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Welcome to the home of Arkansas's premier Pontiac car club. Our objective is simple. We offer Pontiac car enthusiasts a family environment in which they can enjoy their automobiles and each other. We welcome any past, current or future owner of Pontiac automobiles to join us.

CAMS cruise

There was a very nice turn out for the April Sonic cruis in in Maumelle sponsored by our good friends at CAMs car club. A few of the APA members came out in their Poncho iron and it was great to visit with them. I only got a few photos but enjoy what I did get.


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In a little over 2 weeks we will be hitting the road for the annual Poncho Power Tour. The regulars know how much fun this is. For those who’ve never been, here’s your opportunity to hit the road for a few days with fellow club members on a 3 day drive that will include a section of historic Route 66. I need a semi-firm head count by the end of this week in order to make restaurant reservations for Friday and Saturday night. Please shoot an email to webmaster@arkansaspontiacs.org if you think you will be coming along.


While we sit here in the doldrums of winter it might be fun to think about spring and taking a drive in our hot rods. At the last meeting we set the date of April 25-27 for the annual Poncho Power Tour. Yes, that's right, 3 days this year. Why? Because we need an extra day to make it to Springfield, MO. and connect with historic Route 66 on our Saturday drive! Yep, we're headed for the Mother Road. On Saturday we will drive from Springfield into the southeast corner of Kansas and south through Oklahoma to overnight in Springdale, Arkansas. Sunday gives us the option to simply drive the interstate back or boogie south and east through the Ozarks before intersecting the interstate at Clarksville.

We will leave on Friday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. from the Cracker Barrel in Conway. Take exit 125, turn right and look to your right for the Cracker Barrel. From there we will proceed north to Springfield, MO. where we will overnight at the Comfort Inn.

Comfort Inn

Saturday we will drive west on the historic Route 66 with several stops planned along the way. Expect to get lost! The maps that designate the historic route can be contradictory so we should have lots of fun. Saturday will be a long day with five hours of driving but, hey, isn't that what this trip is about? And when we are done you can say you drove in 4 states that day, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. We will wind up in Springdale, that night. Here's a link to the hotel.

Inn At The Mill

This is a map with the proposed route and some of the featured stops we could make:

Map

I encourage you to make room reservations immediately. You can always cancel up to a week prior to the trip if something prevents you from making the trip. We have a block of 10 rooms reserved at each location under Arkansas Pontiac Association. You might be able to make a better deal if you have discounts from a credit card or organization but if you use that please mention APA so they'll know it goes toward our allotment of rooms. You do NOT have to be an APA member to join in the fun. We welcome all car enthusiast who wish to come along for the drive.


 

How about some APA swag? Members can now purchase an APA hat. Send an email to officers@arkansaspontiacs.org and let them know what you want. Hats are $15 apiece and come in navy blue or white. Please specify.

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APA cruise

Sunday was a GREAT day for a drive so a bunch of APA members met up and took a cruise. Brian and Mary Ann Ray get all the thanks for organising this run. It was a great drive and finished with a meal at Market Place restaurant in Conway. Take a look at our pictures and enjoy the virtual ride. Just click on the picture above


Final Cruisin' In The Rock

As the song says, turn out the lights, the party is over. We held our last Cruisin' In The Rock, Friday, October 18. Carol Dolan (Hot Rod Momma) and the Arkansas Pontiac Association are retiring. It was a great run with over a dozen years of cruise ins in the fantastic River Market in downtown Little Rock. A major shout out to the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau for sponsoring the event all these years. Without their support we could never have done it. I personally would like to thank all those APA members who have done the work at all these cruise ins. Sure, it takes money and organization to do these things but without people willing to volunteer their time to work the events you have nothing.

We will see all our many car friends at some of the other events in the central Arkansas as we move forward. There are so many great clubs and all of them are putting on shows, cruise ins, cruises and more. The APA is moving to a more relaxed pace as a car club and intend to participate at your club event in the future.


2013 APA show
Wow. Just wow. We registered 103 cars today. Considering how we've been wiped out by rain for 3 years in a row I figured we would have, maybe, 50 cars. I can't say enough about the loyalty of those who come to our show and I can't thank you enough for your support. A special thanks to the former PT Cruiser Club that shut down and gave us the balance of their club treasury for our charity, Arkansas Children's Hospital Clinical Nutrition department. I'll sure miss that club. Talk about a fun group at a car show, they were it. But we have plenty of other clubs who showed up today to support us and we want you to know we value every one of you. I'll put up pictures once I get them but that may take a couple of days. For now, thanks again to our supporters and our sponsors for another great show.


2013 Military show

APA members Chris Ritter and Wayne Major dropped in on the display of military vehicles on Saturday, July 13. The show took place on the grounds of the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock. The star of the show was a Dodge touring car used by General Pershing when he unsuccessfully pursued Poncho Villa in Mexico. There were Jeeps and trucks from WWII through the Iraq war on the grounds. You may have missed this show but admission to the museum is always free and a great place to learn about Arkansas's military history. Click on the picture above for additional photos.

2013 CAMS Ft. Roots cruise

APA members were all over the place on Saturday, June 8. Some were making their way home after long hauling on Hot Rod Power Tour. Others attended a show at the Air Force base in Jacksonville and a whole bunch showed up at the CAMS car club sponsored Ft. Roots Veterans Hospital cruise in. Partly because we held a short meeting while we were there. Thanks to Brian Ray we have these photos to share from that cruise in. As always, the veterans loved it and so did the members that attended. A special thanks to CAMS for doing this. Click on the picture above for additional photos.

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Another Poncho Power Tour is over and I'm ready to do it all over again right now. Thank you to Ed and Beth Helmstetter for their hard work organizing the tour this year. Other than the horrible amount of rain we drove through on Saturday it was a lot of fun. Crystal Bridges Museum was incredible and the following day we visited Prarie Grove Battlefield State Park. When we finished there we took a spirited drive down the Pig Trail and stopped for a late lunch at Wiederkehr winery. There were lots of laughs along the way. Come join in the fun next year. Click on the picture above for additional photos.

2013 CAMS Maumelle Cruise In

Wow! There was a huge turn out for the first CAMS cruise in at the Sonic in Maumelle/North Little Rock. Lots of great cars and even better company. It was nice to get out and see all our fellow car lovers. I think the Central Arkansas Corvette Club has the best attendance of any club. They filled up the lot. And CAMS had so many of their folks there as well. I was proud to see all the Pontiacs representing. We love the Poncho iron, old and new. Car season is here. Enjoy.