Talladega Family Reunion 2015

Katrina and me in Winner's Circle at Bristol Motor Speedway after completing out "Hot Laps" in our Talladega!

Katrina and me in Winner’s Circle at Bristol Motor Speedway after completing out “Hot Laps” in our Talladega!

Katrina and I just returned from the 2015 Talladega Family Reunion at the Fairlane Club of America Nationals in Kingsport TN. Although the turn out was less than hopped for the activities and friendship renewals were more than worth the trip. I will be posting much more about the weekend over the next week or so as I recuperate. You will not believe the photos and stories from the Bristol Speedway. If you missed this you missed a once in a lifetime event. This was no slow put around the bottom of the track and say you had been there! Photos to follow.

Thank you to all who attended, a special thanks to Marty Burke for his help in coordinating the event and especially a big thank you to the Fairlane Club of America for inviting us.

Ford Aero Cars lined up on display for all the Ford folks to drool over.

Ford Aero Cars lined up on display for all the Ford folks to drool over.

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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. James Ozinga says:

    Richard, for me, what could be cooler than chasing you in your T around the speedway! The second set of laps was a BLAST!
    Nice to meet you, Mark, and Carl as well!
    I have new found motivation to get going on my T!
    Regards, Jim Ozinga

    • Richard says:

      James, I am anxious to see some photos of your Project T. Send some photos and keep us posted on your progress. Really nice to meet you and hope you can join in on some more of our “Family Reunion” events in the future.

  2. Martin Burke says:

    Great to see everyone. I’m sorry I didn’t have enough time to visit with everyone as I was a little busy all weekend. Great to see Mark’s car as it has come a long way. Always happy to see Carl {I want pictures of the white cars restoration}. Barry always brings great cars & The Moots are very special people. Didn’t get a chance to talk to the others. Thanks for coming, the FCA really appreciated the effort Richard went thru. The first production Talladega at a show…….Now there is history!!!

  3. Mark Shilladay says:

    It was certainly a blast. I’m still telling people up here about it. The photo above showing the 8 Aero Nose cars all in a line kind of says it all for me. All the cars were great to see as well as the stories and shared experiences. Jen and I are very much looking forward to whatever we do next year as we truly feel part of this family.
    Mark

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