Anybody order a Trans Am sandwich? Robin Kerstetter’s ’78 T/A was one of many fine example
If you’re a Pontiac aficionado and live within striking distance of the Carlisle Fairgrounds in central Pennsylvania, the All-GM Nationals held every June should be on your calendar of events to attend. The 150-acre facility is the annual stage for one of the most diverse General Motors events in the country. High Performance Pontiac has covered this event is previous years and can report that the Poncho presence has always been strong, with new cars being shown every year.
The 2013 event didn’t disappoint. The National Parts Depot-sponsored show field was lined with a wide variety of models that span Pontiac’s rich automotive history.
The Carlisle Events organizers do an outstanding job of getting the word out to all the different participating entities every year, but the various car clubs that use this event as a meeting point for their members also play a major role in its expansion. Many thanks go out each year to The Susquehanna Valley GTO club (www.svgto.com), the GTOAA chapter for central Pennsylvania, for their continuous involvement. Another active group is the Capitol City GTOs (www.ccgto.com). With a focus on late-model cars, this club from the Washington, D.C. area has also been instrumental in the continued success of the event.
The combined effort of this core of dedicated groups has insured that the Pontiac presence has eclipsed that by the Oldsmobile and Buick faithful. This event, for these clubs, has also been quite helpful in getting new members.
Bob Jones’ extremely rare ’77 LeMans Can Am looks factory fresh. It was the only one of th
Gregg and Denise Bleamer’s ’71 Trans Am was another stellar example of a ground-up restora
Dennis and Dori Corl’s Dark Titanium Metallic ’69 Firebird features a 455 Poncho mill, Tre
Beyond the show field, the event also boasts a decent swap meet area for NOS, used, and aftermarket parts. As with all Carlisle events, the availability of parts for sale has been a huge draw for the organizers, and a real convenience for those who like one-stop-shopping for their car projects. From a set of used doors or bumper to a complete rolling drivetrain, it can usually be found in the swap-meet area.
Likewise, the vendor midway is the ideal spot to find companies selling anything from reproduction sheetmetal to coilover kits. The car corral is also quite popular with show attendees, as is the burnout contest at every event.
You can also find a number of specially invited vehicles in Building T. Inside you will usually find a strong Pontiac presence, such as Jeff Raff’s insane Pro Street ’64 Grand Prix. Savvy HPP readers will recall seeing his car featured in the July ’10 issue. Attendees can also admire faithfully restored Ponchos, like Kevin and Karen Shaffer’s ’74 Ventura GTO.
This beautifully restored Sunstorm Yellow ’74 Ventura GTO has only 69,000 miles on the odo
Adorning the show field was Paul and Mary Johnson’s ’60 Bonneville convertible. This tripl
Greg and Donna Dixon’s ’80 Trans-Am is a well-preserved example with only 12,000 miles. Th
As the 2013 event entered into the history books, plans for 2014 were already taking shape. With the 50th anniversary of the GTO coming up, the Carlisle Events organizers have reached out to the Pontiac community for help in putting together a special event to commemorate this milestone. According to SVGTO Club President Vic Schreck, who is helping with the task, their combined goal will be “to promote the [Pontiac] brand and keep the spirit alive, which will intertwine with the plans for next year.” Part of those plans will be to have guest speakers (Milt Schornack, Bill Collins, and the Monkeemobile are confirmed) and make the GTO anniversary the focus in the Pontiac camp at the event. The special events planned are still being finalized, and will be unveiled in the coming months leading up to the 2014 show.
For the Poncho faithful, the All-GM Nationals has become a great place to get together and help keep the Pontiac name alive. Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 20-22, 2014, for its next fling.
Anthony Maresca’s ’77 Trans Am was a crowd favorite, and one of the more ambitious example
Jamie and William Bell’s ’71 GTO was another of the invited cars in Building T. This parti
If you own a late-model GTO, Carlisle boasts a wide variety of cars on display every year.