Orangeville car guy Kelly Demetriou has had some loves in his life, most recently one lead to getting married to his beautiful wife Pam. But prior to that it was …yes Cars. Kelly has been part this shiny 1979 Trans Am for the past 30 years. You see, his Dad bought the car new in 1979 and 3 years later Kelly was hooked. Kelly came home from the hospital as a newborn in this very car in 1982.
He works for a Lincoln dealer today but has a special affection for this sporty Pontiac . “I love the raw power and rumble of the 6.6Litre V8” Kelly says. “It’s just that my drives are kept to nice days and cruise nights, I don’t want to feed that hungry fuel tank on a daily basis!” But he did later tell me, “The car actually gets great fuel economy if I take it easy” His wife Pam on the other hand, gets an excited look in her eyes when the car is talked about “Its MY car now!” she laughs, “I’m the one who puts the fuel in the tank!” It’s obvious that the enthusiasm for this family toy is from both of them, and they love to go out for evening jaunts with it.
Pontiac has a great history with the Trans Am model dating back to 1969 when the first version came out to celebrate the presence of Pontiac in the SCCA Trans American road racing series. Sadly for Trans Am enthusiasts, Pontiac dropped the “F” body in 2002 which was the last year of production. Pontiac is now gone as a manufacturer and with the new Camaro now on the dealer lots, is it possible public demand will bring back a TransAm? Kelly and Pam aren’t worried, they already have their fine example of Pontiac and family history in the driveway.
Written by Perry Mason