Tim Dye, director of the Pontiac-Oakland Museum and Resource Center, was recently selected as one of 14 nominees for induction into the Pontiac Preservation Association Hall of Fame.
    According to the association website, “The PPA Hall of Fame is an independent, non-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of the Pontiac hobby and its impact on the industry by preserving the memory of those who have made outstanding contributions.”
    The Hall of Fame’s mission is to preserve Pontiac’s history and make a connection between the generations of people who enjoy classic cars. Induction into the PPA Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made a significant impact on the Pontiac automobile, as well as the hobby itself.
    “I am honored to be recognized as a nominee for this award,” Dye said. “These nominations include former Pontiac Motor Division executives, designers and engineers. On the other hand, I’m just a fan who went a little crazy with his collection.”
    Dye believes the reason he was selected as a nominee is because of his continued interest in attending Pontiac automobile-related events, his Pontiac enthusiast magazine “Smoke Signals” and the one-of-a-kind automobile museum.
    “I’m out-of-town a lot during the summer months because I’m asked to speak at these events,” Dye said. “For instance, I’m a guest speaker at the Trans Am Nationals, I also attend the Pontiac Nationals and the GTO Nationals. So if I’m not here, it’s because I’m going to some Pontiac automobile event.
    “Also, I think I was chosen because of the museum. This is the only Pontiac museum there is. I’m also the editor of ‘Smoke Signals’ magazine, which goes out to 10,000 Pontiac enthusiasts.”
    Although he has been nominated, Dye said he’s not holding on to hopes of being accepted this year. Regardless of whether he gets in or not, Dye said it was an honor just be considered.
    “It’s something I’m extremely proud of,” Dye said. “It feels good to be recognized by the organization. These nominations aren’t just made by one or two people, it’s made by the entire Pontiac car hobby community.”
    Dye said of the 14 nominees, five deceased and five living people are accepted into the Hall of Fame this year and next year. The number of accepted individuals is expected to decrease after that.
    “I do remain on the nomination list for next year if I don’t go in this year,” Dye said. “But I’m not too worried about it. If you know me well enough, you know I don’t really need any confirmation about my interest in Pontiac automobiles. For whatever reason, I’ve been the same since I was a teenager. As time goes by, I seem to get more and more involved. So, I don’t need much encouragement to keep going.”
    Dye’s first annual event of the season is the All-Firebird and Trans Am Day, scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 20. The event has steadily grown over the years and last year had 80 cars downtown.
    “It’s not really a show because there’s no judging,” Dye said. “It’s just a very relaxed event in the springtime when people are ready to get their cars out. So, it’s been a growing event for this community and for us. The spring event is just Firebirds and Trans Ams, so really to have 80 to 100 of them show up, is a lot. We just try to do what we can to promote the city and the museum. What’s good for one is good for both. So, we’re happy that the Firebird event took off.”