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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:12 AM

Retro South made its first visit to the terrific new SpeedZone Raceway in Peachtree City, GA, on Saturday, April 26, for a great day of Retro racing using IRRA™ rules. Racers from five states were in attendance: AL, FL, GA, TN, and MS.

First class on the program was Stock Car, with ten entries, so a ten-man round-robin format was selected, with two sit-outs.

Concours was won by Bud Greene, with a terrific-looking Bobby Allison Dodge Charger.

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Stock Cars during qualifying. TQ was John Martin with a lap of 5.455 secs.
 
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L to R: Red Valantine, John Clow, Pablo Wolcott, Jay Guard, Tom Harrington, Bud Greene, Ed Hoffman, and Tommy Flythe. Sit-outs not pictured are John Martin and Will Brinkley.

Stock Car results

1) Jay Guard - 242 laps
2) John Martin - 231
3) Bud Greene - 226
4) Ed Hoffman - 224
5) Tom Harrington - 223
6) Paul "Pablo" Wolcott - 223
7) Red Valantine - 221
8) Will Brinkley - 221
9) Tommy Flythe - 220
10) John Clow - 84

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L to R: John Martin, Jay Guard, and Bud Greene.
 
Can-Am ultimately saw eighteen cars show up on the tech table, so two nine-man round-robins was the racing format chosen.
 
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Grizzled old pro Gil Gundersen, lately from TN, was the Can-Am concours winner with this fine Ti22 NN, painted by Bill Nolen.
 
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TQ for Can-Am was Ralph Thorne, with a 4.710 sec lap.
 
Couple of drivers panel pics for the Can-Am Mains:
 
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L to R: Pablo Wolcott, Mike Arnold, Red Valantine, Gil Gundersen, Ed Hoffman, Buddy Mitchell, DJ Slash, and Jeff Chambers. Sit-out Tommy Flythe not pictured.
 
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L to R: Justin Sears, Tom Harrington, John Clow, Jay Guard, John Martin, Bud Greene, Stan Hutson, and Will Brinkley. Sit-out Ralph Thorne not pictured.

 

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Starting grid for the Can-Am A Main.
 
Can-Am combined results
 
1) Ralph Thorne - 283 laps
2) Jay Guard - 274
3) Will Brinkley - 268
4) John Martin - 266
5) Stan Hudson - 263
6) Gil Gundersen - 259
7) Bud Greene - 257
8) John Clow - 256
9) Pablo Wolcott - 251
10) Ed Hoffman - 251
11) DJ Slash - 250
12) Justin Sears - 244
13) Jeff Chambers - 238
14) Tommy Flythe - 235
15) Red Valantine - 234
16) Mike Arnold - 233
17) Buddy Mitchell - 138
18) Tom Harrington - 18

 

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L to R: Jay Guard, Ralph Thorne, and Will Brinkley

 

Fourteen F1 cars were entered in the final class of the day and it was decided due to the hour to run a fourteen-man round robin, as many of the racers had long drives to make to return home.

 

F1 Councours was awarded to Jay Guard and somehow I missed getting a picture of his car, but everyone should know by now it was painted yellow! LOL! A small image of his car can be seen in the podium shot below.

 

TQ for F1 was Ralph Thorne, with a lap of 4.838 secs.

 

F1 results

 

1) Ralph Thorne - 276 laps

2) Jay Guard - 269

3) John Clow - 267

4) Will Brinkley - 259

5) Tom Harrington - 254

6) John Martin - 251

7) Tommy Flythe - 248

8) Justin Sears - 247

9) Mike Arnold - 240

10) Pablo Wolcott - 238

11) Red Valantine - 237

12) DJ Slash - 236

13) Stan Hudson - 233

14) Bud Greene - 111

 

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:10 AM

I want to thank all the staff at Speed Zone PTC for all their hard work. This was their first "big" race, and they did a great job.

 

A huge thanks also goes out to all the racers who traveled from near and far to come race! Without your support there would be no Retro South, so thank you very much!



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:21 AM

Great report, Greg, thanks!

 

Ralph. you put on a first class program and your hard work really showed. We had a great trip and we will be back.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:24 AM

Great report, Greg. Great pics.

 

Congrats to all!


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:37 PM

Had fun.

 

Se ya'll at the Pit.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:50 PM

Congrats to all the racers and especially the winners.

 

Great report!!

 

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:54 PM

Looks and sounds like a great event and time had by all.  :D

 

Superb inaugural race.  :good:


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:52 PM

Great job, looks like a solid event. 


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:40 AM

Excellent report and photos, Greg!

 

Special thanks to the staff at SpeedZone and Ralph for doing a great job at this event. Man, what an incredible facility this place is.

 

Congrats to all of the racers... I had a great time running with the Retro South gang and look forward to seeing everyone at the Viper Pit in June.


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 09:44 AM

ED, RED, RED, ED. My first time racing Retro South. Don't think it will be the last.

Had a great time, tore up some cars as usual. Learned some more about Retro. Hope I can apply it. LOL!!!
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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:24 PM

Would be nice to see the tech sheets of the podium.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 11:16 AM

Thanks to Ralph and the PTC crew for putting on a great show.  Things went pretty smoothly and race directing by Shawn (I think) was very good, especially so since this was his first big race. 

 

The spread Hillclimb is probably on of the best Hillclimbs I've EVER raced on, and with the Gerding King coming on-line they have will have two super tracks.

 

This is one of the finest slot racing venues I've ever seen and you should do yourself a favor and make the next race, you won't be disappointed.


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