The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has announced the inaugural Lanier Speedway Reunion for any and all former drivers, crew members, officials and fans of the speedway on Nov. 23 in Dawsonville. Hall of Fame President and Museum Curator Gordon Pirkle anticipates that the event will be one of the largest hosted by the Hall of Fame.
“I think this can be a really big event for us,” Pirkle said. “We already have around 100 people signed up, and as word spreads, I suspect it will get bigger.”
Of all the storied history surrounding racing in north Georgia, from its moonshine beginnings to the foundations of stock car racing and NASCAR, none stands out more than the thirty-year history of the Lanier National Speedway just outside of Braselton.
The speedway was originally opened in 1982 by short-track legend Bud Lunsford as a .375-mile dirt track and featured weekly races showcasing both regional and national talent during its first five years of operations.
After being paved in 1987 the track became a venue of NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series and hosted five NASCAR Busch Grand National Series (now the Xfinity Series) races from 1988 – 1992. The track ceased racing operations in 2011 with the goal of hosting concerts and other large outdoor events but eventually fell into disrepair.
“The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has done a lot for racing in this area,” Lunsford said. “I think everybody that’s involved should contribute something.”
In a press release announcing the event, the Hall of Fame asked that anyone with former Lanier race cars to bring them to the reunion to be displayed outside of the museum. In addition to cars, participants are encouraged to bring any memorabilia, such as photos, videos or trophies to share with other quests.
Reservations are required and cost $25 per person and should be made no later than Nov. 20. A BBQ lunch is included in the price of admission.
For more information concerning the event reach out to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame on Facebook or contact them at (706) 216 – 7223 with any questions.