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Historical Spoiler II Article from Auto Week 1969

One of the things most missing in documenting our cars other than missing factory documentation are the historical automotive publications from that era. At best, most people did the same thing I still do; keep the magazines until you run out of space and then toss the entire collection into the trash or recycle bin. I cringe at some of the things I have thrown out over the years. However, some people were smart and hoarded these items (they are also most likely not married and never moved) and with swap meets and eBay they are now available again.

I recently picked up some appropriate old magazines and Auto Week newspapers. (Remember when Auto Week was a newspaper and not a magazine? That’s when it was good!)

Here are some samples of what I found. There is much more to come. If you are a Team Member you will be able to read the complete detailed articles on our Team Members only Resource Pages.


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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