||Is this a "car show" with judging and
No, ALL PONTIAC & GMC TRUCK DAY is a FREE, fun, and NON-JUDGED vehicle display and gathering of enthusiasts, together with a Membership Drive.
There are NO Classes or Judging, NO Trophies... except for ONE AWARD (see "Golden Jackstand" question #16 below).
||I am not a member of any club. Am I still
allowed to display my 2001 Pontiac Trans Am?
Yes, our event is FREE and open to all enthusiasts of Pontiacs, Oaklands, and GMC Trucks. The Arizona Chapter #29 of the Pontiac-Oakland Club, International (POCI), is actively seeking new members, so we will urge you to please consider joining! Non-members' (prospective members') vehicles will be parked alongside member-owned vehicles for this four-hour event.
||What does it cost to join the club?
Membership has two facets: The "international" club, and the "local" club. Membership in POCI affords you "Smoke Signals," the only monthly magazine available today for Pontiac enthusiasts. Members have access to excellent technical advisors, while the magazine provides excellect tech articles, stories and free classified ads. Members can also attend the national convention and car show/swap meets. Dues are $39/year.
Local membership in the Arizona Chapter #29 (our membership is centered in Tucson) is separate at $18/year, and provides you with our monthly newsletter "HOT AIR," plus local activites, meetings, cruises and a fun, friendly knowledge base.
||Where can I find more information about
the club online?
The international club's website is www.poci.org
The local chapter's website is www.poci-azch29.com
||What years and models of Pontiacs/Oaklands/GMC
Trucks are invited?
Easy answer: ALL YEARS and ALL MODELS. If it wears a Pontiac, Oakland, or GMC badge, it is welcomed! See a complete list at the bottom of this page.
||What's an "Oakland" ...and why GMC Trucks?
In the early days of General Motors, the Oakland Motor Car Company was based in Pontiac, Michigan (located in Oakland County), In 1926, GM asked Oakland to introduce a lower-priced "companion" car — the Pontiac — which quickly became so succesful that the Oakland nameplate was discontinued after 1931.
GMC Truck & Coach Division was also based in Pontiac, MI. In various years (especially in the late 1950s) GMC pickups were built with Pontiac-sourced motors. Thus, POCI recognizes the importance and legacy of all three of these nameplates... past and present!
||I have a 2010 GMC Sierra 4x4 that is
lifted and has custom graphics and big wheels/tires.
Is this OK to put on display?
Yes, especially if you have an interest in joining the club!
||Are any Chevy
trucks allowed to be displayed there?
No. Our parent club (POCI) recognizes only trucks titled as GMCs.
||I have a 1932 Ford Street Rod (modified
vehicle) but it has a Pontiac V-8 engine. Am I allowed
to be a part of this event?
Ultimately, the answer is "yes," but perhaps it would be better to base your participation on if you are a proud "Pontiac enthusiast" interested in joining the club.
||I am trying to sell my wife's 2004 Pontiac
Grand Am. May I park it there with a "FOR SALE" sign?
Let's be realistic here: If your sole focus is in selling this car (not in club membership), your interests aren't aligned with the purpose of this event. Perhaps park it on a nearby side street or in the spectator area (top level of the parking deck). Otherwise, see the next question.
||Are any "For Sale" signs permitted within
the display area?
Yes, as long as the sign is of a discreet size and kept within the interior of your vehicle.
||Is there a Parts Swap Meet associated
with this event?
No. We are trying to keep the focus of this event simple. No vendors, no swap spaces, no concessioneers.
||Can I display my non-running, non-licensed
1968 Pontiac Tempest if it is brought to the event and remains
loaded-up on my car trailer?
Yes, if you feel that your car's presence would be of interest to clubmembers and fellow enthusiasts, we encourage you to push, pull, or drive it there! We will ask you to please park your "truck-trailer-Pontiac" combo in our designated "overflow area" on the upper parking deck. (Plus, your car may even become a contender for our "Golden Jackstand" Award! See #16 below.)
Also, if you should be able to get your car running in time for the event, you might want to consider getting a "Restricted Three-Day Permit" from the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. Visit www.ServiceArizona.com to create (print) this permit from your computer. The cost is only $1.00.
||My 1963 Pontiac Catalina is definitely
a "work in progress," with faded paint and a couple of
tears in the upholstery... but I am proud of it nonetheless!
Can I still display it?
Yes! We understand that everyone has different circumstances and resources. Most importantly, we certainly respect your enthusiasm, so if you're proud of it... bring it! (Plus, it may even become a contender for our "Golden Jackstand" Award! See #16 below.)
||I've got a 2008 Solstice GXP that
is built for slalom racing and is no longer street legal. I want
to display my car alongside all the other Pontiacs but was wondering
where is the best place to park my truck/trailer rig?
Great question! Before you off-load the Solstice from your trailer, it would probably be best if you found a parking space for your rig along either of the side streets... Mountainview Avenue or Arcadia Avenue (but watch for the marked "No Parking" zones!)
||What is the "Golden Jackstand" Award?
ALL PONTIAC & GMC TRUCK DAY has only a single "trophy" to be awarded on November 14th... The Golden Jackstand! This award, given to a vehicle showing "promise and potential," is meant to reinforce that our club membership respects Pontiacs/Oaklands/GMC Trucks in ANY CONDITION!
||What does it cost to participate?
Absolutely nothing! There are no mandatory costs or hidden fees to participate or to spectate. We are simply hoping to bring together as many enthusiasts as possible in a central Tucson location while promoting membership in the world's largest organization dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of Pontiacs, Oaklands and GMC Trucks!
||How do I pre-register for ALL PONTIAC
& GMC TRUCK DAY?
Download the official Pre-Registration form here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent). Once it is downloaded, print it and fill-in all the appropriate information.
Be sure to mail the completed form (along with payment if required) NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 31st. Item must be postmarked by this date. We'll email a confirmation to you.
Then, simply arrive at the event anytime between 10:00am and 11:00am and we'll get you checked-in and parked. Any pre-ordered merchandise, such as T-Shirts, will be ready for you along with a windshield card, goodie bag and dash plaque at our Registration Tent.
Please plan to remain parked in-place until the event ends at 2:00pm.
||Am I required
to pre-register for ALL PONTIAC & GMC TRUCK DAY?
No, you are not required to pre-register. You may instead simply show-up at 10:00am (no earlier, please!) and register on-site FREE of charge.
BUT... by not pre-registering, you will NOT get a dash plaque and goodie bag. Also, by NOT pre-registering, you will not have the opportunity to purchase a souvenir event T-Shirt. (To order a shirt, you MUST pre-order using the Pre-Registration form. See #24 below.)
||Where exactly do I enter the display
On the accompanying map at left, look for the red arrow. From Broadway, please turn NORTH onto Mountainview Avenue (the first street east of Swan) and loop around behind the tall, six-story "4801" office building. We'll have volunteers ready to direct all display vehicles and spectator traffic from there. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE AREA THROUGH THE VISCOUNT HOTEL MAIN ENTRANCE on Broadway Boulevard... as this will only create unneccessary traffic congestion in the parking areas reserved for hotel guests.
||I have a murdered-out 1969 GMC Sprint
Custom. How early may I arrive to set-up my display?
Looking forward to seeing it! Designated club members (ONLY!) will be arriving early (prior to 10am) to prepare the event for non-members' (prospective members') arrival AFTER 10:00am. (If you are not a current member or designated volunteer, please do not arrive before 10:00am. There really is no rush! Please relax and enjoy the opportunity to hang out with fellow enthusiasts!)
||How can I be sure to get FREE Dash Plaque?
This year, to get a dash plaque, you MUST pre-register by October 31st. No additional dash plaques will be produced after pre-registration numbers have been tallied, so they will truly be a "limited edition!" You will automatically get one plaque for each vehicle you pre-register.
You may also pre-order additional dash plaques for your collection using the Pre-Registration form for $1.00 each. Your deadline is still October 31st.
||I can't bring my 1949 Pontiac Streamliner,
but would still like get a Dash Plaque. Will one be available
Use the Pre-Registration form and mail it to us with $1.00 by the deadline, indicating that you would like to purchase a dash plaque and pick it up at the event.
||Will souvenir T-Shirts be offered this year?
Yes! This year, we will be offering limited-edition full-color T-Shirts! Use the Pre-Registration form to pre-order yours by the October 31st deadline.
Choose your style (Mens or Ladies contour) along with size and quantity desired.
The shirts are a high-quality pre-shrunk 100% cotton, and feature the imges of a cool 1956 GMC pickup and a 1973 Pontiac Trans Am.
Shirts will NOT be available to purchase at the event; they must be pre-ordered!
||I want to participate and display my
1985 Pontiac Fiero GT, but I can't stay there all the way
through 2:00pm. May I leave early?
Please do whatever is possible to commit your presence there until 2:00pm. If you absolutely must leave early, we suggest that you park in the upper parking deck area. Our main display area lot (adjacent to Broadway) will be used exclusively for vehicles who can commit to the full four-hour display. Regardless, please exercise extreme caution with the pedestrians and spectators as you depart.
fortunate to have a number of Pontiacs in my collection. Is there
a limit as to how many I can bring to the event?
No, the more the better. Bring as many as you can find drivers for! Please consider Pre-Registering so we can be better prepared! Use a separate Pre-Reg form for each car or truck that you plan to bring. (Photocopies of the form are acceptable and may be mailed altogether.)
||As this event is happening during the
lunch hour, what food options are available nearby?
The Viscount Suite Hotel has a great on-site restaurant, "Wilbur's Grill." Plans are in the works to offer a quick, reasonably-priced lunch special for both the public and hotel guests. A flyer with details will be found inside your goodie bag.
Otherwise, there are a few establishments within walking distance to the WEST, including: Lucky Wishbone (fried chicken, steak fingers), a 7-11 convenience store, the Hungry Fox Diner, and a Jack-in-the-Box. Next door to the EAST is a brand-new Guadalajara Mexican Grill. A bit further EAST is a sandwich shop called "Melt." plus a Romano's Macaroni Grill, a Chili's, and an On-The-Border Mexican Restaurant.
||If I pay membership dues and JOIN DURING
THE EVENT, am I able to enjoy the free lunch provided on-site
to Arizona Chapter POCI members?
Yes. All new and active Arizona Chapter #29 POCI clubmembers are invited to partake of a complimentary picnic lunch, provided in a designated area adjacent to the display. This offer is extended to all current members, plus to those who join using the Pre-Reg form, and to those who join at the event. Bottled water for everyone is provided courtesy of Discount Tire.
||My family is caravanning from Phoenix
with our 1957 Pontiac Chieftain. Are special hotel room rates for
participants available at the Viscount?
Yes. The Viscount Suite Hotel has a special rate for our participants. Discounted nightly rates are $99 plus tax for a Deluxe Suite, and $109 plus tax for a Premier Suite, and must be booked NO LATER than October 31st.
You are urged to book as soon as possible. Call the Reservations Line directly at (520) 745-6500 or 1-800-527-9666 and request the "Pontiac Day" event rate.
In the event that the Viscount is completely booked when you call, please contact ALL PONTIAC & GMC TRUCK DAY event coordinator Thom Sherwood at 520-798-3200 for other nearby accommodation suggestions.
question... What is the proper pronunciation of the word
The letter 'S' is silent, so the word "Viscount" rhymes with the phrase "High Count."
||In case of inclement weather, is there
a Rain Date?
No, our event will be held Rain-or-Shine!
||What items would you suggest to bring
||What items are NOT permitted (discouraged items)?
||My question is not addressed here. Who
should I contact?
Whatcha gonna see on display?
GMC Trucks (all years, through current production)
Oaklands (All models, 1909-1931)
Pontiacs (1926-2010), including: