Monthly Archives November 2009

Jimmy Mosteller – Racing’s Little Bitty Buddy

Jimmy Mosteller in 1952, shortly after he started his extensive career.  He told us, "I had always admired Raymond Parks and how dignified he carried himself, so I modeled myself after him."

Jimmy Mosteller in 1952, shortly after he began his extensive career.

By Eddie Samples
Posted in Feature Stories 11/27/09

Back in the 1830s, when the area we now know as Atlanta was still a wooded paradise belonging to the Cherokee Nation, Roswell King left his home on St. Simons Island by horseback to visit the new United States Mint in Dahlonega, GA.

En route and upon arrival at the Chattahoochee River, he was impressed with the view of hills north of there and thought of it as a pleasant place for a community.  With the river supplying abundant power, he established the Roswell Cotton Mill, and with friends John Dunwody and James Bulloch, decided this was where they would live.

NASCAR No-Nos

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By Ken Stanford-Guest Columnist
Posted in Columns 11/20/09

Editor’s note: This column was first published July 1, 2004 on AccessNorthGa.com before many of the NASCAR procedures now in place were implemented.

As a longtime racing fan, NASCAR in particular, I am afraid that the most popular of the racing programs is close to shooting itself in the foot.

GRHOF member Jack Smith honored at Talladega

Jack Smith's portrait at the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame.  Smith was inducted into the Walk on Oct. 31.  Photo courtesy Jackie Smith

Jack Smith's portrait at the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame. Photo courtesy Jackie Smith

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 11/13/09

On October 31, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame member Jack Smith was inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame.

Smith was voted in by the fans, along with long time NASCAR competitor Morgan Shepard.

Each year, the fans vote in one active driver and as many as two inactive drivers to the Walk of Fame, which was implemented in honor of the late Davey Allison.

Marty Robbins, The Singing Racer

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By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 11/6/09

I was listening this past weekend to the classic “Prairie Home Companion” radio program on my local NPR affiliate Saturday evening as I drove home from Atlanta.  At one point during the show, Garrison Keillor introduced a group that was going to perform the classic Marty Robbins song “El Paso.”

As part of the introduction, Keillor mentioned that along with being a performer on the Grand Old Opry, Robbins was a racecar driver to boot.  Keillor made a reference to an incident where Robbins had experienced a particularly hard crash, and sang his way through “El Paso” to make sure he hadn’t suffered any memory loss afterward.

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