|The cultural diversity of drivers that visited Augusta during the 1960's is simply amazing.
AIRPS would like to thank these international organizations for supporting the "5Wkids" Outdoor Learning Area.
Procter & Gamble, International Paper, Deere & Company, IPSWITCH
|The Park/Track is located at: Lat N33.21.352 Log W082.04.812
|A modern day picture of the pit exit to the left and the end
of the front straightaway to the right which was actually a
long sweeping uphill right hander.
|Fireball Roberts won his last race at the old Augusta
International Raceway 3 mile road course. Here he is
in the pits during the "Augusta 510" NASCAR event.
|Photo at left shows the 1/2 mile oval, the drag strip, the
1/8 mile micro track, the 1/5 mile kart track and the
motocross track. Click the "Speedway Complex"
button to learn more about this "Mega Complex for
Speed" that was initially known as the Augusta National
Sports Center. Where "The Masters Race".
|Dave MacDonald and Ken Miles Cobras sitting on pit lane
|Jim Hall at Augusta on March 1, 1964 in his second place
finishing Chaparral. Photo - Sports Car Magazine
|Dave MacDonald at Augusta on March 1, 1964 in his
winning King Cobra. Photo - Sports Car Magazine
|Don Yenko in 1964 with the United States Road Racing
Championship in the world famous "Augusta 14"
Corvette. He would finish 11th in Augusta
|Here are two great "information pieces" from October 1959. The above is an artist rendition and below is an overhead
view of the massive layout. You can plainly see the 5 mile road course to the left as it loops around the lake and then
heads toward the 2 mile tri-oval in the center. A 1 mile dirt oval is inside of the tri-oval and a 1/4 mile oval is inside of
the 1 mile track. The 1/4 mile drag strip is to the right and a small go cart track can be seen in the lower right. The
infield of the road course contains a 190 acre golf course and also a 110 acre lake for hydroplane boat races. There is
also a football field between the pit lane and the tri-oval. The bleachers were movable and the entire complex was
years ahead of its time. This layout did change over the next couple of years and so did the name. The Augusta
National Sports Center was changed to the Augusta International Speedway.
|Here is the future of the Augusta International Raceway as the Diamond Lakes Regional Park expands to fill the infield
of the massive former circuit. The Daytona International Speedway would fit inside of this complex. The track is in red
and take a look at what will happen over the next few years! This 21 turn, high banked track is being converted into a
walking and biking trail for you, your family and your friends. Above is the Master Plan for the Park and Track.
|First and foremost. "X" marks the spot of the memorial that was put in place on September 11, 2004. See below to
help us fund this monument to the track and the great drivers that raced at this fantastic six track complex.
|G - Volleyball Fields H - Community Center and Library Complex F - Tennis Courts L - Miniature Golf
E - Golf Driving Range M - Wooded Walking Trails D - Nine Hole Golf Course C - Soccer Fields
K - Nature Preserve I - Three Lakes for Boating and Swimming B - Camping Area J - AMX and extreme
sports fields A - Fourteen Softball and Baseball Fields N - Green Multi-Use Open Area O - Soap Box Derby
You will be able to walk or bike where "The Masters Raced"
The fifth phase of our program to make the former Augusta International
Raceway a centerpiece for remembering our heroes from the racing
community has been placed. Be a part of this ongoing project as we
prepare for the fifth phase of the monument process.
Click Here to become a "Green Flag Supporter"
Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society
PO Box 1403
Hephzibah, Georgia 30815
AIRPS is a 501C3 non-profit organization and contributions to the AIRPS
memorial project are tax deductible under section 170 of the 501C3
Internal Revenue Code.
Here are the AIRPS By-Laws and 501C3 Non-Profit Certificate.
|A comparison between Augusta International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway. These photos are from
the same height with Augusta's track on the left and Daytona's on the right. What a massive complex this still is today
and the infield is being developed into Diamond Lakes Regional Park. Enjoy!
|The grandstand area was located along the pit lane and was over one quarter of a mile long. Note the control tower in
the center picture. The foundations for the grandstands and control tower are still in place.
|"...he got well-launched at
the circuit's wrap-around
Alligator Hollow: a banking
with a 20-foot drop on the
outside, a lake on the inside.
The Elva-Porsche went like a
rocket instead of like a
submarine and chose the
20-foot flight, flat spin all the
way; four, negative-camber
wheels and zero ground
clearance in a landing like a
ruler coming down on a table
April 1964 issue Sports Car
|Don Garlits, Hoyt Grimes, TV Tommie Ivo and others competed at the NHRA
sanctioned Augusta International Speedway 1/4 mile drag strip.
|For the "new beginning" visit the press release page and discover how this track is having a new birth with the
developing "Diamond Lakes Regional Park" Complex.
|Thanks to "Google - Earth" for this modern day photograph of the three mile circuit and the developing Diamond
Lakes Regional Park. Enjoy as you explore 10 years of racing history in Augusta, Georgia.
|All modern day photographs, film and text on the Augusta International Raceway are protected under the United States and international
copyright laws. All rights are reserved and the images and/or text may not be digitized, reproduced, stored, manipulated and/or
incorporated into other works without the written permission of authors and photographers of the AIRPS.
|Fair Use Notice: This web site may contain copyrighted material, the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright
owners, whose forbearance we appreciate deeply. The site is operated under the assumption that this non profit use on the Web
constitutes a "fair use" of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the United States Copyright Law.
A copy of the Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society 501C3 certificate is available upon request and is displayed here..
|"They may encounter a problem in the Winner's circle after the Augusta "510". And it all may well
center around the dazzling new "Marlboro Trophy", a spectacular 50-inch hulk of gold and fine
wood which will be awarded to the winner of the big race. You see this giant among trophies will be
presented by Johnny Philip Morris of "Call for Philip Morris" fame."
From the official NASCAR program - The"Augusta 510" Mile Grand National Race Program
|Below are a few pages from the "Augusta 510" Race Program. Click on the program cover for access to other pages
and learn about the track, the drivers, the grid and the "Marlboro Trophy".
Lee Roy Yarbrough
Pee Wee Ellwanger
Paul Dean Holt
Speedway six track
complex photo taken just
two weeks before the
NASCAR "Augusta 510"
in November 1963
|AIRPS meets the first
Saturday of each month
at 11:00 AM in the
"Multipurpose Room" at
Diamond Lakes Library
and Community Center.
|We want to thank these
organizations for their
help with the Augusta
|Procter & Gamble
|This racing facility is
huge. Click above layout
for all the dimensions of
the three mile circuit.
|Must read books on
"Fireball - Legends don't
fall from the Sky"
with Anne Jones
|"This track is a mystery" - Marvin Panch,
November 1963, Augusta Chronicle Newspaper
|Augusta International Raceway
|A"501C3" Non-Profit Organization
|"The Worlds Largest Public Motorsports Memorial Project"
|Click to see the oval and
other AIS Tracks.
|Blog us with your
|Follow the Augusta
Thread at Atlas F1
|"Celebrating Motorsports Heritage"
Thanks to Marc Younts Tire & Auto, CSRA Motorsports and Interior Technology for sponsoring our Annual "Cruise In"
|The Atlanta Motor Speedway Pace Car has made a three trips to the former Augusta International Raceway for the
Annual "Augusta Vintage Nationals" events which celebrate motorsports racing heritage.
|CSRA Road Angels
|Action at the Augusta International Speedway 1/2 Mile Oval on August 15, 1965.
Ned Jarrett, Dick Hutcherson and David Pearson. Photo - Dozier Mobley
|AIRPS Mission Statement
The AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PRESERVATION SOCIETY is committed to preserving history of the
Augusta International Raceway. By sponsoring research on this racing facility, we will seek out those who were
successful in the sport and document their exploits and their racing automobiles. We will work with local Park and
Library officials as we document the former racing activities at the Augusta International Raceway which is being
developed into Diamond Lakes Regional Park. Through these efforts the AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
PRESERVATION SOCIETY intends to leave the legacy of racing history for generations to come.
AIRPS desperately needs your help to continue development of the" 5Wkids" Outdoor Learning Area at the Diamond
Lakes Community Center/Library Complex located on site of the former Augusta International Raceway. Become a
Green Flag Supporter of the project. Your gift is tax deductible. See details below!
|The Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society
(AIRPS) has established the "Racing Through History" Forum for
those individuals or organizations that may have questions or
comments about the public Motorsports Memorial Plaza located
at Diamond Lakes Regional Park here in Augusta, Georgia. This
memorial project is being developed to remember the former
Augusta International Speedway racing complex that operated
between 1960 and 1970. We encourage interested parties to
click the "Message Board" button.
|Augusta International Raceway
Preservation Society recognized in the
feasibility study for building the new
Augusta Drag Strip!
Click for details!
|Copyright 2003/2009 Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society (AIRPS)
|The International Paper Corporation
has made a tax deductible donation for
the Augusta International Raceway
memorial expansion project!
|Laid Back Racing, the official media contact of the
Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society.
"Racing Memories From
A NASCAR Legend"
|"All Around The Track"
|Many events took place at the six
track complex in Augusta. However,
only two race dates occurred on the
three mile road circuit.
The second longest race in NASCAR
history, the "Augusta 510" on
November 17, 1963 and the United
States Road Racing Championship
(USRRC) event on March 1, 1964.
Here are race programs from those
two race dates. This track is still in
place and being developed into
Diamond Lakes Regional Park!
supports the Live, Learn
& Thrive Program
|Click logo for information on the 6th Annual Event!
|Coming to Augusta for our annual event or just to spend some
time at the memorial or perhaps you have tickets to the
Masters Golf Tournament? Then please check with our friends
at www.grandprixcities.com . They support our non-profit
project at Motorsports Memorial Plaza.
|A forum designed to
teach about far away
places and Augusta's
rich racing heritage.
|AIRPS receives tax deductible donation from IPSWITCH
Incorporated to continue development in the "5WKids
Outdoor Learning Area" at Motorsports Memorial Plaza.
|AIRPS needs your
help to continue the
|Initial benches have
been placed in the
Dedication held on
during the 5th
AIRPS needs your
|Great information on
|Augusta International Speedway 2008 Hall of Fame
|Here is what is taking place at the former Augusta International Raceway that is being
developed into Diamond Lakes Regional Park!
|Construction is complete and dedication took place September 19th for the new Diamond Lakes Tennis Center. The
road (Diamond Lakes Way) between the new tennis center and community center is a section of the former Augusta
|Order your "Augusta Vintage Nationals"
T-Shirt to support our annual event.
All proceeds go to the
"5WKids Outdoor Learning Area"
|Team SC Midlands
|Order this special print
of the 1960 NASCAR
Champion and the
Learning Area" Memorial
here in Augusta!
Click on the Michael W.
Smith Logo at bottom of
|Wonderful artist for
automobile racing and
family oriented original