Early in 2011 we turned on our web site for the Talladega Spoiler Registry with little thought to what the future would open to us. We sincerely questioned if the owners of the 69 Ford Talladega, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler and Spoiler II cars were ready for an online Registry. We questioned how we could continue to discover and produce enough information about these wonderful yet little known cars to make the site useful and current. Even though we had questions we had desire and determination. We have now been up and running for approximately 18 months and thanks to a bunch of wonderful car owners and enthusiasts we are still here.
In the beginning the word spread and we had a rush of owners Registering their cars. This pace slowed dramatically after the first few months but continues on a slow but regular basis today. In fact, this week we registered 5 Talladegas! I believe we have Registered a large number of the cars still on the road but I also believe there are many more project cars still to be found as well as a fair number of driver quality cars that have not yet been Registered. If you see one of our cars at a car show, sitting in a junk yard or a back yard, or in the corner of someone’s garage try to get the VIN and as much other information as you can and send it to us. You can Register it online or send me an email with the info and I will do it manually. Photos of ALL cars are also appreciated.
In our first 18 months we have created some original Talladega and Spoiler art work; produced a Calendar for 2013 ; found some top of the line diecast race cars for you and started development and production on a reproduction wing for the Spoiler/Spoiler II. We have sent out Certificates of Registration to all Team Members who have registered a car. If we have missed anyone please send me the appropriate information and I will get it taken care of (see sample below). We have also worked to help establish the annual Talladega Family Reunion; much thanks to Jason Thompson for his outstanding efforts to carry this effort on and forward! We also need to thank Rick Ochs for helping us with all the Talladega VINs and other times when are knowledge of the cars is in sufficient.
As of this time we have registered 6 Pilot/Prototype Talladegas; 69Production Talladega; 37 Spoiler IIs and 22 Spoilers. These totals do not include the 1970 King Cobra and Spoiler II Prototypes or any of the 1969 Color Code (Pre-Spoiler) or 1968 Cyclone GT 500s that we also track.
We have some big plans for the near and distant future. To accomplish these goals is going to be a challenge and will depend on the level of support, participation and involvement we receive from everyone who visits this site. The best things on this site are ones that came from YOU! We need YOU to send us photos and information on your car(s). If you attend an event, send us some of your favorite photos. If you have some historical documents, send us copies. If you have an idea for an article, let us know. If you would like to write an article for us, send me an email. If you have an idea for a Talladega/Spoiler piece of memorabilia we can produce or a item that you would like to see reproduced, tell us!
Talladega Spoiler Registry
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.