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1987 Dale Earnhardt Wrangler Aero Coupe Street Car

1987 Dale Earnhardt Wrangler Aero Coupe Street Car

  Previously, we told you about some various Street Legal Tribute Race Cars and in another post we told you the unbelievable story of getting the wrong car shipped to us. We expected a 1987 Dale Earnhardt Wrangler Aero Coupe Street Car but that sure isn’t what we got. Today, we want to tell you […]

NASCAR Legend You Should Know

NASCAR Legend You Should Know

I recently picked up a new paperback book that has just been released by Waldorf Publishing and authored by Brock Beard. The title is “J.D. The Life and Death of a forgotten NASCAR legend“. Although I enjoyed the book immensely (I read all 296 pages in two sittings) I have to take exception to the […]

Ordering a 1969 Ford

Ordering a 1969 Ford

Back in the day dealers did not stock nearly as many cars as they do today. At that time ordering a car just the way you wanted it was very common. There were few option packages and you picked individual options to customize your car to just the way you wanted it, or more likely, […]

Cheetah Sports Racer

Cheetah Sports Racer

At the 2016 Road Atlanta Walter Mitty Historic Races I saw a number of cars that brought back fond memories of the Trans Am, Can Am and sports car racing of the 1970’s. It is hard for race fans of today to believe that back then the Trans Am and Can Am SCCA racing series […]

Road Rage 1960s Style

Road Rage 1960s Style

I grew up in Oskaloosa a small rural Iowa town. It was a good place to grow up but a little short on excitement back in the 60s. I am sure that has all changed by now. Our thrills seemed to all evolve around cars. I was 16 and just got my driver’s license. I […]

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Art Print

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Art Print

One of my favorite cars to drive and play with was a 1963 Corvette split window coupe. Mine was a mild custom with the full on 1970s style custom paint. It was my daily driver, a show car and weekend auto crosser; try that sometime. It drove me nuts, I was always afraid to park it […]

"It's Chevrolet For Me"; Joey Chitwood

“It’s Chevrolet For Me”; Joey Chitwood

When I was a kid there was no such thing as computers or Photoshop. When you saw a car do fantastic things in the movies it was real. When you went to the race track and saw stock cars race; they were “stock” cars you saw on the track. One of the biggest thrills was […]

1969 Dodge Daytona Original Preview Article; CARS Magazine

1969 Dodge Daytona Original Preview Article; CARS Magazine

Last time we reminded you of the up coming Aero Car Reunion at the Tim Welborn Museum in Alexander City AL and at the Talladega Speedway. This time we want to give you a peak at our ride for that event, our 1969 Dodge Nuremberg Daytona. This is the car restoration you have been following […]

Dealership Special by Parnelli Jones

Dealership Special by Parnelli Jones

It was 1968 and racing was big. One of its stars was Parnelli Jones. This 1968 Parnelli Jones Torino IS NOT a factory produced vehicle; it is a dealership special. So, is it valuable? We have all heard of COPO cars from Chevy and other dealership specials such as Yenkos and we also know those […]

Another Private Collection

Another Private Collection

Back in my younger days I liked to autocross our Corvette on as many weekends as I could. Then, as the kids started to show up it seemed that was no longer realistic and my personal car hobby had to slow considerably. Still, I always managed to have a fun car in the garage but […]

Part 2: Buddy Baker 200+ mph Dodge Daytona

Part 2: Buddy Baker 200+ mph Dodge Daytona

Much has been said and written about the historic 200 mph record setting drive of NASCAR legend, Buddy Baker, at the Daytona Speedway back in March of 1970 in a 1969 Dodge Daytona race car. A terrific article in Hot Rod by Jerry Heasley in March of 2015 provides some terrific insight into the mystery […]

Follow up to Update on Cyclone GT 500

Follow up to Update on Cyclone GT 500

In our last Post we tried to give you the most recent information on the 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT 500 and as a result of that Post we have even more information for you! It seems like we are getting very, very close to cracking the questions surrounding the 1968 Mercury Cyclone GT 500. This […]

Mercury Cyclone GT 500 Delivered at Atlanta 500

Mercury Cyclone GT 500 Delivered at Atlanta 500

It was February of 1968 at the Daytona 500 and Cale Yarborough won the race and Ford team mate Lee Roy Yarbrough (no relation) took second. Both were driving the new for 68 Mercury Cyclone fastback. Its new aerodynamic roof line greatly increased its top speed on the high banked Superspeedway. If you were Mercury […]

Mercury Competition Team Decal & Sticker

Mercury Competition Team Decal & Sticker

Were you a Member of the Mercury Competition Team back in 1969? Did you know Mercury had a Competition Team in 1969? I sure didn’t but thanks to helpful supporter and Mercury/Ford fan I do now! Michael J. Beckelman, Vice-President of the Hirsig-Frazier Company contacted me and provided the pamphlets and application for Mercury Competition Team Membership we are […]

Riverside CA Motor Trend 500

Riverside CA Motor Trend 500

My favorite race track remains the Riverside Road Course in Riverside CA. It no longer exists thanks to some stupid politicians and greedy developers. That may be a little harsh in that everyone is entitled to do what they want with their own property but the loss of Riverside Raceway was tragic. I have attended […]

1960 Ford Starliner

1960 Ford Starliner

If you like cars, I mean all cars not just the brand you drive, then you most likely have a warm spot in your heart for the 1960 Ford Starliner. Ok, so it’s not the most popular car in your list of must haves. However, it was unique and very symbolic of the early 60s. […]

Richard Petty goes Drag Racing

Richard Petty goes Drag Racing

So you think the King, Richard Petty, was only a 200 time winner in NASCAR? Well, there was a time when he and NASCAR had a falling out and he went drag racing. It didn’t last long and he certainly didn’t leave with a record like he had at the circle tracks but here is […]

1968 Shelby GT 500KR Road Test

1968 Shelby GT 500KR Road Test

I am a big fan of these old Road Test shows. Now with YouTube we can still enjoy them. The cars were flogged in their original condition unlike today’s restored and pampered originals. When was the last time you saw a KR or any Shelby with the factory original hubcaps? The Shelby GT 500KR came […]

Boss 429 Mustang - ZL1 427 Camaro - 426 Hemi Cuda

Boss 429 Mustang – ZL1 427 Camaro – 426 Hemi Cuda

I always enjoy picking you some old auto related documents and see what we being said at the time. Steve Marek was good enough to provide us with some of the old Speedway Ford and Mercury newsletters. Obviously, these are directed at the Blue Oval crowd but I think most of you will find these […]

1963 1/2 Mercury Marauder

1963 1/2 Mercury Marauder

If you are beginning to have some NASCAR withdrawal and can’t wait for the 2013 season to start then have some fun and look backwards. Check out the history of NASCAR racing and you will appreciate today’s events even more. If you are a real Blue Oval lover or if you are just into the […]

Donnie Allison's 1969 Ford Talladega

Donnie Allison’s 1969 Ford Talladega

The Allison brothers were stars of the NASCAR world and Donnie even did some great rides in the Indy Car series. You have been able to get his brother’s NASCAR Coke Machine Mercury in our Online Store for quite awhile now. Donnie’s famous orange #27 Ford Talladega IS NOW AVAILABLE as well. Here is a picture […]

David Pearson Wood Brother #21 Diecast

David Pearson Wood Brother #21 Diecast

This is one outstanding addition to the Diecast collection. David Pearson is a NASCAR Champion and Hall of Fame member. The Wood Brothers are legends and also members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Now, they come together in this fantastic diecast. It is the number 21 Purolator 1971 Mercury Cyclone. This red and white […]

Life of Riley Hot Rot

Life of Riley Hot Rot

We have done several article lately on hot rods and rat rods and it suddenly came to me that many of our readers may not have any memories of the birth of hot rodding. There was a time when hot rodders and motorcycle riders were all believed to be hoodlums and dangerous. Those hot rods […]

Legendary Collector Cars TV Episode 8: AMX Barn Find

Legendary Collector Cars TV Episode 8: AMX Barn Find

  For two years now we have been working on our Project Car Barn Find AMX. It is now completed and we are cruising around Middle TN in cold air conditioning and having a blast. More on that in Episode 9. Today’s Legendary Collector Car TV is all about finding the AMX and doing the […]

Original Owner 1965 Chevy SS

Original Owner 1965 Chevy SS

This is a story we all hear about and dream about. I need not say any more just watch this video and try not to tear up.

Vintage Racing was Dangerous!

Vintage Racing was Dangerous!

  If you ever wondered why seat belts were invented to watch this video very closely. This is when racing was very dangerous. There are some extrodinary vintage race cars in this brief video that you will love.

Autographed Fred Lorenzen Diecast Now Available

Autographed Fred Lorenzen Diecast Now Available

We now have the autographed Fred Lorenzen diecast cars available in our Online Store. Fred has been ill and unable to autograph the cars when they first came out. We now have them and this is one you will want for your collection.

1969 Daytona 500

1969 Daytona 500

Previously we brought you a video of the 1968 Daytona 500. By February 1969 the Daytona 500 was shapping up to be battle of all the aero cars. Ford drivers showed up with the Talladega. Even the Mercury drivers were in Talladegas since the Mercury Spoiler II was not even in production yet and therefore did not qualify for homologation. Unfortunately, […]

1968 Daytona 500

1968 Daytona 500

This weekend Speedweeks in Daytoan begins with the running of the 24 Hours of Daytona. We will be bringing you live photos and video from the track this weekend and more about the excitment of the event next week. Arguably, the Daytona 500 is the big event for most racers. If you are a NASCAR […]

Craig Breedlove and AMX Set World 24 Hour Speed Record

Craig Breedlove and AMX Set World 24 Hour Speed Record

Since we are about to have our Barn Find Project AMX back on the road I thought is might be time for a little history lesson. Many car enthusiasts think of the American Motors Corporation (AMC) as builders of little economy cars. Some of you younger guys probably don’t even know that AMC ever existed! It’s […]

LeeRoy Yarbrough Mercury Cyclone NASCAR Race Car!!!!

LeeRoy Yarbrough Mercury Cyclone NASCAR Race Car!!!!

The Cale Yarborough cars are NOW SHIPPING and better yet; the LeeRoy Yarbrough cars are now available! This is a very exciting release. LeeRoy was one of the best drivers by many accounts but died way too soon. Both autographed (by car owner Junior Johnson) and non-autographed cars will be available. These are now available. […]

Carroll Shelby; Innovator

Carroll Shelby; Innovator

Is there anyone who is into cars that doesn’t know who Carroll Shelby is? Have you ever met him in person or listened to him give a talk? I have been fortunate enough to do both. Here is a clip of an interview you might enjoy. It is a good overall and brief snapshop of […]

24 Hours of Le Mans Ford GT 40 engine testing

24 Hours of Le Mans Ford GT 40 engine testing

We sometimes have historical paperwork and videos donated to us which provide invaluable background context to our collector cars. On our sister site, www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com, we have been providing a series of Ford Intra-Comapny memos regarding the development of the 1969 Ford Talladega, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II and Boss 429 engine. Prior to jumping into the […]

1969 Ford Mustang Press Release Photos

1969 Ford Mustang Press Release Photos

The Mustang remains one of the iconic cars in America. One of the most popular years of all time is the 1969 Mustang. I recently obtained some Ford Press Release photos of the new model introduction of the 1969 Mustang and some of the other models. These are intersting and I will provide you with […]

Project Cars Update

Project Cars Update

We have two Project Cars that have been getting neglected as of late. However, we are now back on both of them full speed and will have both on the road very soon. The first is our Gloriana Mustang. It is the 1967 Mustang that was featured in the Gloriana Music Video, How Far Do […]

Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

  One of the cars Katrina and I lust over is the 57 and 58 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. These cars are far from being mainstream and will never make a good hot rod but they are, in our minds, a historical icon of the 50s decade. It was a far different time in America and […]

Vintage Drag Races at Bristol, TN

Vintage Drag Races at Bristol, TN

Here is another of the great vintage drag racing films provided by Tim Lopata of the Forge Muscle Car Show. This includes a feature on Danny Ongais when he was a drag racer before he went Indy Car Racing.

Film of 1911 Indy 500

Film of 1911 Indy 500

Our good friend Tim Lopata of Forge Muscle Car Show fame as done us another huge favor and provided us with this longest film know to exist of the first 2011 Indy 5oo race! This is truly a piece of history for any race fan or car gear-head. Remember, this is 1911, the film is […]

Cougar GT 500 Update

Cougar GT 500 Update

We have some new information on the 1968 Cougar GT 500 we told you about last week. We have known about these cars for sometime but we are just now beginning to get some good details on an actual car. The owner and I still need a lot more information about these rare Cougars and […]

Rare Find: Indy 500 Lithograph

Rare Find: Indy 500 Lithograph

We all love to find lost treasures and sometimes they are a car in a barn and other times they are rare parts at a swap meet. I have just come across something many of you will find exciting while others couldn’t care less. One of my favorite drivers is 4 time Indianapolis 500 winner […]

1968 Mercury Cougar GT 500

1968 Mercury Cougar GT 500

We are often contacted by individuals wanting assistance in locating or selling very rare cars. We also obtain a great deal of our knowledge about these cars from our readers. It is next to impossible to be an expert or even knowledgeable on all the various collector cars. Each of us tends to have a […]

Drag Racing at Bristol Tennessee 1970

Drag Racing at Bristol Tennessee 1970

Our friend Tim Lopata has a large collection of vintage racing moving from back in the day and agreed to share some of them with us. Here is one that all of you drag racers will find interesting. It is vintage 1970 lots of action from the Bristol Drag Strip. This is a little long […]

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ Road Test

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ Road Test

The 1969 Ford Mach 1 Mustang was one of those Mustangs designed to put some fire into the belly of the enthusiasts. It was the first year for this particular body style and remains as attractive today as the day it came out. I am partial to the 67/68 fastback bodies but this one is […]

Introducing the Mako Shark Corvette

Introducing the Mako Shark Corvette

I was always a Corvette kid more than a hot rodder back in the day. When I first saw photos of the Mako Shark my heart would not stop pounding. Living in Iowa it was several years before I actually got to see this car in person and up close. It had been on the […]

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aero Cars on Track

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aero Cars on Track

We participated in a very special event this past August. It was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in conjunction with the 2011 NASCAR Brickyard 400. Participants came from all over the Country and included 1969 Dodge Daytona, Ford Talladega, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler and Spoiler II cars as well as 1970 Plymouth Superbird and vintage […]

Trans Am Racing

Trans Am Racing

The Trans Am racing series from the late 60s and early 70s featured the new Pony cars that were just hitting the market back then. This included the Mustang, Camaro, Barracuda, Challenger and Javelin. There were a few others such as Porsche and the ocassional Firebird. These were the cars designed for the young and […]

2005 Ford GT 40 Road Test

2005 Ford GT 40 Road Test

When the first GT 40s were built by Ford they were legendary in design and accomplishments. I was a Corvette lover at the time and wondered why Chevrolet couldn’t build a Corvette like this for the street. I remember reading an article about how Mr. Ford tried to drive one on the street as his […]

1964 Pontiac GTO; The First Muscle Car

1964 Pontiac GTO; The First Muscle Car

Although there were plenty of cars before it that were considered fast, the 1964 Pontiac GTO may has been considered the first authentic muscle car. It maybe called the first but that  was not enough to guarantee its continuous production. The Pontiac GTO was produced from 1964 to 1974 and it was revived for the […]

Chrysler Turbine Car Video

Chrysler Turbine Car Video

  I remember this car from when I was a pimple faced teenager in love with cars and this was a dream machine. It was like nothing else out of Detroit. It was like the futuristic 50s show cars but this one drove and the public could drive it even if they couldn’t purchase one. […]

Mug n' Bun + Speed and Wings

Mug n’ Bun + Speed and Wings

What would you do if you and the family went out on a Friday night to the local Mug n’ Bun, A&W or Dairy Queen for a little summer fast food and found yourself surrounded by fabulous and rare Superspeedway Muscle Cars from the late 60s? That is just what happened to some folks in […]

Fred Lorenzen Autographed Diecast Now for Sale

Fred Lorenzen Autographed Diecast Now for Sale

We are now shipping the Junior Johnson 24th scale diecast and just as exciting, we are taking orders for the new Fred Lorenzen number 28 1965 Ford. This beautiful piece will be shipping in September. You can get it with Fred’s autograph or without. These are $69 without and $89 with autograph plus shipping costs […]

Cyclone Levels Ontario Motor Speedway

Cyclone Levels Ontario Motor Speedway

This is another of our Backtracking Posts about the way it was back in the day. In 1971 the Ontario Motor Speedway opened in Ontario, CA. It was built as a clone of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In those days the Indy Track was only used for one race a year, the INDY 500. The […]

Junior Johnsor 1965 Ford NASCAR Diecast For Sale

Junior Johnsor 1965 Ford NASCAR Diecast For Sale

Now is the time to order this brand new Junior Johnson Diecast of his Holly Farms #26 1965 Ford! We have these available for pre-order. Shipping is expected in July 2011. This is the 4th car in the University of Racing Legends Series. The other three are the Bobby Allison, David Pearson and Ned Jarrett […]

Back Tracking 1968 Camaro Z28 Sports Car Graphic

Back Tracking 1968 Camaro Z28 Sports Car Graphic

Here are some more Back Tracking images from a 1968 Sports Car Graphic magazine. Women’s lib has changed a bit since the days of white go-go boots, mini skirts and puffed up hair! I showed this ad to my wife not knowing exactly what her reaction to it might be and she asked if it […]

1968 Hurst Olds Road Test with Jack "Doc" Watson and Bill Lindman

1968 Hurst Olds Road Test with Jack “Doc” Watson and Bill Lindman

Here is the street version of what these two legends are disusing. This is a very rare look back at not only the 1968 Hurst Olds and Bud Lindman with Road Test TV but the Olds Hero, Jack “Doc” Watson. You will want to listen closely to the Olds when Watson idles up to the […]

1968 Pontiac Firebird and Royal Bobcat

1968 Pontiac Firebird and Royal Bobcat

Part of the enjoyment of old cars is that they take you back to a different time. It may be a time from your high school years or when you sat on your dad’s lap and he let you steer the car. For some it is simply the ability to relive a time they never […]