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AutoRama 2014

DAPA at Autorama 2014

Dallas Autorama 2014 is in the record books,  and DAPA participated once again this year with an eight (8) car club display.  Although earlier in the week the weather had been wet, cold, and more than a little bit ominous, by the time for move-in on Thursday we were graced with clear skies and pleasant temperatures that held throughout the weekend.  Once more DAPA would like to thank Derrick and Brenda Neyra for taking care of the club neon sign and display rigging, helping with set-up on Thursday and break-down on Sunday evening.

Member: Jack Ammons2011 Pontiac SolsticeClass: Restored Convertible 2009-2011Award: Class Recognition

Jack Ammons’s 2011 Solstice

Todd Bradford

Todd Bradford’s 1969 Firebird

Member: Todd Bradford1969 Pontiac FirebirdClass: Custom ConvertibleAward: 1st Place
Member: Russell Chase1968 Pontiac FirebirdClass: Restored 1968-1972Award: Class Recognition

Russel Chase’s 1968 Firebird

Keith Davidson’s – 1968 Firebird

Member: Keith Davidson1968 Pontiac FirebirdClass: Restored 1968-1972Award: Class Recognition
Member: Rob & Laura Garrett1969 Pontiac GTOClass: Competition StockAward: 2nd Place

Rob & Laura Garrett’s 1969 GTO

Frank & Brenda Moren’s 1958 Chieftan

Member: Frank & Brenda Moren1958 Pontiac ChieftainClass: Restored 1958-1967Award: 2nd Place
Member: Bob Spurrier1956 Pontiac Chieftain WagonClass: Restored 1945-1957Award: 1st Place

Bob Spurrier’s 1956 Chieftain Wagon

Rick Thiessen’s 1979 Trans Am

Member: Rick Thiessen1979 Pontiac Trans AmClass: Restored 1979-1984Award: 2nd Place.

Congratulations to our participants, and THANK YOU for taking the time away from work and other aspects of your lives to represent DAPA and Pontiac.

For a collection of photos from this event, please see the Autorama 2014 photo album on Shutterfly.

Pontiac Southern Nationals – 2013

PSN-2013 Logo

Pontiac Southern Nationals

The Dallas Area Pontiac Association continues to keep the Pontiac Southern Nationals fresh and different from other Pontiac events. This year we took “fresh and different” to a new level.


The Pontiac Southern Nationals 2013 was September 7th and 8th and it was Huge Success! Here are a few words from DAPA President John Dutton:

PSN Wrap Up

I would like to thank everyone who had a part in this year’s Pontiac Southern Nationals. That includes the sponsors, the planning committee, the volunteers, the folks and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and especially YOU, the people who came out and brought a fantastic collection of Pontiacs. We had over 100 cars and they were absolutely incredible. Do not feel bad if you did not win an award (I didn’t either). The competition was incredibly tough and even if you did not win, you should know that your car was appreciated by dozens if not hundreds of people.

Our best of show winner this year was Ken Smith and his 1969 GTO Judge and the Lee Green award (DAPA’s choice) was given to Clifford Saxon and his 1972 Grand Prix SSJ Hurst Edition.

At the races on Sunday, it was a tough day for the Pontiacs. We had quite a few racers, but only a handful made it past the first round. Our big winner of the day was Joe Ed Boaz in his 1969 Firebird who came in 2nd place in the King Muscle class which runs 12.0 to 12.99 E.T.’s. Other top performers included Greg Scherer in his Gold 78 Trans Am. Greg was a first time racer and went several round in the Street Muscle Class which runs 14.0 to 15.50 E.T’s. Ted Fox also did well in the Street Muscle Class in his 2002 Trans Am. Finally, the Aubrey Parker Award went to Rick Pate in his 1969 GTO. The Aubrey Parker award was given for the best overall run of the day. Rick made a pass with a combined finish margin of 0.050 seconds. His reaction time and his time off of his dial in together were only 5/100 of a second. That is a near perfect run!

The photos from the show and race have been posted on the internet. Be sure to check them out by Clicking Here.

The members of the Dallas Area Pontiac Association hope you enjoyed this year’s PSN as much as we did. Make plans to attend next year as we build on the success. Finally, don’t forget our sponsors as you make buying decisions. They chose to sponsor the event because they love Pontiacs as much as we do!


The PSN 2013 – Proudly Sponsored by:

AutoRama 2013

AutoRama 2013 was a huge success once more. With a total of eight cars in the DAPA display the camaraderie was wonderful. A special thanks to Rob Bender, he did a great job of arranging the cars to make the display model and color coordinated. With cars ranging from a 1955 Star Chief Convertible to a 2009 G8 GXP.

Included in the display were a 1955 Starchief (John & Colleen Darling), a 1958 Chieftain (Frank & Brenda Moren), a 1967 Lemans (Jack & Jane McWilliams), a 1969 Lemans (Don Fenton), a 1969 Trans Am (Rick Thiessen), a 1969 GTO (Brian Donahue), another 1969 GTO (Rob Garrett), and the 2009 G8 GXP (Mark Godfrey).

With the weather cooperating again this year, the move in and set up was smooth and stress free. The addition of the newly renovated DAPA Neon sign, with a special thanks to Brenda Neyra (& her husband, Derrick) was fantastic and added a nice touch to the overall display. There seemed to be a lot of great interest around the upcoming PSN event and a lot of fellow Pontiac enthusiasts were stopping by to discuss our hobby.

As far as how everyone placed… Rick Thiessen took “Best of Class” in his class, Brian Donahue, Frank Moren, Mark Godfrey and Don Fenton all took “Outstanding” in their respective Classes, followed by Jack McWilliams, John Darling and Rob Garrett taking “Place” in their Classes.

Click Here to view the full Autorama 2013 Photo Gallery

Write up compliments of Frank & Brenda Moren

PSN 2012

Pontiac Southern Nationals 2012

Pontiac Southern Nationals
June 9 & 10, 2012

The PSN / ASN 2012 event photos have been posted and are available for viewing – click here; then on the PSN-ASN Gallery on the right.

The Pontiac Southern Nationals has been an all Pontiac 2 day event, with a car show on Saturday and a race day at the drag strip on Sunday, for many years.  This year it changed.

In 2012, we had an All Pontiac car show on Saturday, as usual for the PSN.  However, on Sunday the race day event at the Texas Motorplex was open to all makes of American cars.  This was the American Southern Nationals.  The racers in our group wanted to beat up on some cars other than Pontiacs.

Additionally, the ASN had a car show open to all makes of American cars at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday.  Pontiac owners wanted to compete with other makes on the show field as well as the track.


Here is an overhead view of the Pontiac Southern Nationals show field.  Click on photo for larger view.

PSN 2011 overhead photo


Event Details:

Saturday, June 9th, 8:00am – 3:00pm,

Renaissance Hotel Logo

the All Pontiac Car Show was held on the
Plaza on the south side of the host hotel:

The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

900 E. Lookout Drive · Richardson, Texas 75082
(East side of Central Expwy/US75, just North of Campbell Rd)

  • Judged Event
  • 20+ Show Classes
  • Multiple Awards for each class



Sunday, June 10th, Gates Open at 8:30amTX Motorplex logo

The Drag Race Event will be held at the

Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX

in conjunction with the American Southern Nationals

  • Quarter Mile Track
  • 5 Racing Classes
  • Trophies and Cash Awarded

Note – NHRA/Track Rules:
Drivers with cars that run an ET of 13.99 or faster, will require an approved Helmet

The Pontiac Southern Nationals event benefited the American Cancer Society.

Note: There was also a Car Show on Sunday, June 10th at the Texas Motorplex opened to all American make cars.  Click here for the details on the ASN Car Show


The PSN 2012 flyer can be printed or saved to your PC here:

Pontiac Southern Nationals 2012 Flyer PDF


The PSN is Proudly Sponsored by:


Ames Performance


Thank You,

The Dallas Area Pontiac Association

PSN on Facebook

PSN on Facebook

ASN 2012

ASN 2012

American Southern Nationals
June 10th, 2012

The PSN / ASN 2012 event photos have been posted and are available for viewing – click here; then on the PSN-ASN Gallery on the right.

The American Southern Nationals was created by the Dallas Area Pontiac Association to allow other makes of American cars to participate in our popular annual event, the Pontiac Southern Nationals.   The PSN has been an all Pontiac 2 day event, car show on Saturday, drag race on Sunday for over 15 years.  The American Southern Nationals will now be the second day of the event with 2 major changes, all makes of American cars are invited to race, plus we’ve added a second car show at the race track on Sunday for all American cars.   Pontiac Owners just wanted to compete with other American makes.

Click here to view Event Registration options


Event Details:

Sunday, June 10th

The American Southern Nationals will be held at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX

Race track gates open at 8:30am


TX Motorplex logo


  • Quarter Mile Track
  • 5 Racing Classes
  • Trophies And Cash Awarded

Click here to print or save the ASN Race Classes and Rules

Note – NHRA/Track Rules:
Drivers with cars that run an ET of 13.99 or faster, will require an approved Helmet


Car Show:

  • Participant Judged
  • 12 Show Classes
  • Cars with the most votes win Awards
  • Multiple Awards for each class plus Specialty Awards

Click here to print or save the ASN Car Show Classes
Click here to print or save the ASN Car Show Guidelines

The American Southern Nationals event will benefit the American Cancer Society.


The American Southern Nationals 2012 flyer can be printed or saved to your PC here:

American Southern Nationals 2012 Flyer PDF


The ASN is Proudly Sponsored by:


Ames Performance


Mark your calendar for this event for it will be among the best of the season.  Check back at this site often as event details will be added.

Thank You,

The Dallas Area Pontiac Association

Summary – AutoRama 2012

AutoRama 2012 was a super successful event.  With a total of eight gorgeous cars in the DAPA display the camaraderie was wonderful.  Rob Bender did a great job of arranging the cars to make the display color coordinated.  With cars ranging from a 1939 Sedan belonging to Tom & Judy Rivers to a couple of 1979 TransAm’s, one belonging to Kevin Skaggs and the other belonging to Cathy & Guy Larson.

Included in the display were a 1955 Starchief (John & Colleen Darling), a 1958 Chieftain (Frank & Brenda Moren), a 1969 GTO (Rob Garrett), a 1970 Lemans (Dan Grace) and “Tweetie”, a 1972 Formula (Lee and his daughter Jennifer Green).

With the weather cooperating for move in it made for a smooth and stress free set-up.  Also the addition of corner brackets to the stanchions, using Tommy Rivers’ idea and Frank Moren’s “manufacturing”, the ropes surrounding the display held up very well against the spectators.  The DVD, which was used during the weekend and produced by John Bily, was a huge success.  It was almost a moot point until Frank “found” the club’s TV/DVD player hidden in his garage… right where he left it after last year’s AutoRama.

As far as how everyone placed… does it really matter?  We had such a great time that we all were WINNER’s in our minds.  Never-the-less we all walked away with a plaque.  The three newest participants really seemed to enjoy themselves and we all would like to see more “newbies” at the next AutoRama.

The Photo Album can be viewed here: AutoRama 2012

Write up compliments of Frank & Brenda Moren

PSN 2011

PSN 2011 Logo

The Pontiac Southern Nationals 2011 were home again this year, and since the Dallas Area Pontiac Association hosts the PSN, you do know where home is.


The All Pontiac Car Show was held in Richardson, TX on Saturday, June 11 at an old friend – The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, where we’ve had the PSN Car Show several times before.  This time however, the Car Show was out on the hotel plaza instead of the enclosed parking garage.  The plaza was set aside for Pontiac cars, and the crowd of enthusiasts.


The following day, Sunday, June 12, was race day  at another old friend, the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX –home of the NHRA Fall Nationals.  The PSN drag races have been at the Motorplex many times before and it has always been a great event.


AutoRama 2011

DALLAS AUTORAMA 2011 at Dallas Market Hall (February 18, 19 & 20)
by Frank & Brenda Moren

AutoRama photos are below

What a show, whether you like cool cars, monster trucks, toys, parts or even just people watching, it was all there.  Setting up the display was easy with all the support we had; and the new rope worked well.  We all enjoyed “Lenny’s” subs as a lunch snack on Thursday, along with the camaraderie.  The display was perfect with Huelyn’s 66 GTO next to Steve’s 79 Trans Am, Frank & Brenda’s 58 Chieftain next to Brian’s 98 Formula, John & Colleen’s 55 Star Chief next to Shawn’s 76 Trans Am and Tom & Judy’s 39 Sedan next to Brenda’s 02 Formula.  Spectacular !!!

Following are words from some of the participants in this year’s AutoRama:

Brian James – hey this is Brian I had a great time at my 1st one and I even got Best in Class !

John & Colleen Darling – Hi ! Well this was our sixth consecutive Autorama (fourth in the DAPA group) , and we received another “Outstanding in Class” award (2nd place). We had a great time the entire weekend at the show, meeting many new people, visiting with friends, our stay at the hotel, ($10.00 for a HAMBURGER ??????????) and snacking on Brenda’s spicy pretzels. Gad ! How can you top that ? – Just do it again next year. John & Colleen D.

Huelyn Duvall – Nice to meet all the DAPA entries at Autorama.  This was a good time for me as I don’t get out to shows with the car very often.  Autorama was a very nice experience.  Well organized by both Autorama and DAPA.  I needed the help and everyone provided it. The sandwiches hit the spot.  I felt right at home each day.  My plaque was for “outstanding in class” which was very unexpected but very much appreciated. Other than the last minute “flu bug” that left me without a place to stay, the experience was good.  I was going to stay in Trophy Club until my grandchildren came down with type A flu.  Thanks to Frank for watching after me and thanks to you (Brenda M.) for helping with my “ZIPPER”.  We will just leave it at that!!!!! Hope to see you again down the road,

Brenda Neyra – 2002 Formula Firebird – Best in Class – Well…it was my first time at AutoRama and I really enjoyed meeting and spending time with our DAPA members who also joined us displaying their wonderful cars, and I wish to thank the other DAPA members who stopped by and helped us by talking to people and promoting the Southern Nationals. We had a tremendous amount of visitors who appreciated our Pontiacs and stopped to chat. I think we all had great eye catching displays, and we had the privilege of having Elvis with us for the weekend – he was quite the eye candy!  I heard a few horror stories about past happenings at AutoRama, and we did not see any of that (at least I didn’t). The event was well organized, the weather was excellent, and there was a fantastic turnout. The cars all had their recommended fuel allowance, drip pans/pads, tape for the fuel caps & ability to disconnect the batteries so we were good to go!  The only negative were the unruly children that unfortunately seem to show up with neglectful parents at most car events, who were evidentially blind, because they could not seem to go anywhere without following with their hands along the rope, but there was always someone with our display to make sure no one bothered our cars.

Shawn Pergande – Ellen & I had a great time as usual spending it with our fellow DAPA Pontiac Lovers at the Autorama. Got to spend time with fellow enthusiasts and my brother was able to come up from Houston in his newly acquired 2001 WS6. He enjoyed the event as well. The outcome with our entry (1976 LE 50th Anniversary TA) was such a surprise as it took “Best In Class” beating our fellow Bandit Runners (David Hersey’s 77 SE TA & Anthony Rusing’s 78 SE TA) and another entry was a 75 1/2 Cosworth. Needless to say we were very greatful. Thanks for the great times and we’ll keep on Pontyaking!!!

Frank & Brenda Moren – This was our third time showing “Ilene” in the AutoRama with only one year being skipped out of the last four years.  She took “Outstanding” in her class; we are oh so proud !!!  The experience we have each and every time gets better and better.  We love spending time with other DAPA members and talking “car” with the spectators.  Most people are in awe of seeing our beloved 58 and many say they “remember seeing these types of cars when they were young”.  It is a wonderful feeling seeing the expressions on their faces as they reminisce back in time.  Overall the show is very well organized, both entering and leaving, and it never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful cars they can get into the building each year, along with the multitude of various vendors.

On behalf of Tommy & Judy Rivers – after speaking with them on the phone they informed us that their car took “Best in Class” for their class and they said they enjoyed themselves very much especially getting to spend time with the other DAPA members.  They look forward to seeing everyone at the Pontiac Nationals coming up soon.

On behalf of Steve Kahn – We didn’t get a chance to speak with Steve, but we believe his car took either Outstanding or Best in his class for his beautiful 1979 Black Trans Am.

Well, before we run out of room we’ll end this write up with a praise to all of the participants for a job well done and thank them for their time.


American Performance & Classic Car Show 2010

Oct. 16, 2010 – American Performance & Classic Car Show A Major Success By Don Fenton DAPA and Sewell really know how to throw a party.  Well in this case it was a car show that had a party feel.  On top of all of the fantastic weather, burgers and brats hot off the grill, and a wide array of fantastic American iron we were able to generate a little something for the effort. I would normally start to thank each and every person who was involved, both in the planning and then execution of the event, but just like last year we had so many people step up to help I would be afraid of missing someone.  We did manage to raise over $2200.00 for the American Cancer Society.  Much of the money raised was from a rather large donation from the Dutton family.  The other person who deserves a little shout out is Mark Waterman for donating the air compressor for the raffle from his NAPA Auto Parts store in McKinney.  We took in almost $600 for the raffle alone. The kids band Black Jack came out again to provide the live entertainment.  They were even better this year than last.  If there was one negative it would be that the representative from the American Cancer Society did not arrive until right before the awards.  I am pretty sure they would have pulled in another $400 in donations with just an hour of effort.  Something to remember for next year I guess. Thanks again for all who attended and made this show another glowing example of why we are simply the best.

PSN 2010

The Pontiac Southern Nationals 2010! Hosted by DAPA!

The Car Show was held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Mesquite on Saturday, June 5th, 8:00am-3:00pm while the drag racing portion took place Sunday, June 6th at Dallas Raceway in Crandall, TX.

The Pontiac Southern Nationals 2010; We’re Glad to be Back in Dallas, TX  (it was last held in San Antonio, TX)

It’s been several years since the Pontiac Southern Nationals has been held in the Dallas, TX area. Two years earlier in 2008, the Dallas Area Pontiac Association held the PSN in San Antonio, TX.  It worked out quite well, considering the new location, with reasonable attendance for both the car show and the races, however, not quite as well as this June with nearly 100 Pontiacs in the car show field in Mesquite, TX and the 55 cars that registered for the drag races in Crandall, TX.

The car show was at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Mesquite, TX, adjacent to the Mesquite Rodeo, on Saturday, June 5th.  It was a warm, June day without a cloud in the sky.  Registration began at 8:00am and the Pontiacs began to arrive.  They were trickling in at first and we were hoping to hit at least 70 cars to fill the primary show lot.  Shortly after, we surpassed the 70 cars and totaled 85 Pontiacs registered.  Nevertheless, they kept on coming, even after we went passed the registration time limit, eventually filling a secondary section of the hotel parking lot.

We had a similar pleasant surprise at the race track the following day.  The drag race event was at the Dallas Raceway in Crandall, TX.  This is a new quarter mile track only a few miles southeast of Dallas that opened a few months earlier.  Cars were arriving at the track slowly at first on Sunday morning, June 6th, but the pace picked up and we were happy to see 55 Pontiacs register for a great day of racing.

For the two day event we saw a number of familiar Pontiacs and faces and quite a few new ones as well.  And this is what makes it all worthwhile for us, the PSN Staff that puts several months into arranging this event.  We would like to give a sincere Thank You to all those that attended, with and without a car entry.  We did some things right, and will improve on others.  So, keep your eye right here on the Dallas Area Pontiac Association web site: for upcoming Pontiac events… Still Building Excitement.


Further Information on the PSN will be added to this site, so check back often!

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