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06-29-2010, 11:48 AM
Looks like we will have a special guest of honor for the Friday Cruise to the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame.

2004 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Inductee CHARLIE MINCEY !!

Charlie is a heck of a nice guy , and has a lot of stories about racing , and a little bit of advise on car setup and driving technique.
He's one of the greatest dirt track / paved oval track drivers ever.
He had a higher finishing place percentage than almost any other driver of the era..
( In other words , he finished high and in the money , and didn't destroy the car.. HE FINISHED ! )
Charlie also recently ran over 155mph , at Darlington , at a vintage event , in a 1955 Chevy vintage race car.
He can still Drive !!!

Here's a little info on Charlie Mincey :

Born: November 19, 1931 – Atlanta, GA
1941 – Driving regularly by age 10, he was too young for the war, but
between the ages of 14 and 19 he was making nightly trips to
Dawsonville,Ga. , 7 nights a week to haul moonshine to Atlanta. He paid the stillers $2.50 a gallon at the
site, added a buck a gallon, times 120 gallons a load. Times were good,
and he never lost a load in five years.
1950 – Began his racing career in 1950. On his first night out, he
outdrove veteran hall of famer Jack Smith, who was amazed at the kid’s
ability behind the wheel of a car. (Jack didn’t know Charlie had been
hauling whiskey out of the mountains of Dawsonville for 5 years.)
1950’s – won the track championships at Toccoa, Athens and Atlanta’s
Peach Bowl Speedway.
1955 – Won the Georgia State Modified Championship.
1980 – Retired in 1980. In over four decades of racing, never owned his
own car. Which right there tells of his abilities, reputation, and
Charlie was also hired to stunt drive for several movies made in the
Georgia area.
Between his dad, famed local paint and body shop owner Roy Mincey,
Badeye Shirley, who was Raymond Parks’ brother in law, and famous
mechanic Billie Hester, they helped him convert his ways and built him a
race car.

David Sloan
07-01-2010, 11:06 AM
Dang Jelvis how do you remember all that stuff!
This is cool cant wait to meet him!

07-01-2010, 04:45 PM
I copied it off of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame website.. LOL

David Sloan
07-02-2010, 03:46 AM
And here i thought you were doing better than me with the old age thing. LOL!!