2014 Talladega Family Reunion at the Concours d’Elegance in Lexington KY

Our Reunion Cars were lined up on the Show Field NASCAR style with the race cars in the front row.

Our Reunion Cars were lined up on the Show Field NASCAR style with the race cars in the front row.

 

Katrina and I just returned home with great big smiles on our faces. We had a terrific time at the Reunion and want to thank each and everyone of you for your support, participation and enthusiasm at the event. Unfortunately, there was some moisture in the air but it did not dampen any of our fun. I had more than one Concours Official thank us for our participation especially that of Rich Turner who brought his Tiny Lund number 16 NASCAR tribute car to the event all the way from Florida. Rich blew the engine up on the car while loading it on the trailer. Nothing stops a Ford. He continued to Lexington and put his car on the show field Friday afternoon so as not to be in the way on Saturday. It was pouring down rain on Friday and misted a good portion of Saturday morning. The Officials made note of the fact; especially when a large number of other show cars sat in their trailers and pulled out Saturday morning because they did not want to get their “lovely” cars wet! That’s ok, if they are afraid their non-Ford products might melt in the rain they should go home.

Here is a group photo of all those who attended as Participants or spectators at the 2014 Concours d'Elegance in Lexington KY. There were still others who attended as guests and we welcomed them with open arms as well.

Here is a group photo of all those who attended as Participants or spectators at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance in Lexington KY. There were still others who attended as guests and we welcomed them with open arms as well.

Not only were there some fantastic cars on the show field the Concours crew and Officials were all extremely pleasant and helpful. I did not hear one bad word about the show from anyone in our group. The free lunch they provided to participants was very good. For those that participated in the silent auction there were some great treasures to be had at a very reasonable price. We were all very pleased with the event.

At some point in the photo taking process it seems that Rich Turner decided he would make a "move" on Katrina and I didn't think that was very nice of him and took a swing.

At some point in the photo taking process it seems that Rich Turner decided he would make a “move” on Katrina and I didn’t think that was very nice of him and took a swing.

 

However, one thing was better than the cars on the field, the hospitality of the Officials and the beauty of the show field and that was the camaraderie of the Talladega Spoiler Family. Everyone who attended either as a participant or a spectator truly seemed to have a good time. Most of us were able to meet Friday and Saturday nights to share some extremely good food and memorable stories at local restaurants. I was afraid our large group might have gotten a little out of hand at times but one of the restaurants even called me the next day to ask how things went and when we would be back! When was the last time a restaurant did that for you?

At that point Marty Burke's daughter, Caitlyn on lower right, decided she should hide her young un-corrupted eyes!

At that point Marty Burke’s daughter, Caitlyn on lower right, decided she should hide her young un-corrupted eyes!

We are already discussing how we will top this next year. If you have some suggestions jump over to the Forum and add away!

It was about that time someone said the Cops were coming so we all ran. Unfortunately, Katrina ran after Rich and not me!

It was about that time someone said the Cops were coming so we all ran. Unfortunately, Katrina ran after Rich and not me!

 I will be publishing more photos from the show in the upcoming days.

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About the Author: 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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  1. Martin Burke says:

    What a great time!!!! The Friday night dinner was fantastic! It is all about the people. It was great to finally meet some very special people, I have emailed & talked with Mark & FINALLY got to meet him! Rich Turner, what can we say that hasn’t already been said? The man works so hard to get the car ready for this event. Hurts the motor on the car & STILL gets it on the showfield for everyone to enjoy! We are so fortunate to have very dedicated people on this forum. A big THANK YOU to Richard & Katrina for putting this deal together.

    Marty

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