Wood Brothers #21 Paul Menard Mustang; See it, hear it!

Rick Lechner and his wife in the red shirts; Katrina and I in the vintage Wood Brothers shirts. That is our race tire between us. Its from a Ricky Stenhouse car.

We recently had the opportunity to see the Paul Menard Mustang NASCAR race car owned by the Wood Brothers. This was at our local Ford Dealer, Murfreesboro Ford, in Murfreesboro TN. They are the number 1 Ford Dealer in TN and sell some very high performance Mustangs including Shelby, Saleen and Roush! Although NASCAR now races the Mustang, 50 years ago the cars to beat were the Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II. The Wood Brothers were one of the dominate teams and their driver. Cale Yarborough was already a legend.

Our Cale on the right and the Menard car on the left.

What better way to demonstrate the difference in racing over 50 years than to park a current race car next to the street version of the NASCAR stars from back in the day? That is just what my wife and I had the opportunity to do. We took our 1969 Cale Yarborough Spoiler and 1969 Ford Talladega and parked them next to the Wood Brothers 2019 Mustang race car. What a thrill! It was a tremendous day of bench racing and comparing cars. The overseer of the Wood Brothers car. when it is out on tour, is Rick Lechner. He and his wife were very knowledgeable about the car and the Wood Brothers. Upon any request, Rick would fire up the race car to thrill onlookers. Smiles were guaranteed every time. Check out the video below for a hint of what it was like.

 

Katrina and I with our Talladega.

I also have to mention Randy Sunbury, Parts Manager for the dealership. He was a terrific host. He not only made the #21 cars visit possible he also provided free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks for anyone who stopped by. I “stopped by” more than once!”

If you ever get the opportunity to see this car on display in your area do not miss it.

If you see this trailer on the road you know what’s inside!

Click on any image and then click on it again to see a greatly enlarge view.

The engine is a real NASCAR piece and Randy was happy to fire it up if anyone asked. Check out our video.

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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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