Dayton Festivals: National Trans Am Car Show

 Dayton Festivals: National Trans Am Car Show

Hundreds of Pontiac Firebirds are showcased at the National Trans Am Car Show.

Heather King

The Trans Am Club of America, Dayton Chapter, Inc. will be hosting the 31st annual Trans Am Nationals car show Aug. 28-30 at the Holiday Inn Fairborn. Spectators will see all models of Pontiac’s Firebird line for free while being able to swap, sell or buy items available from vendors. Jerry Minor, chair of the show and president of the club, says the show is family-friendly as well.

“We have a lot of kids who come with a lot of the participants, and also some of the older folks who want to go down memory lane. It is all ages,” says Minor.

The Firebird came out in 1967 and the last one was built in 2002. Minor says the show typically features at least two Pontiac Firebirds from each year. 

Minor adds that everything from the base Firebird all the way to the Trans Am and everything in between participate. 

The vendors attending the car show offer new and used car parts, memorabilia and even Origami Owl Jewelry. Hundreds of participants are expected to show off their vehicles this year. 

“We range right around 350 [cars], give or take,” says Minor. “We’ve had as high as 500 back when the Firebird was still being produced.”

A respected partner in the car show is the A Special Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes for seriously ill children. Whether it is going on a family trip to Disneyland or meeting a favorite sports figure, ASW works to provide each child’s special wish. Some of the proceeds of the show benefit the foundation, which has been involved with the car show for about 20 years. 

“We have two auctions, a live and a silent. All the proceeds of the items sold go to Special Wish [as well as the Fifty-Fifty drawing],” says Minor. “We typically raise enough funds for the organization to provide at least one wish for one child.”

A child benefiting from the foundation comes to the show on Sunday for the car judging, says Minor, and he or she picks his or her favorite car and presents an award to the owner.

The car show also has two cruise-ins, one mini-cruise at the Quaker Steak and Lube just up the street, and one that goes all the way to Tipp City.

Minor says about 300 cars drive up to the city and take over the streets for a night of summer fun.