In 1969 the first NASCAR race at the new Talladega Super Speedway didn’t quite go the way everyone planned. The new Ford Talladega, Mercury Spoiler II and Dodge Daytona were finally going to fight it out on a the big track. At about this same time the NASCAR race car drivers were trying to establish a driver’s union to deal with NASCAR as a single voice. The new high speed track, new cars and not so perfect tires from Good Year created the perfect storm.
The drivers were afraid that the Good Year tires could not hold up to the new cars and higher speeds. As a result most of them loaded up their cars and went home. Bill France wanted to show everyone the drivers were being overly cautious and that they should race on his new track regardless of the tires; they should just run a little slower!
To demonstrate how save the track and tires were Bill France got into a Talladega race car and drove himself around the track at race speeds! Who on earth would let Bill France take their race car out on the track? No one, that is no one but Holman and Moody!
I contacted Ralph Moody regarding the paperwork previously published and he was confident that these documents were for the Talladega Bill France used for his demonstration. Below is a paper clipping provided by Ralph.
Does anyone know what happened to this historical race car?