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
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!
I started going to BIR and sitting on the billboards in 1946-7,I think it was,the first races after WW11 ended and I was ten years old.Dad came home from the war and we went every Sunday.We moved in 1950 to Trussville just a block or so from the Garrisons.I really did enjoy watching that Flagman! I bought a new 1964 Impala from Joe Holly in Birmingham.
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