Hot Rod Power Tour 2019; Day 5

Mike has been on the road with his 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II for 5 days of the tour plus the trip to the beginning of the Tour in Charlotte. Although there are two more days in the Tour this is Mike’s last day and last report. I what to thank Mike for his dedication to supply us with a recap of each of his days on the road. It has been entertaining and enlightening. I hope he can do it again next year! Thanks Mike Callahan for a job well done and thanks to Lou Whitfield for building a Spoiler II many years ago that is as capable and flexible as this one.  

Day 5. It’s Wednesday and we are at Indy drag strip. A lot of drag racing history here! The Power Tour has 2 more stops after today but this will be my last stop this year. This was a great HRPT for me. I have talked to hundreds of people from all over the U.S. about my car and Bonneville. Even one guy from Australia was telling be about the salt racing down under. The Mercury did well in the rain and traffic and out on the open road. The old Merc has good bones. Good job, Lou.  Thousands of new people have seen and photographed the Cyclone and asked questions about the car. The 25th HRPT was the best.

Thank you, Mike.

1. Beautiful Indy drag strip. Home the famous U.S. Nationals.

2. Vendor display trailers early in the day before the Power Tourers arrive. Can you find the Mercury?

 

3. GM really does a great job sponsoring the HRPT. Besides displaying all the new model performance Chevy cars and trucks, they had John Force and his teammates on stage answering questions.

4. What can I say? You see all kinds of interesting cars on Power Tour.

 

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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. Lou says:

    Thank you, it’s been fun reading your travelogue.

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