ALABAMA AUTO RACING PIONEERS's Guestbook RSS

  • Billy Buckner (Private)
    8 months ago
    My father, Willie Buckner, bought the 1954 Corvette that was used as the pace car at BIR. He purchased from Tom Gloor in about 1968. Does anyone have any photos of this 54 Vette "in action" as the Pace Car at BIR or in any other settings at BIR?
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      8 months ago
      I would call Tom,Jr. or Terry.Both live in B'ham and are probably in the phone book.
  • gerald (Private)
    11 months ago
    I was in the stokers club 1955-1956-1957 I collected at the gate before the race Louis carden was pres. tommy Charles bill strange and others were there at the track don garlits came earley in his career
  • Don Pruitt (Private)
    1 year 11 months ago
         I was just informed that ***RALPH MORRIS PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY ON SATURDAY***  Was told his wife passed away two years ago as well.  Everyone who ever visited BIR, Montgomery, Dixie Speedway, etc. WILL KNOW RALPH MORRIS !  He will be sorely missed by all.....Rest in Peace...Ralph.....

         NO FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS have been announced as yet.....
                                                                                                                Regards, DCP
    • doug ware (Private)
      1 year 11 months ago
      KNEW RALPH well realy hate to hear this he would help almost any body may GOD be with him
           I was just informed that ***RALPH MORRIS PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY ON SATURDAY***  Was told his wife passed away two years ago as well.  Everyone who ever visited BIR, Montgomery, Dixie Speedway, etc. WILL KNOW RALPH MORRIS !  He will be sorely missed by all.....Rest in Peace...Ralph.....

           NO FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS have been announced as yet.....
                                                                                                                  Regards, DCP
  • John Garrison (Private)
    2 years 7 months ago
    I wanted to say Hello to all from John Garrison, son of the late Johnny Garrison, flagman at BIR, Montgomery, the Ironbowl, Muscle Shoals and Huntsville Speedways from about 1949 thru the mid 1980's. I am 64 years old and was just a kid when Nero Stepto, Sonny Black, Fred Thompson, Bill Latham and many more were running at the Fairgrounds in Birmingham. I remember Bobby and Donnie Allison, Red Farmer, Alton Jones standing in line to get paid for their winnings. They were all in T-shirts with grease all over them kicked back against the wall chatting with each other drinking cokes. I remember my Dad throwing the yellow flag in the air at the start so the drivers could see that yellow flag go airborn from way down in the fourth turn. he had a way of doing things outside the box. He might lean over the rail of the flagstand to make sure he was seeing oil spraying from a car during a race so he could black flag them before they made the track slick. I was just a kid when we would arrive two hours early and he and I would walk the track to make sure there was no debris or pieces of steel laying on the track that might kick up and hit a driver or cut a tire. Best of all he did not play any favorites when it came to enforcing rules on the track. Today I possess that same rule running my company. Everyone follows the same rules. I'd like to hear from anyone who has experience from that era!  
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      1 year 1 month ago
      I saw your daddy jump off the flag stand one night to avoid a flying car on the front straight at BIR.  He always put on a show waving those flags.  He was a big part of why I like going with my daddy when I was a little girl.  One o the wrecker drivers from Roy Buckner lived across the street from us  
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      1 year 6 months ago
      I might have video of your Dad tossing the yellow flag at the start of a race. I just met the AARC guys at Barber about 10 days ago. I promised them I would go through my Dad's films ( now VHS)  as I know I have film of BIR and Dixie. My Dad was Clancy Lake, the 6 O'clock newsman on WAPI for several years. I plan to transfer my stuff to DVD's soon. I'll be getting the footage to AARC after that.  Steve Lake, Sarasota,Fl. 
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 5 months ago
      Johnny Garrison was the best flagman EVER!  He was respected by all - drivers, pit crew, track owners and fans.  I can remember watching him at BIR - his flagging was a work of art.  If I remember correctly, he also flagged at Dixie Speedway in Midfield in the early sixties.  My husband and I both drove at Dixie in 1963 thru 1965.
      Earleen Self Clayton
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 7 months ago
      John,  I don't have to tell you what a great man your father was.  He was always fair with everyone who drove a race car.  He would also help a racer any way he could.  He was the flagman in the early 50's when my Dad drove race cars thru the 60's and when I started in 1971 he came to me and said, your Dad did it the right way I expect the same from you. There was a time I felt like he dropped the black flag on me for no reason, but Johnny came to me after the race and explained what I had done and why he black flagged me. As a young racer at the time, I needed that and he had all of our best interest at heart.  The next week when we came into the track Johnny came to me and asked are you still mad? I said I can't be mad at you, you were only trying to keep me out of trouble.  I have posted it below pictures before, your Dad was one of the best men to every wave the flags at the race track.  Mike Ashley
      I wanted to say Hello to all from John Garrison, son of the late Johnny Garrison, flagman at BIR, Montgomery, the Ironbowl, Muscle Shoals and Huntsville Speedways from about 1949 thru the mid 1980's. I am 64 years old and was just a kid when Nero Stepto, Sonny Black, Fred Thompson, Bill Latham and many more were running at the Fairgrounds in Birmingham. I remember Bobby and Donnie Allison, Red Farmer, Alton Jones standing in line to get paid for their winnings. They were all in T-shirts with grease all over them kicked back against the wall chatting with each other drinking cokes. I remember my Dad throwing the yellow flag in the air at the start so the drivers could see that yellow flag go airborn from way down in the fourth turn. he had a way of doing things outside the box. He might lean over the rail of the flagstand to make sure he was seeing oil spraying from a car during a race so he could black flag them before they made the track slick. I was just a kid when we would arrive two hours early and he and I would walk the track to make sure there was no debris or pieces of steel laying on the track that might kick up and hit a driver or cut a tire. Best of all he did not play any favorites when it came to enforcing rules on the track. Today I possess that same rule running my company. Everyone follows the same rules. I'd like to hear from anyone who has experience from that era!  
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 7 months ago
      JOHN I WAS THERE ALSO MY UNCLE WAS CARL HOLLY HIS BROTHER WAS JOE HOLLY I REMEMBER ALL THOSE THINGS YOU DO I 62 NOW RACED MYSELF IN BOMBERS FOR 5 yrs HATE THAT BIR IS GONE THINK YOU FOR TELLING WHAT YOU REMEMBER LOVED YOUR DAD GREAT MAN
  • 2 years 8 months ago
    We just found out about your group tonight from Rocco's and Cheater's Facebook page.  My husband's uncle used to race in and around Anniston, BIR, Talladega, but mostly Anniston Speedway.  I checked your upcoming events as Mimi Sanfilippo's son-in-law told us about your monthly breakfast in Gardendale.  When I checked you events page, it says 3/28/14 at Ryan's in Gardendale at 9 a.m.   Is that a mistake?  Is it upcoming this month, 2015?  We would love to come over and see if anyone has any info they might share on his uncle.  He was Charles Hamilton, drove the Little Tiger and was called Stringbean because he was so tall and skinny.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks,  Kathy
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 8 months ago
      The date for breakfast should be March 25th.Thanks.
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        2 years 8 months ago
        Check the Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers Facebook page for updates.
        • (Anonymously) (Private)
          2 years 8 months ago
          The date for the upcoming breakfast meeting at Ryan's in Gardendale is correct.March 28,2015 at 9 AM.
  • David-reynaud (Private)
    2 years 11 months ago
    happy BB my friend .continues to share us your great albums, it is a pure pleasure to seethanks david
  • Keith Clark (Private)
    3 years 1 month ago
    my uncle John Keith of Opelika Al passed away at 80 years old September 6 2014 in Opelika.He raced in the 60s andearly 70s at montgomery international and birmingham mtr speedway every Saturday night and Sunday.His car was number 04 for most of his racing career.He raced hobby and modified divisions during those years.He worked at Dornsauto parts and was manager at 1st NAPA store in Opelika AL.He later had his on trucking buisness and owned Keiths Fina Mart.He gave me my love for racing at age of 6 when watching him race in Montgomery Speedway andBirmingham.Those were the best days of racing.He will be greatly missed. 
  • David-reynaud (Private)
    3 years 5 months ago
    many thanks for these superbs  albums
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 years 7 months ago
    Does anyone remember a man named Ray Putnam? He raced in the 60's and 70's late model I believe.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 11 months ago
      Ray passed away a couple of years ago the Bill Lee album has photos of Ray
       
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 11 months ago
      YES WATCHED HIM AT B I R
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 years 6 months ago
      my dad does 
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 years 7 months ago
      yes I know RAY real well what do you need to know
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 years 7 months ago
    A.G. Carter passed away in his sleep April 19 2014
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 years 7 months ago
      Daddy, you will be missed so much!! Love you so much!!
  • Rick Windham (Private)
    3 years 8 months ago
    I am hoping to find photo's of the 1953 Alabama state Nascar championship race! If anyone has any  please let me know. Thanks Rick Windham
  • Andreaburket United States (Private)
    3 years 10 months ago
    Hello! I am hoping to find any pictures of the Moccasin Bend Speedway in Chattanooga. It was open from 1954 to 1957! If anyone can help me please let me know! I am an intern for the National Park Service and they are trying to create a display about the track at the Moccasin Bend Visitor Center!
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 years 11 months ago
    Is there a way to see the names of the people being honored in these pictures ? I can not find any tags.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 years 11 months ago

      Is there a way to see the names of the people being honored in these pictures ? I can not find any tags.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    4 years ago
    I love this page! I am Christine (Haynes) Landreth. My dad was Clyde Haynes he flagged at Sayre,BIR and Talladega Short Track for years. He was also Pit Stewart. I would love to find some  pictures of him from any of these places. If anyone has any please let me know!!!
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    4 years 5 months ago
    Anyone remember a Isbell that raced in Birmingham in late 60s and 70s that drove a car sponsored by Campbell's 66 trucking?
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 years 9 months ago
      moose isbell. he's my uncle
      Anyone remember a Isbell that raced in Birmingham in late 60s and 70s that drove a car sponsored by Campbell's 66 trucking?
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      4 years 5 months ago
      There was a Campbell that drove the B&H motors car before Neil Bonnett did.I think his first name is Dave.
      • butch nelson (Private)
        3 years 11 months ago

        There was a Campbell that drove the B&H motors car before Neil Bonnett did.I think his first name is Dave.     No one named Campbell ever drove any of my race cars. Before Neil Earl Speegle drove my cars from about 66 till around 69. 



        • Billy Henry (Private)
          3 years 11 months ago
          His name ,Dave Campbell when the car lot was on 31 in north B'ham.Verify with Hawthorn.