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40th Aero Warriors Reunion

Tim and Pam Wellborn Estate

A few of you are preparing for the 50th Anniversary of the Aero Warriors battle at the Talladega Speedway in October of 2019. If you are attending or just wishing you were here is a peak at one of the activities from the 40th Reunion. Over the next few months we will be bringing you more of what to expect at the 50th Anniversary.

The 40th Reunion of the Aero Cars kicked off with a wonderful informal car show at the marvelous estate of Tim and Pam Wellborn. Their home, Russwood, was built in 1936 to resemble Mt. Vernon the home of George Washington. It has been one of the most famous landmarks in the Southeast for many years and has been host to politicians and dignitaries from all over the world. On this weekend it was host to some of the most famous muscle cars of the late 60s early 70s.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

The Wellborns have added buildings on the estate to include an unbelievable suite of garages and entertainment areas. Their generosity on the day and the next were the highlight of the Reunion for many of the participants. Tim and Pam are car people and have a particular affinity for the MOPAR vehicles but do have a few Fords and GM brands in their collection. Everyone is over the top quality. You can find many of there cars in the book “Art of the Muscle Car“.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

This is a rear view of the house with one of the garages on the right.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

Just a sample of the lovely home the Wellborns were willing to share with us on this day.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Daytona Superbird reunion at Talladega

The front of Russwood and the collection of muscle on the front lawn.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

The Blue Oval brand and the MOPAR brand shared a lot of space and fun over the weekend. There may have been a few humorous jabs over the weekend but I never heard a discouraging word about anybody’s car or brand all weekend.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

Click the link above to view the video.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

The black on this Talladega may not be correct but it sure is pretty.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

The owner of this number 43 Petty car won  it in a Honey Bee contest a few years back.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

There were several really nice race cars at the event. This is an original Benny Parsons car.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

You don’t have to be driving a Best in Show to have fun at these events. All cars are equal in the eyes of the participants.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

This is one of my favorite cars at the event. It is an original Ramo Stott NASCAR and ARCA race car. It has all of its original sheet metal. Ramo tore up the tracks in the mid-west I remember seeing him race a number of times in Iowa with the likes of Ernie Der, Dick Hutchinson and many others.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

Tim Wellborn may be a MOPAR man but he knows a good Ford when he sees one. This GT40 would sure look good in my garage but I don’t think Tim is ready to part with it. Besides, my pockets are empty.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

Now here is a project car for you. It is an original James Hylton race car.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

This is the inside of one of the Wellborn’s garages. Note that this garage is not their Museum. We will cover that in another post.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

Note that this beautiful Charger R/T is a sunroof car.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

HEMI!

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

This is one of the most beautiful Dodge Daytonas I have ever seen and it is beautifully restored.

Aero Car Reunion 2009

Have you ever seen a Dodge Daytona tow car? This is the second Dodge Daytona that the owner, Joey Machado, has used as a daily driver and tow car. The first one was bought from Joey by Katrina and it now belongs to Joey’s son, Sean!

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

The other Hemi; Boss 429.

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

Can you believe a scene like this and it is just a SMALL corner of the entire area!

Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009
Aero Car Reunion 2009

It was well after dark before the last cars pulled out; how time flies when you are talking cars with remarkable people.

I can only imagine what the 50th Anniversary will be like!

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville 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 out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine 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. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. 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 working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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