Friday, August 31, 2012


In the late 60’s, the Trans Am Race Series was introduced. The manufacturers quickly jumped on board with specially equipped cars like the Camaro Z/28 in 1967, while Ford took notice with their Mustangs, eventually introducing the Boss 302 in ‘69, which was indeed a major contender. Meanwhile, over in the Pontiac camp, the ones in the know snapped up the actual Trans Am name for their race inspired 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. A mere 697 of these cars were produced, including just 8 convertibles. (Yep..we have SEVEN of them coming to the show this year!) For the Mopar folks, two unique cars were offered for just one model year, with a very special high performance 340 cubic inch engine sporting a trio of two barrel carbs, lightweight fiberglass hoods and a list of other special features. The AAR Cuda, named for Dan Gurney’s All American Racers team and the T/A Challenger, obviously named after the Trans Am series, are today among the most desirable muscle cars ever built.

For the 2012 show coming up November 17-18 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, they are featuring these cars in a special gathering dubbed “Trans Am Terrors” with a wide variety of various makes and models. You will see the namesake Pontiac Trans Ams from 1969-2002, First and second generation Camaro Z/28’s, Plymouth AAR Cuda’s and Dodge Challenger T/A’s and more. Short decks and long hoods, low slung and smooth, these Pony Cars are not only great looking, but they actually handle too! And to make it even more interesting, there are some really cool colors in the mix too.

They have had a excellent response, but do need a few more to really make this one special. If you own a 68-74 Javelin, a 1967 Camaro Z/28, a first or second generation Mercury Cougar or any real Trans Am RACE related car, we want to hear from you. This is your chance to be a part of one of the neatest gatherings in our show this year. Cars must be real-deal, (no clones or “tributes”) and cars can be restored or original. If it has special options or was built in an unusual color, that makes it even better. To be a part of this special display, please send pictures and information to or call Bob Ashton at 586-549-5291.

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