Even though the sun was shining at the first annual Goodguys All American Nationals in Kissimmee Florida, Roger Williamson brought the thunder. Though he owns several classic American cars, he chose to bring his beautiful 1961 Pontiac Bonneville that he's owned for over 25 years. Roger's vision for his beloved Bonne may seem like 'just' another expertly restored stocker, but it's much more than that.

A painstaking 15-year search for the right parts resulted in a '62 421 Super Duty engine with an NOS 2x4 intake, a set of '61-only cast iron exhaust manifolds with cut-outs, and a rare T-10 four speed transmission that incorporates an aluminum case and a cast iron tail shaft.

After securing all these fabled pieces, Roger set off on a body-off restoration that took approximately three years to complete. The idea was to blend a concours-quality restoration with period correct, though never factory offered, (for a '61 Bonneville) performance parts. It should also be noted that Roger is a hands-on kind of guy and did most of the work himself. He did, however, leave the engine's machine work, body, and paint to the pros. The result is classic Pontiac styling blended with some serious, old-school performance.

So if you're cruising around in the Sunshine State and you hear that boom off in the distance, you may want to seek shelter. But it's not the monsoon rains or even the lightning that you'll be in awe of. It's the Pontiac thunder.