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Community celebrates renovated Gordon Pirkle Room at GRHOF
Gordon Pirkle cuts the ribbon commemorating the renovation of a room named after him at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. - photo by Rio White

The local community recognized the rededication of the newly renovated Gordon Pirkle Room at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

A collection of city leaders, community organizers and friends filled up the room to honor Pirkle, whose generosity has been an important factor in the museum’s success and upkeep.

“We were just so proud of the facility… and wanted to make sure we got it done in time so Gordon could be here,” Dawsonville City Manager Bob Bolz said. “We felt like there would be a good turnout because he is so well known and so loved in this community.”

Over a year in the making, the updated space will serve as an event hall that can be rented out by members of the public for a fee.

The project was a collaborative effort between the museum and the city of Dawsonville, led by efforts from Museum Director Cindy Elliott, city Public Works Director Trampas Hansard, Bolz, museum volunteers and many others.

Construction of the room was able to survive through the pandemic and the winter months due to cohesion and teamwork on all sides.

“Trampas and his crew did a great job. We know for sure over 385 documented man hours times three people [were put in],” Bolz said. “It was a joint effort. We got the personnel, the city council, and the mayor that were really behind it.”

The GRHOF will be hosting a major public event in the Gordon Pirkle Room soon, with a Daytona 500 watch party scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. 

Tickets are $30 and can be found by going to