Being the crafty car guy that I am, I figured out a way to include a trip to South Georgia Motorsports Park into our Florida vacation. SGMP is right off Interstate 75, just north of Valdosta, so I’ve always wanted to stop by there. SGMP is also home to the biggest outlaw races of the year, promoted by ORTC, so I may have scheduled our entire vacation around visiting this huge event. Regardless of my ulterior motive to visit a drag strip on our vacation, we had a great time, and hated to leave! Next time, we’ll definitely stay for the entire event. Unfortunately, this one would end up being rained out on Sunday, just like the Daytona 500.
I took a couple hundred pictures while at Lights Out 3 and was wowed at the wheelstands, which seemed to be plentiful. Track prep was flawless, so the cars were flying. I saw two 4.32 passes in the Radial vs. the World class, which is just crazy to me. Generally, when I see this sort of class run, anything in the 4’s is a strong pass. However, I’m accustomed to a high-altitude track, compared to SGMP, so the E.T.’s are drastically different. Anyway, we had a good time, and saw a bunch of high end outlaw street cars, so you can bet I’ll be visiting SGMP again for one of ORTC’s events. Check out my favorite pictures here, or view the full gallery by clicking here.
The staging lanes were packed with lots of cool cars. I actually photographed the orange Nova in the foreground for Super Chevy a couple years ago.
Very cool first generation Corvette motoring down the super stick track at South Georgia Motorsports Park
So many wheelstands! Next time I will definitely be down there at the line to photograph these wild runs!
Jason Lee hangs ’em high in his newly-wrapped Mustang and carries them a few hundred feet down track.
Nice to see the local guys representing at SGMP. Tommy Hayes wheels the white Fox body Mustang in the near lane, and lives in Decatur, TN. The Hayes brothers had a great weekend, running in the 275 classes.
Lots of action in this photo! The black car instantly went up to the bumper, while the beautiful maroon Fox body sneezed a fireball out of its scoop.
Another local racer…Josh Proffitt makes a pass in his stock suspension Malibu. Christina said the Chevy II was cute…I lol’d, but it’s definitely a cool car.
Choo Choo! This bull-horn-equipped Mustang puffs out a lot of smoke on this test pass!
The place was packed! It’s so awesome to see outlaw racing draw this kind of crowd. Hundreds of cars and thousands of people make for a great event!
Steve Jackson doing a long burnout before his blisteringly quick 4.32 pass. Although impressive, the run was not enough to top Kevin Fiscus’ world record pass.
Love this car…so slick and clean….and fast!
Bounty Race promoter, Jim Howe, Jr. does a long, smoky burnout in his roots blown ’68 Camaro. He ran a new best of 4.65 the night before so Jim definitely took advantage of the good air.
Billy Smith made lots of changes to his Mustang during the off season and it paid off, as he ran a new best of 4.64 at SGMP.
Another local, Brad Shultis debuted his Panther Pink paint job at the Lights Out event.
Brian Adams of BES Racing Engines came all the way down to SGMP to run his super clean Nova.
Yet another local racer, Heath Littrell competed in the 5.70 index class in his Chevy Monza. Unfortunately, he broke something on this pass.
My pictures of this car do not do it justice. It was amazing…slick paint, perfect stance and just all around awesome.