At a trade press gathering Oct. 3 sponsored by the Robert Bosch Corp., racing legend A.J. Foyt described his attraction to the siren sound of revving engines and his decision to come out of ``retirement'' to race in the inaugural Brickyard 400 stock car race at the Indianapolis speedway. A number of near-fatal racing mishaps over the years haven't dampened his enthusiasm for racing. That's despite now having a metal plate in his left leg, which is shorter than his right leg thanks to doctors' efforts to save his legs from amputation after one particularly bad crack-up. Mr. Foyt now owns a race team.
At the Brickyard 400, with his remarks broadcast over loudspeakers, he was asked how his wife felt about him racing again. ``I don't care what my wife thinks,'' Mr. Foyt joked, ``as long as I'm happy and my girlfriend is happy.'' Then he added, ``Just kidding, dear.''
Unfortunately-for him-that last part was drowned out by the guffaws of the grandstand crowd.
Mr. Foyt hurriedly called his wife to explain-please, honey, don't take the comment seriously.
``As crippled up as your legs are,'' she replied, ``you still have no problem putting your foot in your mouth.''
What women should know
Anyone catch the ``For Sisters Only'' convention held recently in Atlanta?
A public seminar there was billed as ``everything women should know about cars that their father or boyfriend never taught them.''
One hot topic-which next year's National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention might want to consider-covered ``How to change a tire in 15 minutes without breaking a nail.''
Speaking of women and cars, Katy Endicott of San Pedro, Calif., appears to have known enough to win the recent ``Pikes Peak (Colorado) Hill Climb Race.''
She set a record for the electric vehicle (EV) class driving a Honda Civic EV equipped with tires (Dunlop D98J's) provided by Dunlop Tire Corp. The annual event marked the first time a team of volunteers employed by American Honda Motor Co. competed in an EV. The rugged course, winds through 156 turns en route to the summit at 14,110 feet above sea level.
A research specialist with American Honda, Ms. Endicott began racing motorcycles in 1976 and Honda cars in 1990.
Batteries not included
Chrysler Corp. President Bob Lutz told the National Association of Business Economists he opposes electric vehicles. ``We can build the `Energizer Bunny,' he said. ``We just can't figure out how to make him keep going.'' And going...
Did you know there are at least two ARAs out there?
The familiar one is, of course, the American Retreaders' Association.
But we saw a convention notice for the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA), a Canadian group representing all facets of vehicle sales and repair.
Now, if they held a joint trade show...
For someone special
From AutoWeek's classified ads-under the ``Custom Vehicles'' heading:
``Bullet resistant 4WD Jeep Wrangler-
7.62 rifle protected cab, .9mm radiator, tires, battery tank, $45,000.''
In case the deer start shooting back?
Amen and hallelujah
You've no doubt heard the expression, ``Sh— happens.'' But have you ever wondered how it happens?
TIRE BUSINESS has unearthed this long-lost explanation, author unknown:
``In the beginning was the Plan.
And then came the Assumptions.
And the Assumptions were without form.
And the Plan was without substance.
And darkness was upon the face of the Workers.
And they spoke amongst them selves, saying, `It is a crock of...[excretive deleted], and it stinketh.'
And the workers went unto their Supervisors, saying, `It is a pail of dung, and none may abide by the odor thereof.'
And the Supervisors went unto their Managers, saying, `It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it.'
And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying, `It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide by its strength.'
And the Directors spoke amongst themselves, saying to one another, `It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very strong.'
And the Directors then went unto the Vice Presidents, saying unto them, `It promotes growth and is very powerful.'
And the Vice Presidents went unto the President, saying unto him, `This new Plan will actively promote the growth and vigor of the Company, with powerful effects.'
And the President looked upon the Plan and saw that it was good.
And the Plan became policy.''