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The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame held a ceremony honoring Herb Emory, law enforcement
Herb Emory’s Ford Galaxie squad car makes its way through downtown Dawsonville on Friday, May 5. (Photo by Kaitlyn Baty)

A busy spring season for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame had a notable recent highlight, as the local museum held a special ceremony on Friday, May 5, for their newest display — Herb Emory’s Ford Galaxie replica squad car from “The Andy Griffith Show”.

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Emory, a longtime traffic reporter for WSB radio and Channel 2 Action News, was well-known in NASCAR circles as a passionate motorsports enthusiast.

The GRHOF marked the occasion by having the squad car driven through the Dawsonville square and escorted by Georgia State Patrol troopers as a tribute to Emory. 

After winding its way back to the museum, the car was carefully brought into the building and placed among the many historical cars present.

Behind the car was a display that served to commemorate the work of law enforcement and first responders, which included patches, uniform articles and photos.

Karen Emory, Herb’s wife, expressed her gratitude to the GRHOF for creating the display, which sits next to the museum’s Herb Emory Library. 

“This is the perfect place,” Emory said. “Knowing how much Herb loved this car, how much he loved racing, and how much he loves this Hall of Fame...I just know he is smiling down on us right now and everyone that had anything to do with making this possible.”

Cindy Elliott thanked the GSP and local law enforcement for helping coordinate the escort and getting together many elements of the display.