The 2013 Performance Years Open House brought Pontiacs from as early as the ’20s and throu
In southeastern Pennsylvania, where Performance Years' (PY) Pontiac headquarters are located in Hatfield, it was the wettest June on record. Ever. The weather forecast was the same almost every day: heavy downpours, flash floods, and strong winds. It was like hurricane season arrived three months early.
There were only a handful of June days when it didn't rain at least part of the day. Fortunately for Pontiac enthusiasts, the weekend of June 14-15, 2013, turned out to be two of those non-rainy days. In fact, that Saturday was probably the nicest day of the entire month—80 degrees, low humidity, and abundant sunshine. Anyone who lives in the area can tell you how unusual such days are in the summertime.
Congratulations to Charles Tull’s ’67 GTO for winning the PY President’s Choice award.
Mark D’Emidio’s freshly restored Fontaine Blue/Nightwatch Blue ’66 GTO took Best of Show.
The 2013 Performance Years Open House started off on Friday, June 14, with a cruise-in, as Pontiacs arrived from all over the Northeastern states. The PY crew, headed up by Mike Spizziri, had been out since Wednesday setting up the show field, planning the registration setup, and making arrangements to close off Clemens Road for the show the following day. (The event fills Clemens Road, continues over into the PY parking lot, and then goes across the street to acres of grassy area.)
On Saturday, over 225 Pontiac owners took the opportunity to attend what has become one of the largest Pontiac shows in the Eastern states. More than half the Pontiacs on the show field were GTOs. Hosted by the Garden State GTOs and the Susquehanna Valley GTOs, the GTOAA Eastern Regionals was just part of the festivities.
Third-Gen Firebirds and Trans Ams joined in for all the action.
New-Gen GTOs showed up in full force, as this contingent starting with Peter La Rosa’s ’06
Dennis Brennan’s 67 Bonneville heads up a battalion of brawny B-bodies. Rick Stirling’s Si
Performance Years also runs an all-makes-and-models show with over 100 vehicles and a special Mustang event; both run concurrently with the Pontiac show. In addition, another 40 or 50 cars came out for an impromptu cruise-in. There were more than 400 neat cars—Pontiacs and otherwise—to check out. It takes quite a while to see everything, and of course, stopping to talk with the car owners adds some Ponti-yakkin' time to the journey.
Pontiacs are our focus, and there were plenty of awesome ones to check out. PY created a special display area for some special-guest cars, which included Philip Eckart's '38 sedan, Glenn Moyer's '69 GTO Judge, Percy and TJ Meitzler's '73 T/A, Bill Gallagher's '62 Catalina SD clone, Nunzi Romano's Ram Air VII '65 GTO, and Scott Woodrow's '78 T/A.
This Monkee- mobile is just a clone but it brought nearly as much appeal as an original.
John Sbrigato's Monkeemobile re-creation was parked in prime real estate right in front of the PY office. This particular interpretation was made to look like the “updated” George Barris version, with a white top and interior in place of the tan top and upholstery of the originals. The craftsmanship on this car was spectacular as it was a very fresh build. Many people took plenty of photos of it, even the non-Pontiac fans.
PY ran tours to show off its warehouse facility, which included Pontiac parts and Pypes exhaust systems, Snappin Turtle tie-downs, and other trailer products, too. A live band provided entertainment throughout the day. Performance Years, Pypes, and Snappin Turtle representatives were on-hand to answer questions, provide advice, and market their products.
Show entrants spent a good portion of their day filling out Popular Vote ballots. Some of the classes were quite large, and walking back and forth to select a favorite in each class was a tough decision for many. Just when you thought, “Yeah, that's the one,” you would find another favorite. Some classes had an unusual mix of entries, like the Judge class, where most of the cars were '70 models instead of the usual batch of Carousel Red '69s. Overall there was a lot of variety wherever you looked.
Question: What is Scott Happel’s barn-find ’66 Catalina 2 2’s claim to fame? Answer: It ha
You don’t see ’75 Grand Ams out often anymore. This striking red-and-white example is owne
Bill Gallagher’s ’62 Catalina Super Duty is a tribute, but still a tantalizing testament t
Who doesn’t love the classic style of a ’58 Bonneville? This example is owned by John Cont
Two race-car tributes, Geoff Sotak’s ’65 Lemans and a ’65 GTO, recall the golden era of Po
A color-coordinated mannequin has its own center stage—the trunk of Don McCoy’s mild-custo
"It takes quite a while to see everything, and of course, stopping to talk with the car owners adds some Ponti-yakkin' time to the journey"
As the afternoon wound down, PY President Chris Casperson and Spizziri presented awards to the class winners. Some people packed up and headed home, some stayed around to attend the downtown Lansdale car show in the evening, and many went back to their hotels for the evening to rest up for the all-Pontiac drag race event at Maple Grove the next day.
Unfortunately, getting three days of good weather in the wettest June on record was not to be. The rain returned and washed out the Maple Grove event.
Let's hope for good weather next year for the event on June 13-14, 2014.