We met Kyle Van Sickle at the 2015 Indian Uprising show this past August, and immediately fell in love with his 1967 Mayfair Maize Sprint convertible Firebird. But when he told us the story, we were truly inspired by the family history of this beautiful bird. Kyle also joined our club that weekend, and we are proud to honor his Firebird as our Member’s Ride of the Month for January 2016. This mildly-restored show winner, was originally purchased by Kyle’s Father and passed down to him over the years.
They plan on keeping this gem in the Van Sickle family, as Kyle’s son will be the next in line to inherit the ‘bird. You can learn more about the history of the Sprint Firebird in our three part story, posted on this web page a few years ago. The amazing thing about this vintage Pontiac, is that the original 6 cyl Sprint engine survived the “gas is cheap, so let’s put in a V8” mentality of the early ’70’s, that caused so many of the six-bangers to be pulled out and cast by the wayside.
Kyle and his son, showing off the family jewel at the Indian Uprising in St. Charles Illinois last summer. His son loves driving the car and can’t wait for his turn to own the family artifact from the 60’s.
The right side of the six, showing all six spark plug wires on this side.
Top down, and all ready for the next generation to have fun in the sun!
(Story and pictures by Ken Pitcher and Kyle Van Sickle.)
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