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Lee Roy Yarobrough # 98

 The guys at Hot Rod Magazine do a great job and have done several articles on our beloved Talladegas. This is a copy of an article they published to the web. I thought each of you would like to see it. Rather than chase you around the Internet looking for it, I brought to our site. However, I can’t believe they never once in the article mentioned NASCAR driver Lee Roy Yarbrough. Other drivers from back in the day often say he was the best of them all. He had his demons and died way too soon but he could really wheel a race car. I encourage you to click on the link to Hot Rod above and check out what else they have to tell us about.
 

 

Original NASCAR-raced muscle cars are rare. Most didn’t survive the season, let alone the 40+ years since the golden age of stock car racing, so we were impressed to see this ’69 Ford Torino Talladega racing at the Coronado Speed Festival last fall.

 

Ron Myska is the owner and driver, and he says piloting the Boss 429-powered aero-warrior is a workout, but worth it. When asked about the possibility of damaging his real Holman-Moody-built Torino by taking it out in wheel-to-wheel competition, Ron said “Wrecking these cars or any vintage car is a risk. We try to minimize that risk by aligning with good competitors  We all understand it’s a show, and the spotlight is on the cars.  Having said that, we still want to beat that guy in front of us.”

 

Back in the pits, Ron showcased the Boss 429 engine (only available in Mustangs to street guys, but a formidable competitor in the Torino Talladega and Cyclone Spoiler II in NASCAR’s Grand National series. That combo sent many a Daytona home with its winged tail between its legs, and some of the greatest names in stock car racing sat behind the wheel of one of these monsters.

 

The interior is all period correct (barring a few upgrades for safety). That wood grain panel was a Holman Moody trademark, and on the dash is a working cigarette lighter, because the ’60s were an era when drivers still drank beer during pit stops.

The low, long profile and black steelies are as you would find if you could time machine back to Daytona 1969 (and if you can, please take us with you).

Real race cars still being raced? Yay or Nay? Let us know if you’d kick this one out of your garage for eating crackers. As always, we may quote you in the magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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