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Talladega Prototype

If you are a regular to this site then you are no stranger to the Banjo Matthews Prototype that Jason and Clarence Thompson restored. They sold this car at the Barrett Jackson Auction Scottsdale 2o12. Before it was sold freelance photographer Al Rogers took numerous photos of the car and as a result there will be at least three magazine articles published on the car this year. The first is in Canadian Hot Rods. You can read this article by Clicking on this Link.

The Red Banjo Car was premiered at our first Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion in 2010. It was was a blown away hit with everyone who has ever seen it since. Not only is it a fantastic car and terrific restoration it is an unbelievable accomplishment for the Thompsons. When you see what they started with there should be no reason you aren’t out there working on saving your rare Talladega or Spoiler II.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe this car has been seen in public since it was sold. It is a remarkable piece of workmanship and a very important part of the Talladega/Ford history and should be out being seen. I hope we might see this car back at some of our Talladega Spoiler Family Reunions in the future.



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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