The car and I were inseparable, throughout those early years of ownership. At work, I became known as 'the guy with the black Trans Am' and anywhere I went, the car was not far behind... such as this outing to the beach.
Long drives through the countryside were common. Absolutely no consideration was paid to the amount of mileage I was putting on this pristine Firebird... all I cared about was the excitement and satisfaction I got from driving this car as often as possible.
For several years, I carried a full complement of photo equipment with me wherever I went, even on the daily commute to and from work. This is the main reason why I have so many pictures of this car, since I would take the time to stop and compose a photo now and again anytime I noticed a potentially satisfying photo opportunity.
Not being able to tear myself away from this car for very long, I would even take it with me on vacations. Above is a shot of my car in historic Old Quebec, where I spent a few days in 1995 just relaxing and enjoying the sights. Below is a shot of the car outside one of Montreal's famous attractions.
Being a fairly powerful automobile, the temptation was always there to exercise the throttle a bit. Because any abuse happened sporadically and was not my usual way of driving, I never felt the least bit guilty anytime I decided to torture the Goodyears that were misfortunate enough to sit at the rear of the car.
The car has seen 3 excursions down the 1/4 mile at Napierville, Quebec, Canada. Each run was better than the previous, with the 3rd run netting a firstname.lastname@example.org. While it has never been on a chassis dynamometer, if you plug that result into your horsepower calculators it will be clear that this 305 TPI is running fairly healthy and in line with the factory horsepower rating.