|During its ten years of existence the Augusta International Speedway complex developed six
different tracks for racing: The 3 mile road course (the Raceway) which is covered extensively in
another section of this site, a 1/2 mile paved oval, a 1/4 mile drag strip, a 1/8 mile micro track, a
motorcross track and a 1/5 mile kart track. Two other planned avenues for speed were on the
drawing board but never came to fruition: The 2 mile tri-oval and the conversion of the infield
lakes at the 3 mile road course for hydro-plane racing. This single complex was very close to
having eight different "tracks" for the fans to enjoy. This "mega complex" for speed, which the
founders labeled "Where The Masters Race", came so very close to being the center of racing
for the entire planet. Forty years later this concept for a "paradise of speed" still has not been
achieved anywhere in the world.
|Modern day overhead photo of the 1/2 mile oval.
Nothing but pine trees and sand. A portion of the drag
strip can been seen in the upper left of this photo.
|All that is left of the 1/4 mile drag strip. All the greats,
such as "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, competed at this state
of the art strip back in the early 1960's.
|Stock cars on the back stretch at the 1/2 mile oval.
Turns 1 & 2 in the background.
|Early 60's dragster at the 1/4 mile strip. Note the
"entrance wall" in the background with "Where The
|Stock cars on the front stretch at the 1/2 mile oval.
Turns 3 & 4 in the background.
|Another cool dragster at the strip.
|Drag strip control tower.
|Good photo of the Snack Bar. No that is not
Cale Yarbrough, but it is his brother J.C.
|The Augusta 1/2 mile oval was the finest in the country. It was initially dirt and later paved with asphalt.
|Track construction - late 1950's
|This USGS photo was taken just two weeks before the
November 17, 1963 NASCAR event. All six tracks can be
seen plus the beginning of the golf course in the infield of
|A USGS 1970 photo of the Complex. Generally
considered to be the year of closure.
|1977 USGS photo.
|1999 USGS photo of nature doing her thing to the
upper section of the Complex. In lower left you can
see the beginning of Diamond Lakes Regional Park
in the infield of the former circuit. The two large
round clearings are the beginning of the state of the
art baseball complexes.
|The very popular Micro-Midget track.
|The eight track complex contained a world class Go - Kart Track. Drag Strip tower can be seen in the background.
|Art Afron's jet dragster, "The Green Monster", rolls into Augusta!
|The SCCA used the drag strip for auto-cross events.
|First class timing and scoring equipment present at all
|The seventh "track" at the complex was to be used for hydro-plane racing. The fours lakes pictured above and
located inside the road circuit, were to be connected and would provide a 4000 foot long lake for racing.
|The original plans for the Augusta International Speedway called for the immediate construction of a 2 mile oval that
would have been completed as the Daytona International Speedway was opening. The developers visited the
Riverside International Raceway and decided to construct the current road circuit layout in place of the oval. Had
this oval been constructed the general feeling is that the eight track complex would still be in existence today.
|Augusta International Speedway
|Augusta International Speedway Eight Track Complex
|Lost tracks in the Augusta, Georgia Area