Born: Dec. 28, 1931, Asheville.
Tom Higgins’ reflections
Hall of Fame voter and former Observer motorsports writer Tom Higgins remembers Jack Ingram:
Up until ’84, when Skoal brought its backing and a green/white paint scheme to Ingram’s No. 11 cars, he had driven machines that were a drab brown.
Rumor had it that Ingram used that color because gallons of brown paint had been given him by Asheville’s maintenance department, which was discontinuing its use.
At the end of the joyous Ingram/Skoal news conference in Atlanta, I asked, “Jack, what are you going to do with all that ugly ol’ brown paint?” The press box erupted in laughter.
Stunned, Ingram was speechless for several seconds before shaking his head and breaking into a grin. He departed without answering.