Peach Bowl Speedway Reunion 2014

Peach Bowl Speedway Reunion 2014
Peach Bowl AlumniAll photos by Fred Hanyon, MSA
Peach Bowl Alumni
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All photos by Fred Hanyon, MSA

The 24th Annual Peach Bowl Speedway Reunion was held Jan. 25 in Austell, GA at the American Legion Riders Post 216.

According to Atlanta Time Machine:
“Although it seems almost impossible to imagine now, from 1949 until 1972 there was an auto racing track less than 3 miles northwest of the heart of downtown Atlanta.  Located at the corner of Howell Mill Road and Brady Avenue near the current location of the Northside Tavern, the Peach Bowl was a popular fixture on the local racing scene during the years of its operation. 

The "25-Year-in-a-Row-Attendee Crew"
The “25-Year-in-a-Row-Attendee Crew”

In addition to the midget car racing, the Peach Bowl also hosted races featuring stock cars, modifieds, Grand National Sporstman cars, jalopies and Nascar Convertibles according to the experts over at the Georgia Racing History website, where they’ve got a couple of very informative pages about this long-gone race track.  If you’re interested, you should first check out their page on the general history of the track itself.  In addition to that, they’ve also published a separate article featuring even more details about the track’s history and some of the people who remember participating in events there.

Gerald Duke and Charlie Bagwell
Gerald Duke and Charlie Bagwell

In 1972, MARTA bought the property, tore down the race track and erected a bus repair facility on the site.”

Captain Herb Emory was MC of the event and special thanks was extended to Susan Milam Morgan for all her hard work organizing the annual reunion.

Motorsport America magazine was also recognized as a supporter of the reunion for that we thank the Peach Bowl Reunion for keeping alive the history of racing in Georgia and race tracks like Peach Bowl that may be gone, but not forgotten.

Mike Terrell received an award for all he does
Mike Terrell received an award for all he does

 

One of the many restored cars of history
One of the many restored cars of history

 

Now this is a motley crew!
Now this is a motley crew!

 

Captain Herb with the 1953 Peach Bowl trophy given to him
Captain Herb with the 1953 Peach Bowl trophy given to him

 

Thanks Susan Milam Morgan for all you do
Thanks Susan Milam Morgan for all you do

 

 

Fred Hanyon of Motorsport America
Fred Hanyon of Motorsport America

 

 

 

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