ST. MARYS — Television commercials debuting the new 1999 Pontiac Trans Am showed the new Trans Am behind another vehicle stopped at a red light, with the announcer saying "This is the new Trans Am, and it's very hungry." The light turns green, and the Trans Am growls, and leaves just a shell of a car in it's dust. The announcer closes with the words, "The muscle car lives. The new Firebird Trans Am, by Pontiac." The Pontiac Firebird was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. The Pontiac Trans Am was a specialty package for the Firebird first formulate in 1969. It was typical to see the Trans Am with exclusive hoods, spoilers, fog lights and wheels. It is said that Pontiac saved the best for last with the fourth generation Firebird and Trans Am. 1999 was actually the 30th anniversary of the Trans Am since it's release in 1969.
Craig Ballweg, of St. Marys, brought his 1999 Pontiac Trans Am to The Lima News' Real Wheels Cruise-In. He purchased the car new from Swaney Pontiac in Wapakoneta. Ballweg knows a good thing when he sees it, as this Trans Am is one beautiful car.