Bobby Unser 1969 Torino

Concurring Pikes Peak

Bobby Unser is, arguably, the undisputed king of the Pikes Peak hillclimb, winning the championship 13 times. At Indianapolis, he was a winner three times, in 1968, 1975 and again in 1981. He has 35 career Indy Car wins and was the first to go 190 miles per hour at Indianapolis.

Born Feb. 20,1934, Unser started by driving modified stocks around his Albuquerque, N.M., home. He won the state’s title at age 15 and repeated at age 17. By 1956, he was a champion of the Pikes Peak hillclimb and starting in 1958, he put together a string of six consecutive titles. He was to continue to dominate for years.

When you think of stock cars of 1969 you naturally think of NASCAR and Ford. David Pearson won the 1968 and 1969 NASCAR Championships in is blue and gold number 17 Ford Torino/Talladega. Bobby Unser also drove a Ford in NASCAR that year for his friend Smokey Yunick. It was the black number 13 Ford Talladega.  However, it was another Yunick powered Ford that was setting setting records in 1969. That was the number 92 1969 Ford Torino that set a record at Pikes Peak with Bobby Unser at the wheel?

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Bobby Unser driving the Smokey Yunick #13 Ford Talladega.

The video below is from an interview at the 2016 Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago. Although the interviewer represents that car as a Talladega and it does have a few Talladega design clues it does not have the extended aero Talladega nose.

Interesting to see is the Boss 429 engine sitting in an engine bay that seems to have abundant room for the monster Boss 9 race engine. Today, this car remains as it raced in 1969. The car is an unrestored, original survivor race car!

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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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