Custom Cruise Friday
One of many parts of having a happy marriage is finding something both partners find equally enjoying and doing it together. No one can really be sure where upgrading and showing classic muscle cars falls on the global list of activities, but Phil and Lorena Heindel have placed it firmly at the top of their favorite things to do. This week’s Custom Cruise Friday blog profiles Lorena Heindel and her 1971 Pontiac Trans Am. This is a particularly special post because you may remember Phil from last week’s post where we took a look at his 1971 Chevy Camaro Z28.
The more astute observers out there will instantly recognize the similarities between the two cars. Both are rather rare for the time period. Both are incredibly high-performing. And, finally, both are built on the General Motors F-Body platform. An even better trained eye will notice the differences between the two cars.
“It’s a pure fluke we ended up these two cars,” Phil said. “They’re more unique than they are similar.”
Lorena purchased her 1971 Trans Am in 2007, about three years after Phil came home with the Z28. She found the car in a classified ad in a newspaper promoting the Trans Am for a seller in British Columbia. At the time she took ownership of the muscle car, it was just one year removed from a restoration project that brought the Trans Am back to B.C. after a brief stay in the United States.
Even with the known performance capabilities of Phil’s Z28, Lorena has certainly had her share of success with the 1971 Trans Am, both on the track and on the show circuit.
“(The Trans Am) rides lower (than the Z28) and the torque is greater,” Phil said. “If Lorena gets the jump on me I can’t catch her.”
In the spirit of the couple sharing their love of classic GM muscle cars with one another and the community at large, the Heindels and their cars are regular exhibitors at the annual Rock ‘n’ August car show in Edmonton. In fact, Lorena and her Trans Am manage to come home with some kind of trophy or award every time she and the white and blue “Fire Chicken” enter a car show.
“There is nothing hotter than a woman who has a muscle car,” Lorena said.
The Heindels enjoy showing off their cars at the Rock ‘n’ August show so much, they were actually married there along the river with friends, people visiting the car show and of course the Camaro and Trans Am all in attendance. It was such an original ceremony that it was featured in the local paper. It can’t be confirmed that the Camaro Z28 and Trans Am were not listed as the best man and maid of honor.
Lorena’s 1971 Trans Am is one of only 2,116 models that were built for the model-year and features a big block, 455 cubic-inch engine with a peak power rating of 335 horsepower. Many of the features of the car have remained original since 1971 including the Shaker hood, front and rear spoilers as well as the split Endura bumpers. The small “Fire Chicken” decal at the tip of the car’s nose is a telling detail of its model-year. The only major change that has been made to Lorena’s Trans Am is the addition of a Hurst dual gate shifter.
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