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#21 Art Anderson

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:54 AM

Foyt as well as Andretti and a few others ran the DOHC in sprint cars.

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Not a sprint car, but Foyt's full-sized USAC Championhip Dirt Car (Indy legal car, but designed for running dirt. No USAC sprint cars that I ever heard of ran the 4-cam Ford back then, given that USAC's engine formula specified just 220cid for an overhead cam racing engine. Parnelli Jones also ran a USAC Dirt Champ car powered by the 4-cam Ford V8.

This chassis has a USAC Champ Car required 96" wheelbase, where a USAC (and in the era of this car, USAC was the dominant Sprint Car sanctioning body, being the only truly nationwide series in those days) Sprint Car used an 84" (seven feet) wheelbase (to put this in perspective, the Kurtis Midget as released by Revell, was built on a 72" --six feet-- wheelbase in those years).

This particular car was an AJ Watson design, with other similar cars, also powered by Ford being driven by Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti and several others. By the 1960's, USAC's dirt tracks were fewer and fewer, people seemed to want (as did a lot of car owners) more races on paved ovals, and most of the formerly dirt mile oval tracks on USAC's circuit got paved over. By the late 1960's, only the Indiana State Fairgrounds track, and similar mile tracks at DuQuoin and Springfield IL remained on the circuit--in fact, this very car, in Sheraton-Thompson colors and Offenhauser power, won the 1965 Duquoin 100 miler, then due to a road accident that prevented Foyt's then-new Lotus Ford from arriving in Milwaukee for the Labor Day 100 miler, got set up with pavement tires, went out, won the pole, and lead virtually the entire race until a rear tire blistered, requiring a last minute pit stop. The Ford 4cam was installed I believe, in 1968.


Edited by Art Anderson, 14 February 2012 - 02:50 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:18 PM

mr anderson
just like 'The Matrix' in the subway scene climax of the movie.

quote from book in pic.
'In 1962, when he was 35, it was Lee Iacocca's dream for Ford to dominate world motorsports.'
under Henry Ford II.

there's Jim Clark on cover.

Have A Nice Day!

The Leo Levine book, "Ford, the Dust And The Glory" which was published in the 1960's makes little if any mention of Lee Iacocca in regard to racing. Levine writes of the impetus for Ford going all out in racing in the 1960's came from none other than the man in the penthouse offce: Henry Ford II. of course, somebody had to trigger that passion, and by most accounts, the person was none other than Dan Gurney, who brought Colin Chapman together with Ford Motor Company, to provide engines for Lotus for that first effort at Indianapolis in 1963 (of course, Ford had already begun the "Total Performance" push, with Falcons entered in the Monte Carlo Rally, and a return of full sized Fords to Nascar and the dragstrips).

At the time, Lee Iacocca was a sales/marketing guy, who was about to spring the ultimate stealth surprise on the others in the Big Three, the Mustang, which was aimed squarely at the leading edge of the Baby Boom Generation, who were reaching 18 in 1964, and as a group, were amazingly flush with money to buy at least a low-priced new car. It was in 1962-1963 that Ford Motor Company, at the behest of HFII (then the President and Chairman of Fomoco (Ford Family, then as now, held the controlling interest in the company Henry The Deuce's grandfather started), and when they were rebuffed, HF-II set in motion the process that resulted in a string of Ford-GT's, and back-to-back victories at LeMans 1966 and 1967 for Ford Motor Company, all the while backing to some extent, Shelby American, Holman & Moody, Bud Moore and a huge assault on Indianapolis and the USAC Championship Trail.


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Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:48 PM

Here are 2 photos of the only DOHC sprint cars I saw run. The white 2 with Foyt in it at Terre Haute. This is AJ Watson's car. I saw Foyt cut a motor in half in this one at Terre Haute in 68 , I think. He threw a rod and never lifted. Look on the internet for Mike Mosley's crash in this car at Dayton, Almost killed Mosley, and it did kill the car.

The 24 car is Gary Bettenhausen. Willie Davis ran the car with Gary as the driver, This car didn't run a lot with the ford in it.

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