Here’s a look at some of Georgia Racing History related videos from around the internet.
Raymond Parks – Pride of NASCAR
Prior to the 2008 NASCAR event at Sonoma, California, Georgia racing legend Raymond Parks was profiled by Kyle Petty on the “Pride of NASCAR” segment of TNT’s race broadcast. The segment also includes an interview with “Driving With The Devil” author Neal Thompson (who provided the video via YouTube). Posted 7/9/10.
A Lap Around Augusta International
One of the most interesting tracks ever laid out in the state of Georgia has to be the three mile long Augusta International Speedway. One of eight tracks planned for a large racing complex, the road course only saw action in 1963, including a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) event won by Fireball Roberts, which proved to be the last win of his career. Now you can take a lap around the speedway as it stands today via this video. Posted 7/9/10.
Daytona Beach Modified Race – 1952
Here’s a highlight reel of the NASCAR Modified event at Daytona Beach from 1952. Look closely for the 2B of Atlanta’s Jack Smith, who went on to win this one. Posted 7/9/10.
GATR Atlanta 250 – 1980
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. It’s highlight coverage of the Great American Truck Race Atlanta 250 from the Atlanta International Raceway in 1980. These things were Bobtails, aka tractors without trailors! This video is part one of four, so follow the links at the end to see the other four parts. Posted 7/9/10.
White Lightnin’ Road movie trailer – 1967
Here’s a favorite of many of us here in North Georgia. Back in 1967, movie director Ron Ormond came to Cumming, Georgia to make a racing film. It was filmed mainly in and around the Cumming Speedway, aka the “Cow Pasture”. It featured several prominent racers of the day, including Bud Lundsford, Shorty Hogan, Tommy Roberts and others, including cars owned and built by Hugh Jones and Bill Sosebee. The result was a truly bad film, but a real time capsule. We’ve shown the movie a time or two on the big screen at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, and it’s always drawn a big crowd. So here’s a taste of “White Lightnin’ Road” for you! Posted 7/9/10.
Sanders, Waltrip Recall ’77 Snowball
Darrell Waltrip says he still has the trophy. Ronnie Sanders says he not only has the trophy, but he has the check. So, who won the 1977 Snowball Derby? The record book says Georgia Racing Hall of Fame member Ronnie Sanders. But Darrell Waltrip has the trophy he was given after being flagged the winner, and says he’ll be keeping it.
The folks over at Speed51.com have put together a cool video on that controversial finish. Well, controversial if you’re Darrell Waltrip. Otherwise, it was another win for Peach State legend Ronnie Sanders! Have a look at the video below! Posted 11/25/09.
Rolling Thunder TV Highlights Hall of Fame Banquet
Bill Kelley’s Rolling Thunder TV program was at Friday night’s Georgia Racing Hall of Fame induction banquet, and has made the Hall of Fame the center of a special program that made it’s debut this week. You can view the program below. Thanks Bill!!! Posted 10/27/09
Racer’s Reunion.com Highlights 42nd Moonshine Festival
Jeff Gilder, Dustin Gilder and the folks from Racers Reunion.com have put together a great highlight video of the 42nd annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, which was held Oct. 24-25 in downtown Dawsonville, Georgia, which you can view below. The video is set to “Back Roads and Moonshine”, a song dedicated to Mr. Raymond Parks and other great Georgia racers. The song is available on the CD “Racers and Chasers” by Jay Sellers and the Crew. If you’ve not visited Racers Reunion.com, it’s a must!! Thanks to Jeff and all the Racers Reunion folks for their involvement in the Hall of Fame induction and the Moonshine Festival. Posted 10/29/09
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