2009 Trans Am Nationals - 25th Anniversary Celebration with Web Exclusive Photos

Pontiac May Be Gone,But Pontiac Passion Is Still AliveWith the possibility of somber overtones thanks to Pontiac's recent dismissal, the 25th Anniversary edition of the Trans Am Nationals, hosted by the Dayton Chapter of the Trans Am Club of America, kicked off at its new location, the Dayton Marriott Hotel on Friday, August 28. Early Saturday morning, the show field appeared to be a ghost town at first. Would this be an indication of the weekend's turnout? Would Pontiac event attendance drop as a direct result of the economic turmoil and the demise of the Division?

Our concern subsided as the day filled with sunshine and the show field filled with Firebirds. There were returning vendors and a few new ones in the manufacturers' midway, and there were swap-meet vendors as well, but the count did drop off a bit from years past.

Inside the hotel, crowds gathered for seminars with Design Chief of Pontiac Studio 2 (retired) John Schinella regarding his tenure at Pontiac, PHS President Jim Mattison on collectability and the state of the hobby, and Judging Chairman Scott Scheel on judging preparation. "The turnout for the seminars was great," says Scott. "The room had 60 seats in anticipation for the seminars and 40 to 60 additional seats were brought in, and even those still weren't enough. It was fabulous."inline_mediumwraptextrightSittin' 'round and havin' fun. The Trans Am Nationals is a great place to meet friends and share the passion for these classic American cars. Brian Balash's '99 T/A draws attention with its Medium Blue Metallic hue paired with silver graphics.31910175/events/hppp_1004_2009_trans_am_nationalshppp_1004_01_z+20 09_trans_am_nationals+1999_trans_am.jpgTrue

Photo Gallery: 2009 Trans Am Nationals - High Performance Pontiac Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2009 Trans Am Nationals - High Performance Pontiac Magazine

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