For Immediate Release
Pontiac Brand is Alive and Well in Enthusiast Hearts
Carlisle GM Nationals 2010: June 25-27
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
CARLISLE, PA – Despite the announcement in April of last year that GM would phase out the Pontiac brand as part of restructuring efforts, enthusiasts at the upcoming Carlisle GM Nationals will still be celebrating the vehicles they cherish - even showcasing four Pontiac inspired new concept cars. The Carlisle GM Nationals to be held June 24-26 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds is one of the largest and most exciting all-GM events in the world that celebrates not only Pontiacs but all vehicles produced by General Motors.
Of the over 1,500 specialty, classic and performance GM cars, trucks and SUVs expected on the National Parts Depot showfield, four Pontiac-inspired concept cars will stand out as unique visionaries of what could have been:
FireBreather is an incredible 2010 Pontiac Firebird concept car, built to star in the upcoming science-fiction film Jinn. Beautifully designed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, writer and director of the film, in conjunction with Exodus Pictures and Classic Design Concepts, this breathtaking Camaro-based creation will stop you in your tracks. Classic Design Concepts reports they plan to produce and sell limited editions of Firebreather starting under $60,000.
LINGENFELTER 2010 TRANS AM CONCEPT CARS
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a world-renowned high-performance manufacturer, built two Trans Am concept cars off of a 2010 Camaro SS frame, powered by a LS based 455 CID engine that produces 655 horsepower and 610 lbs ft. of torque. Lingenfelter’s custom Trans Ams were built around the classic ’71 Trans Am interior and exterior theme with two color combinations, both of which will be on display at the GM Nationals.
TRANS AM DEPOT 2010 TRANS AM
Inspired by the original Camaro-based Trans AM from 1977 and 1978, the Trans AM Depot 2010 Trans AM will be on display in the Pontiac Pavilion at the Carlisle GM Nationals. Originally unveiled under the name the Phoenix TA, Trans AM Depot recently acquired the rights to the “Trans Am” for the conversion package that takes at 2010 Chevrolet Camaro to full-blown custom Pontiac throw-back. The conversion package, designed by Kevin Morgan, includes a lowering package, sway bar upgrade, a custom wheel package, the one-of-a-kind Trans AM graphics package and much more.
Enthusiasts of the classic Pontiacs will have a gathering of their own during the GM Nationals at the Pontiac Pavilion. The Pontiac Pavilion, presented by Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine, will be the headquarters for the Pontiac celebration, featuring the magazine’s cover and feature cars. The Pontiac Pavilion will also act as home base for special guests from the Pontiac world, including Jim Wangers with the GeeTO Tiger. Wangers, known as the “Godfather of the GTO” didn’t create the GTO, but he certainly was responsible for building the mystique that surrounds the legendary Pontiac. Also known as the “ad-man” for Pontiac, Wangers is credited with helping to establish the muscle car era of the ‘60s and being the key marketer behind the GTO and several other Pontiac specialty vehicles.
In addition to the Pontiac celebrations, the Carlisle GM Nationals will feature indoor displays of concepts, customs, performance and historically significant vehicles; test drives from GM; drag racing on Friday night for all skill levels; burnout competition; club gatherings and giveaway drawings for a vehicle and engine. The excitement continues with a shopping experience that is second to none, including a swap meet with a wide variety of vendors, an all-GM car corral and the Manufacturers Midway – featuring top names in restoration, aftermarket, custom and performance manufacturers.
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