Monthly Archives December 2010

The Short And Tragic Career Of ‘Fatso’ Phillips

Mike Bell

By Mike Bell
Posted in Columns 12/31/10

The recent news that the Zebulon Speedway, located just north of Zebulon, Georgia, would soon be reopening put us in mind of a popular area driver who lost his life at the track about 43 years ago.

‘Fatso’ Phillips was killed at Zebulon in a crash back in October of 1967 during a feature race on the ‘Figure 8’ track.

Back in 2007, we made contact with Fatso’s sister, Martha P. Daniel, of Thomaston, Georgia.  First of all, his given name was Arthur Lyle Phillips, but no one knew him as that.

Stories Part Of Racing’s Treasures

Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Columns 12/24/10

There are not a lot of good things you can say about rain delays at a racetrack.  Sure, we can always use the rain.  But other than that, rain at a racetrack is pretty much a miserable thing.

But there is one bright spot.  Usually when there’s a rain delay at a race track, you end up with a group of people getting together to share racing stories.

With all the characters that have passed through the American stock car racing scene over the years, the stories are absolute treasures.

A Car And A Driver Are Restored In Georgia

Georgia's Huston Platt poses with his Funny Car, the restored Dixie Twister. Photo courtesy Racin'

By Rick Minter-Guest Contributor
Posted in Feature Stories 12/17/10

Georgia Drag Racer Huston Platt’s 2009 induction into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame was yet another sign that the 77-year-old former drag racer and his family are finally able to begin moving past one of their family’s and auto racing’s darkest days.

It’s mostly due to the unselfish efforts of one of Platt’s former crew members, Randall Davis.

Remembering Tommie Irvin

Tommie Irvin

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 12/10/10

On Sunday, December 5, the Georgia racing world lost another dear friend, not to mention a true pioneer in the sport.

2009 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductee Tommie Irvin passed away at an Athens, Georgia area hospice in the early morning hours.  He had suffered a major stroke on Thanksgiving, and his condition had slowly deteriorated  since.

Charlie Bagwell – Portrait Of A Racer

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame driver Charlie Bagwell, cool, calm, collected and ready to race. Photo courtesy GARHOFA

By Eddie Samples
Posted in Feature Stories 12/3/10

When this interview was conducted back in 1999, venerable Georgia racer Charlie Bagwell had no plans to quit or retire anytime soon.

His thoughts were to be racing the orange “Charlie’s Tradin’ Post” #U2 racer going into 2000.

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