\Now that the Holidays are behind us it is time for everyone to begin to look forward to the Daytona 500 and reflect on what that race means to your cars. The 1968 NASCAR season was the first time the new corporate Ford sportback body showed its aero advantage to the competition. In 1968 it was still powered by the 427 engine.
This combination turned out to be a very dominate package for the year and the hand writing was on the wall with the running of the 68 Daytona 500!
The following video is a clip edited out of an Autolite movie/commercial from that era. We must thank Tim Lopata for again making this possible.
When this race was run there were no Ford Talladegas, no Mercury Cyclone Spoilers or Spoiler IIs and there were no Boss 429s. However, it is these cars and their aerodynamic shapes that led to the development of all of the above.
About the Author: Some of my first memories and strongest memories of my childhood relate to cars. I still remember back when things happened based on what car I was drinving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on a unique and rare muscle car. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and their only purpose was to win NASCAR races using their 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 for sure. This site is devoted to them and their owners past and present.