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.
Dad's Old Car meet, hosted by CAMS car club, was a big hit again this year. 50 plus cars showed up at Fort Roots Veterans Hospital to have a cruise in and honor the veterans. APA held its monthly meeting under the trees. We took pictures for you so click on the one above.
The big daddy of all driving events kicked off in Little Rock this year. The 2008 edition of the Hot Rod Power Tour started at the fairgrounds in Little Rock and worked it's way through the midwest before ending in Madison, Wisconson. Little Rock was hot, steamy and a car person's heaven! There was everything from exotic sports cars to the Family Truckster from the National Lampoon "Vacation" movie. Several club members made at least a portion of the trip and one, Cara Haynie, made the long haul. Brian Ray took all of the pictures we have here and they include the Little Rock and Springfield, Missouri stops. There are also some shots of many of the club members on the road between stops. Click on the picture above for more photos.
The Cruisapalooza parade and cruise in at the Little Rock River Market kicked off the 2008 Hot Rod Power Tour. The Arkansas Pontiac Association and the City of Little Rock played host to over 400 cars that came down to join in the fun. Thank you to all the members who helped us get those cars in and parked. According to Carol Dolan, from the Little Rock Convention and Visitor's Bureau, we had all the parade participants off Clinton Avenue and on the way to parking spaces in 22 minutes. Folks, that's parking some cars! Carol also arranged for fun stuff, like the tricycle race, live music and door prizes. As usual, we took a bunch of photos for those of you who couldn't join us. Click on the picture above for more photos.
The annual APA day at the Centerville track was great! This year the weather cooperated and we had a lot of fun. There were plenty of Pontiacs running hard and a bunch more just hanging around the pit area. We got see friends and members from all over. Special recognition to Johnny Gilliam who was runner up in the "Real Street" (slicks and power adders allowed) class on Saturday night. Johnny took on all comers with traditional Pontiac power and stayed with them until the final round. Team APA didn't fare so well in the team race on Sunday with many of the participants dropping out in the first round. Oh well, there's always next year. Click on the picture above for more photos.
Rain and cold weather kept the car count down during the April Cruisin' In The Rock but the enthusiasm was high. The addition of bicycles, yes you read that right, to the mix made for a fun evening. The nerf ball bowling through water bottles was a fun to watch. We took pictures so click on the one above for all the coverage.
Why is this man holding a pink cupcake and smiling? Because he's been to the annual Vilonia Valentines show and shine you silly goose! Marshall Johnson and everyone else had their fill of cupcakes and other delicious food while enjoying the cars and good company. The Vilonia Car Club scaled back some of the events from past years so you won't get to see pictures of yours truly doing the hula-hoop this year but we did take photos of the cars so click on the Marshall's smiling face for the full gallery of images.
O'Reilly's Autofest was great show again this year. The APA came away with three Top 40 awards. Congratulations to Wayne Major, Geoffrey Schwark and Brian Ray for their award winning GTOs. Congratulations to CAMS Car Club for their win in the Club Display catagory. We'll have to see if we can catch up to their first class display next year. For those of you who didn't make it down to the Statehouse Convention Center, we took a lot of pictures. Click on the one above for the gallery.
The annual APA Christmas party was a laugh riot. Brian and Mary Ann Ray hosted the event in their beautiful new home in Cabot. The food was excellent but, as always, the highlight of the evening was the round of "Dirty Santa" as members exchanged gifts. Everything from garden gnomes to a pink tool kit emerged from the wrapped packages. Tammy Ritter was especially thrilled with her new hat! We can't wait to do it again next year.
UPDATED WITH NEW PICTURES
The annual Poncho Power Tour took us north to Branson, Missouri. We scheduled a stop on the way up at the home of hot rodding legend Norm Grabawski who graciously showed us around. After a cook out and some quick shopping we headed home via the scenic Arkansas Highway 7. It was great fun, as always, with our friends and fellow members. Click on the image above for more pictures.
Sonic's Big Cruisefest was a record breaker. We don't have the numbers yet but if we didn't have 400 cars in the park I'll be amazed. Kudos to the Little Rock Convention and Visitor's Bureau Carol Dolan and the Arkansas Pontiac Association. We put on one of the best shows I've ever attended. We hope all of you who came had as much fun as we did. Click on the picture above to see the photo coverage
UPDATE: The official car count is 402 cars in the park. Not all were registered but this was an independent count by a third party who walked all the way through counting for us.
Video of the Texas Bandit cars flamethrowers courtesy of Eric Ray.
Marshall Johnson provided us with additional photo coverage. Click HERE.
Wheelin' & Healin' 2007 was another record year and we offer our humble thanks to all of you who supported us, sponsors and attendees. We registered 131 cars this year. The new location at the Park On The River seemed to be a big hit with everyone. Ample shade and a beautiful view of the river made for a pleasent day. Thanks to all of you we appear to be on track to donate a record $7,000.00 to Arkansas Children's Hospital. That makes you all winners in our book, whether you took home a trophy or not. We hope to see all our friends again next year when we will try to make it bigger and better than ever! Click on the picture above for more photos from the show.