Name: Randy Bridges
Car Year/Make/Model: 1961 Pontiac Catalina
R&L: When and how did you acquire the car?
Randy Bridges: I purchased it from an elderly couple on Valley Street, in Statesville, in 1986. It was packed with discarded household items, so I couldn’t see the interior.
R&L: Tell us about your car (specs, restoration work, unique items):
Randy Bridges: The Pontiacs were known as “Wide Tracks” for their wide stance. It also features the Pontiac exclusive 8-lug aluminum wheels, and 389 cubic inch V-8 engine. I have had the engine rebuilt, body and paintwork restored and the interior reupholstered.
The two-door cars are often called coupes, and this particular body style is style #2337. I found the 1961 North Carolina license plate CP2337 on a 1952 Chevrolet near the old Bi-Lo many years ago.
R&L: Do you have a fun/interesting story about the car?
Randy Bridges: It is featured in a painting of the Moonlite Drive-In Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia, called “Lover’s Moon”.
My wife Juanita and I drove it to the Pontiac Nationals in 2011 for the 50th anniversary get-together for 1961 Pontiacs.
R&L: What excites you most about owning this car?
Randy Bridges: The style, comfort, and power. I also love the Tradewinds blue-and-white paint. The cold air-conditioning is a plus in the hot weather.