The 2010 Indian Uprising proved...
The 2010 Indian Uprising proved to be an event to rival many national conventions, both in size and organization. The weather was perfect and the quality of cars was fantastic.
With a total of 401 cars registered, the 20th Annual Indian Uprising—held this past July 31st weekend at the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, Illinois, and hosted by the Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club—was a regional event larger than many national Pontiac conventions. Pontiac fans from as far as New York State and Canada came to celebrate all things Pontiac.
While this is a GTO-oriented club, all Pontiacs are welcome, and cars representing the ’37-’09 model years were on hand for the celebration.
Of the cars registered, owners of 56 cars paid an extra $100 entry fee to display their cars indoors at the Dupage Expo Center. The extra money helped tremendously with the funding of the event, and added to the donation of almost $9,000 to United Cerebral Palsy.
To help promote the tiger theme, Brown’s Oakridge Zoo brought two tiger cubs for participants to pet and have their picture taken with. It was pretty exciting to see these baby tigers up close and personal.
Anyone looking for a rare...
Anyone looking for a rare late-model Pontiac need only check out this steel-topped ’89 20th Anniversary Trans Am with a leather interior, one of 15 built. It was for sale.
There was a lot for show participants to do, with a model-car display and a chassis dyno for onsite testing. Seminars were presented by Jim Wangers, Dana Mecum from Mecum Auctions, Ellen Anderson from Rally Classics Insurance, collector-car appraiser Mike Grippo, and Bob Ashton from the Musclecar and Corvette Nationals. Even your author was asked to give a Department X seminar on experimental Pontiacs, and it was an honor to share my research with the Cruisin’ Tigers.
The showfield featured a manufacturer’s midway, with parts vendors and other service providers on hand to help showgoers with their individual vehicles. Matt Planning from Brew City Engineering was displaying his Redi-Rad iPod interface for older cars, and Paul Delfeld from Ram Air Restoration Enterprises brought out an impressive display of exhaust manifolds and exhaust systems, as well as a new B-Body suspension system that will turn your ’60s-era full-sized Pontiac into a Pro Touring Widetracker.
The 2011 edition of the Indian Uprising will be held on the weekend of August 6-7 at the DuPage Expo Center. Log on to www.cruisintigersgto.com for more details. See you there!
Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club
2010 Indian Uprising All-Pontiac Show
|2010 Best of Show Winners
|’69 Carousel Red Judge hardtop
||Mike & Diane Lannom
|’67 Plum Mist GTO hardtop
||Fred & Sharon Mazzoni
|’65 Black GTO hardtop
||Cap & Robin Proffitt
|’67 Champagne GTO convertible
|’67 Silver Glaze GTO hardtop
|2010 Honorary & Celebrity Pick Winners
|Sharon Rudisuhle Memorial Award
||Joe & Julie Fracasso
||’54 Red Starchief convertible
||’69 Red Beaumont SD hardtop
||’69 Orange Firebird hardtop
||’67 White GTO convertible
The 2011 edition of the Indian Uprising will be held on the weekend of August 6-7 at the DuPage Expo Center
Mike Strentz’s ’67 GTO convertible...
Mike Strentz’s ’67 GTO convertible was a gorgeous stocker on display inside the Dupage Expo Center.
The Cruisin’ Tigers had Concord...
The Cruisin’ Tigers had Concord Motorsports bring a portable chassis dyno to the Dupage Expo Center parking lot. This red G8 GT was seen and heard screaming its guts out several times. Many musclecar and late-model-era machines were out there showing their stuff.
We didn’t catch the name of...
We didn’t catch the name of the owner of this gorgeous G-body Grand Prix, but it is a reminder of what Pontiac could have done to bring some performance to this model back in the late ’70s. This one has a big-inch Pontiac V-8, all metal hood, and modern rubber.
Robert Lozins brought out...
Robert Lozins brought out this super-rare ’68 Ram Air Firebird convertible to the Uprising, and like his other Firebirds, it is exquisite. Robert has been a member and strong supporter of the Cruisin’ Tigers for several years.
Tony and Sue Verhulst of Lansing,...
Tony and Sue Verhulst of Lansing, Illinois, brought out the “Old Injun,” their ’56 Chieftain racecar. This vintage drag machine had been raced in the ’70s, and was even a feature car in the old H-O Racing High Output newsletter. The Verhulsts don’t plan to restore it, but instead will preserve its patina and keep it in race-ready condition.
Don Micetic’s ’66 GTO is shining...
Don Micetic’s ’66 GTO is shining example of in-your-face horsepower. The spectacular finish and attention to detail on this Goat is reminiscent of ISCA showcars, yet this is a street-driven machine.
Greg Halvorson’s resto-mod...
Greg Halvorson’s resto-mod ’49 Chieftain features an LT1 V-8 and modern suspension components.
Vic Preisler’s ’69 Trans Am...
Vic Preisler’s ’69 Trans Am was one of the vehicles shown inside the Expo Center. The T/A is one of the 697 originals and looks even better than new.
Gary and Vicky Wojcik’s ’65...
Gary and Vicky Wojcik’s ’65 Mayfair Maize 2+2 coupe sports a set of later “5-on-5” Rally II wheels, and they look great. This hot B-body features a 421 Tri-Power, four-speed, power windows, and A/C.
Pete Letecci’s ’62 is similar...
Pete Letecci’s ’62 is similar to the one he raced at Great Lakes Dragway back when it was new. Like the original, this one has a 389 Tri-Power and four-speed. Unlike the original, this one is Cameo Ivory and has 8-lug wheels.
Harry Pluta’s black and Parchment...
Harry Pluta’s black and Parchment ’67 Grand Prix convertible is unquestionably one of the cleanest, most gorgeous examples of the breed in existence. Power comes from a 400 four-barrel and an automatic.
Eric and Shirley Carlsen brought...
Eric and Shirley Carlsen brought out their mildly customized ’77 Can Am to the Indian Uprising. The only change they made was the upholstery, with the pleat sections color-keyed to the exterior stripes. It looks like something Pontiac would have done to a factory show car.