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The Aero Wars Begin

In 1969 the Aero Wars started off with a bang and ended in 1970 with a volley of bangs. At the beginning of the year, it was the 1969 Dodge Charger 500 showing up at Daytona expecting to disappear into the Florida sunset with all the marbles. Ford drivers had a different idea. The 1969 Ford Talladega powered by a 427 cubic inch engine had been secretly in development for months. When it arrived at the Daytona racetrack the MOPAR folks were arguably shaking in their boots.

Cale Yarborough

The race was on and the Talladega beat the 500. The Dodge Boys were not happy and the Aero Wars were on. The first battle had been won but the war was yet to be fought. As the year went on, Ford put the recently homologated Boss 429 monster semi-Hemi engine into the Talladega. Next came the Boss 429 powered Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II which further hurt the pride of the MOPAR clan.

Richard Petty in a Ford Talladega, the only year he raced a Ford.

When everyone showed up at Talladega, MOPAR had the much-anticipated reply to the Ford Aero Cars. It was the long-nosed, big winged Dodge Daytona. But that was not the big story. The tire wars were. The cars were going close to 200 MPH and destroying the special race tires. Fearing for their safety, virtually all regular big-name drivers loaded up their race cars and went home. Bill France changed the rules for the first Talladega race and invited all the other, lesser class cars to run the race to fill out the field. Richard Brickhouse in the new 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona went on to win the controversial race with very little real competition.

By the time the next race came around, the tire problems were a thing of the past and the Aero Wars were on. Following Talladega was at Columbia and won by Bobby Isaac, then came Martinsville won by Richard Petty, next came North Wilkesboro won by David Pearson. As the battles were fought everyone had their chance but it was David Pearson in his blue and gold Talladega that won the NASCAR Championship and the Aero War in 1969. Richard Petty finished a close second in the Championship in his Petty Blue Talladega the only year he raced a Ford.

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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