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    Posted April 26, 2009 by
    Raleigh, North Carolina
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    Bye, bye, Pontiac

    2002 Trans Am-Last of the Breed???


    March of 2003 my wife and I decided to upgrade to a new house. At the same time I was actively looking at and admiring the 2002 Trans Am “Last of the Breed”?. I found a couple on the outskirts of Raleigh (like Fayetteville, Rocky Mount etc.). But was just admiring them. Well it was nearing the end of March and we found a house we both really liked and also right around that time I visited a local Pontiac Dealer here in Cary, NC very close to our home. My wife went with me and according to the website upon doing my research they only had 1 New Trans Am left on there lot that would mean since the last Pontiac was built in 2002 the car was already 1 year old. When we arrived we found 5-2 convertibles and 3 T-Tops. We looked at the cars my wife took me over to the side not to allow the Salesperson to hear our conversation and asked if I liked the silver convertible, I told her it would be an added bonus to get a convertible Ram Air WS.6 package as you never see them. We left the dealership and I again did some researchand found out on this particular model they only made 55 of them in the US! I played it off as a week or so went by and the salesperson continued to follow up.

    After discussing this with my wife, she made the comment "honey, would you rather have the car or the house"? Well as you can see from the photos we got the car and never looked back. My first Pontiac and boy what a blast to drive! I have "nothing on the car-just about that is stock now". But that is another reason I purchased it one of a kind (just in case you ask-yes I have saved every part to put back stock if I should ever want to) and there was so much aftermarket stuff out there I would never run out of fun things to do to the car. I am a 43 year old kid driving this car and have been in my mid life crises(and will continue to be) for 6 years now running!

    On May 11, 2009 through May 16th I am going on my first road Rally. It is called "The Bandit Run 2009". It starts in Branson MO and for a solid week me and approximately 80-100 other Trans Am's and Pontiac enthusiasts will hit our Nations highways to get away from the hustle and bustle of this recession. We will end up in Braselton, Georgia on Friday night May 15th, 2009 after a week of preplanned fun filled activities along the journey. This event is on its 3 year and it is for people who love the "Smokey and the Bandit" movie matter of fact in memory of Jerry Reed who played "Snowman" the truck driver in the movie. A full size truck painted identicalto the truck from the movie will be leading the entire ride this year. I told a friend about the ride and asked him if he would like to meet me in Braselton that Saturday May 16th for a car show that will be held at the Year One complex. He was so excited about the ride he is driving to RaleighNCparking his car and riding with me the entire week-oh did I mention he lives in Atlanta. And for us to get to Branson it is a 16 hour drive.

    Passion for filled and very disappointed in the decision that General Motors has made to discontinue a great icon in the automotive industry and just another casualty to this recession. But for as long as I can I will continue to keep my bird alive as it seems it will truly be the “Last of the Breed”!

    Hey GM just a thought...Buick???


    Michael McD

    2002 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air WS.6 with 6 speed factory Hurst shifter silver paint with convertible top.

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