2016 Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion; Day Two

This is a non-working authentic still located at Short Mountain.

This is a non-working authentic still located at Short Mountain.

Day One of the 2016 Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion was all about getting out, seeing the countryside and seeing a big collection of great cars. Day Two of the Reunion was all the Talladega Spoiler Family.

The reason our events are called the "Talladega Spoiler FAMILY Reunion" is because they are as much about the people as the cars and it often feels like a FAMILY reunion!

The reason our events are called the “Talladega Spoiler FAMILY Reunion” is because they are as much about the people as the cars and it often feels like a FAMILY reunion!

We started off early Saturday morning with a short drive down some beautiful Tennessee two lane country roads to a legal moonshine distillery called Short Mountain. I have heard stories of a Talladega or two having been used to run some shine back in the early 70s. It seemed only fitting with the connection of NASCAR to moonshine and the Talladega to NASCAR that we should investigate what a real moonshine still is all about. Our trip to Short Mountain included a visit to a non-working still plus an authentic “old fashioned” modernized legal working still and a new large production still. Our tour guide was very informative and educated many of us on the differences of various types of real moonshine.

This still is legal but produces a brand of moonshine that is authentic to the real stuff.

This still is legal but produces a brand of moonshine that is authentic to the real stuff.

After the tour we just had to go to the sampling room and try out six different versions of the shine they produced. Next up was lunch at the Short Mountain restaurant with its special hamburgers made from mash fed beef. The meat had a distinctly different and good flavor. Of course, for the really brave there was the moonshine brownie! We all had a taste and wanted more. One lucky member got the cherry on top that had been sitting in a jar of moonshine for quite some time. It is good she had a designated driver, it had a real kick to it!

Some of the sights at Short Mountain.

Some of the sights at Short Mountain.

Our travels next took us back to our home where everyone’s cars were on display in our own private car show. I opened up our garage for a gathering spot and opened the parts building as well. From there it was freestyling and enthusiasts were everywhere crawling over cars, under cars and sorting through parts! Katrina is still talking about how all the guys, and some of the gals, were constantly looking at every little detail of the cars to see how theirs should look.

Sherri and Bill drove their Talladega to the Reunion from their home in IL.

Sherri and Bill drove their Talladega to the Reunion from their home in IL.

While some were inspecting cars others were out playing with some of our 36 miniature donkeys. I am not sure who was more entertained and intrigued, the donkeys or our guests!

One highlight of the day was when we all gathered to listen to Kenny Troutt tell stories about the late 60s and early 70s days of NASCAR. He had some great tales to tell and some stories I dare not repeat here. Kenny is the real deal having worked for some of the biggest names of the time, built his own Cup car and is an inductee into the Living Legends of NASCAR in Daytona Beach.

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That’s Kenny in the orange shirt giving Katrina a hard time.

As the day grew long a traditional Tennessee pulled pork dinner was served with peach cobbler to finish it all off.

By this time many were beginning to wear out and thinking of the early morning trip back to their home states on Sunday. Those who were just not ready to give up on a great weekend of Talladega Spoiler Family fun stayed around for a showing of Last American Hero. It is the story loosely based on the early years of Junior Johnson. Included were action scenes of Cyclones, Torinos etc. on the track. If you watch closely you will even see the famous cut-a-way print of the David Pearson Talladega make an appearance. You will have to be quick and look for it, it is there.

We are not yet sure what the 2017 Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion will be or where but make sure to watch this site for updates and make your reservation when it is announced. Here are some more photo from day two.

I don't know where Shirley went but Dave Moots found a good rocking chair.

I don’t know where Shirley went but Dave Moots found a good rocking chair.

Barry Miller also was participating in the TN life style.

Barry Miller also was participating in the TN life style.

Carl Sharp and Carl Sr. (Carl's father) found a relaxing spot at Short Mountain.

Carl Sharp and Carl Sr. (Carl’s father) found a relaxing spot at Short Mountain.

It was a very hot day and the air conditioned garage was a favorite spot to talk cars and stay comfortable.

It was a very hot day and the air conditioned garage was a favorite spot to talk cars and stay comfortable.

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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. Alan Miller says:

    Thanks again . It was time well spent and a time I will not forget .

  2. tom wilson says:

    Good to see everyone again.Riding around in a ole mercury with no air was fun.Brought back memories.Thanks for the hospitality Richard and Katrina.

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