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Bill Holbrook passed on Oct.20, 2017

I just received a note from Bev Holbrook and it is with great sympathy that I have to inform you long time Ford employee Bill Holbrook, father of the Talladega, passed away on October 20, 2017. If you click on the link provided it will take you to previous articles provided by Bill regarding the creation of the Talladega. You may also remember Bill as the creator of the Road Runner/Coyote “Beep Beep Your Ass” decal.

Bill and I had communicated on several occasions regarding his attending one of our Talladega Spoiler Family Reunions. He always hoped and intended to attend but slipping health in recent years always seemed to make it impossible.

It is sadly ironic that the same day Bill passed on we enthusiasts were gathering in Tennessee for the kick off of this year’s Reunion to celebrate the Talladega and Spoiler II!

Let this be one more reminder for all of us that life is short and the time is growing near when we will no longer have the “men who were there” with us to tell their stories. It is so important that we document as much of this history as we can, now while we still have some of the resources still with us. If given the opportunity, let us thank each of them one more time for their contributions to the events and creations we so passionately treasure.

Below is Bill’s obituary.


William Louis age 90, passed away on October 20, 2017. Beloved husband of 63 years to Beverly. Loving father of Lisa (Joe J.) Wash and the late William L. Cherished grandfather of Joe W. Wash. Dearest brother of Thomas B., the late Roy, and sister-in-law Jean McEachran. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and those who knew him. William was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran, worked for Ford for 30 years, and was a proud member of Ford motor company race group. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

Bill Holbrook, Father of Ford Talladega at the 40th Reunion in Talladega

Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press on Oct. 29, 2017



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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  1. I was able to meet Mr. Holbrook and set in on a few of his racer’s luncheons. He was always willing to share information about the first Talladega and the way the T’s came about. He will be missed by many and his death is a great loss to the Talladega world.

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