Reprinted with permission of author.

3rd Annual FOCONE Eastern Regional Show

The Third Annual FOCONE Show was held this year from June 12-14, in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. It's a great time to be a Fiero owner, as these little plastic warriors pretty much over-run the town.

This year's event was overshadowed by incredible amounts of rain, but the P-body owners are a hardy group! Approximately 35 Fieros braved the near flood conditions as they arrived from all over to display their cars. Thinking quickly, our hosts moved the actual show field to the indoor Saco parking facility, where the rain was soon forgotten, and the folks began having a great time!

Considering the conditions outside, the quality level of the Fieros present was incredible! My personal favorite was a 1988 yellow GT complete with t-tops and showing only 7000 miles on the odometer! Also in attendance was a beautiful blue 1987 coupe, which sported a convertible kit. It was very nicely done and the car was sharp in "topless" mode. Still another interesting example was the last white 1988 Fiero GT built, complete with a placard which was signed by the assembly line workers as it went by! To attract cars of this type is certainly a compliment to the FOCONE, since this is only their third regional meet. There were plenty of vehicles from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts; and the long distance winner drove his Fiero all the way from Colorado.

The awards banquet was held at the Surf 6 restaurant and was nicely done. The only interruption was when one of the hotels called because one of the cars was in danger from rising water! Other than that, the food was great and everyone was enjoying themselves (especially when the strawberry shortcake was served!). The raffle prizes were all Fiero ralated and all interesting items. The trophy presentation was nicely done, and the guest speakers were super. I did manage a first place in the 1986 stock class! Unfortunately, the skilled timed races and cruise up the Maine coast scheduled for Sunday had to be postponed due to the continuing monsoon conditions.

On a final note, there was a contest for high mileage. One person showed up with a Fiero with over 314,000 miles on the original [4-cylinder, automatic] drivetrain! Someone else had over 200,000 miles on the clock, and finally one lady had over 185,000 on the original drivetrain. I think that should show the "doubters" what a well-maintained P-body can do.

I would highly recommend this event to all of our Fiero members. The host hotels are great, it was a well organized event, and most importantly, it was attended by a genuinely fun bunch of enthuiasts. For more information on the Fiero Owners Club of New England contact Tim Perrigo at One Fiero Drive (yes, it's real!), Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064, or e-mail him at [phone: 207-934-0103]