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December 29, 2012 NIFE Holiday Party – The Hallman’s - Naperville, IL:
Celebrate the holidays with your fellow NIFE club members at the home of Jim and Jenni Hallman located at 2039 Yellow Daisy Court in Naperville, IL (near the intersection of Route 59 and North Aurora Avenue) on Saturday, December 29, 2012. We look forward to sharing the holiday season with you at our house. No gifts to bring, we just ask that you bring an appetizer to serve 5-6 people if you last name begins with the letters “A” through “M”. Or, if you last name begins with the letters “N” through “Z”, please bring a dessert to share with 5-6 people. This will be a bring-your-own-drinks party. The first 20 members who attend will receive one of Jim’s famous homemade (from scratch!) soft pretzels. We will also share some of our family’s favorite homemade Christmas cookies. Please join us for as long as you are able from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.  Please RSVP before December 27th so we can plan for how many will be celebrating with us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

November 17, 2012 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle, IL:
On Saturday, November 17, 2012, our winter season of NIFE club meetings begins as we gather together to keep the Fiero excitement alive. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:

     •   Historical automotive manufacturing overview. Join us as we watch some fascinating historical footage of the
          assembly line building the 1936 Pontiac Coupe.

     •   Current automotive manufacturing overview. Get an inside view of a current auto manufacturing plant via a virtual
          tour provided by NIFE Technical Director, Bill Klicker. See some of the current processes and systems used by a
          modern automotive manufacturer. This presentation will include reviews of the stamping, welding, paint and assembly
          processes and will give some idea of how much things have changed since the introduction of the Fiero nearly 30 years
          ago.

     •   Zinc and the importance of it to our Fiero’s engine. NIFE member Chuck Wessel will enlighten us on this much talked
          about topic.

October 20, 2012 UPDATED: NIFE Fall Color Tour 2012:
On October 20, 2012 come out and join your fellow NIFE club members on our annual Fall Color Tour to the 
Jelly Belly Factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We will start our cruise departing at 9:30am from the Denny’s restaurant located at 975 East Dundee Road in Palatine, IL; please begin arriving after 9:00am. We will travel up Route 12 and Route 59 thru the Fox Valley area then head to the southern edge of Wisconsin.. We will be arriving at the Jelly Belly Factory around 11:00am and take a free 30 minute tour to see how they make all those fabulous and interesting flavors of Jelly Belly’s. We will then head back thru northern Illinois down Route 41 towards Buffalo Grove IL ending the tour at Lou Malnati’s Pizza at 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, IL for lunch around. We plan to arrive around 1:30pm. If you are unable to join us for the tour, please feel free to meet us here for lunch! If you wish to meet us along the way, we have maps that include estimated times at various locations where we can regroup with others. So join us for the last outdoor event of the year to see the fall colors (hopefully we will have some this year!) and spend time with other club members. Hope to see you there!
Download the 2012 NIFE Fall Color Tour PDF sheet with the stop locations for those attending from the north and do not want to meet at the starting point in Palatine and would like to meet up at other points on the trip.
TRIP PLANNER FILE

September 16, 2012 POCI /NIFE September Event- Lemont, IL:
Join us for a club group breakfast at the Burger King in Lemont, IL located at 1276 State Street beginning at 9:00am on Sunday, September 16, 2012. After breakfast we will check out the Illinois Chapter of the Pontiac-Oakland Club International’s 17th annual Fall All Pontiac and GMC show taking place in the parking lot next to the restaurant. The show hours are from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Registration is from 9:00am till noon with awards at 3:00pm. You can download the show flier from our website located at fierofocus.com. Feel free to either enter your Fiero in the show or just check out the selection of fine Pontiacs that will be on display along with your fellow Fiero club members!
Show flyer registration form here
September 8-9, 2012 Fierorama Weekend - St. Charles, IL:
This year’s Fierorama will be our 17th year! The Fierorama show will be taking place on Sunday, September 9, 2012 as we return to Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, IL located at 8 North Avenue along the wooded banks of the Fox River; northwest of the intersection of North Avenue (Route 64) and Route 25.
Pottawatomie Park is forty-seven acres of beautiful scenic woods, with an enjoyable walk along the Fox River. Leisure activities include a professional 9-hole golf course, a super fun 18-hole mini-golf park, a softball/baseball field, swings, tennis courts, and paddleboat rides on the river. The large picnic areas will be open all day for your enjoyment.
Enjoy travel from the paddlewheel era of Mark Twain on one of the three afternoon sightseeing trips. The boats have enclosed lower decks and open-air upper decks for unobstructed sightseeing. The four-mile sightseeing trips of the scenic Fox River Valley are about 50 minutes long and depart from Pottawatomie Park at 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. No reservations are necessary. Tickets are: $7.50 adults; $6.00 children 15 and under; and FREE for children 2 and under. Something for everyone awaits you, your family, and friends.
Our host hotel will again be the Holiday Inn Express located at 1600 East Main Street (also known as Route 64 or North Avenue) in St. Charles, IL. Call 630-584-5300 to make reservations. Remember to ask for the “Fierorama Special Rate” of $82/night, which includes a free, hot breakfast bar, newspaper, fitness center, playground, and heated outdoor pool. Please call by August 18, 2012 to guarantee your room and rate. There are several car washes located minutes from the host hotel for your convenience. Tyler Wash at 503 Tyler Road 630-377-6286 is located a block away from the Holiday Inn and has both manual and automatic touch-less facilities.
Join in for two days of fun with your Fiero friends from around the country. St. Charles and its neighboring city, Geneva, both offer a variety of antique shopping, skate parks, and delicious dinning experiences.

For 2012, we have the return of our Fierorama Poker Run that will begin at the host hotel starting at 3:00pm; so please begin gathering in the parking lot starting at 2:30pm. Join us for this fun event to help you get acquainted with the area as we travel to scenic and historic sites around the St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia areas. The poker run should last around 2 - 2-1/2 hours. The final stop on our poker run will be at Gino’s East for our traditional Fierorama pizza party beginning at 6:00pm across the street from the host hotel.


On Sunday, September 9, 2012 you can plan on arriving anytime after 9:00am to enjoy a full day celebrating the Fiero at our Fierorama show. The car show hours are from 12 noon until 5:00pm at Pottawatomie Park. Please pre-register for this event; it is so much easier for all involved to plan activities if we have a good idea of attendance in advance. There is a registration form located within this issue of Fiero Focus and also on our website at fierofocus.com. If you plan to have your Fiero appraised for insurance purposes by Ride On Appraisals, you must sign up ahead of time and arrive at the show at 9:00am. The cost will be $225.00 or less depending on how many Fieros participate. You must check this box on the registration form to notify us of your interest in having your Fiero appraised.
All NIFE members and spectators can participate for FREE. Other non-NIFE members choosing to enter their car in the show are welcome with a registration fee of $10. Or for $25, become a NIFE member and receive our award winning Fiero Focus magazine for the balance of 2012 and all of 2013 and attend Fierorama for FREE. Feel free to participate in our Park 4 Fun class if you will not be able to be with us the entire day. Displaying your Fiero in this class allows you the flexibility to come and go as you please. You do not need to enter your car in the show to attend! All are welcome.
Directions: St. Charles is located in the Fox Valley area about 35 miles west of Chicago. It is easily accessible via several local roadways including Route 64 (North Avenue), Route 25, or Route 31, all with easy connections from I-88, and I-90. Please see the map located on our website. Look for the Fierorama signs!
This is one of the best and largest Fiero shows of the year and always a fun and exciting time. We look forward to seeing you and having you join us for some great times and good fun in St. Charles! See you there!
Thanks to our generous Fierorama Key Sponsors for 2012: The Fiero Store, V8 Archie, Village Buick/GMC in Naperville, IL and Fox Valley Buick/GMC in St. Charles, IL. Because of their significant contributions, we can keep Fierorama a free event for our club members.

Show flyer registration form here
August 19, 2012 Village Buick/GMC Trip to the Village Car Show - Naperville, IL:
On Saturday August 19, 2012 come on out and join your fellow club members for a trip to the “Village”. We will be attending the 2nd annual “Trip to the Village” gathering at Naperville’s Village Buick-GMC dealership located at 1585 West Ogden Ave in Naperville, IL. First, we are going to meet for breakfast at The Cracker Barrel restaurant located at 1855 West Diehl Road, Naperville, IL  (on the corner of Route 59 and I-88 exit #59) at 8:00am. Following breakfast, we will then drive over to the dealership as a group. They will be hosting a car show (you do not have to enter the car show if you do not want to). The entry fee for the car show is $5.00. The Winfield Boy Scout Troop #575 will be selling donuts, coffee, hot dogs, chips, and cold drinks. So come join us for a nice summer day looking at cool cars and talking with fellow club members. You can download the show flier from our website at fierofocus.com. See you there! For more information please contact: Mark Jaffke at 630-910-1247 (before 9pm). The day of the show please contact 815-245-2308. You can download the show flyer registration form here.
August 18, 2012 Heartland Fiero Car Show - Davenport, IA
Please join us for the 9th Annual Heartland Fiero's Car show. This show takes place in the fabulous downtown East Davenport and don't forget to join us after the show for the INFAMOUS BBQ at Fred and Annette's. For more information on this show and lodging please visit these websites: Heartland Fiero Club or fieros.us.
July 17-21, 2012 2012 POCI Nationals - St. Charles, IL
The Pontiac/Oakland Club International’s national convention will be taking place from Tuesday, July 17 through Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Pheasant Run Resort on Route 64 in St. Charles, IL. This event is being hosted by the Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club. In addition to this all Pontiac car show, other events include seminars, racing events, swap meets, cruises and tours. As of early April over 600 POCI members are registered to attend. You must be a member of the Pontiac/Oakland Club to enter your Pontiac in this event. Visit www.POCI.org or www.cruisintigers.com for all of the event details.
On Saturday, July 21, 2012 the national convention car show will be taking place and spectators are welcome. There will be both a points judged show as well as a popular vote show. See Pontiacs, Oaklands, and GMCs of all years! Consider volunteering to help out with this event. See this issue’s President’s Message for details.
You can download the registration form.

July 19, 2012 PONTIAC/GMC Cruise Night - West Chicago, IL
On Thursday night, July 19, 2012, Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli located in West Chicago, IL near the intersection of Route 64 and Route 59 will host a Pontiac/GMC cruise night from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. As part of the national convention for the Pontiac/Oakland Club International (see below) taking place at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, Double K Productions will provide the entertainment for this evening for what is anticipated to be one of the largest gatherings of Pontiacs & GMC’s ever for a POCI National Convention. Grab a bite to eat for dinner at Augustino’s Deli or the Steak & Shake next door. This cruise night will be BIG. Overflow parking will be in the Menard’s parking lot.
July 14, 2012 NIFE Cruise Night - Lombard, IL
One of the finest cruise destinations in northern Illinois turns 14 this year and NIFE is planning a visit. On Saturday, July 14, 2012 we will gather together and cruise to downtown Lombard, IL to take part in the festivities. The Stingrays, a ‘50's, ‘60's, and ‘70's rock 'n roll and oldies band, is scheduled to be the night's musical entertainment at this cruise night. Options for food include Capone's Pizza, The Main Street Cafe, Dairy Queen, and many more.
At 4:15pm we will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Northwest corner of Roosevelt Road and Finley Road. The Crowne Plaza is East of the I-355 exit at Roosevelt Road and is located at 1250 Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn, IL.
The cruise night in Lombard will fill up quickly so we will depart from this staging area promptly at 4:30pm to arrive to the cruise night around 5:00pm. The “official” cruise night runs from 6:00pm until 10:00pm. Parking for the cruise night is along St. Charles Road from Main Street to Elizabeth Street; several other designated “cruise zones” are located along St. Charles Road.

June 12, 2012 NIFE Cruise Night - West Chicago, IL
On Tuesday night, June 12, 2012, Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli located in West Chicago, IL near the intersection of Route 64 and Route 59 will host a Fiero Night from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Double K Productions, will provide the entertainment for this evening to socialize with your Fiero friends. Grab a bite to eat for dinner at Augustino’s Deli; they have some really great sandwiches. Be sure to arrive early to get the best spots in the parking lot! This will be a night to share a meal, share some conversation and share your enthusiasm for your Fiero!
June 10, 2012 NIFE Car Show - Barrington, IL
On Sunday, June 10, 2012 come on out and join your fellow club members for an “all GM” car event at Marquardt Buick GMC located at 1421 S. Barrington Road in Barrington, IL. First, we are going to meet for breakfast at the Steak & Shake restaurant located at 1825 North Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates, IL (just south of the intersection of Barrington Road and Route 72 (Higgins Road) at 8:00am. Following breakfast, we will drive over to the dealership as a group. The Illinois chapter of the Pontiac Oakland Club International will be hosting a car show (you do not have to enter the car show if you do not want to). So come join us for a nice spring day looking at cool cars and talking with fellow club members. You can download the show flier from our website at fierofocus.com. See you there! You can download the registration form here.
May 31-June 3, 2012 2012 Dells Run - Wisconsin Dells, WI
It is time again for our annual pilgrimage for the Fiero community to meet in the Wisconsin Dells. The Fiero Fanatics of Wisconsin will be rolling out the red carpet for Fiero owners from across the country from May 31, 2012 through June 3, 2012 for the 21st annual Dells Run event. Four days of Fiero fun with countless opportunities to meet new Fiero friends and experience everything Fiero – from mild to wild!
Some of the events planned are: parking lot poker, a variety of breakfast and dinner options sponsored by the participating Fiero clubs, onsite indoor/outdoor water park, Dells antique shopping, lots of local entertainment, and one of the BEST cars shows of the season. Of course this event would not be complete without the traditional ‘Dells Run’ through the downtown area right after the big show!
The host hotel and show will again be at the Chula Vista Resort. Call 1-800-388-4782 to make your reservations. Please call early to guarantee a room; ask for the “Fiero Fanatics Club” discount. It is also a beautiful location and the staff has been very accommodating to all the Fiero people in the past. Please consider pre-registering for this event. It is so much easier for the Wisconsin club to plan the event if they have a good idea of how many cars will be there; there is a registration form available to download on our website at Fierofocus.com or visit fierofanatics.com for full details, pictures, and much more information.
On Sunday, June 3, 2012, we will caravan back to Illinois after the awards ceremony and traditional NIFE club photo. We plan to be back on the road home by 11:30am-12:00pm. Join us for great times and good fun in the scenic Wisconsin Dells.

Downloadable Dells Run 2012 Registration form

A note from Tom Podziemski, “The Prezzz” of the Fiero Fanatics Of Wisconsin

This year’s theme is “Remember When”. Over the years we have put on our show with just about every theme you can imagine. We have seen over a thousand Fieros, and many more Fiero friends. This year we want you to look back and remember the first Dells Run that you came to; think back and remember the first new Fiero friend you made, how much partying you did.

You know that over the years we all made many new friends and enjoyed the dancing, drinking, weddings, eating and best of all, the Dells Run Fiero cruises through downtown! Did you get lost? Did you win the Bug Hunt? How about the show………..wow this is what brought us together in the first place; the love we have for the Pontiac Fiero; a place to show them off with all of the new friends you made.
So now I gave you the basics to think about, you need to put on your thinking cap and put together your memories of your first Dells Run, maybe with your Fiero club or all by yourself. You can bring pictures, your different car’s theme or maybe stories about your cruise to and from the show that made this event even more fun. We will give out awards to the person who wears the oldest Dells Run T-shirt to this show. Also there will be an award for the oldest theme at the show by year. Maybe you remember the hot air balloons or how about “Brothers”; does anyone remember that? Can anyone remember “Little Mike”? Where did the first Fiero police car go? Here is another thought, how many times have you come home with a trophy?  The person that shows up with the most Dells Run trophies will be a winner.

What about the person that came to the most shows? Do we have anyone that never missed a Dells Run? This show is all about you and don’t worry if you don’t have a Fiero this year, everyone is invited. Bring your Mom, Dad, Grandparents, or kids. The 2012 Dells Run is the year to remember when and now it is your time to join in all the fun. Take the time to make your plans to be part of our show this year.
  Check out www.dellsrun.info for all the information you need.

May 19, 2012 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle, IL
On Saturday, May 19, 2012 our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as attendees will be enlightened on maintenance tips to keep your Fiero on the road. Our meeting will be held at the Lisle Library located at 777 Front Street, which is at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Front Street (southeast corner) in Lisle, IL. You can call 630-971-1675 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00 pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:

  
• Stock stereo upgrades and stock speaker replacement options with NIFE Activity Director, Dave Kopielski
   • Basic rewiring tips for engine swaps with NIFE Member Gerry Goodwin
   • Fiero tips and tricks for the do-it-yourselfer with NIFE Member Bill Kennedy

We will also schedule some time for a parts swap meet before and after the discussion presentations. If you have some Fiero parts to sell (be sure the parts you bring fit into a copy paper-sized box) feel free to bring them to the club meeting for fellow club members to consider purchasing.

May 12, 2012 NIFE Car Show - St. Charles, IL
Are you looking for that first opportunity to show off your Fiero this spring? The St. Charles East High School Auto Club is hosting their annual Spring Auto Show on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Our youngest NIFE member, Austin Stombres, is President of this auto club and would love to have our Fiero club well represented at this year’s show. The address of St. Charles East High School is 1020 Dunham Rd. St. Charles, IL. 60174. The cost of entering is $10.00, and all proceeds go to benefit the St. Charles East Auto Club. Your Fiero will be entered in the Early Domestic Class; trophies will be awarded for First Place through Third Place. For questions contact Austin Stombres at 630-584-9281. We hope to see your Fiero on Saturday, May 12, 2012!
April 22, 2012 Car Show: College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn, IL
On Saturday, April 22, 2012 join us for the opening season car show at the College of DuPage. You can print off the registration form and mail it in or bring it with you to the show. Registration Form You can also get more information on this show by visiting the College of DuPage website.
April 21, 2012 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle Library - Lisle, IL
On Saturday, April 21, 2012 our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as attendees will be enlightened on maintenance tips to keep your Fiero on the road. Our meeting will be held at the Lisle Library located at 777 Front Street, which is at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Front Street (southeast corner) in Lisle, IL. You can call 630-971-1675 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00 pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:
  
   • Preparing your Fiero for painting with NIFE Member Mark Klopak of Hot Rod Auto Restoration
   • Dr. Detail Live with Dr. Detail himself, NIFE Member Wayne Dzien. Learn about products, ideas and techniques to get your
      Fiero ready for the summer ahead
   • New products from Rodney Dickman. Consider placing your order with Rodney ahead of time and pick your item(s) up at the
     club meeting!


If you have some Fiero parts to sell (be sure the parts you bring fit into a copy paper-sized box) feel free to bring them to the club meeting for fellow club members to consider purchasing.
March, 17, 2012 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle Library - Lisle, IL
On Saturday, March 17, 2012 our season of winter NIFE club meetings continues as we enlighten you on maintenance tips to keep your Fiero on the road. Our meeting will be held at the Lisle Library located at 777 Front Street, which is at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Front Street (southeast corner) in Lisle, IL. You can call 630-971-1675 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00 pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be Fiero lighting, covering both the exterior and interior. At this meeting we will discuss basic light bulb replacement, LED lighting options and several other custom upgrades for both the exterior and interior lighting. We will also schedule some time for a parts swap meet before and after the discussion presentations.
If you have some Fiero parts to sell (be sure the parts you bring fit into a copy paper-sized box) feel free to bring them to the club meeting for fellow club members to consider purchasing.

February 10-19, 2012 Chicago Auto Show - Chicago, IL:  Enjoy an day at the Chicago Auto Show. First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 103rd edition of the Chicago Auto Show.
McCormick Place, 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616.
$11 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 62 and older, $7 for children 7-12, Free admission for children 6 and younger when they accompany a paying adult.

For more information visit the ChicagoAutoShow.com
February, 18, 2012 NIFE Club Meeting - Schaumburg Library - Schaumburg, IL: On Saturday, February 18, 2012, our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as attendees will be enlightened on maintenance tips to keep your Fiero on the road. Our meeting will be held at the Schaumburg Library located at 130 South Roselle Road, which is at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road at the southwest corner. You can call 847-985-4000 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00 pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:
     • Investigating the "phantom" windshield wiper with Nick DiMonte, NIFE Member
     • Hydraulic clutch operation and master cylinder and slave cylinder replacement with Bill Klicker, NIFE Technical Director
     • Replacing seat covers; both cloth and leather with Kerry Kline, NIFE Activity Director
We will also schedule some time for a parts swap meet before and after the discussion presentations. If you have some Fiero parts to sell (be sure the parts you bring fit into a copy paper-sized box) feel free to bring them to the club meeting for fellow club members to consider purchasing.
January, 14, 2012 NIFE Club Meeting - Schaumburg Library - Schaumburg, IL: On Saturday, January 14, 2012, our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as attendees will be enlightened on maintenance tips to keep your Fiero on the road. Our meeting will be held at the Schaumburg Library located at 130 South Roselle Road, which is at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road at the southwest corner. You can call 847-985-4000 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:
     • Turbo charging basics with NIFE club member Chuck Wessel
     • The Fiero recalls; what they were and why GM conducted them with NIFE club member Ray Dyreson
     • Preventing automotive fires with NIFE club member Mike Griffiths, Lake Zurich Fire/Rescue Department
We will also schedule some time for a parts swap meet before and after the discussion presentations. If you have some Fiero parts to sell (be sure the parts you bring fit into a copy paper-sized box) feel free to bring them to the club meeting for fellow club members to consider purchasing.

   
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