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King Cobra Wins Class at Keeneland Concours d’Elegance

One of our goals when ever we attend a show or event is to bring more attention to the 1969 Ford Aero cars. Our expectations at the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance seemed like the perfect way to accomplish that. Attendees at a Concours of this reputation are not our mainstream followers. This event encouraged participants to dress in period correct costumes to add to the atmosphere. Katrina is always up for such things and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. In the 1969 era Ford’s advertising theme was “The Going Thing” and usually featured lively singing and Go-Go Girls with short skirts and tall boots. We also wanted to bring this atmosphere to the Concours. Judge for yourself if we succeeded.

Katrina and the Going Thing
Katrina and the Going Thing
Katrina and the Going Thing
Katrina and the Going Thing

There was a very strong showing of cars at the 2013 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington, KY this year. We were fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in the American Performance, 1956-1979 Class with our 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler II. However, we were unfortunate enough to be competing with the likes of Steve Honnell and his 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra. All is well, Steve is a friend and his King Cobra is outstanding.

There were some other terrific cars but the Judges made the right decision and placed the “King” on their Throne.

Here are a some photos of the other cars in class.

The Fleener's 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Spoiler II
The Fleener’s 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Spoiler II
Pontiac 2+2 Conv. with 421 Tri-Power
Pontiac 2+2 Conv. with 421 Tri-Power
1976 Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am
1976 Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am
Steve Honnell's 1970 King Cobra
Steve Honnell’s 1970 King Cobra

 

1970 Cuda Convertible
1970 Cuda Convertible
1972 AMC AMX Javelin
1972 AMC AMX Javelin

 

1972 Dodge Charger SE
1972 Dodge Charger SE

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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One Comment

  1. Great looking cars, but, I really think Katrina should have won – I didn’t see anyone else who looked more “period correct” – she looks like she just stepped out of one of Ford’s commercials. Great look to go with some great cars! Congrats for being invited!

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