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Ford vs Dodge Advertisements

Did you ever have one of those days when things were not going to well and then you read something or got an email and it just set you off? Did you want to run to the keyboard and fire off a response that let out all your pent up frustrations? Did someone ever tell you to not respond in such haste, wait a day or two and see if you still feel the same way? I don’t know but this kind of looks like one of those letters.

It was getting late in 1969 and things were good for Ford on the race track that year but Dodge did show up late in the season with the 1969 Dodge Daytona and I am sure there were people inside Ford wanting to one up them again just like Ford did with the Talladega. However, the “other shoe” was about to drop inside Ford to end support for racing and they may have helped fire this author’s fuel to send this letter off to the Automobile Competition Committee. (Note: Both letters refer to the 1969/1970 Dodge 500 and not the Daytona but the article and photo clearly show it to be a Charger Daytona. Is this a simple heat of the moment mistake or was there more to it?)

The Committee was trying to be polite but was really saying, “Get Real, No big deal!”.

Anyone else remember the Scat Pack advertising? Anyone admit to being a Scat Pack Club Member?


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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