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Johnny Boyd

  • Birth 19 Aug 1926 Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
  • Death 26 Oct 2003 Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
  • Burial Clovis, Fresno County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 8056318

Race Car Driver. Johnny Boyd was a 12 time starter of the Indianapolis 500 (1955-1966), finishing in the top 10 five times with 3rd being his best finish in 1958. During the 1955 race he was involved in a spectacular accident with Rodger Ward and Al Keller that caused him to barrel roll down the backstretch into the path of his close friend Bill Vukovich, resulting in the death of the two time 500 winner. Despite sliding upside down for several hundred feet and being pinned in his overturned car, Boyd was not injured. The native Californian began his racing career in 1946 driving midgets on the West coast before moving to the AAA (later USAC) Championship and Sprint divisions in 1954. He was the 1951 Bay Area Racing Assocaition Midget Champion, a member of the exclusive Champion Spark Plug 100 Mile an Hour Club and the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Club. Johnny Boyd was a great ambassador for the sport of auto racing and will be missed. (Bio by Jim Adams)

Bio by: Jim Adams


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Jim Adams
  • Added: 3 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8056318
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Boyd (19 Aug 1926–26 Oct 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8056318, citing Clovis Cemetery, Clovis, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .