Winter Meeting Places
Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood, IL is located at 1405 S. Park
Avenue in Streamwood, IL. 60107
Schaumburg Library: Located at the southwest
corner of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road. The library's address is
130 South Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60193
Located at 777 Front Street Lisle, IL 60532 which
is at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Front Street (southeast
Nov. 18, 2017
NIFE Winter Meeting Kick-Off Event -
Bedford Park, IL
While preparing for our January 2017 NIFE club meeting at the Eastwood
Store in Alsip, IL, NIFE Activity Director, Art Hall, I had a chance
contact with a person by the name of Alex LeVesque.
Art and I helped Alex load a drill press into his van that he
was picking up at the Eastwood Store. I noticed Alex’s shirt which
read, Automotive Mentoring Group (AMG) and asked Alex what the group
was about. I was personally blown away when Alex told me that the
Automotive Mentoring Group helps at-risk youth develop work and life
skills as they restore classic cars. Alex founded AMG in 2012 to help
both men and women learn to work with their hands which then provides
for a sense of accomplishment and purpose in this world through a six
month mentoring program. AMG offers convicted felons, some as young as
17, how to restore classic cars from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.
Over 300 young men and women have been through AMG’s program and many
have been encouraged to go back to earn their high school diploma.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017 NIFE will have a private tour of the
Automotive Mentoring Group’s four buildings and see the cars that are
currently being worked on. Join us for coffee and donuts as we
experience and interact with the students who are learning the trades
of restoring classic automobiles. Our meeting will start at 10:00am.
AMG is located at 6522 South Levergne in Bedford Park, IL 60638. You
can check out many of their videos on YouTube or go to their website
located at (automotivementoringgroup.wordpress.com). Come ready to
experience the positive impact that AMG is making in the fight against
gang violence in our area.
Following the meeting, we will have a group lunch at Giordano’s
located a short distance away at 6314 S. Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL
From the Midwest Fiero Clubs (MWFC) to all all
the other Fiero Clubs across the United States.
Enjoy all the events in the Fiero community this
This section will help you plan your summer events from coast to
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thru October 2016
Geneva, IL - Thursdays in July and August
Lombard, IL - Saturdays
June 13 - August 29 (None for the July 4th Weekend)
Car Shows and Cruise
Double K Productions Cruise and Car Shows
Carousel Sound Company
Post your favorite Car Shows/Cruise
Nights on our Facebook Page:
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Oct. 21, 2017
NIFE Fall Color Tour
The NIFE Fall Color Tour will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017
as we travel West on Illinois Route 64 leaving the hustle and bustle
of the city behind as we enjoy some drive time in our Fieros heading
to the rustic White Pines Forest State Park in Mt. Morris, IL.
We’ll meet at the McDonald’s parking lot in West Chicago, IL
near the northeast corner of Route 59 and Route 64 located at 89 W.
North Ave, West Chicago, IL before beginning our 70 mile trip.
Please begin arriving anytime after 9:00am; our departure time
will be 9:30am. Feel free to arrive earlier if you would like to have
breakfast before we leave.
wooded, 385 acre park is located in the heart of the Rock River valley
along the banks of Spring and Pine Creeks. The park is a
destination for hiking, fishing, camping, and winter sports.
There are seven marked hiking trails, some with views of the limestone
bluffs. Three of the trails are less than one mile long and one
trail is accessible for the physically challenged.
arrival, we will plan to take a short hike on one of the trails to
work up our appetite. After our hike, we have reservations for lunch
at the White Pine Inn Lodge restaurant which is known for their
chicken pot pies. The lodge and guest log cabins in the park
were originally built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation
Corps. The log cabins have been renovated over the years to
include modern amenities and are available for overnight guests. Check
out www.whitepinesinn.com for more information.
The activities after lunch will be less structured.
People may bring their chairs and relax, hike the trails
and explore some more of the park, or head back home.
Sept. 17, 2017
NIFE Car Show Event Pontiac Museum
Regional Car Show - Pontiac, IL
Join us as we head to Pontiac, IL for the sixth annual Regional All
Pontiac Cruise And Show. This is one of the largest all Pontiac shows
in the area with over 200 cars last year. Let’s make sure Fieros are
again well represented this year. The show benefits the
Pontiac/Oakland Museum located in Pontiac, IL, an organization that is
preserving Pontiac history, including the Fiero. The show is on
Sunday, September 17, 2017 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 located at the Northwest corner of the
intersection of I-55 and Route 53. We will be leaving from the parking
lot at 8:00am sharp, so please begin arriving anytime after 7:30am. We
will then travel South on I-55 to Pontiac, IL with an expected arrival
time around 9:30am. The show hours are from 10:00am until 2:00pm with
the awards ceremony at 3:30pm.
Sept. 8 - 10, 2017
Fierorama - Pottowattie Park in St.
The 22nd Annual
Fierorama. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 8th through
Sunday, September 10th.
Find more information on this years
historical show on the
Sept. 2, 2017
NIFE Car Show Event (Heartland Fiero
Show) - East Davenport, IA
Want to attend a unique car show in a historic location? Come join us
on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the “Heartland Fieros 14th Car Show”
held in the historic Village Of East Davenport, IA along the
Mississippi River near Davenport, IA. The six square block business
area has numerous restaurants, a great ice cream parlor and deli
called Lagomarcino’s that will feature the “Fiero Freeze” as well as
many other gift and specialty shops.
Davenport, IA is a short 2-1/2 hour drive from the Chicago area and
well worth the trip.
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 10:00am - 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. If you are in
town Friday night, Heartland Fieros hosts a group dinner; meet at the
host hotel around 5:30pm. We look forward to seeing you in Davenport,
IA for the show!
August 19, 2017
NIFE Car Show -
Woody Buick/GMC Car Show -
Soon we’ll have our 22nd Fierorama. Each
and every Fierorama has been free to its members because of our Key
Sponsors. On Saturday, August 19, 2017 we’ll have a chance to thank
one of these supporters, Woody Buick/GMC. We will meet at 8:00am at
The Sweet Potato Café located at 2 S. 505 Route 59 in Warrenville, IL.
Following breakfast, we will then drive over to our Fierorama Key
Sponsor, Woody Buick/GMC, where the Illinois chapter of the
Pontiac/Oakland Club will be helping them host a car show. This will
be the 8th annual charity car show open to all GM vehicles. Woody
Buick/GMC is located at 1585 West Ogden Avenue in Naperville, IL.
Registration is $5.00 per car. Please join us to show our support!
There will be a special award presented, “Woody’s Favorite Fiero” as
chosen by the employees of Woody Buick/GMC for their one favorite
Fiero in the show! The winner could be you!
August 12, 2017
Swap Meet New England Fiero Association - Manchester, CT
Mark your calendars and join NEFA
at The Fiero Store's spacious location. Join us and “share the
Browse the swap meet area. Do you have parts to swap
or sell or are you looking for that special part?
The Fiero Store
is open that day. Buy that special part you need.
August 12-13, 2017
Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend
- St. Charles, IL
On August 12 and 13, 2017 the Cruisin’ Tigers
GTO Club will be hosting their 27th Indian Uprising weekend located at
the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles IL. Starting Saturday afternoon
at 4:00pm, there is an all makes/all models cruise night featuring
food, drinks, and a live band. There will be a special parking section
for all model years of the Pontiac Grand Prixs as this is the featured
car at this year’s even
On Sunday, come join us for fun and Pontiacs at
the 27th Indian Uprising All Pontiac Car Show! NIFE members will meet
at the IHOP Restaurant located at 125 Smith Road. It is just
north of North Avenue (Rt. 64), northwest of Pheasant Run Resort. We
will meet at 8:00am for breakfast and leave for the show at 9:30am.After breakfast we will make the short cruise to the
show to be among the 500+ Pontiacs expected to attend! Registration is
You can pre-register online until July 31, 2017 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 event and lodging information go to
July 29, 2017
NIFE July Event – Cruise
Night - Lisle, IL
Come out to Lisle, IL for their July
cruise night! Lisle, IL has a downtown cruise night on the last
Saturday of each month, May-August. NIFE has designated the July 29,
2017 cruise night for our club members to attend. NIFE participated in
this cruise night in July 2015 and also in June 2016 and had great
turn outs both times!
The cruise night hours are 5:00pm–9:00pm,
but you are welcome to come at any time during these hours. Normally,
about forty or more cars attend. There is live music, a DJ, plus a
local restaurant sets up a barbecue on the street serving brats, hot
dogs, pizza, and beverages; so plan to have something to eat while at
the cruise! There is also a great Mexican restaurant right on Main
Street where the cruise is located.
The cruise location is on
Lisle’s Main Street, just South of Ogden Avenue, which is about one
mile West of I-355 and a short distance East of Route 53. Hope you can
July 15, 2017
NIFE July Event – Car Show
- North Chicago, IL
Come on out to help NIFE support our
military Veterans as we show off our Fieros. On Saturday, July 15,
2017 we will join other antique, classic, and exotic cars at a car
show for the Veteran residents of the James A. Lovell Federal Health
Care Center located at
3001 Green Bay Road in North Chicago, IL.
We will meet at
the Create Your Own Cheesecake & Cheesesteak Restaurant located at
2341 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064 at 9:30am for breakfast
and be ready to leave for the show as a group at 11:00am. Show
registration opens at 11:30am and ends at 3:00pm. The Veterans
themselves choose the show awards. There is no entry fee for the show
and you get a free lunch!
June 25, 2017
NIFE June Event – BGV Car Show - Wasco, IL
On Sunday, June 25, 2017 BGV
Motorsports will be presenting the 7th annual Chicagoland
All Wheel Show – West. The car show is located at “The Lodge on 64” in
Wasco, IL. The address is 41W379 IL Rt. 64 (this is the same location
as our Friday night cruise-in during Fierorama weekend). So we can all
park together at the show, we will be meeting for coffee/breakfast at
The IHOP restaurant in St. Charles, IL located at 125 Smith Rd. It is
North of North Ave. (Rt. 64), just past Pheasant Run Resort. We will
meet at 8:00am and leave for the show at 9:30am.
For more information and a map. You
can download a flier and pre-register for the show at
Hope to see you there.
This is both
a judged and a participant voted show. The entry fee is $15.00 for
judged, $15.00 for participant voted, or $20.00 for both if
pre-registered; add $5.00 more on day of show. Registration on day of
show ends at 12:00 noon or until the lot fills. A portion of the entry
fee will benefit the Save-A-Vet charity. There are 25 classes, 75
awards, and top vehicle prizes. If you win an award at this show, or
any of their other shows, you are invited to the Championship show on
Sunday, September 24, 2017. That shows entry fees all go to the St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If you attend that show, you will
be invited to display your car indoors at a complimentary exhibit –
The Chicagoland All Wheel Show Championship Competitors Exhibit at the
“Outdoor Chicago Sports Show” which will be held in late January 2018
at the Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
June 10-16, 2017
NIFE in the Hot Rod Power Tour -
Gonzales, Louisiana to in Kansas City, Kansas
The 2017 Hot Rod
Power Tour is coming through Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana again this
year. This is the “World’s Largest Car Enthusiast Road Trip.” More
than 5,000 vehicles participate throughout the week, traveling
approximately 1,500-1,800 miles together.
event dates are:
June 10 - Kansas City, Kansas (Location TBD)
June 11 - Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA
June 12- Mississippi Valley
Fairgrounds in Davenport, IA
June 13 - University of Illinois
(State Farm Center) in Champaign, IL
June 14 - Gateway Motorsports
Park, Madison, IL
June 15 - Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN
June 16 - Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport in Bowling
The Power Tour is not only about the shows at each of
these venues, but about car enthusiasts coming together for a road
trip across America. Many times interstates are not used, allowing you
to see small town America.
The daily shows run between
12:00pm-6:00pm (come and go as you please, non-judged) and continue
into the hotel parking lots at night. Most participants are on the
road traveling to the next stop by about 6:00am-8:00am. The detailed
travel route won’t be published until about 1-3 weeks before the
Fiero’s from Illinois and Texas are planning to
attend for the whole week. If you are interested in participating, or
would like more information, please contact me at 630-816-5291 (call
or text) or email me at
The week is so unforgettable that you
will be hooked for years to come. This will be
my 10th time participating in this event!
June 1-4, 2016
2017 Dells Run - Wisconsin Dells,
It is time again for our annual Fiero community
pilgrimage to converge in the Wisconsin Dells. The Fiero Fanatics of
Wisconsin will be hosting Fiero owners from across the Midwest
starting Thursday, June 1, 2017, and running through Sunday, June 4,
2017 for the 25th annual Dells Run event. This event is
four days of Fiero fun with countless opportunities to meet new Fiero
friends and experience everything Fiero – from mild to wild!
Dells Run will be the first stop on this year’s Midwest Fiero Clubs’
(MWFC) show circuit. The theme of the 2017 MWFC show season is the
“Best Interpretation of a Custom Interior”. So each show on the 2017
circuit will choose its best custom interior.
Determining the “Best
Interpretation” is completely up to you, as this will be a peer judged
award, so you get to choose the car that you feel is the “Best
Interpretation”. Check out the www.midwestfieroclubs.com website for
more details about all of the shows on the 2017 circuit.
the events NIFE has planned for Friday include: an afternoon drive on
some of the “Rustic Roads” of Wisconsin, along with our traditional
group breakfasts and dinners.
The host hotel and show site will
again be 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 of the Fiero people in the
past. Please consider pre-registering for this event. A registration
form is available to download on our website at Fierofocus.com or
visit fierofanatics.com for more information.
On Sunday, June 4,
2017, we will caravan back to Illinois after the awards ceremony and
traditional NIFE club photo. We plan to be on the road headed back
home by 11:30am-12:00pm. Join us for great times and good fun in the
scenic Wisconsin Dells.
Dells Registration form
May 20, 2017
NIFE Spring Event – Chicago
Theatre and Loop Tour, Chicago, IL
The 2017 NIFE Spring
Event will take us to a behind the scenes private tour of the iconic
Chicago Theater in downtown Chicago. While downtown, we’ll check out
some of the landmark buildings and public art sculptures for which the
city is known.
To avoid the high cost of parking and to spend more
time socializing we will be taking the Metra commuter train from
Wheaton, IL to the Ogilvie Station in Chicago. The ticket cost is
$8.00 per person for an unlimited weekend pass. We will park at the
College Avenue train station in Wheaton, IL. We will begin gathering
in the parking lot at 7:30am to board the 7:57am train to Chicago;
come early to pick up a donut!
After arriving at Ogilvie Station in
Chicago, we will take a leisurely stroll to the Chicago Theater and
take in the sights along the way such as the State of Illinois
Building, the Picasso sculpture, and the local TV station broadcast
studios. People who wish to take other train lines or even drive to
Chicago can arrange to meet us at the Chicago Theater at 10:20am to
join us on our tour which begins at 10:30am. The tour cost is $15.00
per person (or less depending on how many people participate).
After a one hour NIFE private tour of the Chicago Theater, we will
continue our walk to grab some lunch. After lunch, you are free to
head back home or continue on our walking tour. Depending on the
interest, our stops may include the Federal Plaza, the beginning of
Route 66, Millennial Park, and “The Bean”. This event is designed as a
casual “walk on-walk off” tour in that those who wish can explore
their own interest such as shopping, or arrange to take another tour,
then later meet up with the group to head back to Wheaton.
for more details in the May/June Fiero Focus. If you have any
questions you may call or email me using my contact information listed
in the board member’s box on the Membership Update page.
Apr. 22, 2017
NIFE Club Meeting – Grayslake, IL
On Saturday, April 22,
2017, NIFE will have our final winter season club meeting. Our meeting
will be held at Rock Chevrolet located at 1000 E. Belvidere Rd, in
Grayslake, IL. The meeting will begin at 10:00am; please feel free to
begin arriving after 9:30am. We will be discussing Fiero suspension
upgrades and lowering options at this meeting. 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 also cover lowering options for
function and aesthetics. Finally, we will touch on brake upgrades, as
this is an important factor when modifying a car’s suspension.
After the meeting (around 12:00pm) feel free to join us for lunch just
down the road at Sammies located at 799 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL.
Mar 18, 2017
NIFE Club Meeting – Kankakee, IL
NIFE heads south to
Kankakee, IL for a road trip on Saturday, March 18, 2017. NIFE member
Zach Dufrain will be hosting our meeting at Davviki, Ltd located at
1390 Panozzo Road in Kankakee, IL. Our meeting will start at 10:00am.
Davviki is a premiere builder of street rod and classic replicas; you
can visit their website located at www.davviki.com/home.htm for more
information. We will also have a guest speaker at this meeting, Dave
Gossett, who was a salesman for Pontiac during the Fiero era and an
active Fiero enthusiast during the Fiero kit car heyday. Dave will
discuss selling Fieros new and the early kit car and V8 Fiero efforts.
We are also excited to have Paul Smith (aka FieroGuru) on hand for a
live Meet-A-Vendor. Paul will discuss the aftermarket Fiero parts he
has developed and sells on his website
(www.fieroguruperformance.com). Our tech-topic for the meeting is
“Stopping Your Fiero”. We will discuss how to maintain your stock
Fiero brakes and what the options are for people who want or need more
stopping power, including aftermarket boosters, rotors, and calipers.
After the meeting we will stop by Boz Hot Dogs located at 1420 N
Hobbie Avenue, Kankakee, IL to grab some lunch (located directly
across the street from the Davviki shop).
Feb. 11, 2017
NIFE Visit to Chrome & Coffee & Hulki
Chrome, coffee, and some
lunch. Join NIFE for a fun filled event on Saturday, February 11,
2017. We will first meet at the Iron Gate Motor Condos located at 2212
Ferry Road in Naperville, IL, West of Route 59. This once-a-month
event will allow us to see how many of the high-end garage condos have
been decorated. You will also have the opportunity to see the owner’s
exotic cars, as well as other muscle and classic cars. Think of it as
an indoor winter cruise night. You can arrive anytime between 9:00am
and 10:30am, but the coffee may be all gone the later you arrive!
This Chrome & Coffee event will have a focus on custom wheels. Several
wheel suppliers will be on hand to answer questions and provide you
with answers to your custom wheel questions! At 11:00am, we will head
to lunch at the Jalapeño Grill (www.thejalapenogrille.com) located at
1316 North Route 59, Suite 108, Naperville, IL to have our “Hulki
Lunch”. In honor of the “father of the Fiero”, Hulki Aldikacti, we
have entitled this event in his memory. If you are not sure who Hulki
was and his importance to our Fieros, you will need to stop by for
lunch and we will fill you in!
Iron Gate Condo
Jan. 21, 2017
NIFE Meeting Event -
NIFE goes on the road
again! Join us on Saturday, January 21, 2017, as we head south to
return to the Eastwood company store located at 12100 South Cicero
Avenue in Alsip, IL. Our club meeting will start at 10:00am.
club meeting will be all about appearances, on both the outside as
well as individual parts. The Eastwood staff will present an
informative class just for NIFE Club Members on color sanding and
paint buffing. We will learn how to use sand paper, buffer pads, and
polishing compound to bring your car’s exterior paint finish back to
its former glory. This is an option to consider between waxing and
repainting your Fiero.
A powder coating demonstration will also be
presented. Rather than a liquid paint, powder coating is the process
of using a special gun to spray powder on a metal part. The coated
part is then baked in an oven, causing the powder to flow together to
form a durable, hard surface that is chip and scratch resistant.
Powder is available in a variety of colors as well as clear and
chrome. Equipment is now available that makes powder coating a
consideration to put in your own garage.
Eastwood is a nationwide
company that sells many tools and supplies for auto body professionals
and do-it-yourselfers. The Alsip store is unique in that it includes
its own shop area where hands-on classes are offered and customers can
try out some of their products before they make a purchase.
After the meeting
(around noon), join us for lunch at a nearby establishment. The
location will be announced at the meeting or check back
for the latest details.
Jan. 7, 2017
NIFE Holiday Party -
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, January
7, 2017. We look forward to sharing the holiday season with you at our
house. No gifts to bring, we just ask that you bring a dessert 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 an appetizer to serve 5-6 people (NOTE: we reversed the
order this year to mix things up!). 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
5:00pm until 8:00pm. This is an “open house” style party so feel free
to arrive when you can and leave when you must! Please RSVP before
January 5, 2017 so we can plan for the quantity of guest who will be
celebrating with us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
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