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Why Register Your Car?

Top 10 benefits to Register you car!

1969 Ford Talladega

We highly recommend the registration of your Ford or Mercury Aero Car in our registry. Do you know why it is good for you and your car? Collector car registries have been around for decades, even before the creation of the internet. The entire process and benefits have changed significantly over the years.

I have personally registered a variety of cars with various registries. Although some were very rewarding, I found most of them to be worthless. If they were online, they often were not kept up to date. If I wanted to know what specific cars were in their registry I often had to purchase a printed copy. In most cases that wasn’t even an option, the desired information just was not available to anyone other than the person running the Registry. With printed Registries, we all know what that means; it was out of date as soon as it was printed.

1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler II

I found that in most cases the information was only valuable to the person who created their registry and was simply a method for that person to find potential cars to buy

To correct this, approximately 10 years ago, I created the Talladega Spoiler Registry with all the benefits I had not found in other Registries. It was specifically for the 1969 Ford Talladega, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II, and Spoiler. Later the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Pre-Spoiler/Color Code Car, 1969 Petty Ford Torino, and 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT500 were added to the Registry.

1969 Cale Yarborough Spoiler

Here are my Top Ten Benefits and Reasons to place your car in or Registry. These are not in any particular order. Your top reason or benefit may be different than mine or someone else’s.

  • An ownership trail for a collector car is valuable documentation to its history. Our Registry includes not only the current owner but previous owners when that information has been provided. Have you ever wanted to find your first car? Do you have its VIN? Likely not, but if the ownership trail is provided you will still be able to locate your car. How about celebrity ownership; wouldn’t you want to know?
  • The documentation of the car’s condition over history is beneficial. If you are considering buying a particular car, our Registry may be able to help clarify questions about why it was off the road for 12 years. Was it wrecked, being restored or just abandoned in a field?
  • Photos of the car should be included with each registration. It is surprising what information can be found in a photo. I have a survivor Spoiler II that had small holes drilled in its trunk. I did not understand why or what they could possibly be for. However, once I saw old photos provided by the original owner showing a small trailer attached it was clear the holes were for a trailer hitch removed before I purchased the car.
  • The estimated condition should be provided. A standard acceptable numbered rating system is used so the owner can estimate the car’s condition. We use a #1 as best and a #6 being a junkyard resident. If the car owners supply an estimated condition at the time of registration it should help document when and why certain repairs or restoration improvements were made. It is important for owners to update the registration when restoration or major improvements are made.
  • Has the car won any major awards? The Corvette World makes a big deal of Bloomington Gold or NCRS Top Flight Awards, as they should. The Fairlane Club of America has similar recognitions. There are also more broad-based awards like those of AACA (Antique Auto Club of America) that can be earned by all collector cars in excellent condition. The Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals (MCACN) also has a judging system that provides substantial recognition for outstanding restorations. Such awards document that the car is (or was at one time) of a higher quality than the average.
  • Finding a particular car can be made easier. Finding that exact Dan Gurney Spoiler or Blue Ford Talladega you drove to high school can be next to impossible. If you have the VIN from some documents you have retained, our Registry may be able to tell you where the car is now, who the owner is and how to contact that person. It should also tell you the condition or even if it has been crushed and no longer among the living.
  • Is the car real or a clone? It can often be very difficult to tell if the Cale Yarborough Spoiler you are looking at is real or a Color Code Car or a clone. Not all registries will be able to give you an answer but our will. We also provide you with information on how you can tell the difference. We also have similar information for the other cars in the Registry.
  • Finding other owners can be a tremendous help in doing your restoration or simply having like-minded folks to talk with. You might even find an owner near you that will allow you to look at their car as a “go by”. Even little problems can often be difficult to fix but having other fellow owners available to question is invaluable.
  • Selling or buying a particular car may be facilitated by other members of the Registry. Many owners know exactly what they want and the Registry can be a good place to start in your search for a particular car with specific options or in the color you just have to have. If it isn’t in the registry another member may know where one is. We also provide Team Members with access to historical and current For Sale and Sold data for Registry cars.
  • How do you know what is correct? In this day of resto-mods where anything goes in the way of modifications, it can be difficult to know exactly what is factory correct. Or, if you don’t care about correctness but are more interested in making your Talladega handle better, accelerate faster or stop sooner others in the Registry may also be able to assist.

These are certainly not all the reasons to place your Ford/Mercury Aero Car in Our Registry but they give you our top ten reasons. One reason not listed, it is FREE! There is no cost to register your car.

These are certainly not all the reasons to place your Ford/Mercury Aero Car in Our Registry but they give you our top ten reasons. One reason not listed, it is FREE! There is no cost to register your car.

Our registry has two purposes. The first is our attempt to meet all of the Top Ten Reasons to Registry Your Car and secondly, to provide information to others who don’t know our cars well but would like to learn more. Most of the information on the registry web site is provided for free but other specific information is made available only to those who become Team Members at a cost of $20/year. Why the cost? It is expensive to keep a web site up and running and the yearly dues help greatly but still do not begin to cover the cost. We also do not want some of the Registry information found on individual registrations available to just anyone interested. Team Membership also allows for attendance at our special Team Member Talladega Family Reunion events.

Your participation and Registration of your car(s) is vital to the health of the hobby. However, detailed info about your car must be provided to register but you have the option to not have more private details published. Remember, the more information you provide in your car’s registration the better the Registry can function for all of us.

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Richard

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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