Located 55 miles southwest of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk has been host to one of the biggest all-Pontiac events anywhere for the past 22 years. Originally conceived as Tri-Power Sunday, it has grown in size and stature to become a can't-miss annual event for the Pontiac faithful. Whether your idea of rock and roll is "G.T.O" or "Trans Am (Highway Wonderland)," there's plenty of heavy metal to peruse in the swap meet and on the show field with the soundtrack of high-performance Pontiacs making passes all day long on the dragstrip.

The 2013 edition of the Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals was held August 2-4, 2013, and to the delight of attendees, it remained a rain-free weekend. The swap meet featured 179 vendors set up within 334 spaces, selling just about anything vehicle-related attendees might need, from project cars to literature. For those looking for a Pontiac, a car corral featured a nice mix of models and years. The 31 companies represented along the manufacturers' midway gave participants an opportunity to see new products and ask questions.

Title sponsor Ames Performance Engineering fed attendees at its tent Saturday night. After getting their fill, a drawing was held offering participants a chance to win back their entrance fees. That money could have bought a lot of ice cream, which is only a dollar per pound at the track. Then again, Ames gave away 1,500 pounds of the cool, creamy treat to appreciative Pontiac fans.

The clear, dry weather brought out show cars in droves from miles around, with 568 beautiful Pontiacs representing model years 1932 to 2008. The professional judges faced the daunting task of recognizing the best of the bunch. They made it happen over the course of two days, awarding trophies to 158 cars spread out among 60 classes in judged competition. High Performance Pontiac sponsored a display-only class, dubbed Pontiacs On Parade, and it was well attended by the anti-trailer-queen set.

On the dragstrip, exhibition runs were made by Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick in his Tameless Tiger GTO, and Bag Boys Racing's Boss Bird rose from the ashes of a 2012 engine fire to post a record run for nitro-fueled Pontiac power with a 6.42-second e.t. at 210.3 mph, to the delight of spectators. Drag-racing participation was down slightly from the previous year, with 404 competitors duking it out in a straight line for the honor of being named Chief of the Pontiacs.

For the first time since the inception of that title, a two-time winner was crowned. Congratulations to Rick Cole, Jr. of LaGrange, Ohio, for the repeat performance. His '82 Firebird ran spot-on his 10.43 dial-in, taking the win against runner-up Ron Baisdin Jr. by a margin of 0.001 second. It doesn't get much more competitive than that!

The 23rd annual Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals are set for August 1-3, 2014. Event chiefs Pete and Andi Woodruff promise, "You won't want to miss a minute of all this Pontiac excitement!"

For more information and a list of the 2013 drag-race winners, point your web browser to www.pontiacnationals.com.