It seems like we pay a lot of attention on this site on how to restore a Talladega or Spoiler II back to the way the factory built the car. Such restorations take an extreme amount of knowledge, patients, technical skill and a suitcase full of greenbacks. The results can be very rewarding and we all admire such cars. However, imagine going to a car show and seeing fifteen or twenty immaculately restored Talladegas all lined up; equal numbers of each of the three colors. It would be impressive but could it also be boring?
If you go to a Ford dealer today and look at a lot full of thirty new Mustangs all in one of three colors and all with exactly the same options and tire and wheel treatments, how many would you really look at before you walked on over to look at some Ford Super Duty trucks?
I will admit I am a customizer at heart. I never like to leave a car stock the way the factory built it. This split personality of restoration vs modification is always churning in my brain over every car I own. As I have gotten older (not more mature) I still have the constant turmoil to modify or not everything I own.
Sherri Peddicord and husband Bill Harney took their Talladega for a little tip to the sign shop and did what so many of us want to but have not. They did a LeeRoy Yarbrough street driven tribute car and it is terrific. LeeRoy’s race cars were white Talladega/Spoiler II cars with the 98 numbers on them. It is one of the iconic vintage race schemes. It is simple but striking and everyone in the know knows whose race car it represents. What makes this so great is that it doesn’t require a repaint of the car.
Here are some of the photos from Sherri and Bill.
The only other candidates for such treatment I can think of would be a Cale Yarborough number 21 Spoiler/Spoiler II or a Dan Gurney number 121 Spoiler/Spoiler II. Who’s up for the challenge? Can you imagine lining up the 27 Donnie Allison orange Talladega tribute car of Wayne Perkins next to this LeeRoy car of Sherri and Bill with a Cale 21 and Gurney 121 beside those? Now that would draw some attention and no one would be bored.