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The Re-Birth of #29 Dick Hutcherson Race Car: Part Two

Restoration Gets Started

This is Part Two of the story of John Craft’s restoration of the 1968 Ford Fairlane number 29. The restoration is being completed as Dick Hutcherson raced the car in 1968. This is not John’s first effort at restoration of a vintage NASCAR. Thank you to John for providing photos and documentation.

(Go To Part One)

Below are before and after photos of the Cale Yarborough race spec tribute he built (with approval from the Woods) from a sportsman car of little accomplishment. I have seen this car in person and it is very impressive.

For the Cale Yarborough #21 Spoiler II John started with this abandoned racer.

Here John is with his recreation at Daytona!

Spoiler II being vintage raced.

These photos are the before and after images of C5HM-10047, the documented 1965 Daytona 500 winner driven by Fred Lorenzen.

This Fred Lorenzen car is built from the real deal by John and is still being vintage raced. It has been invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed three times (Once when he still owned it in 2004) and was picked “Top 35” the last time to England. This car is still being vintage raced today.

With these previous projects as documentation of his skills and commitment, let’s look at what John has accomplished with his #29 Dick Hutcherson Ford.

The Lorenzen car is also still being vintage raced. It has been invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed three times (Once when he still owned it in 2004). It was picked “Top 35” the last time to England.

Like any project, you must start with a solid foundation. John’s work to prepare a correct and solid foundation for the car is obvious. The image below is another view with paint applied.

A donor body was selected and massaged to correct NASCAR specs and smoothed to perfection. The historical image below is documented to be the same car being refitted with a new body at the Holman Moody shop. The car in the middle without its skin is this car being prepared for its 1968 skin.

Similar to the Holman Moody photo, this is John’s project getting ready for the new body to meet its chassis.

To Be Continued, Part Three Click Here.


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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