Thanks for those Pics. Most of those cars I've seen in person , with the exception of the 427 powered 1969 Torino Cobra that David Pearson ran on the short tracks. Did you notice how the Talladega Variant with the Boss 429 retained the Torino Cobra signage? Purely a marketing move on Ford and East Tennesee Motors part , as they Cobra was widely marketed in print and TV...and the Talladega variant was a purpose built model for homologation purposes only. Ford Honestly couldn't have cared less if any of the street variants ever sold to the public...as they would have easily become Race cars after a crash course makeover which is what took place with all of them in those days.
Lee told me that they threw away hundreds of interiors for the cars that they raced...straight from Ford production as a family car...then straight to the old HM facility at the Charlotte airport to become Grand National racers as the series was called then.
In my chat with Ralph Moody ten years ago.. had to pose the question with all the big names that drove under the HM banner from the late 50's till Ford pulled the plug in the early 70's. Who was the best driver that ever drove for HM ? Without a moments hesitation...the awnser was "Fast Freddie" Fred Lorenzen. He was the driver that piloted the number 28 sponsored by Lafayette Ford of Fayetteville , N.C.
Consider..the drivers of their past.
(1) Gleen "Fireball" Roberts (died from burns sustained at the World 600 in Charlotte) Sponsored by Young Ford of Charlotte.
(2) David Pearson Champion in both 1968 and 1969 (Sponsored by East Tennesee Ford)
(3) Cale Yarborough
(4) Mario Andretti (Won Daytona 500 on his 1st try in Nascar
(5) Richard Petty (1969 Ford driver because Plymouth had yet to build a Superbird to match the Charger Daytona that Dodge had. Won his 1st Road Course at Riverside , Ca in his first attempt in a HM prepared Torino Cobra
(6) Bobby Allison..at one point or another he drove them all , including AMC products
(7)Junior Johnson...a legend going back to NASCARS roots in running Moonshine
(8) A.J. Foyt...won Daytona and drove for the Wood Brothers in HM prepared Mercury's and Fords
(9) Dick Hutcherson..so so as a racer...but a pioneer in chasis development. Note his company of Hutcherson and Pagen that still provides these services to other teams.
(10) Dan Gurney...Lemans and Trans Am God
(11) Joe Weatherly...killed in a Bud Moore Engineering Ford in Riverside,Ca. His accident was instrumental in the developement of the drivers window net..as his head struck the wall in a crash , leading to his death. The NASCAR Museum at Darlington is named after him.