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.
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.