This turned out to be the biggest Pontiac meet the track has ever hosted. Looked like all models were represented. The Firebirds were there, the GTOs were there, the Fieros were there. A few Oaklands were there. POCI had a booth there. The major parts vendors were in attendance. This photo was made the last day of the show, Sunday. The GTOs were lined up along the road off to the left. There were many of them to see. By the time this picture was taken, many cars had left - and the swap meet was half closed up. The awards presentations were taking place on the other end of the grounds. During the main part of the show, this whole area was packed with cars and people.|
CLICK-> There were lots of other Pontiacs at the show. Here's a bunch of Firebirds. There were Firehawks and Trans Ams too. I had never seen so many in one place before. On the way home from the show, I drove behind a pack of Firebirds on the turnpike. It was hard to keep up with 10 of them who were passing all the other cars, making good time on their way back to Indiana.
CLICK-> This is the announcer's booth and observation deck at the Norwalk dragway. No need to set an alarm clock if you're camping at the Norwalk campgrounds. Every morning, early, the announcers crank up the PA system and play a patriotic song. The PA announcers at this track are energetic and professional. They sound like the guys you hear on ESPN. As a radio announcer, I tend to be very critical of other announcers. But I liked this track's announcers. ...except for the way one of them kept announcing the name of the track (Norwalk) as Nerwock. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to NER-WOCK! Ha haaa.
CLICK-> There were large grandstands at the Nerwock (oops - I mean Norwalk) dragway. This place is modern, and made of metal! The bleacher seats are wide with plenty of legroom. The top of the bleachers has a wide area where you can walk around and snap pictures. I'm standing in the swap meet area here. They had a record number of swap meet vendors show up. The organizers kept having to go onto the grass and mark off more swap spaces each day to accomodate all the merchants who wanted to sell parts. At this show, I was lucky enough to find some little parts I was looking for. I got a windshield wiper motor for $5, a whole box of stainless trim screws for $4, and an obscure engine wiring bracket for $18. I also found a bolt that was missing on my upper timing chain cover. I got the correct one, complete with special D-shaped washer at a parts booth. There was good swappage!
CLICK-> The dragway had some nice displays for elapsed time and final speed. The right lane is called the "Rolling Rock" side of the track and the left lane is called the "Summit" side of the track. All the employees at this track are dressed in nice uniforms, from the groundskeepers to the concession stand people. This is a classy place to be.
CLICK-> Pontiac brought out their display truck. They brought a couple 2004 GTOs, a G6 convertible, a funnycar, the Judge from "The Last Ride" movie, and some others. They do a good job at showing off their more interesting vehicles.
CLICK-> White 1964 GTO hardtop with a white and red interior owned by Sam Campanella. This car wears the typical "GR-RRR!" front license plate. But the most interesting part about this car is the wheels. Check out the next photo for a closeup of the Radir wheels.
CLICK-> This white 1964 GTO hardtop has a cool set of wheels. These are the same type which were used on the real original Batmobile. This is a classic design. This type is still available from Radir Custom Wheels Company in New Jersey.
CLICK-> White 1964 GTO hardtop, interior view. Red and white. What a sharp combo! The seats are white and the dash/carpet are red. There is a Woodgrained Custom Sport steering wheel, in-dash Tach, and the AM push button radio with reverb. The reverb switch is the chrome switch under the top edge of the dash between the right most and next over instrument pods.
CLICK-> Sam's package tray is also red in this white 1964 GTO hardtop. This car was spotless, and well-displayed with interesting literature.
CLICK-> White 1964 GTO hardtop, trunk view. This one has a power antenna. It's interesting to note that this car does not have the standard speckled spatter paint applied inside the trunk area. That shiny white paint looks way too NICE to spatter!
CLICK-> See the Dual Quads under the hood of this white 1964 GTO hardtop. This car looked to be fresh from a restoration. To the left, you can see the book that was displayed with the car. With many photos, it showed the progress that was made through stages. It takes a lot of hours to build up a sharp car like this.
CLICK-> NEW POST Here is a video of Sam slamming through all four gears in his dual-quad 1964 GTO hardtop. It requires a media player to view.
CLICK-> For the first time, I ventured down to the end of the track to take photos. There I found the time slip guy. His job is to pass the time slips through the window to the cars that have just finished racing. It was interesting to see the reaction from the racecar drivers after they are handed their time slips. Some give a loud "yahoo!", some pound their steering wheels, some wad them up. Yellow 1964 GTO hardtop drag car. This one has Warpath license plates.
CLICK-> White 1964 GTO hardtop with a tripower and redline tires with stainless steel Custom hub caps. I was attracted by the gold pinstripe. See the next photo for a closeup.
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