LIMA — In the ‘70s we went through the “gas thing” and Pontiac was the only one that clung to the big engine. The 1976 Pontiac Trans Am was the final of the “Big Cube Birds.” There were more 1976 Trans Ams built than any other Firebird. It was the rage in 1976. So popular was the Trans Am that there were 46,701 built as a 1976 model year. It had a base price of $4,987. Of course, this popularity would continue grow in 1977 with Burt Reynolds, and the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie, but the big engine was gone. The 1976’s had the traditional single headlights. Frankly, the Trans Am did not have a lot of competition as a muscle car during 1976. The best Chrysler muscle cars were long gone, and the Ford Mustang had become more of a compact car. Stanford Baddley, of Lima, brought his 1976 Pontiac Trans Am to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He bought it new, and like a true car aficionado, has hung on to this gem. He says there are too many favorite memories to list, but he does enjoy driving it on the PA turnpike.
Tara Cutlip, 21 and pregnant with her second child, was shot and killed Saturday in her Bahama Drive home. Loved ones gather in front of Tara's home to remember her and speak out against domestic violence.