50th Anniversary Photos

A very young Cale behind the wheel. I believe this photo was taken at the old Ontario Speedway in Ontario California.

Several weeks ago I asked for reader contributions of photos and stories about cars from the 1969 time period. The response has been totally absent of any contributions. I can’t be the .only one with old photos and stories.

I am putting up a couple of photos from my archives in hope they will stimulate your contributions. If not, then I will need to dig a little deeper and start using some of the winged car photos I have. After all, the Talladega and Spoiler II were responsible for putting the Charger 500 to bed and bringing the winged Charger Daytona to life. Thus the Aero Wars began!

Black Talladega! Note the hood pins and bird droppings!

The 50th Anniversary Celebration at Talladga will see 150 or so of these Aero Warriors once again camped out at the Super Speedway. If it is like the prior events, the winged cars will out number the Ford/Mercury models 3 or 4 to 1. Do not be intimidated by this. Virtually all winged car owner are respectful and many also own one of the Ford models. They also realize if it were not for the Talladega and Spoiler II their cars would have never been built.

Check out this T dash from back in the day with 8-Track and gauges cut into the dash.

Remember if you don’t send me some Ford product images and stories from back in the day you will see some of the MOPAR images from that period.

Here is some proof!

Thank you to Joe Machado for sharing these photos.

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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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