In Memory of my old radio pal Tex Forman
Racing’s big weekend is here. Back to back action on Sunday with the Indy 500 and the Coke World 600 in Charlotte. The Fastcar Newsdesk report is below.
It’s also Memorial Day weekend..The time officially set aside to remember and salute those already gone..Those that served our Country, God, our Community and family. The victims in Oklahoma need our prayers too.
It’s also National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week..A good time to thank those that risk it all protecting us everyday…
A good time to remember the pets in our life too. Top-under-the-hood-Dog Sam Memmolo and his wife, Diana will be hosting a Cruise-In to raise money for the Douglas County Humane Society the Sunday of May, June and September at 4040 Chapel Hill Road in Douglasville across from Chapel Hill Middle School. The fun runs Noon until 5. www.DouglasCountyHumaneSociety.org for more info or call 770-489-7164.
Don’t forget to come meet NASCAR Talladega and Daytona winner David Ragan Tuesday in Cumming. David will be helping raise money for the Blue Ridge Lodge for teens. All the info below…
WHAT’S UP AROUND TOWN:
Tuesday, May 28th Come meet NASCAR Driver DAVID RAGAN at Bald Ridge Lodge Golf Tournament, noon, Polo Golf and Country Club, 6300 Polo Club Drive, Cumming, Ga.30040.. Bald Ridge Lodge is a safe haven for children in need of protection, direction and supervision. More Info 770-887-1220 http://www.baldridgelodge.org/index.php/Golf/
SEPTEMBER 28 “Friends with Old Cars” is in the planning stage for our annual “Kruise for Kids” car show in Douglasville, Georgia at the Midway Village Shopping Center. As you may remember all the proceeds from our Kruise For Kids car show goes to A Gift of Love in Douglasville. The Friends with Old Cars group is planning to host a car show this fall on September 28th, 2013 calling the get together “Kruise for Kids“. Our car group hopes to raise $10,000.00 from the Kruise for Kids event and all of the funds that are raised from this event will go to A Gift of Love in Douglasville to support their needs and ministry. Last year’s Kruise For Kids car show raised more than $7,500 for A Gift of Love. If you are not familiar with A Gift of Love, it is a small local charitable foundation in Douglasville, founded by Mrs. Juanita Clay of Douglasville. You can access their website at http://www.agiftofloveservices.org/. Mrs. Juanita Clay’s commitment is to feed hungry children in the Douglasville area. She and her dedicated friends and fellow workers shop, store and pack over 400 backpack meals for children each week, to help ensure that no child will go without food on weekends, holidays or vacations when school is not in session and they do not receive a meal. More Info firstname.lastname@example.org 404-281-6453
FASTCAR NEWSDESK-CHARLOTTE-Thanks to Mark Garrow & www.jayski.com
SATURDAY-CHARLOTTE Nascar Nationwide 300-3PM- on ABC-Ch. 2
INDY 500-SUNDAY- Noon on ABC-Ch.2
CHARLOTTE Nascar Sprint Cup COKE WORLD 600-SUNDAY- 6:15PM- FOX-Ch.5
GEORGIA’s DAVID RAGAN starts 35th in No. 34 Dockside Logistics FORD
#11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with new track record speed of 195.624mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 14th of his career. #78-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #20-Kenseth, #55-Martin, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray and #39-Newman. The first nine drivers all were faster then the old track record, set in Oct 2012 by Greg Biffle (193.709). Missing the race was: #19-Bliss [was 40th fastest and 44th in owners points].
See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, qualifying order on the Jayski Charlotte Lineup / Qualifying Page.(5-23-2013)
David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports’ #34 team will encourage NASCAR fans to join team partner Love’s Travel Stops in donating to help victims of this week’s Oklahoma tornadoes. Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops announced a $3 million donation to support relief efforts, and the No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford will carry decals for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway to promote additional giving. Love’s announced the donation this week to support immediate and long-term relief efforts in Oklahoma following the devastating tornado that impacted the communities of Moore, Shawnee and surrounding areas.
The first $1 million will be designated to the OK Strong Relief Fund established by Governor Mary Fallin to meet the long-term needs of victims in partnership with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Another donation of $500,000 will be given to Catholic Charities. The remaining $1.5 million will fund a benefit event to honor those impacted by the storm and to raise additional relief funds. “Our company has been engrained in the fabric of Oklahoma since 1964. Our hearts are saddened by the news of this tragedy affecting so many of our friends and neighbors,” said Tom Love, Chairman and CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those impacted by this horrific event.”
Front Row Motorsports was eager to donate space on the car to help raise additional funds. “Anything we can do to help, we’re obviously happy to do it,” Ragan said. “You feel so helpless when you watch the footage on TV and you wish you could do something more for those folks. The best way to help is to donate money and we hope NASCAR fans will follow in Love’s footsteps in doing so.” To join Love’s in helping to provide relief over long-term for those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes, visitwww.unitedwayokc.org and click on the Governor’s OK Strong fund to donate.(Front Row Motorsports)(5-23-2013)
The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has announced the “Fast 15″ Semi-Finalists for the 2013 class of inductees into the hall. The semi-finalists include Dick Anderson of Chamblee, GA, Charles Barrett of Cleveland, GA, Hank Blalock of Decatur, GA, Dick Brannan of Dawsonville, GA, Charlie Burkhalter of Athens, GA, Frank Christian of Dahlonega, GA, Tommie Clinard of Macon, GA, Freddy Fryar of Chattanooga, TN, Bobby Johns of Miami, FL, Jabez Jones of Toccoa, GA, Huston Platt of Buford, GA, Sam Sommers of Sylvania, GA, Jimmy Thomas of Columbus, GA, Charles Tidwell of Macon, GA, and Frank Warren of Augusta, GA. The five new GRHOF inductees will be chosen by an 18 member panel of voters to make up this year’s class. The announcement of the 2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductees will be made during the Hall of Fame’s fourth annual Memorial Day Weekend event, scheduled for Saturday, May 25 at the Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, GA. The event begins at 9 am with a swap meet, a car show and the inductee announcement at Noon. The 2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held on Dec. 13, 2013 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located inside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex in Dawsonville, GA. A limited number of seats for the banquet will be available. For more information go to www.georgiaracinghof.com.(GRHoF)(5-24-2013)
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GA Concerns of Police Survivors www.georgia-cops.com
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Friends of Disabled Adults and Children www.fodac.org
Aware Wildlife Center www.awareone.org
TRAFFIC/TRANSPORTATION/SAFE DRIVING WEBSITES;
www.511ga.org Ga. DOT Traffic Information
www.gahighwaysafety.org Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
www.georgia.gov/transportation Ga. Driver’s License/Vehicle Registration
www.dot.state.ga.us Ga. Dept. of Transportation Information
Capt. Herb’s Favorite Websites:
www.wsbradio.com News, Weather and Traffic
www.clarkhoward.com Consumer Education and Assistance
www.thehomefixitpage.com Dave Baker’s Gravy Train Do It Yourself Help
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Captain Herb’s Fav Food Joints
*Pilgreens, Lee Street (Closed-Sweet Memories)–My favorite place for steaks in the 70s,80s and 90s. An Atlanta favorite since the 50s. There is still a Pilgreens open at Lake Dow on the Southside, but its just not the same as the old Lee Street location.
*Pisgah Fish Camp, Asheville Highway (64), 663 Deavor Rd, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768–Dan Hawkins gave me my first job as a kid at Brevard Lanes. He would open the Pisgah Fish Camp a few years later. The original Bowling Ally is long gone, but the Fish Camp remains a classic.
*The Bar-B-Que House, 541 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs,Ga 30057 (Exit 44 0ff I-20) One of my best friends, Fred Harris, has operated The Bar-B-Que House for 31 years and I was enjoying the fare there before Fred bought the local favorite. The original was located at the Thornton Road & Bankhead Highway before the highway was extended to Paulding County. Home of the Yellow Jacket Hot Dog.
*The Barbecue Kitchen–1437 Virginia Ave, College Park, GA 30337 (Exit 73 off I-85)–Headed to ATL airport? Another long-time local legend in Southern Cooking. It’s the veggie plate for me most of the time.
*Blue Willow Inn–294 N Cherokee Rd, Social Circle, Georgia 30025 (Exit 98 off I-20)–Georgia writer Lewis Grizzard was among the many that enjoyed the BWI–a buffet full of food like my Great-Aunt Hazel and her sisters used to dish out.
*Hudson’s Hickory House-6874 Broad St Douglasville, GA 30134 (Exit 34 off I-20)–Another Douglas County jewel known for barbecue, burgers and at least for me the vegetable soup. Buford Hudson and his son, Scott, are proud of their Fried Green Beans too.
*Dawsonville Pool Room–78 E 1st St Dawsonville, GA 30534–it should be on the National Historic Register. Gordon Pirkle serves up the best burgers and the walls of the small dining area areas are smack full of Georgia’s racing history. There’s also a pool table too.
*Buckners, 1168 Bucksnort Rd Jackson, GA 30233 (Exit 201 off I-75)–I was first treated to. Buckners years ago when I worked as a news reporter for. WQXI. Several of the reporters from Atlanta stations were covering a story at the State Prison in Jackson and when the event was over it was off to Buckners. It was delicious then and still is now. You sit at a round table with about 6 others and spin the lazy susan around to dip your own serving of Southern Comfort food.
*The Dillard House 1158 Franklin St Dillard, GA 30537-They fill your table with bowls of fantastic Southern food until you yell UNCLE and a beautiful view of the North Georgia Mountian
*The Smith House–84 S Chestatee St Dahlonega, GA 30533–like Buckner’s but you are seated at your own table and they bring a table full of meats and veggies
*The Steak House–414 Baldwin Rd, Rockmart, GA 30153-The name says it all. Super steaks-Great Onion rings-in an old farm house.
*The Colonnade–1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, Ga 30324 (Exit 88 off I-85)–An Atlanta Classic Southern Style Food and Hospitality.
*Homegrown—968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Exit 59 off I-20)–Breakfast & lunch only. Open Till 2pm. The breakfast menu is unreal and there are veggie and sandwich selections too! Lots of folks rave about their burgers too.
*Nuevo Laredo Cantina–1495 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318–The Best Mexican place-I can never resist the Holy Tacos there. And its the only place I’ve ever seen them on the menu.
*Carver’s Grocery (hopefully to reopen) Northwest Atlanta–another simple Meat & Three famous for the Dolly Parton Chicken Breast.
*John Boys, 3050 Canton Road, Marietta, Ga 30066-Buffet-great salad bar & Southern fare.
*Shirley’s, 1485 Georgia 34 Newnan, GA 30265-Buffet style on the Southside. She started out selling lunches from her back porch to lots of Newnan Hospital workers and worked her way into a restaurant.
*Zesto’s, PDL/Piedmont Dr./Moreland Ave./Forest Parkway-Home of the Chubby Decker and the Fat Boy Burgers
*The Varsity—North Ave. (Exit 249D off I-75/85) ATLANTA–A landmark no matter whatayahave? Burgers, Dogs, Onion Rings and fries. I’ll have the Glorified and a PC.
*The Dwarf House–461 N Central Ave, Hapeville, Ga 30354 (Exit 239 off I-75) The birthplace of ChickaFilet. There are a lot of things on the menu there not offered at the regular ChickaFilet. Burgers, Ham sandwiches and more. Try the Hot Brown..
*Dinner’s Ready-Fairburn Road, south of Hwy 78, Douglasville, Ga.-A local Meat and 2 or 3 fav
*Bankhead Dinner-Bankhead Highway (Hwy 78) at Dura Lee Lane, Douglasville, Ga-Another local lunch fav
*Rhode’s Bakery–1783 Cheshire Bridge Rd, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Exit 88 off I-85)- Cakes, cookies, brownies and bread. Atlanta’s Antique Bakery.
*Henri’s Bakery–61 Irby Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30305–All of the above normal bakery offerings Plus carry out or dine in ( a few tables) sandwiches and salads.
*McEntrye’s Bakery–1184 Concord Rd SE #1 Smyrna, GA 30080–donuts, cakes, pies, sandwiches. The TV Bars are my fav there.
*Paula Deen’s—Tunica, MS–It’s Paula’s Buffett–What else needs to be said..
*The Snappy Lunch, Main Street, Mt. Airy, N.C.-The Pork Chop sandwich made famous on the Andy Griffith/Mayberry Show