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2001 Reunion Event

It is the day after the last scheduled activity of the 2021 Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion and Winged Warriors National Meet. Katrina and I are exhausted, but we also can not wipe the smile off our faces. What wonderful people our car friends are. Over the next few weeks, I will post more detailed information and photos from the 3 day event. However, I want to start with a post on Facebook by the daughter of an attendee. We had several youth and younger folks at the event, and it made our hearts warm with the outstanding personalities of these young people.

One is the daughter of Rick Miller. Rick is one of our regulars and a super nice guy. Here is a post his daughter put up the day after our last activity.

Sarah Alyce is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

· things i learned at the aero car reunion this week: 1) my love for driving and travel IS normal, 2) i CAN eat a whole bowl of spinach & artichoke dip by myself ~even though I shouldn’t have~, 3) sometimes losing cell service isn’t the worst thing, 4) *all* the time is an appropriate time to talk about your car, and 5) there’s some totally awesome people in this world

This girl has obviously had some good parenting and is one reason we old guys can feel a little better about the future of the car hobby.

Brandon Atkins (Mike Atkin’s son) and his family are another reason to celebrate the future. The first day of our event was the one year anniversary of Mike’s passing. I was unaware of this when planning our event, but what better tribute to Mike than to bring a bunch of Aero Cars and car folks out to celebrate than on the anniversary of his passing. I am sure Mike and others like the equally love and missed Lou Whitfield and others were watching over us.

Brandon brought his entire family and three Aero Cars to the event. The young children who attended are into the cars and also represent the future in a way that I can feel comfortable and happy about the future.

Thursday was a day to show off the attendees’ cars, get to know some new friends, and do a brief road trip with our toys. Everyone gathered at our home for coffee and cars, then headed out to moonshine distillery Short Mountain. I really believe that some cars leaving there had almost as much legal “white lightning” in the trunk as did some of the original moonshiners had illegal moonshine in theirs.

Friday saw us do a serious road trip to visit a fantastic 125+ private car collection, followed with a great lunch and a visit to the Mefford Garage famous for its work with the American Pickters TV show. Late afternoon left time for antique hunting in Columbia TN or ice cream eating with friends.

Saturday was filled with options. The official, optional event started with a busload of diehard Aero Car fans going off to Nashville for a tour of the famous Lane Motorcar Museum. I think this pleased and surprised everyone in attendance.

The big surprise of the day is when we got the opportunity to tour the “vault”. This is the basement area not open to the general public and contains cars under restoration, cars rotated out of the main room and recent deliveries to the Museum. Some very unusual and rare examples intrigued most of us. The tour guide was especially interesting and helpful in answering our multiple questions.

Our next-to-last activity for the day included touring the Gaylord Hotel with its famous and unbelievable common areas of tropical landscaping, dancing fountains, and waterfalls. They even have shops, restaurants and a boat ride inside these remarkable areas!

The very last activity was a memorable visit to the historical Grand Ole Opry with entertainment from many talented and popular musicians. I am sure many of our car owners were not sure what to expect from this taste of Nashville, but everyone who attended walked away with an enormous smile, with some even saying it was the highlight of the event!

For those who preferred to continue with the car show activity, attended the 2021 Music City MOPAR Club show in Lebanon TN just a few miles north of Murfreesboro. Although this is an all MOPAR Show, the Club invited all of our attendees to attend and display their cars at no cost, even the Fords and Mercurys!

More to come.

Richard

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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