It’s Flashback Friday, and we have yet another lost drag strip to hop in Doc Brown’s Delorean to travel back in time and visit. This week our journey takes us to the small town of Blue Ridge, Georgia, which borders Georgia and Tennessee to the north. On November 3, 1963, the Double H Dragstrip opened its gates to area racers for the first time. A newspaper clipping described the scene as more then 1,000 people came out to view the quarter mile action amongst racers from as far south as Atlanta and Hayesville, NC from the north. On that particular day, Jack Burnett of Atlanta drove his four barrel ’55 Chevy to top honors, earning the distinction of Double H Dragstrips’ first winner.
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During it’s run in the 1960’s, Double H hosted some of the south’s top Super Stock and Factory Experimental racers, and in May of 1965, hosted one leg of the three-track “Southern World Series of Drag Racing” that brought some of the finest factory machines in the country to Blue Ridge. We’re talking 409’s, Z-11’s, Thunderbolts, Chrysler Hemi’s, and the like.
The track, like many small-time tracks of the era, had a rather unique topography as it lined the side of a steep hill. Fans would crowd the hill the entire length of the track, just feet away from the cars as they charged for the finish line. the track itself was also particularly narrow, with not even a car width of space separating the two lanes. the track was shut down for good before the close of the decades, and based on some local newspaper articles pointing out the poor attendance, the numbers may have simply done the place in. To this day, the strip of asphalt remains in use as a landing strip for aircraft, albeit with little to no sign that it was once a house of speed for southern drag racers.