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The Pontiac brand has produced just about every type of vehicle, short of a pickup truck, that has ever been available to buyers. Early models were large pieces of automotive art that fans contend could rival the bigger names in luxury vehicles. Naturally, a lot of attention was paid to the Pontiac muscle cars that began to appear in the 1970s. Just because General Motors shuttered the Pontiac name in 2009, doesn’t mean the passion people felt for these historically significant vehicles has gone away. That’s where the Alberta Iron Indians Pontiac Club comes into play. On Sept. 12, the club hosted a show and shine, exclusively for Pontiacs.
Members of the auto club assembled in mass at the Don Wheaton property. There were Pontiacs from just about every era. For the members of the Alberta Iron Indians Pontiac Club, its about the love of the brand, not necessarily a classic model. All Pontiacs are accepted. It has been reported that one member of the club even has a Pontiac Montana minivan. Also on display were several Pontiac models that were only found in Canada like the Beaumont, Acadian and Parisienne. There were several awards handed out after the show:
Best of Show: Ed Vanderveen, 1969 Trans-Am.
Sponsor’s Choice: Dawn and Louie LaChappellee, 1965 GTO.
Chieftain Award: Robert Samonig, 1975 Grand Am.
The Alberta Iron Indians All-Pontiac Show started in 2009 as a way for the club’s chapter in Calgary to have some representation in Edmonton. In a very short time, the Edmonton chapter has eclipsed the original Calgary chapter in terms of membership numbers. The club members may be united in their love of Pontiac vehicles, but their mission goes far, far beyond brand advocacy. Members of the Alberta Iron Indians Pontiac Club perform a number of charitable functions from donating and delivering Christmas presents and food to visiting retirement home residents with their classic cars, giving them a a fond trip down memory lane
If fact the All-Pontiac Show and Shine that took place at Don Wheaton also functioned as a way to collect food items for the Edmonton Food Bank and donations were being accepted for the Stars Air Ambulance. The club is happy to report both worthy causes were very pleased and grateful for the support they received from the people attending the show and shine.
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