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David Pearson

Learn who the Gray Fox was!

David, the Gray Fox, Pearson was one of the greatest NASCAR race drivers of all time. When asked who the best race driver was, Richard Petty always says David Pearson. Some of their battles on the track are historic. Petty said, “Pearson could beat you on a short track, he could beat you on a superspeedway, he could beat you on a road course, he could beat you on a dirt track. It didn’t hurt as bad to lose to Pearson as it did to some of the others, because I knew how good he was.”┬áPearson said of Petty: “I always felt that if I beat him I beat the best, and I heard he said the same thing about me.” Petty had 200 wins in 1,184 starts while Pearson had less than half of Petty’s starts with 105 wins in 574 starts.

Did you know that Richard Petty and David went drag racing during their NASCAR boycott? There is far more to know about David that we will tell you later, but for now enjoy this old interview.

David Pearson
David Pearson #17

David was a three time NASCAR Champion but in many seasons he often did not even run every race. Of course, we remember and celebrate him for his time behind the wheel of the blue and gold Holman Moody number 17 Torino/Talladega and red and white Wood Brothers number 21.


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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