Owner Bio: Lee AtkinsonLee Atkinson is certainly a veteran racer having invested 18 years in the sport. He describes himself as "the car guy" since junior high school and told HPP that he still has the first issue of Hot Rod magazine (Aug. '78) that he bought at the age of 12. When it came time to build a race car, this chemical plant operator had a plan, "I wanted a lightweight Pontiac to make a street/strip car, and it had to be a '67 or older model so that it was emissions exempt," Atkinson recalled. As you can see, this '67 Bird fit that bill. Lee said that one of the funniest moments came when his big, strong friend tried to film from the back seat of the Pontiac during a test run. The launch was so hard that his friend could not control the camera, which made for a humorous video. Past Pontiacs include a low 13-second '79 T/A, another '67 Bird with a 326 that ran high 14s, and a '95 Grand Am GT that ran 16s.
Owner Bio: Mark MetdkerWhy an '89 Turbo TA? Mark Metdker says, "I have always liked the looks of the Third-Gens but was never impressed with their performance. This one is the exception. It remains one of the fastest cars Pontiac has ever made, but no one really knows about it--a real sleeper. Most folks think it has a 305 TPI motor." Metdker, a 47-year-old firefighter with 20 years on the job, shared his most favorite moment in his T/A, "It was when I raced a Z06 Corvette. After I beat it, the owner walked over to my car. He couldn't believe a 15-year-old car beat his very expensive new Vette. He was really upset when he saw the six-cylinder engine."