Museum Tour

#1: The Dawsonville History Museum

Dawsonville was founded in 1857 as seat of the newly formed Dawson County, incorporated as a town in 1859 and as a city in 1952 and named for state senator William Crosby Dawson (1798 –1856). Even though Dawson was born and died in Greensboro, Ga., the county and city were named in his honor for distinguished service as a soldier, lawyer, judge and politician.


#3: Wise Brother Special #77

Driver Herman Wise Atlanta, GA – 1971 Winner of the Little 500 at Anderson, Indiana

#5: The Phil Bonder Thunderbolt on Display

This 1964 Al Means Ford Thunderbolt is owned by Preston Bonner of Atlanta, GA. This is one of the first eleven Thunderbolts built at Dearborn Steel Tubing. It has a 427 CID (7..OL) V8 engine, Dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, Borg- Warren T-10 aluminum four-speed transmission and fiberglass doors.

#7: The Heritage Room

As you enter the heritage room today pay close attention to our state emblem on the floor showcasing each historic racetrack throughout the state of Georgia. Also, the Totem Pole in the center of the room shows the distance of each Georgia racetrack from the museum.

#9: The Elliott Family Room

When Erving George Elliott Jr. and Mildred Reece Elliott married in 1943, they had no idea they would become the patriarchs of one of NASCAR’s most iconic racing families.

#11: Mike Rich

#13: The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

#15: Tammy Jo Kirk

#17: Billy Ballew

#19: Biddle Ridley

#21: Ernie Elliott Motor Dyno Room

#23: Atlanta Motor Speedway

#25: Ronnie Sanders

#27: Jimmy Arnold

#29: Bruce Brantley

#31: Spencer Davis

#33: Jack Smith

Jack was born in Illinois but his family moved to Georgia when he was two-years-old. For the next 35 years Georgia was home.

#35: Lloyd Seay

#37: Jimmy Mosteller and Captain Herb Library

#39: Dawsonville Chamber of Commerce