasco IL. Everyone enjoyed checking out the Fieros, and we enjoyed some good food. Congratulations to Robert Vogt from Greenville IL who won the Sponsors Award for the evening.

Saturday was a whirlwind of activity. In the morning we all gathered at the host hotel and cruised to a Cars and Coffee event at the IronGate Motor Condos in Naperville IL. The Motor Condos are still under construction, but their events are already attracting an eclectic mix of cars. After grabbing some coffee and donuts and showing off our Fieros, many of us stopped for lunch at a nearby Sonic Drive in where we filled up the parking lot.

After lunch we met once again at the host hotel and cruised thru the woods to the Air Classics Museum in Sugar Grove IL. The museum has a number of planes from different eras of flight as well as a large collection of aviation artifacts.

Saturday night it was time for the traditional Fierorama dinner at Gino’s East Pizza. After filling up, many people headed back to the host hotel lobby to continue good conversations.

Sunday was the big day. The 20th Annual Fierorama. A huge congrats to Jim Hallman who has overseen them all. The weather turned out perfect and the show was well attended. One of the fun features was a game sorting all the dash plaques for the previous 19 Fieroramas. Ray Dyerson was given a special award as the only person besides NIFE officers to have registered for all 20 Fieroramas. Congratulations to Scott Campbell and Nick DiMonte who won Best Modified and Best Stock respectively. We are looking forward to another 20 Jim, see everyone Sept 9th-11th 2016 for Fierorama 21!.