Scores of Plymouth Superbirds and Dodge Daytonas were on display at the 2019 Aero Warrior Reunion.

The ’19 Aero Warrior Reunion: Day 4: To the Races!

All roads led to the Talladega Superspeedway for the participants of the 2019 Aero Warrior Reunion. Early on Sunday morning, drivers left Alexander City, Alabama, and caravanned north to the iconic track which holds close ties to the story of these famed winged machines. Not only is the track celebrating their own fiftieth anniversary this year, the first race having been held on September 14, 1969, but the asphalt stretch introduced the world to the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which ran in competition.

Our cameras caught up with the aero action in the afternoon after raindrops had some participants heading for home. Over one hundred and forty classic cars were present. (Staff Photo)

In the Garage

For today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 500 race, the vintage aero cars (which numbered over one hundred and forty) were assembled in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Garage and paddock. That made for perfect viewing of the modern competitors on the track as they roared out of Turn 4. The precise location wasn’t happenstance. The garage was the same facility that housed the competition-prepared winged racecars fifty years ago.

Having caught wind of the aero action, auto personality and NBC television host, Rutledge Wood, came to check out the excitement.

History was made with vintage racers returning to the garage where the 1969 Dodge Daytona debuted. (Staff Photo)
Rutledge Wood and barn find hunter and author, Ryan Brutt, who helped organize the event.

Checkered Flags

Afternoon clouds and showers did blow in, postponing the NASCAR race and cutting the aero action short. Still, enthusiasm ran high as the participants loaded up and headed home, closing out the one of a kind 2019 Aero Warriors Reunion.

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