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Featured Member of the Week: Puddleduck69

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Chris McLelland, 38 yrs old and a Pontiac nut for life! I do mechanical assembly and also restore classics on the side and I love it! I have been into classics and Pontiacs ever since I was a boy. My 2 favorite passions in the world are Pontiacs and drag racing!!

How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?

I first was introduced into the hobby/passion as a boy by my father. My Dad owned several classics over the years and his passion was mainly Pontiacs. So, naturally I became obsessed with all things Pontiac and muscle cars and drag racing! As a kid I could name just about all the cars I would see driving around and on road trips.

What Rides do you currently own?

I currently own a 69′ Pontiac GTO and have now for 20 years!

What do you like most about your Cool Rides?

What’s not to love about a sweet Pontiac GTO?! I love it all: the look of the hood scoops as your driving down the road, the roar of the 455 through 3′ exhaust, and the smell of the tires melting into oblivion as my foot is on the floor! I love it all!!

What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?

I would have to say my best memory was after I finished the restoration on the GTO and took it to my first all Pontiac Show/Drag Race in Bend Oregon called the Tiger Run. We arrived and instantly people were checking out my ride and asking questions. I made so many friends that day and as it turned out everyone voted for me in the show and I won 1st place. It was an awesome feeling! Another truly unforgettable memory was when Jim Wangers (the godfather of the GTO and marketing person) saw my car at the Pilot Bute drive in and came over and spoke to me. He said my car was amazing and that he really liked it! Another great feeling and memory! After the show is over the next day is the drag races at Madras 1/8th mile track. My Dad and I got to race some great Pontiacs, including Jim Wangers cars…so much fun!!!!! The show is Memorial Day weekend for those of you that are wondering.

What was the first car you ever owned?

The first car  I owned was a Meadowlark Yellow 1968 Ford Mustang with a 302, a C4 trans and black interior. It was handed down to me from my brother. I remember the day I got the car, I was so happy and thought I was such a stud in my new classic!

What is/was the BEST car ever made?

I would have to say a 69′ Pontiac GTO Judge with a Royal Bobcatted Ram Air 4 400 and a 4 speed with 4:33 gears!!!!!!


What is/was the WORST car ever made?

I would say that the Ford Pinto was the worst in my opinion.

How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?

I first heard about Cool Rides while on Facebook and decided to give it a look. I’m glad I did!

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I would like to just say from one car nut to another…..enjoy your classics and never stop loving muscle cars and hot rods and drag racing and keep it alive for all of us to enjoy! Everyone out there in hot rod land have a great day!!!!!!

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