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Next up: 200 MPH

First day at Atlanta Speedway. Mercury is displayed every day at the Tremec transmission trailer.

If we are honest with ourselves, I think we all live vicariously through Mike Callahan. It seems he does what many of us think we want to do but never get around to it. His current escapade is doing the full Hot Rod Power Tour and then heading off to the Salt Flats and attempting his goal of a 200 mph run. All in the same car!

Here are some photos and comments that Mike sent us over the past weekend.

This is the 2023 Hot Rod Power Tour Route.

Mike says this is his perfect HRPT car. This Ford GT drove down from Michigan. It is equipped with air conditioning for comfort but can also provide speed when it is needed.

The fun doesn’t stop at the end of the day’s drive. Besides all the tour and local hot rods at each venue, every evening, in the area hotels, you can see cars and trucks that you missed during the day.

In addition to all the fantastic cars and great car people, we had an opportunity to view a lot of race history at the Rockingham Speedway.

In addition to the Rockingham Speedway itself, they displayed vintage NASCAR cars.

Mike says this is a real high rise intake manifold!!! And yes it does work and was driven like this on the entire tour.

This was Mike’s last stop at a rest area in Kentucky before arriving home in Cincinnati. The Mercury did well. 2000 miles in heat and traffic with a 600 hp 408 Cleveland averaging 22 mpg. What’s next? Bonneville Speedweek and his goal of 200 MPH. Wish him luck. Be safe Mike!


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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