2015 Tri Power Open House



It was a perfect sunny day to open the 2015 cruising and show season with the Tri Power Open House in Libertyville, Illinois.  Tri Power is a restoration and performance shop that specializes in Pontiacs, and there were plenty for this capacity crowd to see today.  This is one show where the full-size, vintage Pontiacs outnumber the smaller cars.  We enjoyed finding plenty of Bonnevilles, Catalinas and Grand Prix’ to photograph.

Ten of our Midwest Firebirds’ members were on had enjoying conversations and catching up over lunch, as it has been all too-long of a cold winter hibernation for our cars and passion.

1962 Catalina

This stunning, white 1962 Catalina was sitting just outside the Tri-power front door.

1962 Cat Interior

You’ve got to appreciate the beauty and grace of the interrior and dash board of this Catalina!

421 tripower Bonneville

This eight-lug, 421, tri-power Bonneville really looked great and caught our attention.

Arnolds 2 pls 2 cat 2

Are you familiar with the 2 plus 2 option package? Owned by Arnold, he told us his red Catalina convertible is one of only 20 that were made by Pontiac  with the 428 and 4-speed options and only 4 are known to exist today!

Arnolds 2 plus 2

The georgeous interior and dash of the 2 plus 2.

Grand Prix

My friend George is checking out the engine on this mint Grand Prix.



Love the vintage script lettering on these ful size Pontiacs!

Jim c

Member Jim and Eileen with their ’68 Solar Red 400 HO Firebird convertible made the trip today.


Member Scott’s all original ’69 Trans Am. Scott took this on our first Fall Colors Cruise .


We met Royce at this show last year, and he is selling this TA clone if you’re interested.


Joe, Randy and Vince discussing the finer points of Joe’s ’68 Verdoro Green convertible – which has been in his family for over 40 years!


Club Treasurer, Mike K. owns this original interior Carousel Red ’69 Convertible from California.


Member Vince’s metal flake Burgandy 400 Convertible looked great shinning in the sun!



Member Scott’s 1970 Ram Air IV, 4 speed GTO Judge.  This concourse-level restoration was performed by Tri Power and it won one of the five Best of Show awards at the Indian Uprising last summer.


Note the custom color on this ’75 Trans Am, nodding to the look like the TA’s of the early ’70s.


Another custom-painted second gen Trans Am on the front lawn with a georgous Tri Power GTO.


A perfect 1970 Orbit Orange GTO Judge in the shop next to Scott’s Judge.

(Story and pictures by Ken Pitcher)

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