I am old enough to remember when our Aero Cars were new and when they were just used cars. In those days modifying your car was not only easy it was required if you were going to be cool. There were the group of guys (and gals) who were happy with the way the cars performed but wanted them to look better. Then there the ones who didn’t care what they looked like but wanted to be the fastest car in town. The third group were the “sleepers”. They would put 302 badges on there 428 CJ cars, take the trim rings off and just leave the hup caps and maybe even turn the tires around to hide the white letters or white walls and then go hunting for unsuspecting victims on the street.
Recently, Bret Atkins the son of Mike Atkins from here in TN stopped by our house to talk cars. As the time flew by and he was about to leave he pulled out some old photos of Mike and just a couple of his cars from Back In The Day. He had three duplicates so he left them with me.
For those who don’t know Mike Atkins you are missing a treat. Mike has been buying (and rarely ever selling) the Aero Cars (Ford and Mopar) since they were new. None of his cars are trailer queens they are/were always driven and some are not original. It is not unusual for Mike to hop into a Talladega and drive it a couple of hundred miles to an event. Bret said he used to drive a Spoiler II out into the field to check on cattle!
I have included the photo Bret left for me and I hope the rest of you will look back in your drawers and digital files to see what old Aero Car photos you might have. I know I have some more I will pull out from time to time. Original, wrecked, modified or whatever is fine as long as they are over 20 years old! Let’s see your photos.