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Why Dodge Won the 1969 Talladega 500

Tire Wars Helped Kill the Aero Wars

When we look back at the 1969 Talladega 500 and note that it was the first race ever for the new Dodge Daytona and it won the race, one important fact is missing. There were no Ford Talladega’s or Spoiler II’s on the track! The only thing bigger than the Aero Wars on that day was the Tire Wars. All the big name drivers and cars boycotted the race with the exception of two Dodge Daytona’s.


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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