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Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville with Awesome Bill!

For the weekend this was my favorite car. It is street legal (headlights were removed for this show) and is a tribute car to the late Dale Earnhardt. This car was perfect, I would not change a thing.

We have had Dawsonville Moonsine Festival on our calendar for several years but something always came up to prevent us from attending. This year we were all set to take our Cale Yarborough Spoiler and go but again our plans had to change. We did make it but we were unable to take the car. The 2014 Dawsonville GA Mountain Moonshine Festival is a must if you like old cars, moonshine, race cars, moonshine, crafts, and moonshine! It is also a fund raiser for a great cause, Kare for Kids.

I have always heard of the Pool Hall were the locals including Bill hang out in Dawsonville and now we have been there. It is also a restaurant and the burgers are old school and not to be missed while you are in town.

The Festival runs for several days but Saturday is the big day. We got a late start and traffic was terrible. It took us three time as long to get there on Saturday as it did on Sunday morning. The crowd on Saturday was huge but Sunday was very nice. Our first priority was to see some old race cars and old moonshine runners. We were not disappointed with plenty of both on hand. The town square was surrounded by more 40 Fords than you have ever likely seen in one place at one time. It isn’t just 40 Fords they like down south, all Fords seem to be the favored brand!

1939 and 40 Fords were the most popular car around with every variation and condition. Black was the most popular color but there were others.

If your wife is into crafts there were blocks and blocks of cool craft vendors for her to look through while you check out all the cars or the swap meet. If you kept a sharp eye open there were also some old drivers around with plenty of old dirt track and drag strip cars everywhere. Rex White was there as were Bill Elliott and son Chase Elliott. All were giving out autographs.

There were authentic old race cars as well as some great tribute cars like this one.

One of our favorite things was meeting Awesome Bill (Elliott) from Dawsonville. We even got a jug of his moonshine with his autograph and another autograph on our old open face race helmet that has many other notable Nascar drivers ‘ signatures.

Bill Elliott with Katrina and I, great guy and Million Dollar Bill was a pretty fair racer as well!
Cool old school bus now doing its Hot Rod thing.


Next year we will return with our Cale Yarborough Spoiler for sure and spend the entire three days of the event having a lot of good old down south fun! Ya’ll come, ya hear. If you would like to attend we will make this an unofficial Reunion. Katrina and I are thinking this would be a terrific location for the 2016 Talladega Family Reunion. It is a great family event, relaxed, tons of things to do and see, the food is delicious and with some very beautiful back roads for those special activities. What do you think? If it sounds good to you I will start working on it now!

What would a moonshine festival be with out a few rat rods? We liked this one.
This terrific Shelby Mustang was another of our favorites.
Although Fords seemed to me the favorite mark at this event there were some excellent other makes such as this fantastic 56 Chevy.
This is just a small sample of the old dirt track cars on display.
Marty Robbins was a great country singer but also an active Nascar driver. This was a tribute car.
It wasn’t all about old dirt track or moonshine cars. There were some very historic drag cars as well.

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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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