Monthly Archives July 2012

The Cooper Brothers – A Georgia Racing Family

Driver Harvey Jones, and car owners, builders and mechanics Johnny Cooper and James Cooper with their race car at the Thunderbowl Speedway in Valdosta, GA.

By Mike Bell
Posted in Feature Stories 7/27/12

Do you remember going through all those small South Georgia towns and seeing some kind of race car at a garage or gas station? This is the story of one of those little towns and three brothers that had a garage just like that. The place?  Ray City.  The time?  Late sixties into the seventies and later.  Johnny Cooper is the oldest and grew up fast in that little town. The Cooper brothers are, from oldest to youngest, Johnny (July 22, 1945), James (August 18, 1947) and Tommy (August 27, 1956 – who has always gone by the name Skeeter and prefers it that way. “My uncle gave me that name is what my mother told me”).

Racers Gather At North GA & Tennessee Racers Reunion

Friends and family gathered at the farm of Gordon Brown in Dalton on June 14th for the first North Georgia and Tennessee Racers Reunion. Photo by Mike Terrell

By Mike Bell
Posted in Feature Stories 7/20/12

All of Charlie Mincey’s, John Layton’s, Donald Tyson’s and Gordon Brown’s hard work gave everybody that came to the First Annual North Georgia and Tennessee Racers Reunion the greatest time they could have had at any reunion.

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