Bondy Long Visit to the Hall
The NASCAR Hall of Fame had a special visitor the morning of Monday, September 26. Maynard Bond Long III came by to look at Ned Jarrett’s 1964 Ford Galaxy #11 on display in the Hall of Honor. You see, “Bondy” as he is known, was the original owner of that car. Long was born in Deland, Fl. in 1940 and his father was killed soon after in WW2. His mother married a member the DuPont family a few years later. Long was always a car enthusiast and took up drag racing as a teen and later became interested in NASCAR. At the age of 23 he bought a Plymouth from Lee Petty and formed a racing team with a bunch of his neighbors. He enlisted Bobby Isaac as his driver.
The following year he approached Ford Motor Co. about factory support and the Ford brass suggested Ned Jarrett as a driver. The new team finished the season second in points and tied with Junior Johnson for the most wins. The following season, 1965, the Bondy Long-Ned Jarrett combination scored the NASCAR Grand National championship. Long continued to field cars through 1968 for drivers such as Bobby Allison, Dick Hutcherson, Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt.
When his Ford factory support dried up he left the sport and pursued his career in the medical field. In his free time you can usually find this fit 71 year old on his wind surfer sailing across local waterways. Bondy Long’s record as a car owner shows 29 wins, one championship, 26 poles and 113 Top 5 finishes in only 205 starts.