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What are you working on? John Craft

Some of you may not be familiar with John Craft but many of you will recognize the name from the early efforts years ago to create the first Talladega Registry and history. Dr. Craft no longer owns a street version of the Talladega but he does have a couple of related projects in his garage down in Texas.

The first is an original Bobby Allison

 

He has started the rebuild process and plans on keeping the Torino “pretty” (unraced). John told me, “Someone else can race it. I am thinking climbing in and out of a Torino F/B window will not be as much fun these days as when I had my Cale homage (and wasn’t quite so girthsome, ha!). The Galaxie has hinged doors!” You may ask, what Galaxie?, read on.

He has been making some progress on the Torino (HM8-033S). With luck it maybe be a roller in primer for the Talladega Reunion next year.

John looks tired but the new Fairlane body looks ready to meet its new chassis.

Now for the Galaxie.  This is an original 1964 Holman and Moody chassis (C4HM=10041). It was originally the 1964 Holman Moody “House car” an “extra” chassis that H&M prepared for “celebrity” drivers and special needs. It was raced in NASCAR, USAC and SCCA (Sebring!) competition in ’64. Jabe Thomas bought if and ran it in ’65 and ’66. NASCAR driver Ned Jarrett actually scored points in it in ’65 when he rented it from Jabe for one race.

This is what the car looked like back in the day at the track.

This is what it looked like when John found it.

After a “few” hours in the shop John now has the old Galaxie up on 4 wheels and wearing a fresh coat of Candy paint just like the original did back in the day. John does plan to race this car some but most of its future will be for show. I can’t imagine a paint job like this on the track.

This paint would put some show cars to shame!

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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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  1. COME ON RICHARD!!!!!!!!!!You cant tease us with these few pics of these cars!!!! What gives?I like them both.Cant wait to see them finished.

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