Keeping the Pontiac legend alive

Vintage Pontiacs, Oaklands and GMCs were on display around Sportsman Lake Park Saturday. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. ­– Sportsman Lake Park welcomed vintage and classic Pontiacs, Oaklands and GMCs Saturday morning for the 33rd Annual All Pontiac Show, thanks to the Pontiac Oakland Club International (POCI) Alabama Chapter, along with the Heart of Dixie Chapter of the GTO Association of America and Bama Birds. This year was the 10th year the event, which also doubled as the POCI Alabama Chapter’s 35th “birthday,” has been held at Sportsman Lake.

POCI Alabama Chapter Secretary and Southern Director Peggy Cox noted the event is usually held the third weekend in May but was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of the pandemic, organizers were happy with the turnout Saturday.

“We’ve had a wonderful turnout and it’s been a wonderful day considering COVID-19,” said Cox. “This is an excellent location because it’s very, very safe. Everybody has been awesome about wearing their mask and social distancing, and I think we’ve been real safe and still had a lot of fun today! It’s been a very good show for everybody. We’ve been blessed today, and we’ve had fun!”

Cox expressed thanks to everyone who supported this year’s show.

“We want to thank everybody that came out,” she said. “This show supports a good cause, and we’re also trying to keep the Pontiac legend alive because Pontiac has been out of business since 2010, so all we have left is the memories of Pontiac. We try to keep the legend alive and that’s what we do with our (POCI) Smoke Signals magazine. We’re just glad everyone comes out and looks at the old muscle cars. We love our old muscle cars.”

The annual All Pontiac Show supports diabetes research. Saturday’s show featured a 50/50 drawing, with half going to the winner and the other half going to Amaranth Diabetes Foundation of Alabama. The POIC will also donate a portion of the registration revenue to the foundation.

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