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Southern Supermodified Racers Reunion Scheduled for April

Record Setting Cars, Drivers and Owners Expected at Mobile

By Tony Martin

The Second Annual Hooker Hood Memorial/National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Southern Supermodified Racers Reunion is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the King of the Wing races at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, April 11th.

A dozen of the historic race cars that frequented the Gulf Coast tracks in the sixties are expected to be on display along with several of the major players of the era along with their families. Four of the cars have been on display at the Hall of Fame.

Those include the #12 CAE sprint of Mississippi legend J.D. Parker,  the dominant #V8 of Ellis Palasini,  the famous #R1 wheeled by Little 500 Hall of Famer Bill Roynon, and the Saik Bothers #44 driven by Ival Cooper and Armond Holley.  The car established a world speed record at Jackson (MS) Speedway in 1972 with mechanic, Bobby Harrell at he wheel.

Among the other cars expected are the Wayne Niedecken designed and built #99 offset roadster,  the Jimmy Riddle #3X, and the car in which Hooker Hood established a record of 56 victories in one season (1967).

Hooker’s wife Caroline and family have been invited along with drivers, Ellis Palasini, Freddy Fryar, Hugh Richards, Buddy Bielarski, J.D. Parker, Dickie Davis, Red Farmer, Skip Manning, and the famous Mississippi dirt-tracking brothers, Terry and Marty Broadus.  Terry also provided the rides for many prominent drivers and built and owned Twin Oaks Speedway in Ocean Springs, MS..  Mack Gillis, who promoted the Jackson Speedway will also be there along with famous car builders, Johnny Ardis, Bill Hite, and Andy Anderson.

Racing starts at 7:00 and some of the beautifully restored racers will make demonstration laps.  Driver interviews will be conducted for the fans.  For information, contact Tony Martin at (850)221-1624


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