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Back in the early 1980s there was a new club formed to provide fans of the Ford and Mercury race cars a place to share information and friendship. One of the primary elements of that collection of vehicles was of course the Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II. One of our Team Members, Steve Marek, recently approached us with the opportunity to share with you some of those early articles. Starting December 3, 2012 we will be bringing you a Speedway reprint (pertinent articles only) every Monday. We want to thank Steve for his generosity. Previously we have provided you with historical documents provided by Marty Burke and they proved very popular with many visitors to this site and we hope you will enjoy these as much as you did those.

To give you a small taste of what is to come here is another article provided by Steve. It is by one of our other Members, John Craft, and was published in the August 29, 1988 issue of Autoweek. I really enjoyed this since John is an important contributor to this site even now and I am still a subscriber to Autoweek to this very day.

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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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