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Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine Recognition

By: Richard Fleener

When Katrina and I decided to start the Talladega Spoiler Registry we had a lot of reservations. For one, there have been many attempts to register these cars before. Some attempts were better than others and the printed Cyclone Spoiler-Talladega Registry by Mark Moses completed in 1994 has been the standard reference document for all Blue Oval Aero Car owners for years. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since that time; over 15 years ago.

In the past I have attempted to register cars we have owned (everything from Corvettes to the Aero Cars, Cougars and Mustangs,  to our AMX and others) with the same result. You send your information in but never see anything back. Someday someone might tell you how many cars they have in their registry but it is next to impossible to get any details.

We therefore had two primary goals when we began work on our Registry. First, it had to be online with data available at anytime and constantly up to date. Second, we wanted to make more people aware of these cars and their importance to racing and the automotive world in general. We did this to some degree with our other website LegendaryCollectorCars.com and we were encouraged by the results we obtained.

Over the years Katrina and I have worked hard to obtain TV coverage and magazine articles on the Ford Aero and have achieved more successes than we ever imagined possible. However, today I was blown away when I opened my April issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine and saw the following announcement!

We truly believe that the Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II cars are on the verge of being discovered by the main stream auto enthusiasts and we want to be there to help them, and you, enjoy these cars to the fullest. We hope you will join us and be part of our Team Membership there are even more benefits on the way that we will be announcing in a couple of weeks.

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Richard

Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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2 Comments

  1. Richard,

    You and Katrina have done a great job researching our cars, promoting our cars, and certainly in putting this website together. It is exactly what we as owners/enthusiasts of the Ford Aero Cars have been wanting for several years. It is a place to do research, to display photos and stories of our own cars, as well as a place to share our thoughts and plans with one another.

    You have done a great job, just keep up the good work.

    Thanks, again,

    Carl.

    1. Carl, Wow. Katrina and I thank you. It has and continues to be a lot of work but it is a work of love and it is good to hear it is appreciated.

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