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1971 World 600

Katrina and I recently visited and toured the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That got me to thinking about the races there back in the day. In 1969 Lee Roy Yarbrough won World 600 piloting a new Mercury Cyclone. In late 1969 the Ford Motor Company pulled out of racing. So what would happen in 1970? Donnie Allison won that race in a 1969 Ford Torino. Second place went to Cale Yarborough in his 1969 Cyclone.

LeeRoy Yarbrough

Back then, as today, the factories encouraged the race teams to drive their most recent model. If you remember, in September 1969 the new bigger Ford Torino and Mercury Cyclone cars were released and should have been the hot setup for NASCAR. Without factory support, the race teams were going to race what was fast. The 1969 Ford and Mercury cars were still more aerodynamic than their new 1970 replacements.

Donnie Allison
Charlie Glotzbach in his Junior Johnson
1971 Monte Carlo.

A year later in 1971, Chevy finally was making a move back into NASCAR and Charlie Glotzbach showed up with a quick 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo. Bobby and Donnie Allison were both back in 1969 Mercury Cyclone race cars and the MOPARS were also there in their new bodied cars.

With the Mercurys and Fords in their last year of eligibility could they even be competitive? Why, of course! Watch the video below and see how the race ends.

1971 World 600 Video


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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