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In Search of a Classic Car

Just last week I lost one of my best friends. He was a real Ford car guy and said that’s why he liked me. but he did tolerate my dalliances with MOPARS and Corvettes even if he didn’t understand it. We shared a lot of knowledge, stories, and laughs. It was not uncommon for me to call him up and say I had a lead on a specific car and did he want to road trip. I can’t remember when he ever said no. He had long-standing and significant health issues but always looked forward to our trips. A trip was not always required we could just go out and have a burger and beer at our favorite dive and he was happy.

Cars are far more than machines. They are complicated devices that can transport us to a different time, they provide memories that otherwise would not be remembered, they bring us lots of new friends and carry us to places we would not otherwise visit. They are a healthy addiction.

Team Member Rob Hunt recently sent in some photos and a little story about a road trip he and mutual friend Marty Burke made to pick up a Talladega. It brought a tear to my eyes as I remembered the trips my friend and I will never make again I will miss that more than I ever thought possible. Enjoy the good times, they may not last forever.

The following is Rob’s brief report on their trip for another Talladega.

” Here is the Marti report and some pictures of the White Talladega I just bough. The Car just fell into my lap one weekend. I tried my best not to buy it, but just could not pass it up. so we pulled a Marty Burke 2200 miles to Virginia and back in one two days. I also included pictures of the beautiful scenery and of course we had to go by the Race Track in Bristol. Very solid body floor pans are rusted and have a new floor pans installed but a messy job. Motor runs but is a 390. we are assembling the correct drivetrain for it now. The paint is horrible it has more runs than a box of Exlax. The original idea was to resell it but when your best friend is Marty Burke things change LoL. “

I think each of us had a similar experience with a car buddy and can relate. If you have a story about searching for or finding that special car with a friend and would like to share please send it to me at rfleener@comcast.net. Photos are always great.

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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