The Dallas Area Pontiac Association (DAPA for short) boasts over 100 members, and is most likely the largest independent Pontiac club in the country. On the last weekend in September they put on what has got to be the neatest venue for a Pontiac show anywhere in the country, at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in conjunction with the museum’s own Fall Fly Days event. The Cavanaugh Museum also offers rides in some of their vintage war birds! So if your feeling the need for speed “Top-Gun style”, the ride of you life in a vintage P-51 Mustang will only set you back about a cool two thousand dollars! On Saturday they hold the Pontiac only car show, then Sunday is their American Pride show where all American cars and bikes are exhibited. If car racing is your thing, on Sunday they provide the opportunity to participate in the Texas Muscle Car Club Challenge race at North Star Dragway in Denton.
Where else can you see vintage Pontiacs alongside even older War Birds that fought in battles all over the world during world war’s one and two? I personally have a love for the World War II Fighters and Bombers like the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair and P-47 Thunderbolt, as well as the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell and B-29 Superfortress bombers. For guys like me this show is a can’t miss with cool first gen Firebirds and great War Birds!
Our friend, Tim Dye of the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum was at this show as a guest speaker. He was also kind enough to send us pictures and share the stories on some of the fantastic Texas ‘birds that were at the show – both fighting birds and Firebirds.
Tim immediately recognized this extremely rare 2009 Solstice Street Edition . Tim tells us the special equipment package included Brazen Orange with Ebony leather seating with orange stitching on seats, steering wheel, and shifter boot. It also came with special Split Spoke Wheels, Black GXP grill, Black Headlights, Black Body Stripe, ZOK suspension, Sport Pedals, LSD, Premium Package, Preferred Package, Convenience Package, Carpeted Floor Mats, Air Conditioning & Monsoon Audio. In fact the only options were a choice of transmission and rear spoiler!
So if your in the Dallas area next September, make sure to visit this can’t miss planes and Pontiacs event. It’s sure to put a smile on your face as you enjoy the American history and American hot rods! Special thank you to Tim Dye and the Dallas Area Pontiac Association.
Story by Ken Pitcher and Tim Dye. (Photo credits Tim Dye, Cavanough Flight Museum, Dallas Area Pontiac Association.)
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