The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame’s Jimmy Mosteller Award is given each year to a member of the racing media in recognition of a lifetime of
achievements on behalf of the state’s racing community.
This year’s recipient is Charles Head of Toccoa, who as much as anyone over the years has followed the late Mosteller’s example by
announcing races, publicizing them and sharing his knowledge of the sport.
Head is now in his 46th year of working on the local racing scene. He started in 1970 as a high school sophomore helping teams with their
race cars at Toccoa Speedway while also reporting on races for WNEG radio.
In 1974, he got the racing bug and built a 1955 Chevrolet, which he raced at Toccoa. Later that year, the announcer’s son was badly burned
in a fire and had to quit his job at the track.
“They asked me to become the announcer,” Head recalled. “I secretly think they wanted me off the track. Of the handful of races
that I ran, none are memorable, as least not in a positive way!”“What skills I seemed to have as an announcer were diametrically opposed to what talent I had on the track. I continued off and on as announcer at Toccoa and Lavonia Speedway through college and beyond.”
In 1988, Head took on the job of announcing races at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and continued there until 1997. He returned
to the microphone there again in 2004.
In 1991, he began announcing at Georgia International Speedway, and was with that track for a total of 15 years, through its time as both Peach
State Speedway and Gresham Motorsports Park. By 1992, he was announcing for track owner Bud Lunsford at Lanier Raceway and remained there for eight years.
Like Mosteller, Head also announced races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where from 1996 through 2007 he announced races for NASCAR’s top three
series, the Indy Racing League, ARCA, IROC, and the Legends series. He also has announced races for many short-track touring series including
the Georgia Asphalt Series, Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series and the Southeastern Late Model Sportsman Series.
He’s also announced races at Highway 106 Speedway and Hartwell Speedway, and is still the regular announcer at Toccoa Speedway. In addition to his announcing duties, he’s hosted regular radio shows covering all types of motorsports, with a focus on Georgia’s short track racers. In 1990, he started Charles Head’s American Motorsports Program, now called the CHAMP Show. In 1996 the show was syndicated, airing on 75 stations nationwide. In 2006, he ended the syndicated show but the CHAMP show continues to be heard each week on WCON 99.3FM. Earlier this year, he taught a six-week course at Brenau University
entitled “The History of Auto Racing In Georgia.”
Rick Minter, long-time motorsports writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said Head is one of the best friends Georgia racers have ever had.
“They used to call Jimmy Mosteller racing’s ‘Little Bitty Buddy,’” Minter said. “I’ve known Charles Head for more than 40 years, and just like Mosteller he truly has been a friend both to me and to every racer he’s ever interviewed or written about. “On behalf of my fellow racing media members in Georgia, I’d like
to congratulate Charles on receiving the state’s most coveted award for our profession.”
Head will be honored during the Induction Ceremonies for the 2015 Class of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Nov.
14 at the Hall of Fame in Dawsonville. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.georgiaracinghof.com or call 706-216-7223.