Peach Bowl Remembered At Annual Reunion

Former drivers, officials, fans and friends gathered at the American Legion in Austell, Georgia, to honor and remember Atlanta’s Peach Bowl Speedway on Sunday, Jan. 30. Photos by Mike Terrell

By Brandon Reed
Posted in Feature Stories 2/4/11

The 22nd annual Peach Bowl Reunion was held in Austell, Georgia, on Jan. 30.

Former drivers, officials, fans and racing aficionados gathered at the American Legion Post 216 to reminisce about old times, visit with old friends and remember one of the most historic and important tracks in Georgia’s rich racing history.

The legendary quarter-mile track was located at the corner of Brady Avenue and Howell Mill road in Atlanta.  It opened in 1949, featuring midget racing, and quickly became a haven for stock cars and super modifieds, known in the south at the time as “skeeters”.

The track closed in 1971, and was demolished the next year to make way for a MARTA bus repair depot.

But each year, those that remember the Peach Bowl get together to remember the speedway, the people and the great times they had at the corner of Brady and Howell Mill.

Here’s a look at some of the sights from this year’s Peach Bowl reunion:

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame member Eddie MacDonald traveled up from south Georgia to be at the reunion. The display Eddie is standing with describes how a victory he recorded at the Peach Bowl resulted in him winning a live goat courtesy of J.C. Bugg. Photos by Mike Terrell

Hall of Famer Jimmy Summerour was on hand at the reunion. It’s always great to see Jimmy out and about!

Susan Morgan headed up this year’s reunion, and did a great job of organizing the event!

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