Memory Lane Museum

We recently visited the Memory Lane Museum in Mooresville NC. The web site suggest a little more than it delivers. The museum is large and has a lot of cars and stuff in it but is poorly kept. When we arrived they had to turn the lights on because no one else had yet visited that day. Don’t let that stop you from visiting. There are far better museums but this one does have some interesting cars.

Below are some photos for you. However, do not get too excited about all the Ford/Mercury race cars. Although they are cool to look at do not use them as a guide for how you should restore yours. I am not expert on vintage NASCAR restorations but I can tell you these, for the most part, are poorly and cheaply restored.

There is an interesting funny car Torino dragster, Richard Petty’s first race car (wrecked beyond recognition) and other historical item. Enjoy but don’t accept everything for what it is represented to be.

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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:

    Is the Petty Talladega real ? I have heard the Bobby Allison Cyclone wasn’t .

    • Richard says:

      The Coke Allison car is not but I do not know about the Talladega, I would question it. I did not look at it closely. There are a lot of cars in there and all appear to be presented as the real deal but I highly question a number of them. The Allison car is so bad it is easy to spot.

  2. Rick Ochs says:

    Alan & Richard,
    I had to do a bit of research before I posted this, been a long time…..The Petty Talladega is the real deal. It is or was owned by Mr. Alex Beam. Mr. Beam was the co-founder of the Memory Lane Museum and owns most of the cars in the Museum. Donald Farr did a story in Super Ford stating at the time it was the largest private owned collection of Race cars. Back in late 1990 I talked with Mr. Beam about the Petty Talladega, He stated and sent me paper work as to this Talladega, at the time the Talladega was in the Petty Museum. When Mr. Beam got the car it had been re-bodied as the number 72 Mercury…..as Charles Craig started the restoration he found the Petty Blue paint under the red and the special Race seat made for Richard was still in the car as run in 1969…plus other parts that were fitted for Richard Petty. I did a story in the March/April 1991 Fairlaner about the car. I think we sent pictures to Richard for this web-site and he posted them. The car has the Petty history as well as other well named drivers. Care was taken to restore the car to it’s 1969 Race trim …with Richard Petty himself getting the Petty Blue paint for the restoration and the decals were done by John McKenize who did them back in 69 and at time I did story was still doing them for the Petty’s…The car was built by Holman/Moody Ford’s leading race car builder’s and than given to Richard Petty to drive. Interesting note are the car’s Petty drove for Ford from Holman/Moody never carried the Holman/Moody fender decals…nor Richards name above the door. As to the Allison car I have some of the history on it from back in the 90’s…..just need to find the folder I have on it.

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