A.J. at Spa?
Posted 08 December 2003 - 23:07
Is this common knowledge? I have absolutely never heard it before - but I learn something every day. But this one, I just think I would have heard of.
I was at Spa for the GP in '66, '68, and '70 but missed Dan's big year in '67, so I have no first hand experience on which to confirm or refute this. Anyone else know of this?
Posted 08 December 2003 - 23:17
Doth the plot thicken?
Posted 09 December 2003 - 06:53
But HNM in R&T had this in the Dutch GP report.
"I gather that none other than the celebrated A.J. Foyt is due to drive the spare (Eagle) at Spa ( a classic case of jumping off the deep end to learn to swim ) and possibly Bruce McLaren will get the third. I can only imagine that Goodyear, who supplied a fair amount of support, has summoned Foyt, as he could make as much from one dirt race as he could from winning five GPs."
And in the Belgian GP report.
"Eagle brought only one car as while McLaren had tested another successfully at Goodwood, the engine had given trouble and could not be sorted out in time. Likewise, Foyt heard that there were better pickings at Trenton, not to mention that it sometimes rained at Spa, so he stayed in the States. "
Manney was incorrect, Foyt raced at Langhorne, June 18th, 1967.
Posted 09 December 2003 - 09:07
I wonder if it was a 50/50 thing or if the chances were very very slim.
I guess AJ wasn't that keen but if not, was that because of the risk of not cutting it, or not wanting to fall in love with it and then have to do all the travelling.
Posted 09 December 2003 - 16:10
Posted 09 December 2003 - 16:24
Foyt preferred to risk his neck in familiar if not equally or more treacherous environs.
Posted 09 December 2003 - 19:08
Posted 09 December 2003 - 19:46
The point is, AAR could not provide a second car.
I would guess that Manney wrote these comments after he was absolutely sure that Foyt was not still in Europe.
Posted 09 December 2003 - 20:22
The Mosport event was rained out and rescheduled for 1 July, but the Langhorne event saw everyone happy and excited -- including Foyt -- about the Gurney & Eagle victory at Spa earlier in the day.
I think it is safe to assume that HNMIII was having a bit of fun....