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Monster MOPAR Weekend with Fords

Before there was a we were posting information and stories about the Ford and Mercury Aero cars. Early in 2008 we premiered our first website, Since we owned predominately Ford Aero cars at that time we naturally featured several articles based on those cars. This eventually led us to the start of this site, the in February 2011. There were some interesting stories about the Ford/Mercury cars in those early years of the Legendary Collector Car site but little of that information ever made it into this site.

Since car activities are very hard to find today thanks to COVID 19 I have gone back looking for some great events we covered before this site was up and running. I hope you enjoy looking back with us.

Mopar and Ford Aero Cars lined up to enter the speedway as friends and not competitors!

Can you imagine showing up with a bunch of Fords at an all MOPAR show and being welcomed? I must admit when this event was proposed I thought maybe we should pack some sort of protection. My wife and I are not car racist, we own at least two of each of the big three plus a foreign car to help balance it out even more!

Our 1967 Corvette.

However, we know that each brand has many diehard fans who can’t stand to own anything but THEIR make. Sometimes this even caries down to a specific model.

Our 1969 Dodge Daytona on set at filming of Power Block TV. Left to right: Katie Osborne, Dick Fleener, Katrina Fleener.

In September of 2008, we attended the Monster MOPAR weekend in St Louis with our 1969 Ford Talladega. This was a regular event but the 1969 Ford and Mercury Aero Cars were invited to attend along with our Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird friends as part of a club we all belong to. The article link that follows will take you to the original 2008 article and enlighten you on how a Ford can win a trophy at an all MOPAR show!

Katrina and me in Winner’s Circle at the Bristol Motor Speedway with our 1969 Ford Talladega. We had just completed our first “heat” of 10 laps on the Speedway. A once in a lifetime experience!

Your link to our article on the 2008 Monster MOPAR weekend is shown below, simply click on it and enjoy it.


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. This was the first time that most of us had ever met one another.

    It was really strange to show up at a Monster MOPAR event with a bunch of Fords and get treated so well.

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