Jim Rockford Comes to Pontiac, Illinois
Written by Jim Suva
On Friday September 18, 2015, Julie and I started our trip to the 4th Annual All Pontiac Cruise and Car Show. The show was hosted by Heart of Illinois GTO Club, Gateway GTO Club, Windy City GTO Club and the Pontiac-Oakland Museum.
On our way to Pontiac, we stopped in the small town of Odell, to see their Standard Gas Station. The station was built in 1932 and continued as a body shop till 1999. It's a great photo/gathering spot for car clubs. Below are a few pictures.
Right down the street from the Standard Station, is an old Mobil Gas Station. Another great photo spot.
We arrived in Pontiac on Friday afternoon and went straight to the Pontiac-Oakland Museum to see Tim and Penny Dye. The Dye's run the museum and do a wonderful job keeping the Pontiac name and history alive and well.
When you visit Pontiac, they have many other great museums, like the Route 66 Museum and War Museum. Both are great for the history that is told through their artifacts. They also have the largest Route 66 Mural. A visit would not be complete with out having a picture taken in front of the mural with or without your car.
On Saturday and Sunday, tours of the museums were offered to the public. For those registered for the All Pontiac Cruise and Car Show, a Poker Run was scheduled on Saturday afternoon. The route was designed with 7 stops. The Poker run started at the Route 66 Mural, and then went to 5 private car collections across the area. The final stop was the Pontiac-Oakland Museum. We were welcome to stay and browse at each stop as long as we wanted to. Before leaving the stop, we were asked to choose a random playing card.
See pictures below from the different car collections along the way.
Saturday evening, at a special gathering that included dinner and dessert, the winner with the best 5 card poker hand won a prize! There were also two runner up prizes.
After dinner and dessert, everyone was treated to a show by the Vermillion Players, a local talented group. We enjoyed a very entertaining musical review, that also celebrated the Vermillion Players 50 consecutive years of doing shows in Pontiac. Quite an accomplishment!
On Sunday was the big Car Show. This is also the Pontiac-Oakland Museum's big fund raiser of the year. This year's event had 210 cars attending and raised more than last year for the museum. Below are just a few pictures from the car show.
The City of Pontiac does a wonderful job making everyone feel right at home. The community has a lot of interesting sights for everyone to enjoy, even if you are not interested in cars. Julie and I go back every year to enjoy this special place.