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City Council to recognize ‘Lloyd Seay Day’ this fall
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Lloyd Seay, of Dawsonville, sits in his vehicle in 1938. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

At the Aug. 16 Dawsonville City Council meeting, Mayor Mike Eason finalized that Sept. 2, 2021 will be recognized in Dawson County as ‘Lloyd Seay Day’ in memoriam of the stock car racing legend’s death in 1941. 

Local historian and Georgia Racing Hall of Fame social media director Cody Dinsmore played an integral role in getting the date of Seay’s death recognized. 

“It's my biggest passion in life to keep the memories of the pioneers of stock car racing alive and especially the 'Dawsonville Gang,’” Dinsmore said. “We have so much history when it comes to stock car racing here, from the earliest known stock car races in the state to current day. Lloyd Seay has an amazing story, and to me it's even more impressive that we still talk about him and his short career 80 years later.”

Seay, a native of Dawsonville, won the first ever organized stock car race in 1938 and went on to become one of the most successful drivers prior to World War II. 

In 1941, he won the race in Daytona racing for his cousin and fellow Dawsonville racing legend, Raymond Parks. Seay won the next two races, one in High Point, N.C., and the next one day later on Sept. 1 at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta to become the 1941 National Champion.

A day later, Seay returned to Dawsonville and was shot to death by his cousin over a dispute concerning a lack of sugar needed to produce moonshine. Seay’s grave is one of the most viewed gravesites in Dawson County, according to Dinsmore. In 2002, Seay was a part of the inaugural class of inductees into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

“...and recognize Lloyd as a pioneer and icon of the City of Dawsonville and the sport of stock car racing recognizing him for his fearless driving style and, albeit short, his successful winning record,” Mayor Mike Eason wrote in the proclamation presented at the meeting. 

Dinsmore said though he plans to acknowledge Seay on Sept. 2, he is still unsure of what he will do to do that. On Seay’s 100th birthday in 2019, Dinsmore cleaned his gravesite. For updates, like the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame’s Facebook page.