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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, July 5th and the Charter Oak Firebirds will be giving away a 48 inch TV to a lucky winner.

Pioneer Valley GTO Show Favorite Firebird Trophy


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 Schroeder, one of the PVFA's newest ,members won the trophy.

For Sunday Peter 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!

2014 Cruise Schedule - Ideas Needed

The club is off to a great start this year with our first big success at the Pioneer Valley GTO Association show. The next cruise is a new one for us. We haven't done a Saturday evening cruise yet but this one promises to be fun joining the Charter Oak Firebirds for their first class cruise in at Panera Bread. Updates on other club events:

  • FIREBIRD NIGHT AT MARK's CRUISE in East Granby, CT is Monday, September 8th. Mark you calendar's as we need club members present to award the best Firebird.
  • President John Kunasek is organizing a trip to the drive in. Stay tuned.
  • August 3rd we will cruise to the Wheels for Wounded Warriors show in Raynham, MA. Member Bandit Rich was awarded the honor of being the Bandit display for Snowman's rig. See the itinerary for the rig as it makes it way to Boston for "clam choda" for Big Enos and Little Enos here.
  • Sept 20th: Cruise to the Warwick Eastern Regionals will be coming up. If anyone is heading up Friday and is interested in leading a Friday night cruise let me know, stevemanning@charter.net
  • Sept 28th: We'll meet for breakfast and cruise to the Wallingford Pontiac show.
We are looking to fill in the summer gaps. If you are interested in organizing or leading a PVFA cruise to a show, event, or other let us know.