2019 and 2020 Reunion Events

Here are the 2017 Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion attendees at the Fleeners. A very happy and knowledgeable group.

 

The 50th Anniversary of the Aero Cars has been going on all year but, as you know, the big celebration will be in October at the Tim Wellborn Museum and at the Talladega Super Speedway. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to attend the 2019 event due to the limited number of cars permitted to attend. For those of us who will be there, we will certainly miss those of you who didn’t attend.

However, you will have another opportunity for all of us to get together. What is bigger than a 50th Anniversary? A 51ST ANNIVERSARY! That’s right, in 2020 we will be celebrating the beginning of the next 50 years. I don’t think many if any, of us, will be at the 75th or 100th Anniversary but we certainly can do the 51st.

40th Talladega Reunion at Tim and Pam Wellborn’s home.

The 2020 Aero Car Reunion will be held in Murfreesboro TN, just outside of Nashville! Like the 50th Anniversary, it too will be open to all Ford, Mercury, Dodge and Plymouth Aero Cars. It will also be open to the other MOPAR B Body cars. The event is being officially hosted by the Winged Warriors National B-Body Owners Association. It is open to all Members of that Club and the Daytona Superbird Auto Club which includes the Ford and Mercury Aero Cars. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF ONE OF THESE CLUBS TO ATTEND. I believe a large number of our Talladega Spoiler Registry Team Members already belong to the Doug Schellinger’s Daytona Superbird Auto Club. We also expect Ford and Merc Aero Car folks to be Team Members in good standing in our group. Katrina and I will be hosting the 2020 event and hope all of our Team Members will attend. This will replace our annual Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion but will be considerably larger. We have a number of major surprises planned and hope we can pull them all off. 

This will be another unique opportunity to get all the Aero Cars together in a little more relaxed and personal atmosphere than the spectacular 50th Anniversary is likely to be. The 2020 Aero Meet is not about who has the most correct restoration or whose car is a 100 point show winner; this show is about every car, every condition and having fun with it. Heck, the last time we did this the “trailer queen” was the car under construction that didn’t even have a drive train!

2020 AERO CAR NATIONAL MEET

The 2020 Aero Warrior Event will be held in Murfreesboro Tennessee. Dick and Katrina Fleener are going to host the 2020 meet in the Nashville, TN area. There are far more things to do and see in this area then we can possibly ever do in one short visit so we are trying to narrow activities to what attendees would prefer. We will plan something for everyone.

We are asking you all to read through these ideas and please give us your input. If you might plan to come to this event, we need to know what it is you’d prefer to do and when. Although we usually hold our Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion in October we are looking at two different possibilities. The first is to have the meet in mid-to-late-June, the other is late September to mid-October. School is out in the summer for families with children but Tennessee can be very hot and humid at that time. Fall time is usually gorgeous. We need to know which time of year would work for the majority of participants.

Cars are meant to be driven. For those who want to drive, they will have the opportunity. We may even take over a Sonic or a Dairy Queen.

Since Nashville traffic isn’t a friendly place in which to drive collector ears, we are thinking of chartering a bus to spend a day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) in the city. Some possible stops (we can’t do all of these) include but not limited to:

  1. We could just drop people off downtown for 4 hours and let you pick what you want to do:
    1. Downtown honkey tonks;  there are many themed bars like Ole Red by Blake Shelton. Johnny Cash Museum and Restaurant, shops, etc. Nashville downtown is on hte Cumberland River and Titan Stadium is just across the River with easy access from a pedestrian bridge, and the list goes on.
    2. The historic Ryman Auditorium Concert (where the Grand Ole Opry started). This can be a tour or a concert.
    3. The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum (one of the top 10 visited museums in the country)
  2. Grand Ole Opry is a live radio broadcast, two-hour concert on a Friday or Saturday evening; cost estimated to $100 per person.
  3. We could also visit the Opryland Hotel arboretum. There are three very large arboretums with streams in them etc.
  4. General Lee paddleboat cruise on the Cumberland River.
  5. Ray Steven’s CabaRay. Fleener’s have attended this several times and promise it is a blast and good food. (Remember Ray from the 60s and 70s with Ahab the Arab or maybe The Streak?) This is an evening only activity.
  6. Visit the historic Marathon Village with the Antique Archeology/American Pickers (from the TV show) and other shops at the same location as other attractions.
  7. Visit the Parthenon.
  8. Visit a large car collection or the Lane Small Car Museum, if you like all kinds of cars you will love this place. If you only like muscle cars it may not be your cup of tea.

We need to know if you are willing to pay to charter a bus to haul us around Nashville for a day. If enough members are interested in doing this, we can look into what this might cost and the availability. To do any of the above we should really have a bus to transport us around. Parking is at a premium downtown and typically costs $25. Some of the other locations have ample parking while others have very limited. I would not park a collector car at any of the locations unless you are not concerned with door dings.

 

This photo is from our last Reunion. You can imagine the site this line of Ford and Mercury Aero cars made on local streets and highways.

We are not going to forget about our cars!

Some of the activities being considered for Friday or Saturday include:

  1. We can have a car show with a local car club; or if we have a smaller group of attendants, we can do a day at our home as in the past. This could include a small car show event with entertainment or live band and BBQ. This would be a casual day with conversation and good food, maybe a tech presentation or visit from a personality, an informal swapmeet, we also have a garage with a cool small collection of cars and memorabilia; also there are the miniature donkeys which are always fun and entertaining. We might even have some babies being born at that time.
  2. A road driving trip with our cars to local attractions such as a large car collection, a moonshine distillery, Civil War Battlefield, or even the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
  3. How about touring out to the countryside and doing some picking or antiquing on our own? We know of a couple of good spots we can try. Just look or buy.
  4. On Saturday morning we could join a Cars and Coffee cruise-in 8 am to 10:30 am in Franklin, Tennessee, a 40 minute drive from the host hotel. This is a free show and shine, no registration required. Sometime they will have 1,000 cars on site.

These are just some options for activities that are available to us. If you have some other ideas or requests please pass them along.

There will be a registration fee to attend but we have no idea regarding what that might be until we narrow down some of the costs of activities. Some may be optional as well. We need to know what it is you’re interested in and willing to do at this event. It is very important that we get your input so plans can be made and dates secured.

Please take a minute and email your preferences to Dick Fleener at RFleener@comcast.net or call (615) 849-3836.

With Fords, Mercurys, Dodges, and Plymouths all fighting for attention I am sure there will be some good natured smack talking as well.

 

 

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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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