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Rick Stanton’s Boss 429 Goes to Dyno Wars at Shelby American

I just received an email from Rick Stanton regarding his Benny Parson Tribute Talladega. Most of you are familar with Rick and his beautiful maroon Talladega. Most of us Aero Car people talk a lot about the Aero Wars and what a major part the aerodynamics played in NASCAR in 1969. Rick just wanted to prove it wasn’t all sheet metal back then that made the Blue Ovals so fast; that Boss 429 had a lot to do with it as well.

Here is what Rick sent me:

The Dyno Wars at Shelby American in Las Vegas on 10/26/2012 are completed.
The Talladega made 713.41 HP @ 6,500 rpm and 670.37 TQ @ 5000 rpm to the ground at a speed of 227 MPH pegging the DYNO that stops collecting data at 225 mph.
The Dyno operator  ( Gill ) wanted to see If the car would pull the 2.50 gear to 7,500 rpm as it did at Westech, and it did to 250 mph calulated.
The car was the HIT of the show.

Here are some photos he also provided.

Here is one of my favorite photos of Rick’s car on track at Willow Springs.



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. Race spec Boss 429s in 1969 dynoed at between 60o and 640 HP based on the H&M records I have in my collection. Modern cam and piston tech advances makes that an easy figure to achieve these days. Robert Yates once told me that if Boss technology had progressed along side small block race tech, a Boss ‘9 would have surely produced 1,000+ HP in NASCAR race trim…and that was his view in the late 80s. The engine certainly had potential.

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