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Talladega at Eyes On Design

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We recently exhibited at the 2022 Eyes On Design car show held annually in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. Without a doubt this was the most exciting field of cars I have ever seen in one place. Our 1969 Ford Talladega has an excellent restoration and was the first production Talladega off the assembly line but it was humbling to be on a show field with such valuable, rare and outstanding cars. Unlike most car shows, judging was based on design. Hoods, trunks, interiors and undercarriage were not inspected. The judges were looking for overall design of the vehicle. This could mean overall beauty, functional design for aerodynamics or other design elements.

There were approximately 200 cars on the show field and everyone of them deserved an award but most did not receive one. Our Talladega got a second in class which was beyond an honor considering the cars on the field. Over the next few weeks and months we will go into more depth with the cars that most impressed us. However, with this post we simply want to give your an overview of the competitors. There were cars there that I have wanted to see in person for decades and assumed I would never have the opportunity. On this one day at Eyes On Design, I checked off a bunch of bucket list items! There were lots of race cars and cars of all makes. We will focus on the Ford products for this post but if you want to see more rare cars, visit our sister site, For a link to the Hemmings coverage of the show, Click Here.

Here are some of my favorite cars.

Other favorites.

To add to all the spectacular automobiles on display was the fabulous Edsel Ford Estate that served as home for the show. It sits on the shore of Lake St. Clair providing an atmosphere matching the quality of the top cars on display. Not only are you going to see more cars in future articles, you will also get a tour of the Edsel Ford mansion!

Here are but a few hints of what we will be showing you in the future!


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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