Trans Ams and Firebirds lined...
Trans Ams and Firebirds lined Main Street at Destin Commons for the Sixth Annual STARS for as far as the eye could see.
The Sixth Annual Southern Trans Am Regional Show (STARS) proved to be spectacular this year for the 95 Firebirds and Trans Ams that attended. Approximately 200 people came from as far away as Arizona and North Dakota to enjoy Florida's largest single display of stock to wildly modified Trans Ams, Formulas, Firebirds and Firehawks.
The STARS was held from March 16-18, 2007, in Destin, Florida. The weather was beautiful with clear skies, brisk morning temperatures, pleasantly warm afternoons and, of course, incredible Trans Ams.
This year, the STARS changed locations to the Destin Commons, a main-street-style shopping complex and home of the Bass Pro Shop. It allowed thousands of Destin and Fort Walton Beach residents, tourists, and dedicated F-body fans to enjoy the show. The location change was applauded by most of the attendees. Families enjoyed the event, while also shopping in the retail stores of the Destin Commons.
Bill Halsey of Independence,...
Bill Halsey of Independence, Missouri, is getting his gorgeous Mayan Red '79 T/A ready for the second day of the show.
Many participants arrived on March 16th to beat the weekend crowds, register and pass through the tech line early. Then attendees enjoyed a beach dinner at Sterling Shores Condo. There, as the sun set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico, registrants had a chance to relax after their drives to the event, and to mingle with other Trans Am lovers in attendance.
On the morning of March 17th, attendees packed the Destin Commons' spacious parking area for car washing, tech line, registration, and the car show display. By 10:00 a.m., the two-sided gentle S-curve of the Destin Commons' main street was lined with Firebirds and Trans Ams from every generation. T/As flaunted their stuff in front of the retail stores. With single-row parking on each side of Main Street, every Bird had a perfect parking spot.
After a full day of showing off, a beach cruise with Trans Ams and Firebirds proceeded out from the Destin Commons parking lot and north up Destin's Gulf Boulevard to the beach. With sirens blaring from a string of the local sheriff's Smokey-cars, it appeared that a whole consortium of multi-generation T/As was getting pulled over Buford T. Justice-style. Not to worry, the sheriffs were hired to provide escort for the cruise.
Then attendees enjoyed a seaside dinner at "The Back Porch," followed by a big screen double feature: Smokey Yunick and John DeLorean from a past POCI Convention, followed by Smokey and the Bandit. After the movies, attendees met for a pre-planned after-dark rendezvous at "Howl at the Moon," a local dueling piano bar. It was after midnight when the day's long and fun-filled activities finally wound down
Best of Show went to this...
Best of Show went to this modified '69 Firebird 350 owned by Chris and Christie Reynolds of Daleville, Virginia. Need to check your e-mail? This Firebird even has wireless internet installed.
March 18th proved to be the most beautiful day of the show with a warm morning, which led to a picture-perfect afternoon. Crowds were large; everybody from kids to great-grand-parents wanted to get close to the Trans Ams. The points judges stayed hard at work ensuring every one of the Pontiacs in attendance was professionally judged. After three great days, the STARS concluded at 5:00 p.m., when trophies were awarded to the best Firebirds and T/As in attendance.
All in all, the representation of Trans Ams and Firebirds was impressive, with examples from '67 all the way to '02. It was evident that the show's promoters took great pride in it. Every aspect of tech, registration, instructions and display was handled efficiently and professionally.
The Seventh Annual STARS is scheduled for March 2008 but the date has yet to be set. For further information visit www.starsfl.org or call (850) 863-9516.
There was no shortage of Second-Gen...
There was no shortage of Second-Gen Trans Ams at the STARS. A '78 T/A, a '76 T/A LE, and a '70-1/2 T/A helped draw crowds back for three days straight.
Jack Dale returned to this...
Jack Dale returned to this year's STARS with his one-off Barris-bird, awarded as grand prize in an ABC-sponsored TV talent contest in 1968.
A '69 Firebird, owned by Mark...
A '69 Firebird, owned by Mark Kiefer of St. Louis, Missouri, sits proudly next to a '70 11/42 T/A, owned by Tony Becker of Imperial, Missouri. Both Birds drove together from home just for the STARS.
This '79 Formula is finished...
This '79 Formula is finished in Revere Silver and decked out in Carmine interior. It is owned by Jim Thompson of Tallahassee, Florida.
Brothers Tod and Scott Warmack...
Brothers Tod and Scott Warmack of Tallahassee, Florida, showcased their award-winning '79 Trans Ams. These were just two of the 20+ Trans Ams in the Warmack's collection.
Dale Henderson and his daughter...
Dale Henderson and his daughter Candy Hendricks show his '94 Trans Am GT in Medium Red Metallic and her '02 T/A in Sunset Orange Metallic.
Special Edition and Limited...
Special Edition and Limited Edition T/As were represented well at the show, including this '76 50th Anniversary T/A.
George Berg drove his '70-1/2...
George Berg drove his '70-1/2 T/A all the way from White Plains, Maryland.
Two heavily-customized Trans...
Two heavily-customized Trans Ams, a '91 and a '99, are owned by Bob and Chris Rahl of Social Circle, Georgia.
Many of the winners stayed...
Many of the winners stayed until after the awards for this group photograph.
|STARS 2007 Results|| |
|Specialty Award Winners|| ||Sponsored By|
|Best Of Show|| ||Bass Pro Shop|
|Chris & Christi Reynolds|| ||Red '69 FB convertible|
|2007 #1 Star|| ||American Cancer Society-Emerald Coast Unit|
|Bob Rahl|| ||Pewter '99 T/A|
|Dealer's Choice|| ||Lee Pontiac-GMC-Jeep|
|Ray Morell|| ||White '94 T/A|
|Best Engine|| ||Parrett Plumbing|
|Chris & Christi Reynolds|| ||Red '69 FB convertible|
|Best Paint|| ||National Parts Depot|
|Timothy Bozoki|| ||Red '02 T/A |
|Best Interior|| ||Tricel Honeycomb|
|Ron Nichols|| ||Yellow '98 FB Most Votes & People's Choice|
|Ron Nichols|| ||Yellow '98 FB |
|Stock Classes|| ||Sponsored by|
|A||'67-'69 ||National Parts Depot of Ocala, FL|
|1st||Mark Kiefer||Red '69 FB|
|B||'70-'76||LA Equipment Service & Sales of Millbrook, AL|
|1st ||Tony & Tricia Becker||White '70-1/2 T/A|
|2nd||Linwood Robbins||Orange '76 Formula|
|3rd||Gene Sanders||Black '76 T/A|
|C||'77-'78||F-body Warehouse.com of Dunlap, TN|
|1st ||Sonya Bishop||Black '77 T/A|
|2nd ||Stoney Sappington||Brown '77 T/A|
|3rd||Mark Haynes||Black '78 T/A|
|CC||'79||Longhorn Steakhouse of Fort Walton Beach, FL|
|1st ||Tod Warmack||Blue '79 T/A|
|2nd ||Harold Sullivan||Black '79 T/A|
|3rd||Paul Kenney||Black '79 T/A|
|D||'82-'92||Tricel Honeycomb of Gurnee, IL|
|1st ||Chris Del Cotto||Red '83 FB|
|2nd ||Dennis Wilson||'92 FB|
|EEE||'01-'02||Lee Pontiac-GMC-Jeep of Fort Walton Beach, FL|
|1st ||David Erickson||Silver '02 Formula|
|2nd ||Chad West||Black '02 T/A|
|Light-Modified Classes||Sponsored By|
|F||Early '67-'69||F-Body Warehouse.com of Dunlap, TN|
|1st ||Jim Tuttle||'68 FB|
|FF||Early '70-'76||Sal's Mufflers & Brakes of Fort Walton Beach, FL|
|1st||George Berg||White '70-1/2 T/A|
|2nd||Michael Stucchio||Red '73 Formula|
|3rd||Tracy Landrum||Black '76 T/A|
|FFF||Early '77-'81||LA Equipment Service & Sales of Millbrook, AL|
|1st ||Bill Halsey||Red '79 T/A|
|2nd ||Jim Thompson||Silver '79 Formula|
|3rd||Jan Rogers||Red '77 T/A|
|G||Mid '82-'92 ||The Pontiac Man/Preston Grant of Talladega, AL|
|1st ||John Kirkbride||Yellow '92 T/A|
|2nd ||Bryan Moret||Yellow '87 FB|
|3rd||Robert Fryery||Black '86 T/A|
|GG||Late '94-'00||LA Equipment Service & Sales of Millbrook, AL|
|1st ||George & Sherry Siegel||Blue '99 T/A|
|2nd ||Steven Drivick ||Pewter '00 Formula|
|3rd||Ray & Debra Morrell||White '94 T/A|
|GGG||Late '01-'02||No Sponsor Listed|
|1st ||Mark Sever||Yellow '02 T/A CETA|
|2nd ||Ronnie & Joye Keen ||Yellow '02 T/A CETA|
|3rd||Justin Boone||Orange '02 T/A|
|Heavy-Modified Classes||Sponsored By|
|I||Mid '82-'92||Edmond's Hot Rod Shop of Mosspoint, MS|
|1st ||Chris Petroskie||White '91 Formula|
|II||Late '93-'02||Kathy Brown's Personal Touch Dog Training & Pet Services of Fort Walton Beach, FL|
|1st ||Dale & Angela Henderson||Maroon '94 T/A|
|2nd ||Jan & Chuck Gillen||Black '95 T/A|
|Light-Custom Classes||Sponsored By|
|J||Early '67-'81||Hendricks Realty Service of Milton, FL|
|1st||Jerry Fuller||Red '67 FB|
|2nd ||Mike Cundiff Jr||Red '78 T/A|
|3rd||Bill Goforth||White '79 T/A|
|K||Mid '82-'92||Hawks Third Generation of Easley, SC|
|1st||Robert & Chris Rahl ||Black '91 T/A|
|KK||Late '93-'02||Tricel Honeycomb of Gurnee, IL|
|1st ||Cliff Swena||Orange '02 Formula|
|Heavy-Custom Classes||Sponsored By|
|L||Early '67-'81||Ames Performance Engineering of NH |
|1st ||Chris & Christi Reynolds||Red '69 FB|
|2nd ||Rick Tatro||Black '81 T/A|
|3rd||Jack & Tara Dale||Grey '68 FB|
|M||Mid '82-'92||Hawks Third Generation of Easley, SC|
|1st ||Ron Nichols||Yellow '89 FB|
|2nd ||Johnny Hamilton||Black '88 FB|
|3rd||Jason Cromer ||White '89 T/A|
|MM||Late '74-'99||Panhandle Paint & Body of Fort Walton Beach, FL|
|1st ||Bob Rahl||Pewter '99 T/A|
|2nd ||Kenny Rozell||Green '98 T/A|
|3rd||Dan Williams ||Black '93 T/A|
|MMM||Late '00-'02|| |
|1st ||Paul Myers||Yellow '02 T/A CETA|
|2nd||Bill & Candy Hendricks||Orange '02 T/A|
|3rd||Orville Esclusia||Yellow '02 T/A CETA|
|Pro Street-All Years||Sponsored By|
|N|| ||The Pontiac Man/Preston Grant of Talladega, AL|
|1st ||Neal Allison||Black '97 T/A|
|2nd ||Ron Topp ||Yellow '02 T/A CETA|
|3rd||Michael Meeks ||Blue '00 T/A|
|Firehawk-All Years||Sponsored By|
|P|| ||Hawks Third Gen Of Easley, SC|
|1st ||Jeff & Wendy Werner||Red '02 Firehawk|
|Survivor ||Sponsored By|
|Q||'67-81||Dr Ken Whidden-|
| || ||Emerald Coast|
| || ||Chiropractic of Destin, FL|
|1st ||Keith Peck ||Black '76 50th Anniversary T/A |
|Daily Drivers ||Sponsored By|
|R||'89-'95||Panhandle Paint & Body of Fort Walton Beach, FL|
|1st ||Steven Hamilton ||Maroon '91 T/A |
|2nd ||Paul Fries||Maroon '89 T/A GTA |
|Daily Drivers ||Sponsored By|
|S||'96-'02||Panhandle Paint & Body of Fort Walton Beach, FL|
|1st ||Chris Kirkbride||Maroon '00 FB|
|2nd||Jennifer Williams||Green '98 T/A|
|3rd||Denise Sever ||Silver '98 T/A|