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Pontiacs With A Purpose Pontiac Celebration

The "Pontiacs With A Purpose" Pontiac Celebration event grew out of the minds of Rick Digiacomo and's Larry Kummer, as a way to bring Pontiac enthusiasts together to raise money for worthy charitable organizations, after Rick's grandson was diagnosed with cancer. The 2018 recipients will be:

The Tomorrow Fund provides daily financial and emotional support for children with cancer. Support includes a clinic for treating the children, scholarships for cancer survivors, and summer camps for the children.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation was founded in 2000 by four-year-old Alexandra Scott to raise money to give to the doctors and nurses who treated her. Since then, the foundation has raised more the $127 MILLION to fund more than 650 childhood cancer research projects at over 100 top hospitals and research centers in the U.S. and Canada. Sadly, Alex passed away in 2004 at the age of 8, but her inspiring work continues to this day, through the foundation that bears her name.

One of the headlining features of the 2018 event will occur when Nitemare Performance gives away a complete, carb-to-pan crate motor to one lucky attendee! (See details at right)

The next occurrence of the event will be held:

Sept. 21-23, 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Warwick, RI (map)

For more info, contact:


Friday evening: Meet & Greet; Cruise; Music & Food

Saturday: Car Show; Tech Seminars; Swap Meet; Silent Auction; Awards Ceremony; Engine Give-Away!

Sunday: Getaway Breakfast

Nitemare Performance
Pontiac Crate Engine
Give-Away Info

Beginning in January of 2018, one-hundred $100 tickets will be sold through Nitemare Performance.  A Check or money order will be made out to the "Pontiac Registry Fund" and Mailed to "Nitemare Performance." A self-addressed, stamped envelope with your full name, mailing address, and daytime phone number must be included with the check or money order, so that your numbered ticket(s) and receipt can be mailed back to  you.

There will be only One Hundred (100) tickets sold at $100.00 US dollars each. The estimated value of this pre-run engine is $15,000.00. All proceeds ($10,000.00 if all hundred tickets are sold) of this contest will be donated to both mentioned charities, to benefit children with cancer.

The engine will have 462 cubic inch displacement and feature a flat-tappet cam, and approximately 475 HP and 525 lbs-ft. The actual give-away engine will be on display at the Nitemare Performance booth at the RI show, on our run stand for everyone to see and hear on Friday and Saturday. The actual give-away engine may differ from the picture above, in terms of appearance and actual components.

The engine build will be covered in a 6-issue series of stories in Poncho Perfection magazine!

All sponsors that contribute parts will be mentioned below. These manufacturers are the best in their field and Nitemare Performance has been using their products exclusively in all our builds for many, many years.

The winner of the Saturday night engine raffle need not be present to win, HOWEVER if you are not present at the time of the raffle, you MUST pick up the engine at our shop in North Haven, CT. within a reasonable time frame after the show. We will not ship this engine, it must be picked up.

Engine Specifics:

Nitemare Performance:

  • blueprinted 2-bolt main, 400 block
  • Nitemare ported, polished &
        flowbench-tested 6X Pontiac heads
  • stainless steel valley pan
  • fab valve covers with four breathers
  • Pro cam plate
  • Pro driveshaft
  • Pro oil pump plate
  • Pro cam washer/eccentric delete
  • 69-and-later timing cover and pump plate
  • cam and crank keys
  • roadrace oil pan with internal dipstick tube
  • copper oil pump gasket
  • external dipstick tube
  • water neck with Nitemare jumper line
  • Nitemare trick water pump
  • full factory pulley and bracket system
  • complete blueprinted assembly process
  • full custom paint job
  • pre-running the engine for complete ring sealing and
        cam/lifter break in will be performed at Nitemare Performance

    Scat Crankshafts:
    Forged, balanced rotating assembly, including:
    - Forged steel crankshaft
    - Forged steel connecting rods
    - Forged aluminum Keith Black pistons
    - Performance piston rings
    - Performance main & rod bearings

    Powermaster Performance:
    - High-Output Alternator
    - Powermaster/Nitemare Upside-Down High-Torque Mini Starter

    BHJ Dynamics:
    - SFI-approved Pontiac-specific harmonic damper

    Cometic Gaskets:
    - Complete high-performance gasket kit, including:
    - Multi-Layer Steel (MLS) head gaskets
    - Intake manifold gaskets
    - Valve cover gaskets
    - Timing cover & water pump gaskets
    - Oil pan gaskets
    - Carb gasket

    B&B Performance:
    - Fan & spacer
    - Accessory drive belts
    - Oil filters
    - Brass freeze plug kit
    - Cam bearings
    - Power steering pump
    - Lift plate
    - Numerous fittings

    Driven Racing Oil:
    - 15w-50 "BR" Break-In Oil
    - Hot Rod Oil
    - Defender & Booster Fuel Additive

    Doug's Headers:
    - 1-3/4" x 3" full-length ceramic-coated headers for GTO chassis

    Petronix Performance Products:
    - Plug-n-Play Billet Distributor
    - Flame-Thrower High-Output Ignition Coil
    - Flame-Thrower 8mm Spark Plug Wires

    BOP Engineering:
    - One-piece oil pan gasket
    - One-piece Viton rear main seal

    Central Connecticut Coatings:
    - Powder-coat pulleys & brackets
    - High-temp (top) & dry-film (bottom) coat Nitemare stainless valley pan

    Jomar Performance:
    - Anodized aluminum Pro Model Stud Girdle
    - 1-inch Power Cone phenolic carb spacer
    - Anodized aluminum AN wrench set

    Ferrea Racing Components:
    - 8 Max Flow 2.11" stainless intake valves
    - 8 Max Flow 1.77" stainless exhaust valves

    National Parts Warehouse:
    - ARP Engine Bolt Kit

    Watch this space to see all the other top-quality parts that will be going into the give-away engine!