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Best in Show, Part 2

1969 Ford Talladega

Recently, we told you about a beautiful white Talladega winning Best in Show at Charlotte. I felt at the time that this was a sign that these cars are really beginning to catch on with mainstream car enthusiasts. I have also discussed with owners that the best market for new owners will likely come from the Ford family of owners, specifically, the Mustang owners. Mustangs have become extremely expensive and the judging of Mustangs at national shows has become very competitive.

If you look at the silhouette of a Talladega and that of a 67-68 Mustang fastback there are many similarities. The Fairlane/Torino/Talladega body was being designed at approximately the same time as the Mustang with the family resemblance being very strong.

This past weekend, Katrina and I took our Talladega to an all Ford show put on by the Nashville Music City Mustang Club. There were well over 100 high quality cars with, obviously, the largest number being Mustangs with newer Mustangs being in abundance. I have included photos of some of my favorites.

We had lots of questions from spectators and lots of attention. However, when it came time for class awards we were not called. It was not a surprise but a disappointment. We have put a lot of work and effort into bringing our Big T to a level that we think is the appropriate but not pure concourse. As the award’s ceremony came to an end with only one more award to be presented, our names were called as BEST IN SHOW we could not move. We were blown away with such recognition by such a great club and a Mustang Club at that! They truly do appreciate all Fords!

If you haven’t been taking your Talladega, Spoiler II or Spoiler out to local or regional car shows maybe it is time to do so! Let’s hear about more of these Ford Aero cars reaching the Best of Show recognition. I promise to post any of them that you send me that include details and photos!

This was my favorite car at the show, it’s a real Shelby built by our friend, Mark Stacey.

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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