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Talladega and Wellborn Museum Aero Car Reunion 2015

Wow, what a weekend. My wife and I just returned from the 2015 Aero Car Reunion held at the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum and Talladega Speedway. This event included hot laps at Atlanta Speedway, a day at the historic Russwood estate home of Tim and Pam Wellborn, a day at the Wellborn Museum plus the parade laps on the Talladega Speedway just prior to the running of the Talladega Nascar race.

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It is nearly impossible to cover these activities and all the tremendous cars that were in attendance in one post so this will be covered in several posts over the next few weeks. For those of you that may not be familiar with the event let me give you a very quick overview.

The years 1969 and 1970 on the Nascar circuit included some of the wildest and fastest race cars built on factory street cars. They were built for aerodynamic superiority over aesthetic or practical design. It was all about making the cars as “slick” as possible to reach maximum speed on the super speedway ovals of  Nascar.

These cars include the 1969 Dodge Charger 500, Dodge Daytona, 1969 Ford Talladega, 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II and the 1970 Plymouth Superbird. These cars were built in extremely low numbers and are very rare.

The numbers of some of the Ford cars that remain are estimated to be less than 100!

The weekend also included a tribute to recently deceased race car driver Buddy Baker who was the first to exceed 200 mph in stock car on an oval. Other activities included a tribute to the Dodge drag race legends the Ramchargers and presentations with Q&A from Chrysler engineers and drivers from that time period.

We will provide more information on all of this and the cars that attended soon but today I just want to share a few of our 700 photos plus video that we took at the event. Although the Winged Cars were featured there were many out standing Ford examples represented. I could never get a good count on cars but there well over 100 in attendance. The sight of that many Winged Supercars and Aero Monsters can cause heart palpitations to any real car guy or gal.

A;though our personal collection contains a Daytona and a Talladega as well as a Spoiler II our ride of choice for the weekend was our 428 CJ Ram Air Cale Yarborough car. It would not have been the ride of choice for racing on the Superspeedways it was a great race car for the short track and is a great street car as well.
A;though our personal collection contains a Daytona and a Talladega as well as a Spoiler II our ride of choice for the weekend was our 428 CJ Ram Air Cale Yarborough car. It would not have been the ride of choice for racing on the Superspeedways it was a great race car for the short track and is a great street car as well.
The mutual respect for each others brand of preference among this group is greatly appreciated.
The mutual respect for each others brand of preference among this group is greatly appreciated.
The weekend included a tribute to Buddy Baker and decals were provided for every participating car.
The weekend included a tribute to Buddy Baker and decals were provided for every participating car.
No need to look for cars to take pictures of, there were everywhere and in every color.
No need to look for cars to take pictures of, there were everywhere and in every color.
This Sonic drivein is next door to the Museum and was a great photo op.
This old gas station is next door to the Museum and was a great photo op.
Cars were everywhere.
Cars were everywhere.
Tremendous one of a kind cars are everywhere.
Tremendous one of a kind cars are everywhere.
The Wellborn Muscle Car museum should be on you buck list.
The Wellborn Muscle Car museum should be on you buck list.
The panel discussion on Mopar drag racing and oval racing from the men who were there was terrific.
The panel discussion on Mopar drag racing and oval racing from the men who were there was terrific.
Ok, how about some more!
Ok, how about some more!
Have you ever seen this many Winged cars in one location?
Have you ever seen this many Winged cars in one location?
Looking back at the field behind us.
Looking back at the field behind us.
Here is more evidence of the number of Mercury Spoiler IIs in attendance. The red/white ones are Cale Yarborough Specials and the blue/white ones are Dan Gurneys.
Here is more evidence of the number of Mercury Spoiler IIs in attendance. The red/white ones are Cale Yarborough Specials and the blue/white ones are Dan Gurneys.
There were two real King Cobras at the event!
There were two real King Cobras at the event!
Although there were more of the Winged Mopars at the event, the Ford products were well represented and appreciated.
Although there were more of the Winged Mopars at the event, the Ford products were well represented and appreciated.
It is terrific to see young kids taking an interest in our cars. Do not worry that wing is designed to take a lot of down force at 200 mph and can easily withstand the weight of more than one adult.
It is terrific to see young kids taking an interest in our cars. Do not worry that wing is designed to take a lot of down force at 200 mph and can easily withstand the weight of more than one adult.
On the left is Ken Troutt an engineer on the #71 K and K Championship winning Dodge Daytona along current owners Pam and Tim Wellborn.
On the left is Ken Troutt an engineer on the #71 K and K Championship winning Dodge Daytona along current owners Pam and Tim Wellborn.
This is Talladega, it is a feeling like no other; the Hemi, 440, 427 and 428 engines all at idle and many with open exhaust is really beyond description!
This is Talladega, it is a feeling like no other; the Hemi, 440, 427 and 428 engines all at idle and many with open exhaust is really beyond description!

 

This line up prior to the Parade lap felt like we were back in 1969 and the race was about to start.
This line up prior to the Parade lap felt like we were back in 1969 and the race was about to start.
It was more than a thrill to drive through the crowd gathered on the main straight of the Talladega Speedway as we made our Parade lap. It was a huge group of fans!
It was more than a thrill to drive through the crowd gathered on the main straight of the Talladega Speedway as we made our Parade lap. It was a huge group of fans!

 

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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