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Dec. 28, 2013 NIFE Holiday Party – The Hallman’s - Naperville, IL:
Celebrate the holidays with your fellow NIFE club members at the home of Jim and Jenni Hallman located at 2039 Yellow Daisy Court in Naperville, IL (near the intersection of Route 59 and North Aurora Avenue) on Saturday, December 28, 2013. We look forward to sharing the holiday season with you at our house. No gifts to bring, we just ask that you bring an appetizer to serve 5-6 people if you last name begins with the letters “A” through “M”. Or, if you last name begins with the letters “N” through “Z”, please bring a dessert to share with 5-6 people. This will be a bring-your-own-drinks party. The first 20 members who attend will receive one of Jim’s famous homemade (from scratch!) soft pretzels. We will also share some of our family’s favorite homemade Christmas cookies. Please join us for as long as you are able from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.  Please RSVP before December 27th so we can plan for how many will be celebrating with us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Nov. 16, 2013 NIFE Club Meeting (NEW LOCATION): Streamwood Library - Streamwood, IL:
NOTE: this is a new location for our club meetings! The Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood, IL is located at 1405 S. Park Avenue in Streamwood, IL. You can call 630-837-6800 if you need directions. The library is located between Irving Park Road (Rt. 19) and Lake Street (Rt. 20) and between Bartlett Road and Barrington Road. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm.
Join us for a special Skype meeting with the young Kathryn Dimaria from Michigan. It all started back on April 18, 2011 when Kathryn's dad went onto Pennocks Fiero Forum (www.fiero.nl) and posted, "So we have been working on the car now for about 3 months, but as I have been prowling the forum I realized I should probably post the story. As some of you might be interested in it. A few months ago our 12-year-old DAUGHTER came in and said, ‘Dad, Mom, can we talk for a minute?’ We agreed, and she presented us with something she had been thinking about. She said that she would like to buy a car with her babysitting money. We were like, you are only 12.” Kathryn’s car of choice was indeed a Fiero! Since then, Kathryn has made the media circuit from local news to making the homepage of CNN.com. Join us as we talk with Kathryn and what her experience has been since starting this project car at the age of 12. Once Kathryn is finished with her story we will open it up for a Q&A session.

We will also have a special presentation from Matt Ingram of Ctek who is known for "The smallest battery chargers in the world". Matt will go over the ins and outs of properly charging your car’s battery during the winter storage season. He will also talk to us about the new development of chargers such as how Ctek uses a unique charge algorithm.  CTEK Smarter Battery Chargers go through eight steps to constantly read and communicate with your battery, charging only to its direct needs and therefore avoiding any possibility of incorrectly charging the battery. Feel free to visit their website at www.smartercharger.com to check out the new line of chargers. Matt will bring some literature as well as samples of some of their chargers.

Oct. 19, 2013 NIFE Club Event: Fall Color Tour:
We have planned out this year’s Fall Color Tour to head west. On Saturday, October 19, 2013 we will depart from Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, IL (our Fierorama location) at 9:30am (you can begin gathering at 9:00am) then head west thru Dekalb, IL all the way to Dixon, IL along Route 38. Here we will visit the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan and grab lunch at Arthur’s Garden Deli.
Route 38 is part of the historic Lincoln Highway, which is one of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America. The highway is 100 years old this year. Originally opened in October of 1913. The Lincoln Highway is America's first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. by nine years. As the first automobile road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns and villages along the way. The Lincoln Highway became affectionately known as "The Main Street Across America."
After lunch we will then turn north on Route 2 traveling along the Rock River. We will pass thru Castle Rock State Park and Lowden State Park, which offer a couple of scenic parking areas overlooking the river that we can stop at for some photographs. We will follow this all way the up to the Rockford Airport area then head back East passing thru Genoa, IL and ending up back at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, IL. So come out and join us for a scenic 167 miles trip thru western Illinois and travel down part of the historic Lincoln Highway on its 100th birthday. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Sept. 14, 2013 NIFE Club Event: Charity Car Show - Loves Park, IL:
Come one, come all, to the 1st Annual Windsor Wasp PTA Charity Car Show! This show will take place from 10:00am until 4:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Windsor Elementary School, which is located at 935 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL. Dash plaques will be available to the first 50 participants. Preregistration cost is $8.00 per car until August 31, 2013. The cost will be $10.00 the day of the show. This show is open to all car makes and all models. See the event flier located at fierofocus.com.
NIFE Activity Director Eric Dyreson’s son, Matthew, attends this school.  The Windsor PTA, with the aid of Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts, is hosting this event to help raise money for the school.  Award categories include: Judged awards (all NIFE Members who participate in this show will be doing the judging), a Top 20 People’s Choice as well as a School Grade Levels’ Choice chosen by the students themselves. Don’t be late, judging starts at 1:00pm!
In addition to cars there will be food, music, raffles, a coloring contest for kids, a playground, games, and much more. Thirty plus crafters and vendors, such as Pampered Chef and Scentsy, will be on sight to help raise funds too. For more information or to secure a craft/vendor spot go to: http://goo.gl/Obo0s.

You can download the registration/show flyer here.

Sept. 8, 2013 18th Annual FIERORAMA- St. Charles, IL:
Please visit the Fierorama page for all the show information. Fierorama Page
August 24, 2013 NIFE Club Event - Rockford, IL:
Come join us for a day of relaxation and culture on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Rockford, IL.  We will begin with the Summer Festival at Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL at 1:00pm. A special parking section has been secured for our club. The gardens are authentic Japanese Gardens maintained to the highest of standards that touch the soul of guests. They exemplify the Japanese cultural heritage of respectful humility in service to people of all cultures. In addition, the Summer Festival will feature several activities throughout the gardens as part of this special event. Admission is $7.00 per person. Visit their website at andersongardens.org for more details. The Gardens close at 4:00pm.
From here our group will drive to JMK Nippons, 2551 North Perryville Road, Rockford, IL for dinner at 4:30pm. Here we will enjoy another Japanese setting where you can have dinner and a show cooked right before your eyes by a highly skilled Teppan-yaki chef on their hibachi grill side. Dinner prices vary based on food choices. Visit JMKRockford.com for more information.
We need to provide a count of participants by Friday, August 16, 2013. Please contact Nichole Dyreson at 815-601-3346 or email at dyreson.eric@gmail.com.

August 10, 2013 Midwest Fiero Clubs /Heartland Fieros 10th Car Show - Davenport, IA:
Want to attend a unique car show in a historic location? Come join us on Saturday, August 10, 2013 to the “Heartland Fieros 10th Car Show” held in the historic Village Of East Davenport along the Mississippi River near Davenport, Iowa. The six square block business area has numerous restaurants, a great ice cream store that will feature the “Fiero Freeze” and many gift and specialty shops.
Davenport, IA is short 2-1/2 hour drive from the Chicago area and well worth the trip. You will see some rare Fieros at this show including many of the PPG Pace Cars owned by NIFE members Fred Bartemeyer and Ed York. Following the car show we are invited to attend a barbeque at the home of the Heartland Fiero Club’s Chairman, Fred Bartemeyer. This is a no-miss event and always a good time with great home cooked goodies!
For more information on the Village of East Davenport see, villageofeastdavenport.com.  The host hotel is again the Quality Inn & Suites in Davenport, IA located at 6605 North Brady Street. Reservations are being taken at 563-386-8336. We look forward to seeing you in Davenport for the show.

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August 4, 2013 Indian Uprising All Pontiac Car Show - St. Charles, IL:
On Saturday, August 3, 2013 the Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club will be hosting their first ever Indian Uprising Cruise Night starting at 4:00pm at the DuPage Expo Center located at 4050 East Main Street (Route 64) in St. Charles (across from Pheasant Run Resort). There will be food and a live band. This cruise night is open to all makes and all models of cars with several hundred cars anticipated! Our Fieros will have special parking privileges at this cruise night since the Fiero is the Featured Car for this year’s Indian Uprising events.
Then, come join us for fun and Pontiacs on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Indian Uprising All Pontiac Car Show! For 2013, the Fiero is the Featured Car at this show, which means that the Fiero is featured on the event fliers, T-shirts, and dash plaques. Along with this, our Fieros will again have special designated parking areas to highlight our feature Featured Car status. NIFE members will meet at 8:00am at the Steak & Shake restaurant located at 320 West North Avenue, in West Chicago, IL where we will enjoy breakfast and each other’s company. After breakfast we'll make the short cruise to the show to be among the 400+ Pontiacs expected to attend! Preregistration for the show is $18.00 if you sign up before July 29, 2013; it is $20.00 on show day. Visit fierofocus.com to download the show flier. One of the many awards will be for the Best Featured Car, which will be for one of our Fieros!

You can download the show flier here.

This event draws all models of Pontiacs from across the Midwest. Let’s show off our Fiero spirit by joining us at this event. NIFE out-of-towners, this is a huge event with Saturday activities as well. Why not make a weekend of it and visit your NIFE friends! For more event and lodging information go to: www.cruisintigers.com

Parking lot volunteers are needed for both the cruise night on Saturday and the show on Sunday. If you are interested in helping the Cruisin’ Tigers out, please contact Tom Micetec at 773-457-2046 or toms69gto@att.net. 

July 21, 2013 NIFE Car Show - Carpentersville, IL  CANCELLED :
Bring your Fiero out on Sunday, July 21, 2013 to the Carpentersville Firestone Charity Car Show. The show times are 10:00am - 3:00pm with registration from 10:00am to 1:00pm. This is a "FREE" event. However, cash contributions to the Carpentersville Food Pantry will be accepted in lieu of a registration fee. , The top 20 vehicles will be awarded in this JUDGED event. Awards include Best Of Show for Stock/Modified/Future Classics. The Carpentersville Firestone is located at 160 S. Western Ave, across from Spring Hill Mall, just North of Route 72 on Route 31 (Western Ave).  For further information contact Phil of Black Dog Car Shows 847-815-2128. I have been to this event. It is a great show and Fieros do well!

July 13, 2013 NIFE Cruise Night - Lombard, IL:
One of the finest cruise destinations in northern Illinois turns 15 this year and NIFE is planning a visit. On Saturday, July 13, 2013 we will gather together and cruise to downtown Lombard, IL to take part in the festivities. Options for food include Capone's Pizza, The Main Street Cafe, Dairy Queen, and many more.
At 4:15pm we will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Northwest corner of Roosevelt Road and Finley Road. The Crowne Plaza is East of the I-355 exit at Roosevelt Road and is located at 1250 Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn, IL.
The cruise night in Lombard will fill up quickly so we will depart from this staging area promptly at 4:30pm to arrive to the cruise night around 5:00pm. The “official” cruise night runs from 6:00pm until 10:00pm. Parking for the cruise night is along St. Charles Road from Main Street to Elizabeth Street; several other designated “cruise zones” are located along St. Charles Road.

June 27-30, 2013 30th Anniversary Of The Pontiac Fiero - Indianapolis, IN:
The most anticipated Fiero event of the year will be taking place in Indianapolis, IN from June 27 – 30, 2013. Please review the President’s Message in this issue of Fiero Focus for more information. Or for all of the information you need about this event, go to fiero30th.com. The pre-registration deadline is May 27, 2013. Please consider pre-registering to save you time during the event registration process. Over 300 Fieros are anticipated.
NIFE will be arranging group caravan departures on Wednesday, June 26; Thursday, June 27; and Friday, June 28, 2013. We will be departing from the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis along the Tri-State Tollway located near South Holland at 9:00am each day. Please begin arriving at 8:30am.

June 11, 2013 NIFE Cruise Night - West Chicago, IL:
On Tuesday night, June 11, 2013, Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli located in West Chicago, IL near the intersection of Route 64 and Route 59 will host Fiero Night at their weekly cruise night from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Double K Productions will provide the entertainment for this evening to socialize with your Fiero friends. Grab a bite to eat for dinner at Augustino’s Deli; they have some really great sandwiches. Be sure to arrive early to get the best spots in the parking lot! This will be a night to share a meal, share some conversation and share your enthusiasm for your Fiero!

May 18, 2013 NIFE Club Event: Micro Car Museum Tour - Crystal Lake, IL:
Join us as we descend into the smallest automobile museum in Illinois (second smallest in the world only behind The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Georgia). We will gather at the Jameson's Steak House at 5016 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Please start arriving at 9:00am and we will head out sharply at 9:30am as a group to make sure we arrive at the Small Wonders Micro Car Museum by 10:00am.

Ken Weger (owner) will personally guide us on this tour, which will last about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

This is a FREE private tour offered to NIFE. Ken Weger has asked us to bring canned goods as a donation in
lieu of payment for the tour. The donations will be given to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

This is a large collection of some of the smallest cars (500 cc’s or less) around. Inside “The Barn” there is a variety of microcars with a special section dedicated to Mike Corbin’s own design of micro cars. Some of the cars in this collection include: Austin Mini, Citroen, Crosley, Fiat, Isetta, Messerschmitt, Subaru and Velorex. Ken Weger prefers to keep this museum private and appreciates us not advertising his collection publicly.

After the tour we will head into McHenry, IL for lunch at Happy Jack's Submarines and Fine Ice Cream located at 4911 W Elm St, McHenry, IL 60050. We should arrive for lunch around 1:00pm. Hope you can join us for this rare and exciting tour.

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May 11, 2013 NIFE Car Show St. Charles East High School - St. Charles, IL:
Are you looking for that first opportunity to show off your Fiero this spring? The St. Charles East High School Auto Club is hosting their annual Spring Auto Show on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Our youngest NIFE member, Austin Stombres, is a member of the auto club and would love to have NIFE well represented at this year’s show. The address of St. Charles East High School is 1020 Dunham Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174. The cost of entering is $10.00 and all proceeds go to benefit the St. Charles East Auto Club. Your Fiero will be entered in the Early Domestic Class; trophies will be awarded for First Place through Third Place. Every Fiero at the show last year was awarded a trophy. It was a real Fiero party and we hope to have a repeat performance! For questions contact Austin Stombres at 630-584-9281. We hope to see your Fiero there!

Austin and I hope to see many of you at the St. Charles East Car Show on Saturday, May 11th at 1:00pm. After the show, we would like to invite you NIFE folks to our house for a cook out! We're only a mile or so from the school, and we would love to have you stop by. We'll have plenty of burgers, brats, chips, and soft drinks. This will be a good opportunity to eat and sit on the patio and talk about our cars. I'll start cooking about 4:30pm, so come hungry. 

Jim and Austin Stombres

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April 20, 2013 NIFE Club Meeting - Schaumburg, IL:
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as attendees will be enlightened on maintenance tips to keep your Fiero on the road. Our meeting will be held at the Schaumburg Library located at 130 South Roselle Road, which is at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road at the southwest corner. Members can call 847-985-4000 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00 pm and our subject matter will focus on a company called Creative Colors International, which is recognized as the leader in the repair, reconditioning, protection, and color restoration of leather, vinyl, fabric, plastic and carpeting in the automotive, furniture, commercial, and residential markets.

Their representative, Doug Watekus, will be able to show us in detail the “how to” process of their repairs. We will have a Fiero dash for him to work on. Doug serves the Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Elmhurst, St. Charles, Lombard, West Dundee, North Aurora, Elgin, Buffalo Grove, Wheaton, Villa Park, and Palatine areas. Creative Colors is a traveling business so they will come to you at your work, home or wherever you need him.

Creative Colors International can restore your damaged items to like-new condition while providing you with significant cost savings versus replacement; sometimes as much as a 90 percent savings. For more information on Creative Colors International you can contact Doug at kolorpatchil@creativecolorsintl.com or 630-372-9766.

March 16, 2013 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle, IL:NOTE:  
NOTE: this is a location change since our January/February issue was published.

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as we gather together to keep the Fiero excitement alive. Our meeting will be held at the Lisle Library located at 777 Front Street, which is at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Front Street (southeast corner) in Lisle, IL. Members can call 630-971-1675 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:

• Fiero pricing/what to look for when buying a Fiero by Paul Vargyas, NIFE Membership Director

• A discussion on auto appraisals with Dennis Parus of Ride On Appraisals, Inc.

• A discussion on specialty automotive insurance with Mike Barker of Barker Insurance Agency.

• Fellow NIFE club members who have installed lifts in their garages – Gary Kaleta and Gordon Grassle. Gary has installed a Direct Lift HR8000 two-post chassis lift. Gordon has installed a Rotary Lift. Why did they choose their respective lift? How did they make their decision? Come join us and find out.

February 16, 2013 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle, IL:
On Saturday, February 16, 2013, our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as we gather together to keep the Fiero excitement alive. Our meeting will be held at the Lisle Library located at 777 Front Street, which is at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Front Street (southeast corner) in Lisle, IL. You can call 630-971-1675 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:

     •   Selecting tires for your Fiero

     •   Selecting wheels for your Fiero

     •   Options for restoring your Fiero's wheels with guest speaker Matt Foote of Wheels of America

We hope you can join us as we focus our meeting on Fiero tire and wheel options.

January 19, 2013 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle, IL:
On Saturday, January 19, 2013, our winter season of NIFE club meetings continues as we gather together to keep the Fiero excitement alive. Our meeting will be held at the Lisle Library located at 777 Front Street, which is at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Front Street (southeast corner) in Lisle, IL. You can call 630-971-1675 for directions. Our meeting will start at 1:00pm and our subject matter for this meeting will be:

     •   NIFE Member Ray Dyreson will be bringing a portion of his extensive Fiero toy collection and discuss some of his   
          favorite and interesting items from his collection.

     •   NIFE Member Tom Derr of Pennsylvania will be doing a virtual presentation on some of his favorite and most unique
          items in his Fiero memorabilia collection.

     •   Fellow Fiero enthusiast Dave Kauzlarich of Louisiana is a noted collector of Fiero memorabilia. Dave will be doing a
          virtual presentation on some of his favorite and most unique items in his Fiero memorabilia collection.

Join us as we focus our meeting on Fiero memorabilia. We ask that if you have a special Fiero item(s), please bring it to this meeting, as we will allow for some “show and tell” time so you can discuss your item(s). Each member who brings a “show and tell” item will receive an extra door prize ticket.

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