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Speedway on 1969 Mercury Spoiler II; Part 1

Today, we continue with another Ford and Mercury Speedway Newsletter article from the past. Part 1 is being published today with Part 2 running next Monday. Again we thank Steve Marek for providing these historical documents for our use.

As the 2013 Daytona 24 Hours just ended and the Speedweek is fast approaching it is appropriate to look back at what was happening in 1968/69 with the Ford aero cars. The Ford Talladega made its debut at the 1969 Daytona race and the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler was in production but the Spoiler II was yet to be built. It would appear a few months later with a couple of Talladega drivers switching over to the arguably faster Spoiler II. Who were they and when did the Spoiler II first race in NASCAR? As you read through the story look for a couple of familiar names you might recognise from current day activities in the Registry.

CAUTION: SOME OF THE PRODUCTION NUMBERS USED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE OUR OF DATE AND INCORRECT.

TO BE CONTINUED

 

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Richard

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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