FOUND TRANS AM OWNER
Thank you for your article “Found” on the lost Trans Am convertible [Aug. 2018]. It brought back a lot of memories for me. You see, I was the original owner of that car. In February 1970 I paid $5,700 to South Park Motors in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and drove the car straight off the showroom floor into a snowstorm. The car handled like a dream, even on ice and snow.
Some of my favourite memories are: flying kites out the back, with the top down, with my nieces and nephews on the gravel road past my parent’s farm; taking road trips through the mountains of British Columbia (this car was made for sharp corners and steep hills); driving 70 miles on gravel roads from our camp job into Yellowknife, North West Territories, in minus-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that is what you call a “cool ride,” especially in a convertible.
In November 1971, I traded the car back in to South Park Motors for a half-ton truck and a snowmobile. One of the biggest mistakes of my life.
In mid-October, my wife and I are going to Michigan to see “my car” in the Gilmore Car Museum. It will be awesome to see it again.
I would like to thank Rick Mahoney for finding and funding the restoration of this car. Also, thanks to Scott Tiemann and his crew for an incredible rebuild.