PVFA Picnic is on for today from 12 to 4. The picnic is indoors.  The car show slated for 11AM is cancelled due to rain.  We will be accepting payment at the door so join us at noon!

The 2016 Favorite F-Body Trophy for the Pioneer Valley GTO Show
Pioneer Valley GTO Assn

Pres John Kunasek came up with another award winning award to be presented to the favorite F-Body at the Pioneer Valley GTO Association show this Sunday, June 5th. The PVFA will be setting up our tent. Come by and join the club. At the show we'll vote on the car to award the trophy to. We are expecting a great turnout for the show, hosted by the Pioneer Valley F-Body Associations father club, the Pioneer Valley GTO Association. Entry into the show is $15.00 and there afew venues that are as much fun as the Polish American Club in Agawam, MA.

Food and beer are served on premises. Stop by and see us at the tent.

Club News: The Pioneer Valley Firebird Association is now the Pioneer Valley F-Body Association

Club Welcomes Camaro's and Fieros

By unanimous vote at the April 17th meeting at Captain Jimmy's in Agawam, MA the Pioneer Valley Firebird Association has become The Pioneer Valley F-Body Association and is now welcoming Camaro's and Fieros into the club.  This move will strengthen our membership base and allow us to host more events in the future by building a much larger membership base.   Camaros and Firebirds were built side by side on the assembly line and now will cruise side by side with our members cars.  We invite all owners and enthusiasts of the Camro and Fiero to Join the PVFA today.

Meeting Minutes for April 17th, 2016

Join the Pioneer Valley F-Body Association

2016 Events

For 2016 the PVFA is planning a very dynamic year.

  • NEW! It's Pontiac night at Mark's Cruise on Monday, May 16th. We'll meet at the show.
  • Saturday, June 11th the Pioneer Valley Firebirds will host our first annual barbeque at Sonny's Place in Somers, CT. Join us for great food, an all Firebird show, and great times for the whole family (see below).
  • Sunday, June 5th is the Pioneer Valley GTO club show. The Pioneer Valley Firebirds will once again be sponsoring a trophy for the favorite Firebird. We will have our own tent and area for Firebirds this year. Great show with food, beer, and birds.
  • Last year our night at Mark's Cruise was preempted by Pontiac Night at Mark's sponsored by our sister club, the Pioneer Valley GTO Association. We met with the GTO club and we will be participating with them this year as well. Stay tuned.
  • The weekend of Spetember 16 to 18 is the Pontiac Celebration in Warwick RI. We will be organizing a cruise for the Saturday show to the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. This show is only on every other year so don't miss it!
Join us at the First Annual PVFA Barbeque, June 11, 2015

Save the date: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 12 to 4pm for the first annual Pioneer Valley Firebirds barbeque to be held at Sonny's Place on Route 190 (349 Main Street) in Somers, CT.     This event is for all members, friends, and families of the Pioneer Valley Firebirds so bring your spouse, your kids, or any other Firebird enthusiasts.We will have our own dedicated area to show are cars, weather permitting.                       

Sonny’s Place is a great venue for the whole family. This is an excellent opportunity to get your kids involved in the Firebird hobby.  Our menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, garden salad, watermelon, and soda and we will have a dedicated pavilion for the club.  Cost per person is $17.50 and includes all you can eat, gratuity, plus use of the grounds.  Adult beverages may be purchased at Sonny's open air bar. We could use some volunteers to help organize, park cars, and perhaps help us plan some activities.  If you can volunteer please email me.

  • Go Cart Racing
  • Miniature Golf
  • Batting cages
  • Full Arcade and Mini Bowling Lanes      
  • Rock Wall
  • Zip Lining          
  • An Ice Cream Parlor

We hope to see you at Sonny's! Sign up here.

Firebird Night at Mark's Cruise - We Finally Hit 50 Firebirds
This year we tried something different moving Firebird night at Mark's Cruise from what was usually a sweltering hot night in July to a perfect, breezy night on September 8th. It was a perfect night and the PVFA smashed its previous record of 42 Firebirds set on July 12, 2012 to 51 Birds in attendance! This year Mark's mixed Firebirds and Camaros into this event as well which swelled the total count of honored cars to 160. Many of the Camaros were brand new but all generations of Firebirds and Camaros were well represented. Second and Third generation cars are usually hard to find at the cruise, especially Camaros (believe it or not) and there were droves of them tonight.
Check out the pictures here
Mark's cruise has been happening every Monday night for nearly 20 years now but this year must have been a peak. Where on a Monday night can you expect to see a live band and up to 1000 cars gathered for a cruise. The scene is set on a huge grassy field for perfect car viewing and the show organizers do an outstanding job of managing the flow of parking into and out of the cruise. Plenty of fresh cooked food is offerred for sale barbeque style. This is by far the largest cruise in New England and may be one of the biggest Monday night events in the country.

It looks like having a September cruise was the right way to go to get Firebirds out of their nests and onto the road. This is a key event for the PVFA and we will certainly continue it for 2015.

Pontiac Celebration in Warwick, RI
The Pontiac Celebration is organized by club member Rick DiGiacomo and is one of the largest Pontiac events in the region. Held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza hotel in Warwick, RI, the show was hit with more than 200 cars on the field and a sold out hotel. Even the overflow hotel sold out. The only disappointing thing about this show is that it only occurs every two years. So when you here of the next Pontiac Celebration book your room early or be left out. With the Saratoga Firebird show now gone this is the premiere Pontiac event in the region.

Check out the pictures here

There were approximately 50 Firebirds in attendance and classes were sponsored for first, second, third, and fourth gens in both stock and custom classes. This show probably generates more Fiero traffic than you will see anywhere else, except at perhaps a national Fiero show. Every era of Pontiac was well represented with some real high qulaity cars.

This show raises substantial sums for the Tommorow Fund and Alex's Lemonade Stand, two great charities benefitting kids. You can have great fun for a great cause at this top notch show. I am looking forward to 2016!

Panera Bread Cruise In June 21rst - Huge Success!

The Charter Oak Firebirds can really throw a party! On June 21rst members of the Pioneer Valley Firebirds cruised on down to the Panera Bread Cruise in Newington, CT for the extremely popular Saturday night show. Officially they counted 243 cars but cars were driving by and parking in the Walmart parking lot. It has been quite a few years since I have seen a GTO Judge parked in a normal parking lot but cars were everywhere and attendance was huge. The 60/40 raffle netted one lucky guest a whopping $415.

Bandit Rich came all the way from his home in Spencer, MA to join the cruise adding his Black and Gold Bandit to President John's bringing the total to four Bandit's at the show. That wasn't all, Art from 34 Motor Cars in Derby, CT brought his all original 1970 Trans Am (as in original paint and original decals!). I bought my 1980 Pace Car from Art and he is a valuable resource to the hobby in CT, bringing in Firebirds from all over and serving as a resource for hobbyists with restoration advice. You can check out Art's inventory at http://34motorco.com.

It was the first night of summer and the longest night of the year. This cruise had more Corvettes than GM and rarities in abundance. Eagle One supplied a host of raffle prizes to many lucky raffle winners. To see more pics from this cruise check out our page here.

The next cruise is Saturday, August 2nd and the Charter Oak Firebirds. Be there!

Pontiac Celebration in Warwick, RI

The 2014 Pioneer Valley GTO show held on Sunday, June 1 was a huge success. The show field was packed and attendance looked to be an all time high for this show, one of the most popular in Western Mass. In total 19 Firebirds participated for the Favorite Firebird trophy sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Firebird Association. All active members present voted for their favorite Firebird and in the end Pete , one of the PVFA's newest ,members won the trophy.

For Sunday Pete brought out a beautiful and rare 1969 Firebird 400 Convertible in triple black. If that wasn't enough it was equipped with the Ram Air III 400, one of only 57 so equipped. In all, 6 PVFA members were present for the vote and the competition was formibable with some real quality cars presents. Two mint Lucerne Blue 1970 Trans Am and a beautiful '73 in Bucaneeer Red were on hand for display only making the decision just a bit easier. Aside from those and a couple of other display only cars the field was full of beautiful first, second, and fourth gens and one rare third gen Formula.

The trophy was designed by our own club President (Grand Poo-Bah) John Kunasek who founded the club three years ago. The trophy is the one to have with a 1:18 scale 1972 Firebird mounted on a stained wooden base. With this years turnout we need to discuss the possibility of expanding the Firebird class next year. That will be an issue for the membership to decide in the near future.

Our next trophy will be awarded atr Mark's Cruise in East Granby, CT. We are hoping to get Firebird night scheduled for a Monday night in August when it will hopefully be cool and 'Bird friendly. Club members will be encouraged to attend to select the Firebird and owners that best represents the spirit of the Firebird hobby. Our record is 43 cars in attendance but our goal is over 50 Firebirds this year!

Pioneer Valley Firebirds
Wrapping up 2014 the club had a slow year. It seems that within the entire car hobby less and less people are showing up to cruises and car shows, especially those that are a distance away. Whether it is the economy stopping people from dropping large sums of money into parts and gas or just a malaise that seems to be associated with a world that is getting more stressful the hobby is off these days. We seemed to do better this year with local events than our traditional cruises to the bigger events. As a club we may need to regroup and find more local events to develop a healthy and productive club. Some results for this year:
  • FIREBIRD NIGHT AT MARK's CRUISE in East Granby, CT really bustled with life this year bringing in more than 900 cars on several occasions. Marks showed some real creativity in promoting their show this year with feature nights brining in huge volumes of cars.
  • The Pioneer Valley GTO Association show in Agawam was a big one this year, filling their field to capacity. I never heard the numbers but it was easily the biggest one to date.
  • The Panera Bread show in Newington, CT sponsored by our bretherin at the Charter Oak Firebirds packed them in as well, more than filling their parking lot.
As a club we may have to look at more local startegies to keep the hobby alive. As always we are looking for ideas.