Pontiac Enthusiast was created by Don Keefe and R. George Ellis in 1993. Both gentlemen had previously worked for CSK Publishing on their High Performance Pontiac (HPP) title. This title competed with HPP and provided great coverage of vintage and current performance Pontiacs.
Before his involvement in this title, Mr. Ellis had previously published a short-lived title, GTO Enthusiast. Only 7 issues were printed from the headquarters in Kew Garden Hills, New York.
The title was owned by Milestone Miniatures, Inc., first in Flushing, New York. By late 1997, the headquarters was moved to Orange, California. It is unknown if there was an ownership change.
Then in November, 2000, the table of contents page indicates the business entity became Auto Enthusiast Publications, Inc. Mr. Keefe left Pontiac Enthusiast at the same time and returned to HPP. There was likely an ownership change that prompted his departure.
A new owner emerged in 2004, Amos Automotive Publishing in Lakeland, Florida. Amos also published Cars & Parts, Mopar Enthusiast, Corvette Enthusiast, Muscle Car Enthusiast, Mustang Enthusiast and Chevy Enthusiast. All these titles were consolidated into Auto Enthusiast magazine in late 2010.
While Mr. Ellis worked for HPP until its demise in 2014, Mr Keefe handled editorial duties for Smoke Signals magazine starting in 2006. In 2016, he then started Poncho Perfection magazine.
The table of contents, if available, can be seen by clicking on the icon.
The publisher provided net paid circulation data to The Standard Periodical Directory for 2005 only. Annual print production was reported as 50,000.
A total of 98 issues was printed from Apr/May 1993 until it was consolidated into Auto Enthusiast in December, 2010. Images are complete except Jan 2010, Mar 2010 and May 2010.
An internet presence was created and links added to the front covers starting in mid-1997. The site is still active at www.pontiacenthusiast.com.