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2015 Talladega Family Reunion: Who was there?

As promised, the report of the 2015 Talladega Family Reunion with the Fairlane Club of America (FCA) will take sometime to compile and post. I am sorting through over 350 photos plus an hour or more of video! These pictures were taken on the show field. There were two types of judging. The first is the one conducted by our own Marti Burke as Chief Judge. It is a professional top notch procedure that considers correctness and quality of the car.

The other judging is people’s choice by class assigned by FCA. All of our car owners selected the People’s Choice Class.

To start with let’s take a look at who was there.

Here is our group all lined up.
Here is our group all lined up.
Carl Sharpe from Indiana took first place in class.
Carl Sharpe from Indiana took first place in class.
This Spoiler II belongs to Dave and Shirley Moots from WI and won first place in the Spoiler II class.
This Spoiler II belongs to Dave and Shirley Moots from Wisconsin won first place in the Spoiler II class.
Richard and Katrina Fleener's Talladega took second in class. They had a short four hour drive to the show field from their home in Tennessee.
Richard and Katrina Fleener’s Talladega took second in class. They had a short four hour drive to the show field from their home in Tennessee.
Indiana's Barry Miller's Spoiler II took second in the Spoiler II class.
Indiana’s Barry Miller’s Spoiler II took second in the Spoiler II class.
Mark and Jennifer Shilladay had their maiden trip to a Talladega Family Reunion with their car and took home third place in class. They are from New Hampshire.
Mark and Jennifer Shilladay had their maiden trip to a Talladega Family Reunion with their car and took home third place in class. They are from New Hampshire.
Steve Lueck from Wisconsin has attended several of our Reunions. His maroon Dega looks the part of a race car with its painted rims.
Steve Lueck from Wisconsin has attended several of our Reunions. His maroon Dega looks the part of a race car with its painted rims.
Tennessee's own John McCloud was there with TWO cars or are they trucks? This is his hand built Mercury Spoiler II Ranchero! This vehicle took second place in the Ranchero class.
Tennessee’s own John McCloud was there with TWO cars or are they trucks? This is his hand built Mercury Spoiler II Ranchero! This vehicle took second place in the Ranchero class.
This is John's second entry, the Talladega Ranchero. Again hand built by John.
This is John’s second entry, the Talladega Ranchero. Again hand built by John.
This Cale Yarborough Spoiler belongs to Kevin Ooms a new Team Member from Indiana.
This Cale Yarborough Spoiler belongs to Kevin Ooms a new Team Member from Indiana.
This is not a Talladega but it belongs to Jim Ortega who is a new Team Member from Ohio who has just purchased a Talladega and is beginning a restoration. Based on this Fairlane the Dega will be beautiful.
This is not a Talladega but it belongs to Jim Ozinga who is a new Team Member from Ohio. He has just purchased a Talladega and is beginning a restoration. Based on this Fairlane the Dega will be a first place contender when completed.
Marty Burke did not bring a car but worked as Chief Judge and still always (almost always anyway) had a smile.
Marty Burke did not bring a car but worked as Chief Judge and still always (almost always anyway) had a smile.
Barry Miller even added some Cale Yarborough numbers to the side of his Spoiler II after doing laps at Bristol. Sure wish he would have had them on for the hot laps.
Barry Miller even added some Cale Yarborough numbers to the side of his Spoiler II after doing laps at Bristol. Sure wish he would have had them on for the hot laps.

 

 

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  1. It was great to meet several of you! thanks for letting me probe you on details of your cars….What fun, chasing Richard in his T around the Bristol track in our Fairlane! Never thought I’d ever be doing that!
    Regards, Jim

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