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2011 Talladega Family Reunion Successful

Katrina and I just returned from the 2011 Talladega Family Reunion in Sevierville, TN. It was a terrific event and one that was much too short. As usual the people made the weekend and the cars were simply a place to gather round. I want to thank Jason Thompson and Tim Lopata for all of their outstanding work in putting this all together. They are both tremendous assets to this Ford Family.

Michael Troell and his family also need to be thanked for bringing out the recently completed Bunkie Knudsen yellow Talladega for its unveiling after undergoing a complete restoration. This is the second year in a row that a major Talladega restoration has been premiered at the Talladega Family Reunion. What car will be next? We will be adding complete coverage of this car, including video, in the near future.

Over the next several weeks I will be adding some very helpful and interesting information to the site in the Resource pages. This will quickly become a very popular location for Team Members (you will need to be a Team Member to access this info). Many of the participants were good enough to bring theirĀ  historical documents to the event and I spent many of hours behind a scanner recording the information for publication in our digital library. Look for the added info to be added in increments over the next several weeks and months. If you have any info you would like to share please contact me at Richard@TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com to see how we might best accomplish that.

There will also likely continue to be changes and improvements to the annual Family Reunion that you will find exciting.

This year there we had a number of people drive or fly in from all over the Country for the single purpose of seeing the Talladegas and Spoilers and to talk to owners. Most were in the process of restoring a car or looking for a car to restore and wanted to have questions answered and get photos of some correct cars. There was no shortage of cars or information to be shared. We had 20 car in attendance with most being Talladegas! We had a few Spoilers but less than usual at such events. One participant even pulled his missing engine and transmission Spoiler II all the way from Utah! It was a barn find car and was welcomed and enjoyed by all.

Above is a group picture of the cars. We will be posting many more like this along with the group picture of all cars and their owners over the next few days and weeks and time allows.




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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