Reprinted with permission of author.

Fiero Owner's Club of New England -- 1998 Show

The Fiero Owner's Club of New England 3rd annual Fiero Show was held on June 12 and 13, 1998 in historic Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Despite one of the worst rain storms in recent memory the show was an overwhelming success. Club President Tim Perrigo spent many long hours ironing out every detail to make the show the success it was.

The event began on Friday with an all day registration that saw 41 Fieros registered by day's end. Unfortunately, it was the first of several very wet days that included torrential downpours. Although the weather report did look better fo Saturday mother nature failed to relent and Saturday saw more of the same. The show began as scheduled in Old Orchard Beach at 8:00am. Participants that had been staying at a nearby hotel and others that drove in were waiting in their cars in the parking lot. A soaking rain soon began falling and it became evident that the show would be severly hampered in its current venue.

Tim was already on the case and following some early morning (6am) calls to the town manager. The show was relocated to a parking garage in nearby Saco. A job well done. Tim saved the day. With Joe Becker in the lead and Mike Valentine and Rob Allen bringing up the rear, the participants drove to the parking garage and took the next hour re-cleaning their Fieros.

Among the Fieros there were Joe Becker's 1987 with a 3800 V-6. The last white 1988 GT was also present as well as Cliff Knight's yellow GT sporting those much sought after t-tops, with only 10,000 miles. Diehard Fiero show-goer Frank Genova was present with his gorgeous '88 t-top GT.

The awards banquet was held at Surf 6 Restaurant right on the beach in Old Orchard Beach at 6pm. Everyone had a good time hanging out and chatting as well as enjoying a great buffet dinner prior to the raffle and presentation of awards. Some excitement occured when it was learned that flooding at the hotel where many of the show participants were staying was threatening several of the Fieros. Quick reaction by the crowd saved the Fieros from an early soggy grave. The scheduled Sunday cruise and skilled timed races were cancelled due to the rain.

In the end, the weather service noted that 10.2" of rain fell making this the soggiest Fiero show ever. many thanks go to those who made the show possbile by co-sponsoring the event. Bob Parker of Kick-Hill Farm sponsored the trophies. Fiero Parts and Appraisals, The Fiero Store, Ryane Motorsports, Fiero Owner's Club of America, Fiero Owner's Association, and Columbia Pontiac for the t-shirts. Everyone agreed that this was one show to remember that went off remarkably well considering the lack of cooperation from the weather. Rob Allen


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