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Nov. 12, 2016 NIFE Fall Meeting - Kick Off Event - Grayslake, IL
Looking for a great winter project for your Fiero? Join NIFE at Rock Chevrolet in Grayslake, IL as we learn about restoring and enhancing the Fiero interior. We will have a Fiero in the shop to allow us to go through a live demonstration of recovering a headliner. We also plan to discuss ways to repair warped center consoles and shift surrounds, interior lighting options that are available, how to repair torn or ripped seats, and replacing the speakers and the grill cloth covers. We will also review the current vendors that are selling parts to make your Fiero interior look better than new.
The meeting will take place Saturday, November 12, 2016 starting at 10:00am at Rock Chevrolet, located at 1000 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake IL.  After the meeting feel free to join us for lunch just down the road at Sammies located at 799 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL.

Rock Chevrolet
Oct. 15, 2016 NIFE Fall Color Tour & NIFE’s 25th Anniversary Dinner Party
This year’s Fall Color Tour will be a break from the normal routine as this year we will include two events in one day: our 2016 Fall Color Tour and NIFE’s 25th anniversary dinner celebration. The day’s events will begin at the McDonald’s located at 1019 Maple Ave in Lisle, IL 60532. We will plan to DEPART from here at 1:00pm. If you would like to have lunch prior to our departure, please arrive accordingly to be ready to leave at 1:00pm.
Heading South on I-355, we will exit onto I-80 West over to the Larkin Avenue exit. From here we will get on US-6 to head into Channahon, IL to meet up with our hosts, NIFE Member Hank Roe and friend of NIFE Roger Gerken (you may recall them as they planned out our 2016 Spring Driving Tour as well) at the Channahon Parkway State Park. We will plan to meet here around 2:00pm.
Our first stop on this year’s Fall Color Tour will be the I&M Canal Park in Channahon, IL where our club will see an example of some amazing engineering dating back to the 1840’s. To cross the Du Page River the builders had two choices, build a long and expensive aqueduct to carry the canal boats across the river or build a causeway creating a deep pool so the boats could cross using the river. They chose a causeway that the Du Page River cascades down on its way to the Illinois River. The Park also has one of only two surviving Lock Masters houses on the western part of the I&M.
The next stop, after driving down into the Illinois Valley, is the Aux Able lock and aqueduct that crosses a stream too small for a causeway. The other Lockmasters house is in this little park. Our group will then travel on one of the old trails into Morris, IL. The fall colors should be very nice. In Morris, just south of the Grundy County Courthouse, is the Morris I&M Canal Park. One of the features we will see here is a reproduction of a canal boat. On leaving Morris we will take IL Route 47 North to head to our NIFE 25th anniversary dinner, which will take place at Claddagh Irish Pub located at 1702 Commons Drive in Geneva, IL 60134. Check out their website located at www.claddaghirishpubs.com/geneva/  If you are not able to join us on this year’s Fall Color Tour, join us at Claddagh’s Irish Pub around 5:00pm for a dinner celebration honoring NIFE’s 25th anniversary.

Meeting Point                              State Park Meeting Point                             Dinner Location
Sept. 18, 2016 NIFE Car Show Event (Pontiac Museum Regional Car Show) - Pontiac, IL
Join us as we head to Pontiac, IL for the fifth annual Regional All Pontiac Cruise And Show. This is quickly becoming one of the largest all Pontiac shows in the area with over 200 cars last year. Let’s make sure Fieros are again well represented this year.  The show benefits the Pontiac Oakland Museum, an organization that is preserving Pontiac history, including the Fiero.  The show is on Sunday, September 18, 2016 in downtown Pontiac, IL. Besides the show, this event is also a great opportunity to check out the Pontiac Oakland Museum, the Route 66 Museum, and the Livingston County War Museum. We will meet in the parking lot of the Cheddar’s Restaurant in Bolingbrook, IL located at the Northwest corner of the intersection of I-55 and Route 53. We will be leaving from the parking lot at 8:00am sharp, so please begin arriving at 7:30am. We will then travel South on I-55 to Pontiac, IL with an expected arrival time around 9:30am. The show hours are from 10:00am until 2:00pm with the awards ceremony at 3:30pm.
You can find more information here: 5th Annual GTOAA Show

Meeting Point                              Show Location
Sept. 9 - 11, 2016 Fierorama - Pottowattie Park in St. Charles, IL

The 21st Annual Fierorama. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th.
Find more information on this years historical show on the Fierorama page.
Sept. 3, 2016 NIFE Car Show Event (Heartland Fiero Show) - East Davenport, IA
Want to attend a unique car show in a historic location? Come join us on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the “Heartland Fieros 13th Car Show” held in the historic Village Of East Davenport, IA along the Mississippi River near Davenport, IA. The six square block business area has numerous restaurants, a great ice cream parlor and deli called Lagomarcino’s that will feature the “Fiero Freeze” as well as many other gift and specialty shops.  Davenport, IA is a short 2-1/2 hour drive from the Chicago area and well worth the trip. Following the car show we are invited to attend a barbeque at the home of the Heartland Fiero Club’s Chairman, Fred Bartemeyer. Show registration is from 10:00am - noon and awards will be at 3:30pm. For more information on the Village of East Davenport check out their website at 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. If you are in town Friday night, Heartland Fieros hosts a group dinner; meet at the host hotel around 5:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you in Davenport, IA for the show!

Show Location
August 20, 2016 NIFE Car Show - Woody Buick/GMC Car Show - Naperville, IL
Soon we’ll have our 21st Fierorama. Every step of the way Fierorama has been free to its members because of our Key Sponsors. On Saturday, August 20, 2016 we’ll have a chance to thank one of these supporters, Woody Buick/GMC. We will meet at 8:00am at The Jalapeno Grille located at 1316 North Route 59, Suite 108, Naperville, IL. Following breakfast, we will then drive over to our Fierorama Key Sponsor, Woody Buick/GMC, where the Illinois chapter of the Pontiac/Oakland Club will be helping them host a car show. This will be the 7th annual car show at this dealership located at 1585 West Ogden Ave in Naperville, IL. Registration is $5.00 per car. Please join us to show our support! There will be a special award presented, “Woody’s Favorite Fiero” as chosen by the employees of Woody Buick/GMC for their one favorite Fiero in the show! The winner could be you!       2016 Show Flyer

Meeting Location             Show Location
August 13-14, 2016 Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend - St. Charles, IL
On August 13 and 14, 2016 the Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club will be hosting their 26th Indian Uprising weekend located at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles IL. Starting Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm, there is an all makes/all models cruise night featuring food, drinks, and a live band. There will be a special parking section for all model years of the Pontiac Grand Prixs as this is the featured car at this year’s even
On Sunday, come join us for fun and Pontiacs at the 26th Indian Uprising All Pontiac Car Show! 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 will make the short cruise to the show to be among the 500+ Pontiacs expected to attend! Registration is $20.00.
You can pre-register online until July 31, 2016 by going to www.crusintigers.com or register on show day. Visit fierofocus.com to download the show flier. This event draws all models of Pontiacs from across the Midwest. Come on out and help us show off our Fiero spirit by joining us at this event. NIFE out-of-towners, this is a huge event. Why not make a weekend of it and visit your NIFE friends! For more event and lodging information go to www.cruisintigers.com.
Pre-register here

Meeting Location             Show Location
July 23, 2016 Hulki Breakfast Club - Elgin, IL
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, join us for another Hulki Breakfast Club event. In honor of the “father of the Fiero”, Hulki Aldikacti, we have entitled our new event in his memory. If you are not sure who Hulki was and his importance to our Fieros, you will need to stop by for breakfast and we will fill you in!
NIFE invites you to start your day with some Fiero talk! We will meet for breakfast starting at 8:30am at the Steak ‘N Shake located at 290 S Randall Rd in Elgin, IL 60123. This will be a Fiero social gathering only; no agenda, no guest speakers, just a meet and greet with your local fellow Fiero enthusiasts. Join us for as long as you can. What a better way to start the day!

July 16, 2016 NIFE Car Show - North Chicago, IL
Come on out to help NIFE support Veterans as we show off our Fieros. On Saturday, July 16, 2016 we will join other antique, classic, and exotic cars at a car show for the Veteran residents of the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL. We will meet at the Create Your Own Cheesecake & Cheesesteak Restaurant located at 2341 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064 at 9:30am for breakfast and be ready to leave for the show as a group at 11:00am. Show registration opens at 11:30am and ends at 3:00pm. The Veterans themselves choose the show awards. There is no entry fee for the show.

Meeting Location          Show Location
June 25, 2016 NIFE Cruise Night - Lisle, IL
Come out to Lisle, IL for their June cruise night! Lisle, IL has a downtown cruise night on the last Saturday of each month, May-August. NIFE has designated the June 25, 2016 cruise night for our club members to attend. NIFE participated in this cruise night in July 2015 and had a great turn out.
The cruise night hours are 5:00pm–9:00pm, but you are welcome to come at any time during these hours. Normally, about forty or more cars attend. There is live music, a DJ, plus a local restaurant sets up a barbecue on the street serving brats, hot dogs, pizza, and beverages; so plan to have something to eat while at the cruise! There is also a great Mexican restaurant right on Main Street where the cruise is located.
The location is on Lisle’s Main Street, just South of Ogden Avenue, which is about one mile West of I-355 and a short distance East of Route 53. Hope you can make it!

June 11-17, 2016 NIFE in the Hot Rod Power Tour - Gonzales, Louisiana to in Kansas City, Kansas

Full details and information on this event can be found on the NIFE Hot Rod Power Tour Page

The Power Tour consists of seven cruise nights in seven cities across the USA in seven days, starting this year on Saturday June 11, 2016, in Gonzales, LA with a cruise night from 10:00am - 7:00pm. The Tour departs the morning of June 12, following a predetermined route to the next city where there is a cruise night between approximately 12:00pm - 7:00pm; repeating this schedule again for the next five days. Participants can stay at the cruise nights as long as they like and get there at their leisure. Some cruise nights have had up to 5,000 participants and many more spectators. There are vendor giveaways throughout the tour and sometimes special events are planned for participants (i.e. open drags, laps on race tracks, autocross, etc.).
The driving route between the venues is conducted through small towns on paved country roads with minor amounts of interstate driving; usually ranging from 200 to 300 miles each day. The route is announced about two weeks before the beginning of the tour. The rural routes sometimes result in traffic congestion for a mile or more while entering venues. It is an unforgettable sight driving with magnificent cars, with people on the street watching as the cars go by. Throughout the entire tour, anyone can join or leave at anytime, or do the entire trip and be a “Long Hauler.” Registration fees depend on the number of stops in which you participate (driving the route is free to the public).
The Power Tour doesn’t only consist of ‘60/’70’s muscle cars, custom rides, or street rods. Other participants of the tour respect the Fiero and see it as an icon of “Pontiac Excitement”. There are new, exotic, and daily driven cars that participate too. Participating vehicles don’t have to be in show condition; there is no judging at any of the venues. The Power Tour is more about the enjoyment of driving, community, and friendships.

Some Fiero’s from Texas, Louisiana, and Kansas have already said they will be attending some of the stops this year. If you plan on attending, hotels need to be booked soon, as many hotels at each stop sell out very quickly. Visit www.hotrod.com for more information.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at STCampbell328@hotmail.com (please use subject: FIERO HOT ROD POWER TOUR) or call/text 630-816-5291. I have done the Power Tour for seven years and have much information to share; however my level of participation for this year’s tour is uncertain.
June 2-5, 2016 2016 Dells Run - Wisconsin Dells, WI
It is time again for our annual Fiero community pilgrimage to converge in the Wisconsin Dells. The Fiero Fanatics of Wisconsin will be hosting Fiero owners from across the Midwest starting Thursday, June 2, 2016, and running through Sunday, June 5, 2016 for the 24th annual Dells Run event. This event is four days of Fiero fun with countless opportunities to meet new Fiero friends and experience everything Fiero – from mild to wild!
The Dells Run will be the first stop on this year’s Midwest Fiero Clubs’ (MWFC) show circuit. This year we will honor the 1988 Fiero Formula, which offered the exciting performance of the Fiero GT in a more affordable notchback body style package. Each show on this year’s circuit will select its “Best Interpretation” of a '88 Fiero Formula. The “Best Interpretation” could be either a completely original Fiero, or a wildly modified Fiero; it is up to you, as this will be a peer judged award, so you get to choose the car that you feel is the “Best Interpretation”. The only requirement for winning is that this Fiero needs to be based on the '88 Fiero Formula! Check out the new and improved www.midwestfieroclubs.com for more details about all of the shows on the 2016 circuit.
Some of the events NIFE has planned for Friday include: a visit to the nearby picturesque Devils Lake State Park followed by a trip to the Circus World Museum in nearby Baraboo, WI. Friday’s event will conclude with a group dinner. After the traditional Dells Run cruise through the downtown area on Saturday after the car show, a group dinner will follow.
The host hotel and show site will again be the Chula Vista Resort. Call 1-888-601-7053 to make your reservations. Please call early to guarantee a room; ask for the “Fiero Fanatics Club” discount. It is a beautiful location and the staff has been very accommodating to all the Fiero people in the past. Please consider pre-registering for this event. A registration form is available to download on our website at Fierofocus.com or visit fierofanatics.com for more information.
On Sunday, June 5, 2016, we will caravan back to Illinois after the awards ceremony and traditional NIFE club photo. We plan to be back on the road back home by 11:30am-12:00pm. Join us for great times and good fun in the scenic Wisconsin Dells.

016 Dells Registration form
May 14, 2016 NIFE Spring Driving Tour - Marseilles/Ottawa, IL
It’s time for your Fiero to get some exercise in preparation for the warm weather to come. This year’s NIFE Spring Driving Tour will take us to the Morris, Marseilles, and Ottawa, IL areas. Chicago area members can gather at the Red Roof Inn located southeast of the intersection of Route 59 and Diehl Road (just south of the Route 59 exit along I-88) in Naperville, IL. We will depart from this location at 9:00am on Saturday, May 14, 2016; please begin gathering here after 8:30am. From here we will head to Route 47 along I-88 and head South to Morris, IL
In Morris, IL we will be met with NIFE Member Hank Roe and friend of NIFE Roger Gercken. They will guide us along a scenic Illinois River route to Marseilles, IL where we will make a stop at the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall and Museum. From there we will head to Ottawa, IL where we will have lunch in the new Lone Buffalo brewery and restaurant. While in Ottawa you may wish to explore other interesting sites.    

Meeting Location            Lunch
Apr. 23, 2016 NIFE Club Meeting - Grayslake, IL
On the road again! Join us April 23, 2016 as we take our NIFE Club meeting north to the Rock Chevrolet dealership located at 1000 E. Belvidere Road in Grayslake, IL on Route 120 West of I-94. Our meeting will start at 10:00am.
This meeting will focus on the pavement side of our cars. We’ll have a Fiero up on a car lift and we have a demonstration on a head to tail inspection to make sure your Fiero is safe and ready for the upcoming spring and summer driving season. Despite the plastic bodies, the mechanical and rubber components of our cars don’t last forever. Inspection and preventive maintenance are very important. Learn what to look for when a component should be watched and when a repair is needed. Our presenter is professional mechanic and NIFE Club Member Eric Dyreson who is very familiar with the Fiero and its idiosyncrasies. Gain the knowledge to avoid mechanical surprises going down the road as this year’s driving season begins.
After the meeting, feel free to join us for a group lunch at Sammies Chicago Style Sandwiches located at 799 E. Belvidere Road in Grayslake, IL (847-223-4663); about one mile from Rock Chevrolet.

Rock Chevrolet            Lunch
Mar. 19, 2016 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle, IL - NEW START TIME AT 10AM
On Saturday, March 19, 2016, NIFE will have our third winter season club meeting. 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 10:00am (NOTE: this different start time than our past club meetings). After our club meeting, we will head out for lunch; feel free to join us before heading back home for the remainder of your Saturday.
At this meeting, we will be doing some live webcasts with two of our Fierorama Key Sponsors: first with Matt Hartzog, owner of The Fiero Store, and then we will chat with Chris Nelson, owner of Black Top Racing. Have your questions ready because you will be able to get your answers directly from the source! Learn more about what these two companies can offer us to help keep our Fieros on the road.
Finally at this meeting, NIFE Activity Director Jeff Jones will do a presentation on some of the top destinations for Fiero information that can be found on the Internet. If you are not sure which websites are the best resources for the Fiero owner, or if your search capabilities of Pennock’s Fiero Forum (Fiero.nl) are a bit rusty, Jeff will give us a refresher on how and where we can find the best Fiero related information on the Internet.
NIFE will also be broadcasting this meeting live through our website. Check out the Events section on Fierofocus.com for details on the live streaming. So, if you can’t make the meeting, or if you are too far away to attend, please feel free to experience this meeting in the comfort of your own home.
Feb. 20, 2016 Hulki Breakfast Club - Streamwood, IL
On Saturday, February 20, 2016, join us for our inaugural Hulki Breakfast Club event. In honor of the “father of the Fiero”, Hulki Aldikacti, we have entitled our new event in his memory. If you are not sure who Hulki was and his importance to our Fieros, you will need to stop by for breakfast and we will fill you in!
NIFE invites you to start your day with some Fiero talk! We will meet for breakfast starting at 8:30am at the Steak ‘N Shake located at 630 S. Sutton Road (Rt. 59) in Streamwood, IL 60107. This will be a Fiero social gathering only; no agenda, no guest speakers, just a meet and greet with your local fellow Fiero enthusiasts. Join us for as long as you can. What a better way to start the day!

Jan. 16, 2016 NIFE Club Meeting - Lisle, IL - NEW START TIME AT 10AM
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, NIFE will have our second winter season club meeting. 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 10:00am.
Rather than our “usual” two to three subject topics per meeting, this meeting will cover what I am calling “Common Fiero Idiosyncrasies”, What to do and How to do it! We will have a “panel” of Fiero experts (NIFE members!), who will discuss common issues, what causes them and what you should do to either fix, repair, or prevent them in the future. I know you could come up with a great list and we encourage you to recall your own Fiero’s idiosyncrasies and introduce them to our “experts” at this meeting!  We had a similar meeting back in January 2014 and January 2015 with excellent participation results. While the items listed below are not comprehensive by any means, we will discuss these and many more. Our topics will include items like: cooling fan not coming on; engine stalls at a stop light (automatic transmission car); how to know when the clutch is failing; symptoms of a bad fuel pump; solving an erratic oil pressure gauge; headlight motors don’t turn off after engine stops; symptoms of a bad ignition module; and what to do when the gas gauge improperly indicates the fuel level. I am sure you may have more of these! If you would like something specifically addressed at this meeting that is not in our list above, please send it to me (see board member’s box for contact information) no later than Saturday, January 9, 2016 so we can have our “experts” be prepared to respond at this meeting. There will also be an opportunity to recommend topics on the NIFE Facebook page and at our November 14th, 2015 club meeting.
We will be doing a live webcast of this meeting. Check back for details on the live streaming. So, if you can’t make the meeting, or if you are too far away to attend, please feel free to experience this meeting in the comfort of your own home.
1 Sunroof "rattles" when in open position over any rough surface
2 Multiple presses of the lock/unlock button to lock/unlock doors
3 Cruise not engaging
4 Radiator fan not coming on at temp
5 Voltage gauge not showing correct voltage
6 Temperature gauge is not reading correctly, pegs to right on startup
7 My cigarette lighter will not work, radio not getting power
8 What are  symptoms of a bad ignition module?
9 Trunk remote switch not working
10 Oil pressure switch not showing correct pressure, or low pressure
11 Steering wheel loose
12 Power mirror switch not working
13 My Power windows are very slow to go up/down, PW switch not working
14 Water dripping on passenger carpet, winshield is fogging up
15 Trunk remote switch not working, how to open without key
16 My inside fan motor is not coming on
17 My parking brake will not release, What do I do?
18 Front Turn signal bulb stays on, will not flash
19 Brake lights are not coming on, fuse appears to be good
20 My gas guage does not read even close to the amount of fuel in tank
21 When to repace the dogbone and or motor/transmission mounts
22 Steering wheel loose
23 Cannot shift into park, "thunk" when putting trans in park
24 My car with an automatic quits running at a stop sign
25 How to properly "burp" the cooling system
26 "Popping" in front speakers, Subwoofer speaker not working
27 Moisture in taillights, Polishing taillight covers
28 Ways to treat frame rust
Jan. 2, 2016 NIFE Holiday Party - 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, January 2, 2016. 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 your last name begins with the letters “A” through “M”. Or, if your last name begins with the letters “N” through “Z”, please bring a dessert to serve 5-6 people. A non-alcoholic punch will be served; feel free to bring your own drinks if you would prefer something different. The first 20 members (limit only one, please) 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. This is an “open house” style party so feel free to come and leave when you must! Please RSVP before December 30, 2015 so we can plan for how many will be celebrating with us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
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