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Bobby Unser and Ford go to Pikes Peak

Back in 1969 you think of Ford and David Pearson winning the NASCAR Championship. That is only natural but did you know that the 1969 Ford Torino also set a record at Pikes Peak with Bobby Unser at the wheel?

The video below is from an interview at the 2016 Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago. Not only will you see Bobby but keep your eyes open for a photo bomb by our very own Marty Burke (hint 4:17). Although the interviewer represents the car as a Talladega and it does have a few Talladega clues it does not have the Talladega nose.

Interesting to see is the Boss 429 engine sitting in an engine bay that seems to have abundant room for the monster engine. This car is an original survivor unrestored race car!


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. Thanks for sharing . I enjoyed it very much . It’s nice to see such an original race car especially a Torino .

    1. I was privileged to see this Torino in the personal Ford collection of Charles Chandler in Boerne, Texas in 1998. I really liked the rear mud-grip tires. I did not realize it was unrestored, very nice.

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