Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Better know an A.J. Foyt
Let us face facts... Most of the stuff you read on these here "internets" is pretty much garbage. Whether the topic is motor racing, stick-and-ball sports, general news, etc., chances are, you just read something that sucked. Even this site is not excluded from the previous sentence (NASCAR previews? Come on).
With that in mind, Ridebuyer wants to roll back the clock and take you to a simpler time. A time when the world was a little less scary and the internet had yet to turn into a cesspool of gratuitous potshots and mean spirited abuse. The following is the latest installment in RB'ers "Shit Worth Reading" serial.
Today, one of the last remaining members of motor racing's old guard is profiled. This 1991 SI- article chronicles Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. and centers around Super Tex's relationship with his father. (Don't worry, it's not a gay sap piece.) Here's a sample:
For years Foyt has been the most intimidating presence in motor racing, and there are few drivers out there who have not felt at least a gust of his passing heat. In 1982, in his rookie year at Indy, Bobby Rahal was coming out of a turn with Foyt right behind him. "I didn't cut him off," says Rahal , "but I think he expected me to move out of his way, and I didn't. And he shook his fist at me as he went by. But, you know, you're nobody unless you've had a fist shaken at you by A.J. Foyt ."
It's a bit lengthy, but give it a click. (If you don't... A.J. will club you with torque wrench.)