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Car show at Victory Church, Troy PA - Kevin Morgan 2010 Trans Am will be there!

By 81TtopTA

CAR SHOW AT VICTORY CHURCH!

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014 10:00 AM - FATHER'S DAY!

You do NOT want to miss this event!!

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS
• 1ST - $300 NAPA GIFT CERTIFICATE & TROPHY
• 2ND - $200 NAPA GIFT CERTIFICATE & TROPHY
• 3RD - $100 NAPA GIFT CERTIFICATE & TROPHY

• FREE EVENT SHIRT & GOODY BAG FOR EVERY CAR ENTRY!
• FREE ADMISSION
• FREE LUNCH

We are also working on getting a Kevin Morgan Edition TRANS AM there...this one has some history to it, it is one of the original hand crafted cars 1 of 4 ever produced! This one is #004!

FAMILY EVENT - CONTACT INFO@VOICEOF VICTORY.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION

VICTORY CHURCH, 645 EAST MAIN STREET TROY, PA - (570) 297 1060 -

VOICEOFVICTORY.COM

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My personal 2010 TRANS AM will be at the MECUM AUCTION Jan 26th!

By 81TtopTA

BREAKING NEWS!!! My Personal 2010 KM Trans Am is now up for bid at the MECUM AUCTION in Kissimmee, Florida. This car is Lot# S288 and will go through the auction January 26th at 8:35pm!! The car has a low production number, #008. It is autographed by me and by the great Burt Reynolds! This car has less than 2500 miles on it!

Watch and BID on the auction LIVE on Discovery Network!

To view our car and register to bid, please visit MECUM AUCTIONS
http://www.me...;entryRow=269

Mecum's Facebook Page
http://www.fa...ction?fref=ts

You can learn more about this car on my website http://www.Ke...anDesigns.com

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR CAR BEING AT THE MECUM AUCTION!! SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!

Take Care,
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com
570-506-5594

THE NEW TRANS AM - We are being considered for a reality show!

By 81TtopTA

Here is a two part series mini doc that takes a look behind the scenes of Trans Am Depot, the company that brings my car designs to life. We are being considered for a reality show.

Part 1

http://www.yo...v=21Dlaa-V7Ew

Part 2

http://www.yo...v=OMHbo4NCUC4

Take Care,
Kevin Morgan

www.KevinMorganDesigns.com
www.TransAmDepot.com

Kevin Morgan's personal 2010 Trans Am is for sale on ebay!

By 81TtopTA

Here is a link to the ebay auction
http://cgi.eb...3AMESELX%3AIT

Own a piece of history! Those of you who recognize the origin of the iconic snowflake wheel, shaker scoop and TA 6.6 insignia, no doubt remember what started it all….. “Smokey and the Bandit”. Who knew in 1977, the year the movie Smoky and the Bandit released, that a five year old boy entering the first grade in Canton, PA would one day provide the inspiration to keep the Trans Am namesake alive. Now, 35yr. later, the once first grader is chief designer for Trans Am Depot, makers of the exclusively licensed 2012 Trans Am. The team of Morgan and the Depot have also released a 2012 GTO, ’69 style Trans Am, '70 442 and many other of the hottest retro muscle cars to prowl the American streets in recent memory. These and other Morgan designs have been featured on Discovery Channel’s American Choppers, Hot Rod, High Performance Pontiac, Pontiac Enthusiast’s and more.

Now, you can own one of designer, Kevin Morgan’s 2010 Trans Am’s from his personal collection. Morgan is releasing car #8 to the public. This is only the second time that a new styled and licensed Trans Am has made it to the secondary market. The first one sold in excess of $115k. There is currently a two month waiting list just to get on the schedule to have one of these cars built. Spring is muscle car weather and you don’t want to miss this year’s opportunity to “show and shine”. As the saying goes…. “Enjoy life, you only live once”.

Our car is featured in our promo video...
http://youtu.be/8OqAe67XW6U

See list below of the features currently installed on this car. Also listed are upgradeable options you can have the Depot added to the car such as t tops, supercharger, etc.

> Standard Trans Am Conversion (Base Pkg.)
> 1. Eibach Pro-Kit #38144.140 - 1" Lowering Springs
> 2. Eibach Anti-Roll Kit #38144.320 - Anti-Roll Sway Bars
> 3. KM Forged T6 - 6061 Machined Faced Snowflake Wheels 20"x10" Front
> 4. KM Forged T6 - 6061 Machined Faced Snowflake Wheels 20"x11" Rear
> 5. Perelli Pzero 275/40/ZR20 - Front Tires – Front
> 6. Perelli Pzero 315/35/ZR20 - Rear Tires – Rear
> 7. New RTM-OEM Style Trans Am Hood
> 8. Functional Air Intake Shaker Scoop
> 9. Integrated, Hand Molded Fender Air Extractors
> 10. Restyled Bumper Cover Fascia Front
> 11. Restyled Bumper Cover Fascia Rear
> 12. Rear Spoiler
> 13. Side Ground Effects Pkg.
> 14. Rerouted Exhaust w/Side Exit Splitter Tips
> 15. Xenon HID Head Lamps
> 16. LED Custom Turn Signal
> 17. Custom TA Graphics Pkg.
> 18. Custom KM TA Numbered Edition Badge Pkg.
> 19. Custom Sill Plates
> 20. Embroidered Head Rest
> 21. Custom "Turned Aluminum" Dash and Door Panel Inserts

> Optional Upgrades
> 1. Katzkin Custom Seats
> 2. 78 Style Two Tone Seats w/piping
> 3. Hurst Shifter w/skip shift delete
> 4. ProCharger Supercharger
> 5. Hellion Twin Turbo System
> 6. T-Tops (Roof Hatch)
> 7. 9" IRS,Axle,Shaft,etc.
> 8. LS7 or LSX 454 Engine Swap
> 9. Custom Dyno Tune
> 10. Exterior Color Sanding & Reclear
> 11. Coil-Over Adjustable 1”-2” drop
> 12. Stainless Headers w/2.5" Exhaust w
> 13. Pioneer Entertainment Center

Please help us spread the word!!

Take Care,
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

Merry Christmas from Kevin Morgan Designs!

By 81TtopTA

I'd like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy & Healthy New Year!!! Thank you for supporting us since 2006!!!

God Bless,
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

Come see the Kevin Morgan Edition Trans Am at Eighmey Chevrolet in Troy, PA on September 16th & 17th, 2011!

By 81TtopTA

Come see the Kevin Morgan Edition Trans Am at Eighmey Chevrolet in Troy, PA on September 16th & 17th, 2011!

The Trans Am is BACK! And now the OLD meets the NEW in a 2 day event!! Eighmey Chevy will have their 1979 10th anniversary edition Trans Am that has only 200 miles and has never been registered!! Kevin Morgan will have is very own 2010 KM Trans Am #0008 there as well. The sun visor in this car is signed by Burt Reynolds himself!! Their will be refreshments, food, door prizes and more! Kevin will also have his Trans Am merchandise available.

Please help spread the word about this unique event!

Here is the TV Commercial for the event on Youtube
YouTube Video

Eighmey Chevrolet is located at:
100 Elmira Street,
Troy, PA
17724
877-849-4836

For more information, please visit www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

HAPPY 2011!!!!

By 81TtopTA



WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

Kevin Morgan and Trans Am Depot unveils 6t9 trans am concept at SEMA!

By 81TtopTA





Trans Am Depot and Kevin Morgan unwrapped the latest of the Morgan designed Trans Am's at the 2010 SEMA show last week in Las Vegas, NV. Based off of the inaugural year, the 6t9 Trans Am, as it is named, is the second in the Morgan/Depot line up.

This concept, based off of the 2010 Camaro, sports an LS7 twin turbo package, a Ford IRS 9" rear end and a 3.22 NASCAR gear. The engineers at the Depot expect to put 1200hp. At the rear wheel durning their dyno tune in the coming days. Track testing to follow.

The 6t9 is expected to hit the streets next spring. Pricing and options will soon be posted on the Trans Am Depot web-site: www.transamdepot.com

2nd Annual "Restored" Car Show Sept. 18th!!!

By 81TtopTA

Grover Church of Christ to host 2nd Annual Car Show.

The "Restored" Motor Club will be hosting it's 2nd Annual car show at the Grover Church of Christ in Grover, PA. This event will take place in the Church parking lot on September 18th, 2010 beginning at 10:00 am and lasting until 3:00 PM. There will be people's choice awards handed out at 3:00pm. We will have food, desserts, kids activities, music, a few vendors & good fellowship! Cars, Trucks, Hot Rods, Street Rods, Tractors, ATVs, Snowmobiles ETC. are all welcome! The church is located just off of Route 14, south of Canton, PA at 20 Main Street Grover, PA. NO ENTRY FEE for cars or spectators!

Please help us spread the word!

For more information, contact Kevin at 570-506-5594 or kevinRmorgan@gmail.com.

Kevin Morgan and Trans Am Depot unveil 2010 TRANS AM FIREHAWK TRIBUTE AT TRANS AM NATIONALS

By 81TtopTA

Kevin Morgan and The Trans Am Depot unveiled their latest at the 2010 Trans Am Nationals August 27-29, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio. This prototype is a Firehawk Tribute Trans Am. This car features a newly designed rear facia with custom built tail LED tail lights, custom T-top roof, custom airbrushed True Fire bird on the hood, leather interior, Supercharger, functional shaker scoop and much much more! For more information, please visit www.TransAmDepot.com and www.KevinMorganDesigns.com



Join the Kevin Morgan Trans Am on the Pontiac Power Trip!

By 81TtopTA

Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine and Trans Am Depot have teamed up to host the first-annual Pontiac Power Trip to bring Pontiac enthusiasts together on an exciting road trip adventure from Tallahassee, Florida to the All-GM Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania!

Pontiac enthusiasts -- or enthusiasts of any GM brand, for that matter -- are invited to join our Editor, Jason Scott, and folks from Trans Am Depot as we make our way northward along some of the most scenic highways and bi-ways, through some of the country's most beautiful cities and towns.

We've invited some noteworthy Pontiac celebrities and Pontiac vehicles to join up with us, and we'll take a few brief breaks for photo ops, and of course the trip will be written up in an upcoming issue of Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine.

Participation is free, so we hope you'll join us in making history on the first-ever Pontiac Power Trip cruise!

We will be meeting at the Tallahassee Auto Museum at 7:00am on June 23, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Power Trip Itinerary:
date depart arrive route

6/23 7:00 1:00 Tallahassee, FL to Rte 319N to I-75N to Atlanta, GA 2:00 6pm Atlanta, GA to I-85N to Charlotte, NC

6/24 7:00 7:00 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord NC to I-77N to I-81N to Carlisle, PA

The Kevin Morgan Edition Trans Am will lead the Power Trip all the way to Carlisle, PA.

Please help us spread the word! For more information go to http://www.Po...PowerTrip.com

Here is a link to a flyer you can share with all of the Pontiac Enthusiasts you know! http://www.ke...PPTflyer2.jpg

Hope to see you there.
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

NEW! Aqua Blue Kevin Morgan Edition Trans Am

By 81TtopTA

We are currently working on an Aqua Blue KM T/A. The car is being built by Otto Body (www.autobody.com) in Lincoln, NE, and you can purchase your very own at the Trans Am Depot. (www.transamdepot.com)

For More information, please visit www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

Kevin Morgan

Kevin Morgan Concept T/A #2 at SEMA 2009

By 81TtopTA

The trio that brought us the first “2010 Trans Am” built from the Camaro platform unveiled at the Trans Am Nationals back in August, recently pulled the cover off of their second TA concept at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Dubbed the Phoenix TA, the stealth like SEMA version included the addition of ground effects package, quad head lights, a ProCharger supercharger, Hurst shifter, Eibach lowering package, retro snowflake wheels and lots more.



The group behind the concept is Designer Kevin Morgan of Canton, PA, Trans Am Depot of Tallahassee, FL and Otto Body Custom of Lincoln, NE. Morgan said the alliance is in the process of building three more cars that will incorporate design changes prior to tooling up for conversion kits that will be released in early spring of 2010. Morgan says the changes will include a “rework” of the rear tail section and deck lid spoiler, the addition of front and rear wheel spoilers, interior options and more. For more information on the Phoenix TA, it’s progress and how to get one, visit www.transamdepot.com



For more information on Kevin Morgan's journey with the concept T/A, please visit www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

God Bless,
Kevin Morgan

Kevin Morgan Concept T/A Unveiled at the T/A Nationals!

By 81TtopTA



Just wanted to say THANKS to everyone who came out to the unveiling of the Kevin Morgan Concept Trans Am at the 2009 Trans Am Nationals. I would also like to thank EVERYONE who helped make this happen and who supported me with this venture. Here are a couple video / picture slideshows of the unveiling. Both are VERY similar, just set to 2 different songs.

http://www.yo...v=tWhe7XbP3u4

http://www.yo...v=rLUyXSo5eKk

We are currently taking orders for hand crafted "PHOENIX T/As"
If you are interested, please contact us at millstone@cyber-quest.com

Thanks & God Bless,
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com
www.TransAmDepot.com
www.OttoBody.com

Special thanks to Tod Warmack & Todd Otto!!!!!

"Restored" CAR SHOW at the Grover Church in Pennsylvania!

By 81TtopTA



RESTORED
CHRISTIAN MOTOR CLUB

CAR SHOW - SATURDAY JULY 18TH, 2009 AT...

Grover Church of Christ
20 Main Street
Grover, PA 17735

10:00-3:00 - PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS AT 3:00

GOOD FOOD - GOOD FELLOWSHIP - GOOD CHRISTIAN MUSIC

MOTORCYCLES - SNOWMOBILES
ATVS - TRACTORS WELCOME!

NO LOUD STEREOS
NO BURNOUTS
NO ALCOHOL
ZERO TOLERANCE

Click Here for Mapquest Directions to the Church.

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!!! Forward this bulletin on to everyone you know!!

GOD BLESS
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

THOSE WHO BECOME NEW CHRISTIANS BECOME NEW PERSONS. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME ANYMORE, FOR THE OLD LIFE IS GONE, A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!
-- 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

Please help bring back SNOWMAN's Trailer!! T-shirts FOR SALE!

By 81TtopTA

Im sure you've heard I am helpin' Bring Back Snowmans Trailer with Tyler Hambrick and Greg Vassar. well, now YOU CAN HELP! We are selling shirts to raise money for the project.

Snowman T-shirts are available also with a $25 donation per shirt for the real truck. Shipping in the US is $5.45. Outside of the US, please contact me for shipping costs. Sizes are 3X, 2X, X, L, M, S.
Click Here to purchase your shirt today.





Thank You For Your Support!
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

Cars 2 Movie Idea with my Concept Trans Am

By 81TtopTA

An idea for a new character on Cars2 (thanks Bryan!)

Introducing "Bandit"

http://www.ke...s2_Bandit.wmv

Please vote for my Pringles Can Design

By 81TtopTA

I know its not car related, but, I am surprised to see my can design at #1 in most viewed, #2 in most creative and #2 in best design. The flame I used in the can design is actually the same one I used on one of my Concept Trans Am Designs.

You can vote for my HOT HABANERO can here:

http://popart...mpaign=popart

If that link doesn’t work, you can go to my website www.KevinMorganDesigns.com and click on the link from the home page.

Thanks Everyone!
Kevin Morgan
www.KevinMorganDesigns.com

Merry Christmas From Kevin Morgan to my Friends at MOTORTOPIA!

By 81TtopTA

Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to my MOTORTOPIA Family. And let us all remember the true meaning of Christmas.

God Bless You And Yours on this Holiday Season.

Your GoOoD Friend,
Kevin Morgan
www.kevinmorgandesign.com

A REAL SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT TRAILER IS BEING MADE!

By 81TtopTA

If your favorite car movie is Smokey and the Bandit, than this post is for YOU!

I am currently working on this project with Tyler Hambrick from Georgia (smokeyandthebanditmodels.com) and Greg Vassar (AKA The Minnesota Bandit). We have now purchased a trailer just like in the movie. The Trailer is going to be restored to look like Snowman's Trailer in Smokey & The Bandit. It is currently getting some welding work done on it at

Wolfman's Muffler Center
Chris Harmond
2 Bullsboro Dr # D
Newnan, GA
(770) 683-4449

We are selling shirts to raise money for this project. Here is a link
http://cgi.eb...IT&ih=003

Please Help Make This Dream Come True! oh, and if you do, perhaps we'll let you run blocker with your Trans Am!

Thank You!
-Kevin Morgan - http://www.ke...ntrailer.html
-Tyler Hambrick - http://www.sm...n_s_Truck.php
-Greg Vassar

PRICE REDUCED! 2001 Trans Am WS6 Ram Air Hood T-Top Car -White

By 81TtopTA

The price is now $18,000 on the 2001 Trans Am. For more information go to my website http://www.ke...r%20Sale.html

Thanks!
Kevin Morgan
www.kevinmorgandesigns.com

FOR SALE 2001 Trans Am WS6 Ram Air Hood T-Top Car -White

By 81TtopTA

I am helping a friend sell this car, it is not mine. I have seen the car first hand and it is beautiful!!!



THIS IS A VERY WELL KEPT TRANS AM, OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION, GARAGE KEPT. IT HAS 15226 ORIGINAL MILES. IT IS WHITE ON THE EXTERIOR, BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, THERE IS SLP ACCESSORIES INSIDE, SUCH AS MATS. CLEAR TITLE, MANUAL SIX SPEED TRANSMISSION. 8 CYLINDER 5.7 LITER ENGINE, VERY CLEAN ENGINE - SLP AIR COVER - RAM AIR. THE CAR HAS T-TOP, BORLA EXHAUST, SLP SUBFRAME CONNECTORS, TA REAR END COVER. THE REAR TIRES ARE NEW AND THE CAR COMES WITH A EXTRA BATTERY. MUST SEE!

garage kept
15,226 miles
white exterior
black leather interior
manual transmission
cd player
t-tops
driver
passenger airbag
power locks
a/c
antilock brakes
power windows
power seats
cruize control

CLICK HERE [url]http://www.kevinmorgandesigns.com/2001%20Trans%20Am%20For%20Sale.html[/url] FOR MORE PICTURES AND INFORMATION.

Car is located in Canton, Pennsylvania 17724

Thanks For looking!
Kevin Morgan
www.kevinmorgandesigns.com






KEVIN MORGAN WAS SET UP AT THE 2008 TRANS AM NATIONALS IN DAYTON, OHIO. Once again, it was Beyond A Dream.

By 81TtopTA

This year we tried to kick the booth up a notch. We had a 20' display with an 18 foot printed banner featuring pictures of my concept Trans Am, the magazines my artwork was featured in, and pictures of the special people I have met along the way. The 1 of 1 Concept Trans Am Remote Control car was on display built by Tyler Hambrick of smokey and the bandit models.com. That sure got alot of attention!

We had a great time visiting with some old friends as well as making some new ones! Once again it was Beyond A Dream being set up at the Nats. To hear such comments as "I am a huge fan" and "It is an honor to meet you" is just an incredible feeling. It really makes all of my time and effort worth while. My fans and this project mean so very much to me! THANK YOU!

The show field was filled with beautiful Trans Ams from 1969 - 2002. It would be hard to pick a winner that is for sure. There were vendors setup with new and used parts for sale. Restore A Muscle Car had a Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am "Ban III" on display as well as his custom "platinum" 1977 Trans am. This year the platinum was sporting 19" and 20" snowflake wheels made by US Wheel. It was nice to see Dave Hall & the gang again.

Thanks to everyone who supported us by purchasing our concept T/A merchandise! A VERY special Thank You to Sue from The Trans Am Nationals for the opportunity to design the 2008 Merchandise...To see my artwork all over the Nationals was incredible. People seemed to really like those blue shirts! A special thanks to Tod, Scott and Scott from The Trans Am Depot for the Banner Sponsor. Thanks to Kevin from Screamin Chicken Chasers for the banner & flyers to display. It was also great being able to catch up with a lot of my friends from Trans Am Country. And last but not least thank you to Mike & Elena from Southwest FBody Association for lending a hand with the booth setup.

You can view more photos on my website. http://www.ke...andesigns.com

Kevin Morgan - Graphic Designer

2008 Year One Experience - Tyler's Movie Tour - The Bandit Run

By 81TtopTA

I have posted pictures of the Year One Experience & Movie Tour photos on my website. [url]http://www.kevinmorgandesigns.com[/url]

Also be sure to check out the new Kevin Morgan Concept Trans Am Merchandise! I have added more shirts, decals, posters and more!! Check it out today!
[url]http://www.kevinmorgandesigns.com/store.html[/url]



Lets try to BRING BACK THE TRANS AM!!!

Thank You Bandit Runners for your support!!!!!!!!

Kevin Morgan - Graphic Designer
[url]http://www.kevinmorgandesigns.com[/url]

3-31-2008 Updates....

By 81TtopTA

Please visit my personal website for all the latest updates http://www.ke...andesigns.com
- My concepts in High Performance Magazine08 ...and beyond
- Trans Am hood birthday cake!
- Made some new friends - Screamin Chicken Chasers!
- Kevin Morgan Concept Trans Am Remote Control Car!
- The latest on the Bandit Run "Snowman" tractor trailer project.

Check it out!
Thanks!
Kevin Morgan - Graphic Designer
http://www.ke...andesigns.com

Kevin Morgan enters the Burt Builds A Bandit Contest on Heavy.com!

By 81TtopTA

I created a 3 minute video about why I deserve the Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am and entered it in the Heavy.com and DIY Network's "Burt Builds A Bandit Contest." My entry is entitled "Kevin's Hot Pursuit For The Trans Am." I would like to thank God for the gift of design, my Mom and Dad, my wife Theresa, my cousin Danny, my Brother, & especially VanSant Productions for all their hard work helping me make this video. It was alot of work but also alot of fun. But, win or lose we did our best and now it is in someone elses hands. I would also like to thank Heavy.com, DIY Network, Year One (for building such a beautiful car) and Burt Reynolds (you inspired all of this!)
Click Here to view the video.
Check it out...post a comment on heavy.com to let me know what you think!

Thanks!
Kevin Morgan - Graphic Designer
www.kevinmorgandesigns.com

Kevin Morgan is teaming up with Restore A Muscle Car at Trans Am Nationals in Ohio!

By 81TtopTA

Im heading to Dayton Ohio to the Trans Am Nationals on August 25th. I will be setup at the Restore A Muscle Car booth. A special thanks to Dave Hall for hooking me up! I will have Concept Trans Am T-shirts, hats, posters, decals, Kevin Morgan dvds & color prints all for sale. Stop by & say hello! I'd love to meet everyone!!!

Kevin Morgan - Graphic Designer
Canton, PA
www.kevinmorgandesigns.com

Kevin Morgan Goes To Year One Experience, The Bandit Run - Meets Chip Foose, Year One, DIY Network & Hot Rod Magazine!

By 81TtopTA

Kevin Morgan Goes To Year One Experience, The Bandit Run - Meets Chip Foose, Year One, DIY Network & Hot Rod Magazine!

For those of you that remember hearing about me and the
concept Trans Am I drew that made it into 4 national
magazines, here is a little update.

After the Trans Am Nationals in August of 2006 I was asked
to design the merchandise identity for 2007. I was honored &
accepted. That project was completed & it is all set to go for this years event.

In the beginning of 07 I heard about an event that got my
attention called "The Bandit Run." 2007 marks the 30th
anniversary of the "Smokey & The Bandit"
movie. So, Year one, Restore A Muscle Car, 78TA.com &
Motortopia decided to put together an event called "The
Bandit Run." They were getting anyone with a T/A to
participate in the event. They were going to drive from
Texarkana Texas to Atlanta Georgia, the exact same route as
the movie.
At the end of the bandit run they were all going to meet at
Road Atlanta in Georgia for the Year One Experience, which
consisted of a car show, vendors, burnout competitions, races,
& The release of the Year One 1977 Burt Reynolds Edition
Resto/Mod Trans Am.
Being a T/A fan & owner I had a lot of interest in this
event, but, did not want to drive a 26 year old car that far
& run the risk of car trouble. I was asked to design some T

-shirts for the Bandit Run which made me an "additional
sponsor" of the event. I was communicating with Dave Hall
from "Restore A Muscle Car" for the designs & he
suggested that I work up a poster design with a 1977 Trans Am
& my concept Trans Am to sell at the event. So I did
just that & they loved it. I was going to have them made up
& Dave was going to sell them for me at the event. Then he
thought it would be good for me to come down & sell them
personally because there would be a lot of media coverage
there. It sounded exciting, but the thought of driving to
Georgia & back didn't.
The closer it got the more I thought about it and the more I
knew I would regret not being a part of it. SO, I ended up
getting 200 posters made with my concept car on it as well
as 72 decals to sell at the event.
My wife Theresa & I packed up & headed south to Atlanta
Georgia. After over 800 long miles we were there. I contacted
Dave Hall to let him know we were on our way to the event &
asked for instructions. He got us all set & we rolled into
the Year One Experience at Road Atlanta Saturday morning.
We were able to go directly into the Bandit Run area & setup
beside Dave's booth to sell our merchandise. We introduced
ourselves to Dave & his crew & were anxious to get set up.

We got a very good response right off of the bat. We started
selling posters & decals right away. There were a lot of
people that new of my work from the Magazines they appeared
in (Hot Rod, Popular Hot Rodding, High Performance Pontiac &
Pontiac Smoke Signals). It was very cool.

At 11:00 Year One unveiled the Burt Reynolds Edition T/A
which was a huge deal. There was a very large crowd gathered
around the car. Chip Foose & AJ from the TV show Overhaulin
were there for the event. AJ pulled the cover off of the T/A
and the crowd roared. Then Chip Foose hopped in and fired
the car up. It was just awesome. There were TV cameras just
flocked around the car. Burt Reynolds was supposed to be
there, but was apparently ill.
After the unveiling, Chip Foose was still standing around &
signing some autographs. SO, I ran back to our booth &
grabbed a couple of the posters I was selling, one for chip
& one for him to sign for me. Sure enough he was still
there, I went up & told him about my concept drawing & asked
him to sign it, and he did. Then I gave him one to keep. A
couple that participated in the bandit run was kind enough
to take pictures of me talking with Chip. It was just an
amazing experience!
I was then talking with Mike from Year One with hopes of
making some good contacts to promote my drawings. He liked
my concept car & when the camera crew from DIY Network (do
it yourself network) and another guy from year one came
around Mike said, "You want to talk
to this guy" (pointing at me) and he came over and next
thing i knew i had the camera shoved in my face & a whole
bunch of questions being asked about the Burt Reynolds
Edition T/A & my concept Poster i had in my hands (which were

probably shaking by that time!) He was very supportive &
actually hinted at GM to bring the T/A back. The DIY Network
will be releasing a whole show about the Burt Reynolds T/A
this fall. Im hoping they play the clip with me & my concept
T/A!

While floating back to Theresa & our setup on cloud 9 I
called my parents to tell them what happened...they were
very excited about the news. When I got back all of the
Black & Gold Special Edition Trans Ams were fired up and
getting ready to take a few laps around Road Atlanta. Because
I didn't have my Trans Am with me I fired up the video camera
instead and got some footage of them rolling by.
After that I told Theresa everything that had
just happened with Chip Foose & the DIY network.
We continued talking to some more "Kevin Morgan" fans &
selling posters & decals. Took a short break for lunch & the
guys from Restore A Muscle Car watched over our sales.

The rest of the afternoon was just as equally amazing. We
met some people that REALLY loved my work & were simply
thrilled to meet me. They wanted autographs & pictures of me
with them. What an incredible feeling this is. Just beyond
amazing. There was one family that had me sit in their car &
took my picture in it. She made the comment "i cant believe
Kevin Morgan is in our car!" It was very nice to be famous
for a day!! They had asked us to join them and a few of the
other Bandit Runners for dinner. They told us there would be
an editor from Hot Rod Magazine there! SO, we accepted &
enjoyed a nice dinner & good conversation with the bandit
runners & Chris, the editor from Hot Rod Magazine!!

That was pretty much the events from the day.
After dinner we headed north for Canton, PA.
Although we didn't get to actually be a part
of The Bandit Run, we got to experience it through some of
the people that did. It was something that I won't soon
forget.

In the near future VanSant productions, from Wellsboro, PA, is
planning on doing a "Round The County" TV show about my
concept car, my personal trans am & my graphic design work.
It will be on Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13 sometime this
Summer.
For more information please visit my website
kevinmorgandesigns.com

I would like to thank everyone that encouraged me to take
this trip. I was leery on going but im VERY glad I did.

Kevin Morgan - Graphic Designer
Canton, PA
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