AJ Foyt at Ontario Motor Speedway

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Aero Cars from 1969 let’s take a look back at one of the stars from that period but not David or Cale. AJ Foyt is arguably one of the very best, most versatile race car drivers of all time.

The Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario California was built as a twin to the Indianapolis Speedway. Heck, the winner’s circle was even made of brick from the old “Brick Yard” track. When you realize that AJ eventually won 4 Indy 500s (the first to do so) it is no wonder he conquered the Ontario track. This is also one of those “old car” wins. This article was written in May 1971. AJ’s car was one of those old 1969 Mercury Cyclone Short nose cars!

The Ontario track did not last long, it soon was demolished to make room for office buildings, shopping center and hotels. I never was able to attend a race at OMS but lived just outside Ontario for 20+ years and worked just down the road from the old speedway. I even helped design some of the new developments that replaced it. I remember purchasing dirt from the turn one banking to landscape by backyard! That was truly a car guys dream come true.

Times change but the cars we own and drive are full of memories. Not just the ones are cars have generated but also those created by the race cars they resemble as well as the drivers that wheeled them.

This is a great original article about the racing back when there weren’t so many rules, restrictions and the great surge of NASCAR popularity ruined the racing.

 

 

 

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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