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Firebird Night at Mark's Cruise - We Finally Hit 50 Firebirds
This year we tried something different moving Firebird night at Mark's Cruise from what was usually a sweltering hot night in July to a perfect, breezy night on September 8th. It was a perfect night and the PVFA smashed its previous record of 42 Firebirds set on July 12, 2012 to 51 Birds in attendance! This year Mark's mixed Firebirds and Camaros into this event as well which swelled the total count of honored cars to 160. Many of the Camaros were brand new but all generations of Firebirds and Camaros were well represented. Second and Third generation cars are usually hard to find at the cruise, especially Camaros (believe it or not) and there were droves of them tonight.
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Mark's cruise has been happening every Monday night for nearly 20 years now but this year must have been a peak. Where on a Monday night can you expect to see a live band and up to 1000 cars gathered for a cruise. The scene is set on a huge grassy field for perfect car viewing and the show organizers do an outstanding job of managing the flow of parking into and out of the cruise. Plenty of fresh cooked food is offerred for sale barbeque style. This is by far the largest cruise in New England and may be one of the biggest Monday night events in the country.

It looks like having a September cruise was the right way to go to get Firebirds out of their nests and onto the road. This is a key event for the PVFA and we will certainly continue it for 2015.

Pontiac Celebration in Warwick, RI
The Pontiac Celebration is organized by club member Rick DiGiacomo and is one of the largest Pontiac events in the region. Held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza hotel in Warwick, RI, the show was hit with more than 200 cars on the field and a sold out hotel. Even the overflow hotel sold out. The only disappointing thing about this show is that it only occurs every two years. So when you here of the next Pontiac Celebration book your room early or be left out. With the Saratoga Firebird show now gone this is the premiere Pontiac event in the region.

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There were approximately 50 Firebirds in attendance and classes were sponsored for first, second, third, and fourth gens in both stock and custom classes. This show probably generates more Fiero traffic than you will see anywhere else, except at perhaps a national Fiero show. Every era of Pontiac was well represented with some real high qulaity cars.

This show raises substantial sums for the Tommorow Fund and Alex's Lemonade Stand, two great charities benefitting kids. You can have great fun for a great cause at this top notch show. I am looking forward to 2016!

Panera Bread Cruise In June 21rst - Huge Success!

The Charter Oak Firebirds can really throw a party! On June 21rst members of the Pioneer Valley Firebirds cruised on down to the Panera Bread Cruise in Newington, CT for the extremely popular Saturday night show. Officially they counted 243 cars but cars were driving by and parking in the Walmart parking lot. It has been quite a few years since I have seen a GTO Judge parked in a normal parking lot but cars were everywhere and attendance was huge. The 60/40 raffle netted one lucky guest a whopping $415.

Bandit Rich came all the way from his home in Spencer, MA to join the cruise adding his Black and Gold Bandit to President John's bringing the total to four Bandit's at the show. That wasn't all, Art from 34 Motor Cars in Derby, CT brought his all original 1970 Trans Am (as in original paint and original decals!). I bought my 1980 Pace Car from Art and he is a valuable resource to the hobby in CT, bringing in Firebirds from all over and serving as a resource for hobbyists with restoration advice. You can check out Art's inventory at http://34motorco.com.

It was the first night of summer and the longest night of the year. This cruise had more Corvettes than GM and rarities in abundance. Eagle One supplied a host of raffle prizes to many lucky raffle winners. To see more pics from this cruise check out our page here.

The next cruise is Saturday, August 2nd and the Charter Oak Firebirds. Be there!

Pontiac Celebration in Warwick, RI

The 2014 Pioneer Valley GTO show held on Sunday, June 1 was a huge success. The show field was packed and attendance looked to be an all time high for this show, one of the most popular in Western Mass. In total 19 Firebirds participated for the Favorite Firebird trophy sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Firebird Association. All active members present voted for their favorite Firebird and in the end Pete , one of the PVFA's newest ,members won the trophy.

For Sunday Pete brought out a beautiful and rare 1969 Firebird 400 Convertible in triple black. If that wasn't enough it was equipped with the Ram Air III 400, one of only 57 so equipped. In all, 6 PVFA members were present for the vote and the competition was formibable with some real quality cars presents. Two mint Lucerne Blue 1970 Trans Am and a beautiful '73 in Bucaneeer Red were on hand for display only making the decision just a bit easier. Aside from those and a couple of other display only cars the field was full of beautiful first, second, and fourth gens and one rare third gen Formula.

The trophy was designed by our own club President (Grand Poo-Bah) John Kunasek who founded the club three years ago. The trophy is the one to have with a 1:18 scale 1972 Firebird mounted on a stained wooden base. With this years turnout we need to discuss the possibility of expanding the Firebird class next year. That will be an issue for the membership to decide in the near future.

Our next trophy will be awarded atr Mark's Cruise in East Granby, CT. We are hoping to get Firebird night scheduled for a Monday night in August when it will hopefully be cool and 'Bird friendly. Club members will be encouraged to attend to select the Firebird and owners that best represents the spirit of the Firebird hobby. Our record is 43 cars in attendance but our goal is over 50 Firebirds this year!

Pioneer Valley Firebirds
Rapping up 2014 the club had a slow year. It seems that within the entire car hobby less and less people are showing up to cruises and car shows, especially those that are a distance away. Whether it is the economy stopping people from dropping large sums of money into parts and gas or just a malaise that seems to be associated with a world that is getting more stressful the hobby is off these days. We seemed to do better this year with local events than our traditional cruises to the bigger events. As a club we may need to regroup and find more local events to develop a healthy and productive club. Some results for this year:
  • FIREBIRD NIGHT AT MARK's CRUISE in East Granby, CT really bustled with life this year bringing in more than 900 cars on several occasions. Marks showed some real creativity in promoting their show this year with feature nights brining in huge volumes of cars.
  • The Pioneer Valley GTO Association show in Agawam was a big one this year, filling their field to capacity. I never heard the numbers but it was easily the biggest one to date.
  • The Panera Bread show in Newington, CT sponsored by our bretherin at the Charter Oak Firebirds packed them in as well, more than filling their parking lot.
As a club we may have to look at more local startegies to keep the hobby alive. As always we are looking for ideas. Let us know your ideas by clicking here.