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Look Who Will be at Keeneland – Part 3

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Here is our third participant for our 45th Anniversary exhibit at the 2014 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington KY July 19 2014. If you want to be part of this event you can still attend and bring your Ford/Mercury Aero Car to a special Coral style parking are. Please let me know well ahead of time. You may also want to stay at our groups hotel. Most of us will be staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Lexington Keeneland Airport by Marriott at 3050 Lakecrest Circle, Lexington, KY 40513. Phone 859-224-3338. Because the hotel will sell out I encourage you to book early. Rates are $119 or $114 with AAA membership.

We have been invited to display one of every model of the 1969 Ford Aero Cars. Our third car to be announced is owned by Barry Miller and is a 1969 Ford Talladega RACE CAR. Here is what will appear on Barry’s Display Board.

“Benny Parsons bought this car from Holman/Moody on 1/27/1968 for $1.00 as he was a Ford project driver. The car came without the engine so Benny and his crew had to prep an engine. Benny won the 1968 ARCA championship in this car and it was his backup and short track car for the 1969 ARCA championship. Benny qualified for the 1968 ARCA 300 at Daytona on the pole at 179.459. This car was last raced the fall of 1969 at Salem, Indiana where Benny was relieved by his crew chief Ralph Young who spun in the oil of another car and wrecked the car. Ralph said he had a concussion and 3 broken ribs and that it was a long ride back to Detroit in such pain. The car was repaired  sold to Wendell Scott and race as a red 1969 Torino #34 until he destroyed it in practice in July, 1970 at Trenton, NJ. The car was reskinned as a 1971 Torino in blue paint, and raced through early 1973. The car was also used in the 1978 movie Greased Lighting about Wendell’s life. I purchased the car in 2005  from Rich Turner who restored the car, except for the right engine, in 1995. The car now has a 427 tunnelport engine.” 

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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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