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1969 NASCAR Racers

Ford vs Dodge

This is great! The title of this video is “The Chargers“. It is all about the drivers who drive the Dodge Charger 500. It is a good representation of racing back in the day and the TV coverage of NASCAR. There were no live broadcasts in that time. If you stay with this video for the entire 25 minutes you will end up with a big smile on your face and may even snicker a couple of times.

Remember, Dodge brought in the Charger 500 to catch up with the fast Ford Fairlanes of the day. No longer was Dodge dominating on the track. The Charger 500 with its flush grill and sloping rear window was supposed to be slick in the air and get a lot of wins.

As we all know, Ford showed up with the 1969 Ford Talladega that was far more aerodynamic than the much ballyhooed Charger 500. This all made MOPAR engineers and drivers pull out their hair. It also made Dodge spend a lot of money to build the Dodge Charger Daytona to be competitive on the high speed superspeedways.


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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