|Photos every 100 yards around the 3 mile track. Cars would be coming toward you.
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|Take a modern day video lap. Race traffic would be coming towards you on this 3 mile, 21 turn, high
banked road course. The stock cars averaged laps over 90 MPH, the sports cars over 100 MPH.
|This quote given by a friend best describes the track layout: "...certain that it was run counter-clockwise.
Turn 1, a tight left-hander, was located near a small family burial ground and we always called it the "Cemetery
Turn", it was the highest point of the course and the road ran pretty steeply downhill thereafter. The low point was
about halfway around, down near the "Alligator Hollow" ponds (I believe it was Joe Weatherly who named it that).
Toward the end of the lap, the run back up the hill toward the left turn which led onto the Start/Finish bend was a real
grunting test of torque".
|The "backside" of the Augusta International Raceway. At left are the "Double S's" which led into several
banked turns and then a short straight to the lowest point of the circuit where the track is only five feet
from water. Joe Weatherly called this section "Alligator Hollow" after flipping his Mercury several times
in practice for the "Augusta 510". A sharp banking follows the lake to the far right in this picture, then
several banked turns before the uphill climb to the front straight. The race cars would be racing from
the left to the right.
|"Cemetery Turn" at Augusta with "pit exit" (indicated by the number 141 in this
photo) at top right. Cars would race from the lower right up to the "hairpin
turn" at top of photo and then start a long down hill run on this photo's left
side. The banking in "Cemetery Turn" is approximately 27 degrees and the
track surface in that area has a "bowl" type surface as opposed to being flat.
|The Augusta International Raceway three mile road circuit was very unique.
|A - Turn one which is known as "cemetery turn". B - The downhill 1800 foot
section. C - The "Double S" section of the track. D - Front "straight". E -
Infield lakes which were to be used for hydroplane racing. F - The lowest
point on the circuit and named "Alligator Hollow" by Joe Weatherly. G - This
section of the track came within five feet of the infield lakes and is steeply
banked. H - Begins the uphill section of the track. I - Pit entrance. J - The
3000 foot long pit lane. K - Indicates direction of race traffic. L - The only
portion of the track that has been removed to accommodate Diamond Lakes
Regional Park. M - These are two state of the art ball fields.
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