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170 MPH on the Salt

1969 Spoiler II

Many of us lie awake at night dreaming of winning a NASCAR race in the Wood Brothers #21 or 121. Others dream of setting a World’s Record run on the drag strip with their home built Talladega.

For Mike Callahan, he dreams of doing 200 MPH on the salt flats in a 1969 Spoiler II. Mike’s dream is a little closer now. He just sent me this video of him doing 170 MPH in his street driven dream ride. This is no purpose built race car. True, Mike has made numerous improvements and upgrades. Many modifications are necessary to reach 170 MPH at Bonneville. However, he started with a car that was built by the late Lou Whitfield in his garage in California. Lou told me frequently that he never intended for the car to be raced, just driven and enjoyed. Well, now it does both.

I asked Mike if he again drove the car to Bonneville and back home as he has done in the past. His response:

I trailered it this year. First time the car has been on a trailer. Either I’m getting older or the car is getting hotter. It was nice riding thru Wyoming with a/c. This was another step towards my goal of 200mph. I was able to get my street car thru tech and license up to 175.”

Congratulations, Mike Callahan, for letting all of us realize our dreams through your achievements and best of luck on your next goal for the old Merc.


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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