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December 27, 2014 NIFE Holiday 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 Kick-Off Winter 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 car’s suspension.
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 website at www.merlins.com/wheaton/.
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!
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October 11, 2014 2014 Fall Color Tour - East Troy, WI
Join us 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. After 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.

1st Meeting Place - Augustino's          2nd Meeting Place - Jewel          Electric Railroad Museum
      
 
                                                                         
September 20-21, 2014 2014 GTOAA 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 information

Main Show Flyer
Events List Flyer
Registration Form
September 6 & 7, 2014 Fierorama - St. Charles, IL
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August 30, 2014 Midwest Fiero Clubs /Heartland Fieros 11th Car Show - East Davenport, IA
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.

Hotel Location              Show Location

                    
August 16, 2014 Woody 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                        Woody Buick/GMC

                                                 
August 10, 2014 24th Annual 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 event.
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 Blackhawk 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.eric@gmail.com no later than July 26, 2014.


July 12, 2014 Fiero Cruise 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, 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 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 jjones@fierofocus.com no later than June 10, 2014.
You are 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 -
Chilhowee Park
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 Fiero Cruise Night - West Chicago, IL -  CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
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 information.
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.

You can download the registration for this years show here.
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!


Cheddar's Restaurant           Pontiac-Oakland Museum
 
                          
April 26, 2014 NIFE Club 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 finish.  Hope you can join us.
 
Mar. 15, 2014 NIFE Club Meeting (NEW LOCATION): Streamwood Library - Streamwood, IL:
NOTE: this is a new location for our club meetings!
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 helping you.

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: (NOTE: special start time for this meeting only) Lisle Library - Lisle, IL:
On Saturday, 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 (NOTE: special 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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