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1968 Daytona 500

\Now that the Holidays are behind us it is time for everyone to begin to look forward to the Daytona 500 and reflect on what that race means to your cars. The 1968 NASCAR season was the first time the new corporate Ford sportback body showed its aero advantage to the competition. In 1968 it was still powered by the 427 engine.

This combination turned out to be a very dominate package for the year and the hand writing was on the wall with the running of the 68 Daytona 500!

The following video is a clip edited out of an Autolite movie/commercial from that era. We must thank Tim Lopata for again making this possible.

When this race was run there were no Ford Talladegas, no Mercury Cyclone Spoilers or Spoiler IIs and there were no Boss 429s. However, it is these cars and their aerodynamic shapes that led to the development of all of the above.

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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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  1. Great videos from one of the greatest periods of stock car racing in history – the late 60s and the early 70s. Does anyone have access to all of the races from 68 – 70? I think those were some of the greatest races ever held. It was a time when they still raced cars that at least had their origins in stock cars (even if they were actually race cars that were built in sufficient numbers (and available for sale to the public) to class them as “production cars.” It was the greatest time in history to purchase a “show room race car” from the manufacturer of your choice, provided it was a: Ford, Mercury, Dodge, or Plymouth!

    Thanks!

    1. Carl, I don’t have them all but working on it! I have a few already. Watch for the Atlanta 500 and Darlington over the next few weeks as well as the 1969 Daytona 500! We will post all we can get our hands on. I also have some Daytona 24 hour stuff from that vintage and some other Trans Am videos I will be posting at http://www.LegendaryCollectorCars.com

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