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Carl D. "Lightning" Lloyd Seay
Died on Sept. 2, 1941

Editor's Note: Though Lloyd Seay never actually raced in NASCAR competition, as he died prior to the
founding of NASCAR, his legend prevades the likes of Raymond Parks, Roy Hall and Daytona Beach.

Lloyd Seay (pronounced See) was well known to Georgia lawmen. "He was without a doubt the best automobile driver of this time. He was absolutely fearless, and an excellent driver on those dusty, dirt roads. I caught him eight times and had to shoot his tires off every time," said one deputy. Another told of a night when he stopped Seay for speeding as he headed north for another load of ‘shine. Seay handed the deputy two $10's. The officer said, "You know the fine is only $10.00." Seay responded, "I'm paying for my return trip later tonight."

At age 18 Lloyd took his tripper skills to the track. At age 21, he joined his cousin, Roy Hall, for the beach races in a car owned by another cousin, Raymond Parks. "Lloyd Seay put his heart and life into racing long before the era of great material reward. He raced flat out simply because he loved going fast," says racing historian Greg Fielden.

Although Seay started 15th in the August 24, 1941 beach race, he led the entire 50 laps for his first win in five starts. He won his next race at High Point on August 31 and left immediately for the September 1 Labor Day race at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway. He arrived late, missed qualifying, and started last. By lap 35 he was leading. He battled Bob Flock all afternoon and won the race -- his third in 15 days. It was his last race.

After winning at Lakewood, Lloyd drove to the home of his brother, Jim, in Burlsboro to spend the night. The following morning their cousin Woodrow Anderson, who had a police record for making moonshine, came to the house to settle a disagreement about some sugar that Lloyd had purchased and charged to Woodrow. Lloyd, Jim, and Woodrow left Jim's house and went to the home of Woodrow's father.

Jim later described the shooting in a police statement: "Woodrow got out of the car to see if it needed any water. Then he told me if I didn't want to get mixed up in anything I had better get out of the car. He jumped on Lloyd, hitting him with his fist.

"He pulled a gun out of the bib of his overalls and as I spoke he shot me in the neck. He turned the gun on Lloyd and shot him through the heart and told me if I opened my mouth he would finish me off."

Woodrow told a different version: "We had a little fuss about a settlement. Lloyd had bought some sugar and charged it to my credit and when I asked him about coming to some agreement about it he said, ‘Well, you got it, didn't you?' I told him, ‘Yes, I got it, but it ought to be figured in when we settle up.' Then both of them jumped on me and I run. I run through the house and got my daddy's .32 Smith and Wesson pistol and come out and tried to get in my car.

"They wouldn't let me get in and it looked like they were about to give me a whuppin' so I started shootin'. One word led to another. The first thing I knew we was quarreling, then I was runnin', then I was shootin'. That's all there was to it."

Woodrow Anderson was tried in late October and sentenced to life in prison.

From the Atlanta Constitution

Lloyd Seay, lanky, blond and youthful, was well known in Atlanta and all along the highways to the mountains. Federal, state and county officers knew him as the most daring of all the daredevil crew that hauled liquor from mountain stills to Atlanta. They had many a wild chase when they hit his trail, but they only caught him rarely, for he handled his car down the twisting blacktop hill-country roads at a pace few of them cared to follow.

Lloyd Seay - Daytona Beach 1941He will be missed by race fans as well. Fifteen thousand people saw him race his souped-up Ford around the track at Lakewood Monday, running a hundred miles in 89 minutes to win more than $450.00 in cash.

Lloyd Seay, the smiling blond Georgia daredevil who gave speed fans at the July 27 stock car race here their biggest thrill when he turned his No. 7 Ford up on its running board as he negotiated the north turn, and who won the August 24 race here, will race no more.

Thanks to the Living Legends of Auto Racing Website

Lloyd Seay (L), Raymond Parks (Mid), Roy Hall (R)

Racing with Raymond Parks

Raymond Parks in 2001 with Lloyd Seay carParks’ racing career began in 1939 after being encouraged by two of his cousins, Lloyd Seay and Roy Hall, who often hauled moonshine. Both were also anxious to test their driving skills in the races that were springing up around Atlanta and north Georgia.

Drivers who were in the business of delivering illegal whiskey didn’t know they were also “in training.”

Desiring to help Seay and Hall, Parks went looking for the best mechanics he could find. He finally located two men who many considered the best in the business. They were Red Vogt and Buckshot Morris.

Vogt’s garage on Hemphill Avenue in Atlanta was soon to become the headquarters for drivers needing that extra edge in their racing machines.

“Racing was a lot different back then,” continued Parks. “It was really just getting started. I guess Lakewood (near Atlanta) was the first real track that we raced on. There were dozens of other tracks that would spring up in pastures or on farms, with just some fence wire separating the fans from the racing.

“Sunday afternoon was a time that most people relaxed. It was normal for those who had fast Fords or other type moonshine cars to want to get together. They might decide to go out on a highway outside of town and see who had the fastest car.

“Other times, they would find some farmer that would let them go out in his pasture. Maybe it was one or two cars, but usually it was several. And when the cars revved up, the local people would always be there.”

Parks won his first race in 1938 at Lakewood (Ga.), with Lloyd Seay as his driver in a 1934 Ford.

Seay and Hall each won their share of racing, but Seay died on Sept. 2, 1941, after being shot in the stomach, apparently after an argument over a moonshine deal.

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