Spot Light: From the Fans

I Have Seen How Road Atlanta Has Transformed Over the Years

article 2f-smallAll throughout my life I have been a part of a racing family. My father grew up racing and started through his father's racing. My mother raced dirt bikes and my brother went to the SCCA racing school when he was at a young age. I have not obtained my racing license yet, but I hope to have some stories of my own one day and to follow in the rather large racing shoes of my father.

My father's racing prime time was at a time when I was either not conceived yet or too young to understand. However, I have heard countless stories of his achievements and rough crashes! I have seen so many photographs and articles of his racing time and throughout his racing pictures I have seen how Road Atlanta has transformed over the years. It has gone from just a track with no billboards and just people racing for fun and no big events going on, to seeing what Road Atlanta has become today.

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Jock Ellis - Atlanta Region Member 1966-1974

Being the owner of a race track apparently didn't mean much to a hotel near Sebring. In 1970, after the Friday races, Earl Walker and Charlie Earwood were standing somewhere near the racetrack with worried looks on their faces when I saw them and asked what was wrong. They had gotten to the hotel late, Earl said, and found that their reservation had been given to someone else.

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Fond Memory at Road Atlanta When I Was a Child

I am going to date myself here ... However I have a very fond memory at Road Atlanta when I was a child...

This story is pre turn 10A and 10B when the "dip" was still a major factor in how drivers took on Road Atlanta. My Dad at very early age got me involved with SCCA crewing for a family friend on his Triumph TR-7. At the time this car was extremely competitive and won a couple SCCA PRO-IT championships. In PRO-IT the rules stated that cars had to have a passenger seat. PRO-IT cars were/are former street cars turned to racecars.

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Wedding Engagement at Petit Le Mans

Amanda Patrick and Ned Jung
Date: October 2, 2010
Location: Starting grid before the race at Road Atlanta

Amanda Patrick:
DSCF5290My name is Amanda Patrick. Within the past five years of me working at Costco in Buford I've befriended many members who shop there. A close friend of mine now, Dick Barbour and his wife Ivanna, are a significant part of the Robertson racing team of which I've been a fan of theirs for a while. I appreciate any time I can spend talking with the many team members, and have learned lots from them. I'm slowing developing my own racing career to hopefully be a driver for a team as big as them one day.

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Coming Up

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    Streetwise Drift is based in Charlotte, N.C. SWD’s leaders and crew have many decades of combined experience in grassroots motor sports. SWD runs both amateur Read More
  • WERA National Sept. 19-21 +

    WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost place to develop talent in the sport of motorcycle Roadracing. The legacy of Pro Read More
  • Petit Le Mans October 1-4 +

    The Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda (French for little Le Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Read More
  • SCCA ARRC Oct. 31-Nov. 2 +

    The Sports Car Club of America is the backbone of American road racing, and the Atlanta Region is extremely active. Besides providing corner workers and Read More
  • NASA December 5-7 +

    The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. Read More
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