Mercury Dealers Vs. Ford Dealers shoot out ??

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Mercury Dealers Vs. Ford Dealers shoot out ??

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Post by bob hess » 17 Nov 2017, 22:56

Any one have a list of Mercury dealerships that actively sponsored Cougars and Comets ( cyclones ) 67"-70" at west cost NHRA tracks ?

I have a lead on a "Dealer's Race Car" . And since I'm on the East Coast I can't be too sure which ( now closed ) Mercury dealer(s) raced what / where ? This is turning out to be a detective type search for the true facts since I'm dealing with a family member of the original owner(s), and it's "Just an old car that's been in the family forever" , for the most part to them .It's a OLD RACECAR for sure , so a MR will only tell me it's life once it got to the dealership. Not if it was used as a marketing tool at the local drag strips to get people into the dealership. I'm sure it,s no Cougar the likes of Rice - Holman Ford's CJ Mustangs. But lets face it ... ALL the truly rare cars have been accounted for . So I would be happy with an "Also ran " race car , but I need some help with piecing together it's history .Did any west coast mercury dealers sponsor Cougars in "Stock" OR Super Stock" classes ? We know about the "Funny Cars".
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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 17 Nov 2017, 23:36

Hmm... would a list like that even have existed back in the day? It seems like nowadays there are lots of vintage drag-related pages with TONS of pics, but back then I don't see how or why they would have started such a list.

Can you give us any clues as to what you may have found? That might help get folks from that area talking about what they know and remember.
Model year?
Engine?
color scheme?

Seems like there is always a "new" picture coming out of the woodwork with some old cat getting flogged :-)
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Post by badcatt » 18 Nov 2017, 01:49

Some information such as what dealer, what part of the country it was raced in and what it looks like could help. I just got a 70 Q code Cougar, not an Eliminator that I can tell by items on the car that it was raced. But have no information about when or by who. I plan to do some research later to see if I can find any back ground beyond when the guy I got it from had. I have no expectations of finding dealer involvement in racing it. But I may be surprised. If you find any thing please post it here and how you found it. It may help others like me.
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Post by TomKat » 19 Nov 2017, 06:42

Would be interesting to see but i've never come across "a list". Mercury supplied (from what I have read) for example Dyno Dons 65 Comet (rear quarter panels read Atlanta District Mercury Dealers) and Comets to Arnie Besiweck and Hayden Profit.

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Post by Royce » 19 Nov 2017, 08:38

Many / most Mercury dealers sponsored cars in drag racing events. Tell us what dealer the car was sold at, and show us the car. Then maybe we can help. The list of dealers who never sponsored a drag racer would be smaller than the list of those who did.
bob hess wrote:
17 Nov 2017, 22:56
Any one have a list of Mercury dealerships that actively sponsored Cougars and Comets ( cyclones ) 67"-70" at west cost NHRA tracks ?

I have a lead on a "Dealer's Race Car" . And since I'm on the East Coast I can't be too sure which ( now closed ) Mercury dealer(s) raced what / where ? This is turning out to be a detective type search for the true facts since I'm dealing with a family member of the original owner(s), and it's "Just an old car that's been in the family forever" , for the most part to them .It's a OLD RACECAR for sure , so a MR will only tell me it's life once it got to the dealership. Not if it was used as a marketing tool at the local drag strips to get people into the dealership. I'm sure it,s no Cougar the likes of Rice - Holman Ford's CJ Mustangs. But lets face it ... ALL the truly rare cars have been accounted for . So I would be happy with an "Also ran " race car , but I need some help with piecing together it's history .Did any west coast mercury dealers sponsor Cougars in "Stock" OR Super Stock" classes ? We know about the "Funny Cars".
H E L P !!!!!
Many Thanks !
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Post by bob hess » 28 Nov 2017, 00:09

From the (poor) pics. I was sent ( I'm still trying to justify the high / last min. type plane ticket price ), it's (NOW) a White 68' big block , 4 speed car. It's being sold by the grand daughter of the mechanic that worked on / raced the car for the Mercury dealer that it is said to have come from . The car and it last owner ( the dealership's mechanic / racer ) had moved from the state were the car had been campaigned in . The 68's rust free state has me thinking Calf., Nev. , or Ariz. The Shelby looking roll bar , and by todays standards "Small" drag slicks , has me thinking it was in the Super Stock "E" class . But that's just a guess. Since southern Calf. was Hot Rod heaven in the 60's . A Mercury dealer would have done well to campaign in Stock and Super stock classes . Any one know the name(s) of southern Calf. Mercury dealers that might have done so in 68 ? Any one know of a source of vintage ( 68- 70 ) west coast dragstrip photos ?

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Post by badcatt » 28 Nov 2017, 11:19

bob hess wrote:
28 Nov 2017, 00:09
From the (poor) pics. I was sent ( I'm still trying to justify the high / last min. type plane ticket price ), it's (NOW) a White 68' big block , 4 speed car. It's being sold by the grand daughter of the mechanic that worked on / raced the car for the Mercury dealer that it is said to have come from . The car and it last owner ( the dealership's mechanic / racer ) had moved from the state were the car had been campaigned in . The 68's rust free state has me thinking Calf., Nev. , or Ariz. The Shelby looking roll bar , and by todays standards "Small" drag slicks , has me thinking it was in the Super Stock "E" class . But that's just a guess. Since southern Calf. was Hot Rod heaven in the 60's . A Mercury dealer would have done well to campaign in Stock and Super stock classes . Any one know the name(s) of southern Calf. Mercury dealers that might have done so in 68 ? Any one know of a source of vintage ( 68- 70 ) west coast dragstrip photos ?
If you can get the VIN you can get a Marti report that will have the name of the dealer that ordered it. That will narrow down your search a bunch.
Neal Jacobson.
1970 XR-7 White "Ginger"
1970 XR-7 Convertible Blue
1971 XR-7 Bright Blue with Blue "Up Beat" interior
1970 Standard 428CJ Competition Yellow The New Money Pit.
See ya on the hiways,
The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter,
they are an entire banquet
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