December 27, 2014
Party - The Hallman's Home in Naperville
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 27, 2014. 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 your last name begins with the letters “A” through “M”. Or,
if your last name begins with the letters “N” through “Z”, please
bring a dessert to serve 5-6 people. A non-alcoholic punch will be
served; feel free to bring your own drinks if you would prefer
something different. The first 20 members (limit only one, please) 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 26, 2014 so we can
plan for how many will be celebrating with us. Merry Christmas and
Happy Holidays to all!
November 8, 2014
Club Meetings - Lisle, IL (Meeting will start at 1pm)
On November 8, 2014,
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. We will have our first NIFE club meeting of the
season where we will be discussing Fiero suspension upgrades and
lowering options. We will specifically cover factory and aftermarket
suspension upgrades and several different lowering springs, ball
joints, and steering knuckles. In addition we will be discussing shock
and strut upgrades versus coil over suspensions. Our discussion will
cover lowering options for function and aesthetics. We will also touch
on brake upgrades, as this is an important factor when modifying a
Separately, we will also have a short
presentation by David Marx, Service Manager for the Merlin 200,000
Miles automotive repair shop in Wheaton, IL, which is located at 1606
N. Main Street; their phone number is 630-871-9800. Visit the Merlin
David started in the business back in
1988 and has worked on Fieros since that time. As we continue to
assist our members with their Fiero service needs, please consider
attending this club meeting to hear what this Merlin location in
Wheaton has to offer our club members!
You can watch us
October 11, 2014
2014 Fall Color
Tour - East Troy, WI
for our annual Fall Color
Tour on Saturday, October 11, 2014. This year we will tour scenic
northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin starting in Wauconda, IL and
ending at the East Troy Electric Railroad in East Troy, WI (www.easttroyrr.org).
While at the museum in East Troy, WI, you can see model
railroad layouts, as well as learn about electricity. There is also a
gift shop with a unique selection of railroad souvenirs for all ages.
We will then board a train
and go to the Elegant Farmer’s Market for lunch. The electric
rail cars travel 10 miles through beautiful southeastern Wisconsin
area to the depot located at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, WI.
Our event meeting point in Wauconda, IL is the Jewel parking lot
located at 547 W. Liberty St, Wauconda,
IL. Please meet at 9:45am; we will depart at 10:00am. For those from
the South and western suburbs, we will meet at Augustino's Rock N Roll
Deli located at 300 W. North Ave, West Chicago, IL at 8:45am and
depart at 9:00am to rendezvous with everyone in Wauconda, IL.
a scenic cruise back from East Troy, WI to Wauconda, IL, anyone who
wishes is welcome to gather at NIFE member Scott Campbell's house in
nearby Round Lake, IL for a Bar-B-Que. If you wish to attend the BBQ,
please RSVP to Scott Campbell at 630-816-5291 or
STCampbell328@hotmail.com. The BBQ is at 150 W Hampton Dr. Round Lake,
IL 60073. A $5/person donation for the BBQ is appreciated.
Meeting Place - Augustino's
2nd Meeting Place - Jewel
Electric Railroad Museum
September 20-21, 2014
PONTIAC MUSEUM REGIONAL - Pontiac, IL
Join us as we head to Pontiac, IL for
the third annual Regional All Pontiac Cruise And Show. This is quickly
becoming a larger all Pontiac shows in the area with almost 200 cars
in just its second year. Let’s make sure Fieros are well represented
this year. A Fiero class has been added to the awards listing
specifically to encourage NIFE participation! The show is on Sunday,
September 21, 2014 in downtown Pontiac, IL. Besides the show, this
event is also a great opportunity to check out the Pontiac Oakland
Museum, the Route 66 Museum, and the Livingston County War Museum. We
will meet in the parking lot of the Cheddar's restaurant in
Bolingbrook, IL at the Northwest corner of the intersection of I-55
and Route 53. We will be leaving from the Cheddar's parking lot at
9:00am sharp, so please begin arriving at 8:30am. We will then travel
South on I-55 to Pontiac, IL with an expected arrival time around
10:30am. The show hours are from 10:00am until 2:00pm with the awards
ceremony at 3:30pm. If you would like to make a full weekend out of
it, there are events and presentations planned for Saturday, September
20, 2014 including a Route 66 cruise, a talk by Pontiac Designer Bill
Porter, a dinner, and an ice cream social.
Click for more
Main Show Flyer
Events List Flyer
September 6 & 7, 2014
Fierorama - St.
Visit the official
Fierorama page for the most
up to date information
August 30, 2014
Fiero Clubs /Heartland Fieros 11th Car Show - East Davenport,
Want to attend a unique car show in a historic location? Come join us
on Saturday, August 30, 2014 to the “Heartland Fieros 11th Car Show”
held in the historic Village Of East Davenport along the Mississippi
River near Davenport, IA. The six square block business area has
numerous restaurants, a great ice cream store called
Lagomarcino’s that will feature the “Fiero Freeze” as well as
many other gift and specialty shops.
Davenport, IA is short 2-1/2
hour drive from the Chicago area and well worth the trip. You will see
some rare Fieros at this show including many of the PPG Pace Cars
owned by NIFE members Fred Bartemeyer and Ed York. Following the car
show we are invited to attend a barbeque at the home of the Heartland
Fiero Club’s Chairman, Fred Bartemeyer. Show registration is from
10-noon and awards will be at 3:30pm. For more information on the
Village of East Davenport check out their website at
villageofeastdavenport.com. The host hotel is again the Quality Inn&
Suites in Davenport, IA located at 6605 North Brady Street.
Reservations are being taken at 563-386-8336. We look forward to
seeing you in Davenport, IA for the show.
August 16, 2014
Buick/GMC Car Show - Naperville, IL
Donuts and a car show! On Saturday, August 16, 2014 come on out and
join your fellow club members for a quick donut and a short ride over
to Woody Buick GMC (formerly Village Buick). We will be attending the
5th annual car show at the dealership located at 1585 West Ogden Ave
in Naperville, IL. First, we are going to meet for breakfast at Jo and
Doh Donuts located at 1523 N Aurora Rd Naperville IL (located between
Route 59 and Raymond Dr.) 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).
Registration is $5 and 50/50 drawing will benefit Healing Our Wounded
Heroes. Dash plaques to the first 100 cars and 25 awards will be
presented. This is a great chance to show support for a Fierorama Key
Sponsor. Food will be available at the show from Boy Scout Troop #575.
Jo and Doh Donuts
August 10, 2014
Indian Uprising Car Show - St. Charles, IL
Cruising Tigers have offered to set up group parking for Fieros, lets
pack the place!!!
This is a 2-day event. Come Saturday too for seminars all day and an
all make/model cruise night from 3:00-10:00pm.
On August 9 and 10, 2014 the Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club will be hosting
their 24th Indian Uprising at the DuPage Expo Center
located at 4050 East Main Street (Route 64) in St. Charles (across
from Pheasant Run Resort). Starting on Saturday there will be a
special anniversary event at 12:00pm to celebrate the GTO’s 50 year
anniversary. Jim Wangers (The Godfather of the GTO) will give a
special presentation on the GTO and choose five outstanding GTO’s that
represents the hobby.
Later in the evening is their cruise night
featuring food, drinks and a live band. There will be a special
parking section for Firebirds and Trans Am’s as this is the featured
car at this year’s event.
On Sunday, come join us for fun and
Pontiacs at the 24th Indian Uprising All Pontiac Car Show!
NIFE members will meet at 8:00am at the Steak & Shake restaurant
located at 320 West North Avenue, in West Chicago, IL where we will
enjoy breakfast and each other’s company. After breakfast we will make
the short cruise to the show to be among the 400+ Pontiacs expected to
attend! Registration is $20.00.
You can pre-register online until August 1, 2014 by going to
www.crusintigers.com or register on show day. Visit fierofocus.com to
download the show flier. This event draws all models of Pontiacs from
across the Midwest. Come on out and help us show off our Fiero spirit
by joining us at this event. NIFE out-of-towners, this is a huge
Why not make a weekend of it and visit your NIFE friends! For more
information go to: www.cruisingtigersgto.com.
You can download the show registration and flyer here
August 2, 2014
Farms Track Day: - South Beloit, IL
Come join us for track day on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Blackhawk
Farms in South Beloit, IL. Blackhawk Farms is a 1.95 mile, seven-turn
private circuit racetrack located on 216 acres. The track is a
favorite of many local and national race organizations. It is designed
to allow racing organizations and clubs alike to create the ultimate
on-track experience with safety being top priority. With two ways to
participate there is for every Fiero Enthusiast!
For the full race
experience you can take up to five laps on the track at a cost of
$120. All you need is to be on location between 7:00-7:30am for the
tech inspection and the driver’s meeting. You must have a 2010 or
newer Snell approved race helmet.
If you are looking for something
less competitive, but still want to get a feel for racing on the
track, then the touring experience is for you ($10 per person). This
includes admission to the track and lunchtime laps. This allows you to
experience the track, with others, at a max speed of 55 mph. In order
to participate in this experience you must arrive at the track no
later than 10:00am. To be on the track, you must bring a long-sleeve
cotton shirt and long pants (jeans are OK).
Regardless of what
experience you are looking for, Blackhawk Farms has concession stands
available. Or if you prefer, bring your own lunch and picnic among the
beautiful scenery. Blackhawk Farms is located at 15538 Praire Road,
South Beloit, IL 61080.
If you are interested in this
driving experience, you will need to sign up ahead of time by
contacting me by phone at 815-601-3345 or email at
Dyreson.email@example.com no later than July 26, 2014.
July 12, 2014
Night - Lombard, IL
Join us as we show Lombard what Fieros are all
about. On Saturday, July 12, 2014 we will gather together and cruise
to downtown Lombard, IL to take part in one of the oldest and largest
cruise nights in the area. 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,
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 22, 2014
Fieros On Parade
(Swedish Days Parade) - Historic Downtown Geneva, IL
We would like you to join us in the 65th annual
Swedish Days Parade that takes place in downtown Geneva, IL. The
parade will have about 110 units participating with over 60,000 people
along the parade route. The parade will take place on Sunday, June 22,
2014 and will last a couple of hours from start to finish. Parade
participants will need to be at the Geneva High School by noon for
parade lineup. We will provide more detailed instructions to the
participants as they become available. We can have up to 10 cars in
this year’s parade. If you would like to participate in the Swedish
Days Parade this year, please contact me at 331-684-8665 or email me
at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 10, 2014.
invited to join us for breakfast starting at 9:30am at the Colonial
Café 552 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL (just north of Route 38). We
will then head over as a group to our starting point at 11:00am at the
Geneva High School (416 McKinley Avenue, Geneva, IL) so we can get
together before we step off into the parade route at 1:00pm. If you
would like to see your fellow NIFE members driving through downtown
Geneva you can find a spot along Main Street (Route 38) and cheer on
our caravan as we show the community that we still "LOVE" our Fiero’s.
The parade route will take us from Geneva High School to the downtown
Geneva train station only a distance of about 1-½ miles.
June 11-13, 2014
Fieros On the Hot
Rod Power Tour - PLEASE VISIT THE
OFFICAL PAGE FOR MORE INFO
The 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour
is coming close to the Chicago Area this year!
This is a great chance to get up close and personal to see what
this great event is all about! The Power Tour consists of seven cruise
nights in seven cities across the USA, starting this year on Saturday
June 7, 2014, in Concord, NC.
It then leaves the following morning for the next location
where there is a cruise night between 12:00pm-7:00pm; and then repeats
again the next day.
Participants can stay at the cruise nights as long as they like and
get there when they want.
Some cruise nights have had up to 4,000 participants.
There are vendor giveaways and games played throughout the day
and sometimes special events are available to participants (open
drags, hot laps around race tracks, autocross, etc.).
Saturday - June 7, 2014 - Concord, NC - ZMAXX Dragway
Sunday - June 8, 2014 -
Knoxville, TN -
Monday - June 9,
2014 - Charleston, WV - Downtown Charleston (Kanawha Blvd)
Tuesday - June 10, 2014 - Norwalk, OH, Summit Motorsports Park
Wednesday - June 11, 2014 - Crown Point, IN, Lake County Fair Grounds
Thursday - June 12, 2014 - Bettendorf, IA - The Isle Casino
Friday - June 13, 2014 - Wisconsin Dells, WI
- Chula Vista Resort
(same location as the Dells Run)
Saturday - June 13, 2014 -
Wisconsin Dells, WI - TBA -
(Only for people that have done the whole tour
since Concord, NC)
June 10, 2014
Night - West Chicago, IL - CANCELLED DUE
On Tuesday night, June 10, 2014, Augustino’s
Rock and Roll Deli located in West Chicago, IL near the intersection
of Route 64 and Route 59 will host Fiero Night at their weekly cruise
night from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Double K Productions will provide the
entertainment for this evening of socializing 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! 2014 marks the
10th year for these cruise nights at Augustino’s!
May 29 - June 1, 2014
The Return of the
Dells Run 2014 - Wisconsin Dells, WI:
After a one-year hiatus, the Dells Run event
returns for 2014! 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 29, 2014 through June 1, 2014 for the 22nd
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 parks, 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 1-888-601-7053 to make your reservations.
Please call early to guarantee a room; ask for the Fiero Fanatics Club discount. It is 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 more
On Sunday, June 1, 2014, 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.
download the registration for this years show
May 17, 2014
NIFE Road Trip To
Pontiac - Pontiac, IL:
Remove the car cover, wipe the dust off, chase
the mice away! It's time for the NIFE spring cruise. This year we are
celebrating the Fiero! We will be driving the famous Route 66 to
Pontiac, Illinois. Our ultimate destination is the Pontiac-Oakland
Auto Museum. The museum director, Tim Dye, has declared it to be
Fiero Day. On the way we will see some of the old sites and towns
that made Route 66 The Mother Road.
Our tour will originate in the parking lot of
the Cheddar's Restaurant in Bolingbrook at the Northwest corner of the
intersection of I-55 and Route 53. We will be leaving from Cheddar's
parking lot at 10:00am sharp, so please begin arriving at 9:30am. We
will then travel South on I-55. After we pass Joliet, we will cut over
to Route 66 and travel past the Route 66 Speedway. From there we will
travel South down The Mother Road though old farm towns, ghost towns
and if you look closely, you will be able to see the original Route 66
pavement from the 1930's that is being preserved.
After a chance to settle in we'll gather at
Delong's Casual Dining restaurant next door to the museum for lunch.
Departure time will be left to the individual. In addition to the
Pontiac-Oakland Museum you may want to take time to see the Route 66
Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, The Livingston County
War Museum, The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum and
more! If you're feeling really adventurous you may want to stay for
Pontiac's first cruise night of the year, which runs from 5:00pm to
8:00pm. The cruise night will feature an event T-shirt, DJ music, best
of cruise night awards and more!
April 26, 2014
Meeting (NEW LOCATION):
Streamwood Library - Streamwood, IL:
Join us at the Poplar Creek Library in
Streamwood, IL, which is located at 1405 S. Park Avenue in Streamwood,
IL. You can call 630-837-6800 if you need directions. The library is
located between Irving Park Road (Rt. 19) and Lake Street (Rt. 20) and
between Bartlett Road and Barrington Road. The library parking lot is
located to the West of the library entrance across the street on the
West side of S. Park Avenue. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm on
Saturday April 26, 2014. In the
January/February 2014 Fiero Focus, we began a segment on Custom
Finishing your Fiero written by NIFE Member Gary Watson. Join us as
Gary brings these articles to life at this meeting. Gary will bring
props and materials with which you can experiment to create your own
Hope you can join us.
Mar. 15, 2014
Meeting (NEW LOCATION):
Streamwood Library - Streamwood, IL:
NOTE: this is a new location for our
The Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood, IL is
located at 1405 S. Park Avenue in Streamwood, IL. You can call
630-837-6800 if you need directions. The library is located between
Irving Park Road (Rt. 19) and Lake Street (Rt. 20) and between
Bartlett Road and Barrington Road. The library parking lot is located
to the West of the library entrance across the street on the West side
of S. Park Avenue. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm.
The first topic will be presented by Mark Sobolewski, a local Fiero
enthusiast who will be discussing tips on how to touch up paint and do
minor repairs to the exterior panels on your Fiero. It will cover some
easy repairs of minor scuffs, nicks and chips as well as tips for
keeping your car's appearance looking good. He will also discuss
methods of preventing the paint/clear coat from peeling. Mark has done
a lot of paint and bodywork for many of V8 Archie's customers, as well
as many other NIFE club members.
Our second discussion will be
with NIFE Member Tom Rominski who has been in the GM parts business
for 38 years. He is currently working at Rock Chevrolet in Grayslake,
IL where he manages an online website selling everything from nuts,
bolts and clips, to 750 HP GM performance engines. Having access to
GM's catalogs and GM's locator service he can search for discontinued
GM parts at any GM dealer or warehouse across the US. Between
searching GM, AC/Delco and his locator sources, he is able to find a
lot of parts for which your average dealer won't spend the time
Tom has hosted shows like the World Of wheels, Corvette And Muscle Car
Nationals, and the Autorama (back to the 1950's). As a result, Tom has
been able to meet and work with a lot of GM's engineers and GM support
people over the years. Since his primary job is selling GM engines, it
was only natural for him to include parts for older vehicles with that
which he now sells. His first project was V8-ing a Chevy Astro van.
His latest conversion was swapping a LS3 V8 into his '85 Fiero SE. He
will discuss in detail, examples of where you can find the parts on
your own, what to look for, how to shop for the best deal and not get
caught up in the lowest price scams.
Feb. 15, 2014
NIFE Club Meeting:
special start time for this meeting only) Lisle Library -
February 15, 2014, NIFE will have our third winter season club
meeting. 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 1:30pm
start time for this meeting only).
At this meeting we will
be discussing the theory and operation of the Fiero's cooling
system. We will discuss the differences between the 4-cylinder and
6-cylinder systems, basic maintenance and bleeding procedures. Also to
be discussed will be a brief overview of the different components of
the cooling system, common failures, and repair procedures of the
components. These components include radiators, heater cores, coolant
tubes, and water pumps. At the end there will be time for a question
and answer session so please come prepared.
Jan. 18, 2014
NIFE Club Meeting:
Lisle Library - Lisle, IL:
On Saturday, January 18,
2014, NIFE will have our second winter season club meeting. 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 1:00pm and our subject matter
for this meeting will be:
Rather than our usualï two to three subject
topics per meeting, the meeting will cover what I am calling Common
Fiero Idiosyncrasies, What to do and How to do it! We will have a
panel of Fiero experts (NIFE members!), who will discuss common
issues, what causes them and what you should do to either fix, repair,
or prevent them in the future. I know you could come with a great list
and we encourage you to recall your own Fiero's idiosyncrasies and
introduce them to our experts at this meeting! While the items
listed below are not comprehensive by any means, we will discuss most,
if not all! Our topics will include: cooling fan not coming on;
temperature gauge not functioning properly; temperature gauge
indicating overheating; malfunctioning cigarette lighter; engine
stalls at a stop light (automatic transmission car); no start, but
engine cranks; inside HVAC fan motor not operational; windshield
solvent not spraying; PDL not locking/unlocking fully; PW slow or not
working; water drips at passenger footwell; window fogging up when
running blower fan; how to know when the clutch is failing; symptoms
of a bad fuel pump; solving an erratic oil pressure gauge; why does
the temperature gauge peg to the right on start-up and what is the
solution; headlight motors don't turn off after engine stops; symptoms
of a bad ignition module; when to replace the shocks/struts; what to
do when the parking brake won't release; pulling to the right (or
left) on the highway; drooping headliner; badly faded front speaker
covers; no power to the radio; importance of repairing cracked and
leaking exhaust manifolds and pipes; modern tires and how tire
pressure affects Fiero handling; no brake lights despite a good fuse;
how to open the trunk when you lock the keys in the trunk; battery
maintenance and the importance of battery maintainers; what to do when
the gas gauge improperly indicates the fuel level; alignment methods
for front and rear decklids; what to do when the Fiero Electric
Hydraulic Power Steering only works to the left and not to the right;
the importance of correctly routing spark plug wires. I am sure you
may have more of these! If you would like something specifically
addressed at this meeting that is not in our list above, please send
it to me no later than Friday, January 10, 2014 so we can have our
experts be prepared to respond at this meeting.
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