What's not to love about the Trans Am Nationals? For 29 years, the annual event has celebrated Pontiac's fabulous F-bodys, and the fans who love them.

The show's 2013 iteration, held August 23-25 at host hotel Dayton Marriott in beautiful downtown Dayton, Ohio, proved again that Firebird and Trans Am loyalty is as strong as ever, despite the last of the breed rolling off a GM assembly line in 2002.

"Eleven years without new models has not slowed us down," says Scott Scheel, the event's judging chairman. "The Trans Am Nationals continues to attract new participants in addition to loyal attendees, many of whom have attended, without variance, for 10 years or more."

Last year's show featured celebrity appearances from retired Pontiac designer Roger Hughet, whose advanced sketch (in 1976) of the next-gen Firebird started the wheels rolling for the Third-Generation Firebird's look; and current GM designer Jeff Denison, who spoke on "[The] History of Pontiac Performance."

By the numbers, 322 Trans Ams and Firebirds from 25 states and Canada participated, representing all 37 years of Pontiac F-body production. Approximately 40 vendors attended, selling everything from salvageable sheetmetal and restorable wheels, to reproduction parts and nostalgic memorabilia.

As of press time, the event's host-club, the Dayton chapter of the Trans Am Club of America (TACA), is diligently preparing to make the 30th Annual Trans Am Nationals the best in the event's storied history. It's scheduled for August 22-24, 2014, at a new location: Holiday Inn-Fairborn, Ohio. For more information, check out www.tanationals.com.