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Racing hall of fame hosts Lakewood reunion
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The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame will host the annual Lakewood Speedway Reunion this weekend.

The ninth annual event will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Aug. 13 and will honor the late Hubert Platt and his last project, the recreation of his 1967 Ford Fairlane in a special tribute and dedication ceremony at 1 p.m.

The car has been fully restored and will be on display in the winner's circle before it is added to the museum, according to Georgia Racing Hall of Fame President Gordon Pirkle.

Platt was known for his "Georgia Shaker" drag cars, including his Georgia Shaker III Ford Falcon that beat out Richard Petty in his Chrysler Hemi during a drag race in 1965.

Like many of the early racers Platt developed his racing skills by way of avoiding authorities while hauling moonshine. Platt ran shine between his native South Carolina and Atlanta.

He was a 2006 inductee of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

Lakewood Speedway, known as the "Indianapolis of the South" in its heyday, was a one mile dirt track adjacent to the Lakewood Fairgrounds south of Atlanta.

"I think the stands are still there," Pirkle said. "It's just got so much history."

Prior to the construction of the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1960, it was known for both Indy and NASCAR racing.

"Very few people can come who actually raced there," Pirkle said. "There are 10-15 left. We will have the luncheon and people will sit around telling stories."

Platt was grand marshal of the 47th annual Moonshine Festival and died at the age of 83 on Sept. 23, 2015.

The tribute event is open to the public and tickets are $15.

The ticket includes lunch at noon that will be catered by the Dawsonville Pool Room.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (706) 216-7223 or go online to