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1968 Daytona 500

To understand the need for the 1969 Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II you have to understand what was happening on the race tracks in 1968. The Ford family of race cars came on strong with their new aero fastback roof lines. However, both Ford and Chrysler were just starting to realise that no matter how big their engines were if the car was a brick they would neverbe able to build an engine big enough to win. It was becoming easier and cheaper to make the body more aero friendly than to add HP.

The start of the 68 season had to be a shock to the Chrysler boys, they were getting beat up on. The White Hat Boys set off on a mission to not let the Blue Oval cars do it again in 69. Fortunately for us Ford was not content to sit still and not try to imporve. The 1969 NASCAR season was about to become one of the most remembered in stock car racing history; the cars were to become the stars!

Check out this 68 race and look at all the Ford products up front. Also realize that most of them are the Mercs. Later Ford would do some aero testing and realize that the Cyclone body had better numbers than the Fairlane/Torino. This was also true when the Talladega and Spoiler II made the scene in 69.

Wonder why Mercury came out with a Cale Yarborough Special for the Spoiler and Spoiler II in 69? This video should help you understand.

We will have more on what happened after this race leading up to the 1969 Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoier II in a couple of days. Check back!

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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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