Back in 2009, the GTOAA and POCI joined forces to create the Co-Vention in Dayton, Ohio—a massive event that brought out many amazing Pontiacs with great histories. HPP took two issues and about 13 pages to cover it all. I’m sure many participants and spectators went home feeling they had a once-in-a-lifetime experience at an awe-inspiring event that would be remembered for years to come.
If you missed out in 2009, here is your reprieve. The Co-Vention is happening again this summer, July 9-13, in the same place—Dayton, Ohio, at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. If you attended in 2009, I’m quite confident you’ll want to come back. The 2013 Co-Vention promises many of the activities and seminars that you normally enjoy at a GTOAA International meet and POCI convention, but consider them supersized for the Co-Vention.
It all begins Tuesday, July 9, with early arrivals, on-site registration, and the swap meet. The Ames Performance-sponsored Kick-Off Cruise-In at the nearby Quaker Steak and Lube will highlight Wednesday. GTOAA Concours Judging takes place on Thursday, and the day wraps up with the Performance Years/Pypes Parking Lot Party at the Holiday Inn host hotel.
The Nutter Center will be buzzing with activity Friday, hosting the POCI Points Judged show, the GTOAA Popular Vote show, and the Road Warriors cruise. Those who prefer racing can head out to Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia for the Jim Wangers Invitational Drag Race. Along with bracket classes, crowd-pleasers include a Pure Stock Musclecar Shootout, a Quick 16 program, Nostalgia Super Stocks, an Unlimited Heads-Up Shootout, and Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick and his ’64 GTO Tameless Tiger II.
Back at the Nutter Center, Saturday will feature the POCI Popular Vote show, the Road Warrior Show, and an Inline Tube-sponsored fly-over by the Wright “B” Flier replica at noon. The Co-Vention will close with awards banquets for the GTOAA and POCI at The Hope Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday.
For more info, check out the event website at www.gtoaapocinationals.com, or contact Doug Pulskamp at (812) 212-6280. Contact Paul Freese regarding inside and outside vendor spots at (812) 614-3332.
HPP Pavement Pounders Shootout
Attention Pontiac Racers! Would you like to achieve fame and (no) fortune by participating in an HPP Pavement Pounders Shootout? Your chance to put your Pontiac and your tuning skills to the test on the Summit Motorsports Park dragstrip in Norwalk, Ohio, comes on August 1, 2013.
Modified Pure-Pontiac-powered classics and corporate-powered late-models running 12-second e.t.s or faster are welcome to apply. Your Pontiac must be NHRA-legal for its e.t., you must be willing to tune your combination at the track in an effort to improve its performance during the Shootout, and you must be willing to provide full disclosure of your Pontiac’s specifications for print in HPP.
If your ride was in an HPP Shootout before or was a feature car, it is not eligible to participate again. However, you are, so submit another of your Pontiacs for consideration. Spaces are limited.
To apply, go to our website at www.highperformancepontiac.com and click on the Shootout Application tab. Complete the forms and email them to tom.demauro@ sorc.com. There are no payouts, but at least the pizza lunch is free.