Long-time motorsports journalist Joe Cawley of Augusta is the 2016 recipient of the Jimmy Mosteller Award from the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
The award is given annually to a journalist in recognition of lifetime achievements in Georgia motorsports.
Cawley, who was born on Nov. 15, 1945, in Austin, Texas, where his father was stationed at Bergstrom Field, saw his first stock car race at the old Speedway Park in Martinez, Ga., in 1961. There he saw racers like H.G. Rosier, Weldon Adams, Frank Warren and Joe Penland in action. He also attended races that year at the Augusta International Speedway and began photographing races there.
From 1981 to 2000 he did writing and photography for several short tracks including Gordon Park Speedway near Augusta and Modoc Speedway in South Carolina.
Afterwards he traveled and covered races with the National Vintage Racing Association for more than 10 years. His work has appeared in newspapers and racing publications across the country for decades.
Cawley is the current president of the Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society and received that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Cawley’s activities on behalf of the motorsports community have slowed some since he contracted leukemia in the fall of 2015, but his love of the sport remains as strong as ever.
“It is nice when you can find a hobby you can enjoy for over 50 years,” he said.
Cawley will be honored during the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Nov. 12 at the Hall in Dawsonville.
For more information on the ceremony, visit georgiaracinghof.com or call 706-216-7223.