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2021 Talladega Spoiler Reunion, Part 3

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After the morning of day one meet and greet plus car show at the Fleener’s home, the participants fired up their Aero Cars and hit the road. The destination was Short Mountain Moonshine Distilery. After all, our cars are deeply rooted in NASCAR and moonshine runners, so what better way to kick things off than visit a legal moonshine still?

For the afternoon, we had the place to ourselves. It was closed to the public. We had free tours of the distilery with tasting samples and delicious, plentiful food at their restaurant. Many leaving Short Mountain had a trunk full of legal moonshine. It was a long day but full of wonderful experiences meeting new friends and touring some great Tennessee back roads.

The second day was also busy with us again jumping into the Aero Cars and heading off to the private collection at Johnson Horse Power outside Columbia, TN. Among other magnificent cars, this collection contained two Dodge Charger Daytonas plus a Ford GT and a custom car built on TV at the Kindig-it-Design garage.

There were approximately 125 cars in the collection growing rapidly. The owner is in the process of building a larger new building so that the current building can be used for just his newer supercars. There were also some very unusual restrooms with transmissions as sinks and other automotive touches. The owner provided our group with snacks and free drinks for those who wanted them and there was even a line of pinball machines to play for free.

Next time, we will tell you about the afternoon and Saturday. Here are some photos Short Mountain and Johnson HP Garage.

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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