1969 Atlanta 500

If you were not there in 1969 all our NASCAR Aero Car racing was not on TV from flag to flag. We had Wide World of Sports! When we got flag to flag coverage for the first time you couldn’t drag me away from the TV. How things have changed.

Cale Yarborough

Now, it seems we have full time coverage from the time the track opens until the last car leaves the infield after the race. I don’t even record the races anymore. They are boring and every race every car has a different look. Not so in 1969.

I will try to bring you some old videos of the races during this 50th Anniversary of the Aero Car Wars. You have to see the Wood Brothers pit stop with Cale Yarborough #21. Chris calls it a remarkable pit stop at 18.8 seconds! Cale also does an interview talking about his new Boss 429 Spoiler II.

If you have never seen and heard a young Bobby Allison, this is your chance.

This is the 1969 Atlanta 500. Check out the Boss 429 in the opening shot. Hope you enjoy it.

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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:

    Way Cool! THOSE are races we watched as young teenagers! Was looking at Talladegas and didn’t even know it!

  2. Martin Burke says:

    Wow, I remember sitting on the living room floor watching this race with my Dad on our black and white TV! I was 12 and watching this race was what stoked the fires in me about these cars. Thanks for putting this up. 50 year flew by, but the memory of that day is so strong even now.

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