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2017 Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion; Part 3

The gang was always lifting a hood and talking about cars.

The 2017 Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion was one of the best yet. For the second time we incorporated a driving event on the second day. Although this was the first year we actually had a number of the Club cars participate. Last year the weather did not cooperate and discouraged use of an old non-air conditioned car. This year was perfect. Although we did have some issues with overheating there were no serious problems and everyone seemed to have a good time.

We tried to get an early start but the conversations would never stop.

We started off convening at our home for coffee and donuts with a driver’s meeting. We had three major stops planned including lunch. In this article we will cover the first stop which was a dream come true for anyone who likes vintage auto related items.

The gathering before heading out.

We stopped in to visit a friend’s collection of memorabilia he describes as 20,000 square feet of “stuff” contained in a 2,000 square foot building. Katrina and I have visited the location on several different times and we always see bunches of stuff we didn’t see on previous visits. Most of the items in the collection are for sale (we have purchased several) but there also items that he will never part with.


It is an impressive site for any Ford/Mercury fan.
As we headed out from out home you can imagine the site this line of Ford and Mercury Aero cars made on local streets and highways.
This is where all the goodies await!
This was a popular sign but although several people bought items this Ford sign stayed put. It wasn’t going to fit even in a Talladega’s over sized trunk.


The T-bird was not one of our group, it was on display.
This was straight from a local drive-in.
The head, compare its size next to the Coke machine, is just the head from a huge bobble head!
Even Mickey D lives there.
See how many items are in this one photo? This is one of the least heavily packed areas!
This is a very rare, all original, rocking Coke bottle clock.
A miniature 1958 Plymouth.

The outside of the building was as entertaining as the inside.
The T-bird was not one of our group, it was on display.


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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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