In memoriam: Ted Foltz, Hill Climb racing championServices for Glenn “Ted” Foltz, a long-time Westsider best known as a Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb racer, were Sept. 23 at Fairview Cemetery.
Foltz, 81, passed away at home Sept. 17.
He was born March 1, 1933, in Long Beach, California, to Glen and Phyllis Foltz.
Foltz met his wife Carol at West Junior in 1949. They married Aug. 26, 1951, and had two daughters, Cheri Lynn and Pamela Sue. Carol and both daughters survive him.
Foltz worked as a plaster and stucco contractor and owned and managed Plasco Garage Storage on the Westside for 30 years before retiring in 2004, he recalled in his “Meet a Westside Pioneer” column in the May 22, 2008 edition of the Westside Pioneer. He added that “my grandfather, father and uncles were all plastering contractors.”
According to Foltz' obituary, his “greatest passion” was auto racing. He first drove at the old Pikes Peak Speedway when he was 18 years old and began racing in the Hill Climb at 21.
“I would buy cars and then work on them in my garage on 31st Street,” he elaborated in the Pioneer column.
Foltz won the Hill Climb's Open Wheel Division in 1970 and 1980 and the Stock Car Division in 1975. He was inducted into the Colorado Motor Sports Hall of Fame in October 2013.
Talking about family history in the Pioneer column, Foltz said that his grandparents had moved to the Westside in the 1930s from Illinois. He related that his father “went out 'prospecting for gold' in California and there he met my mother… They married and moved back to the Westside in their Model T.”
Foltz is also survived by a sister, Connie; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Richard and Ronald, and a sister, Marge Patti.
Foltz' "Meet a Westside Pioneer" column from 2008 can be read in its entirety by clicking on this link.