||Is this a "car
show" with judging and classes?
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 THREE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS (see Question #16 below).
||I am not a
member of any club. Am I still allowed to display my 2001 Pontiac
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.
INTERNATIONAL: Membership in POCI affords you Smoke Signals, the huge, full-color monthly magazine featuring Pontiacs, Oaklands and GMC Trucks. Members have access to helpful technical advisors, while the magazine provides excellent tech articles, stories and free classified ads. Members can also attend the national convention and car show/swap meets. Dues are $45/year if you'd like to receive your (printed) magazine in the mail, or just $25/year for an "E-membership" which allows you to download the magazine to read online.
LOCAL: Membership here with the Arizona Chapter POCI #29 (centered in Tucson) is additional at $18/year, and provides you with our monthly newsletter HOT AIR, plus local activites, meetings, cruises and a fun, friendly knowledge base.
Other local POCI chapters can be found around the U.S., including another Arizona-based chapter (centered in Phoenix, the Desert Renegades Chapter #65).
||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
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
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 drag it there on a trailer! 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
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? And, what are the other
awards presented at the end of the day?
ALL PONTIAC & GMC TRUCK DAY presents only these 3 special awards:
||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 can I pre-register
for ALL PONTIAC & GMC TRUCK DAY?
We will be offering PRE-REGISTRATION. That form will be available to download here in a subsequent update. Please check back soon.
OR, simply arrive at the event anytime between 10:00am and 11:00am and we'll get you REGISTERED ON-SITE... also free of charge!
Everyone is asked to please remain parked in-place until the event ends at 2:00pm.
the event is free, why must I pre-register or register ON-SITE??
Registration is necessary for two reasons: We want to have a record of all attendees with contact information so that we can keep you updated on future events.
Most importantly, though, you will be required to sign a Release Form as required by our club's insurance provider.
do I enter the display area?
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, five-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 tricked-out
1969 GMC Sprint Custom. How early may I arrive to set-up
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 a FREE Dash Plaque?
Free, full-color limited-edition dash plaques will be made available to the first 50 individuals who have registered, with priority going to those who have pre-registered. On-site line-up for registration begins at 10:00am.
If fewer than 50 total entries are in attendance, remaining plaques will be made available at the end of the day on a first-come-first-served basis at $1.00 apiece.
||Will souvenir T-Shirts
be offered this year?
No. At this time, we will NOT be offering shirts for sale.
||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.
||I am fortunate to have a number of Pontiacs
in my collection. Is there a limit as to how many I can bring to
No, the more the better! Bring as many as you can find drivers for, but please make sure that each vehicle gets properly registered upon arrival.
||As this event
is happening during the lunch hour, what food options
are available nearby?
Members will be treated to a free lunch on-site (this includes new members who join the club during the event).
Otherwise, 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 non-members and hotel guests.
A few other eating establishments are available 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 on the EAST side of the Viscount is Guadalajara Mexican Grill.
||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 lunch, provided in a designated area adjacent to the display. This offer is extended to all current members, plus to those who join on-site at the event. Bottled water for everyone will once again be provided courtesy of Discount Tire.
||My family is
caravanning from Phoenix (caravan details
& MAP here) with our 1957 Pontiac Chieftain. Are special
hotel room rates for participants available at the Viscount?
The Viscount Suite Hotel would love to be your host for the weekend, but we have not yet coordinated any discounted room rates.
Regardless, you are urged to book a room as soon as possible. Call the Reservations Line directly at (520) 745-6500 or 1-800-527-9666.
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.
||Silly question... What is the proper
pronunciation of the word "Viscount"?
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!
would you suggest to bring (permitted items)?
||What items are
NOT permitted (discouraged items)?
is not addressed here. Whom should I contact?
Whatcha gonna see on display?
GMC Trucks (all years, through current production)
Oaklands (All models, 1909-1931)
Pontiacs (1926-2010), including: