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Bill France Wire to Ford; Dec. 20, 1968

We continue to look through the material supplied by Marty Burke and have some additional documents for your inspection. This one is a wire from NASCAR President Bill France to Ford. You can read that NASCAR’s Bill France was concerned about the availabilty of the Boss Mustang and the 429 engine for race car version of the Talladega in this December 20, 1968 wire. Note that there is no mention of the Mercury Spoiler II. As most of us know, the Boss 429 was not approved in time for the Daytona race.

Wire to Ford from Bill France

Bill France’s wire generated the following memo from Jacque Passino to Mr. McLaughlin on the same date. It shows they were also concerned and were to meet the day after Christmas 1969 to discuss.

Ford Reaction


On January 31, 1969 the Talladega News Release was made it official but more on that in another Post.

Soon after the first of the New Year in 1969 on January 6th what appears to be a “Change Notice” was issued for Talladega cars #637 through #750. Does anyone have an explanation on what this is or what it could be for?

Change Notice

Want more to think about? How about this “Special Order” also dated January 6, 1969. It is for 150 (50 of each color) Talladegas to be shipped to Holman and Moody. Any background or additional information anyone can supply on this document would be appreciated.

Holman and Moody Special Order


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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