Born: January 30,
1920 Died: March 14, 1991
Home: Atlanta, GA
Rapid Roy Hall
Roy Hall was one of the most important early
stock car racers, memorialized in the Jim Croce song "Rapid Roy,
That Stock Car Boy." He dominated the stock-car racing scene in
the Southeast and Midwest in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Red operated an Atlanta garage, maintained race cars for
several owners, and built racing engines for many other owners. His cars
won untold races on tracks in many small towns on the modified circuit.
Those fortunate drivers, who were the envy of all racers, included stock
car drivers Roy Hall and Lloyd Seay.
with Fonty Flock
1941 Fonty Flock entered his first Daytona race and won the pole
alongside driver Roy Hall. Flock led Hall early in the race but
Hall wouldn’t let up and eventually they made contact in the
south turn, sending Flock tumbling end over end. His seatbelt snapped
and Flock was thrown from the car with major injuries including a
crushed chest, head and back injuries, a broken pelvis. He was rushed to
the hospital in severe shock but remarkably he survived.
"Driving with the Devil"
A new book, takes you back to
those heady days of the Depression when NASCAR began and compares it to
today's multimillion-dollar sport. They follow the lives of many of the
daredevils who carried 'shine across Prohibition era county lines. Men
like Bill France, "Red" Vogt, Roy Hall
and Red Byron all were devotees of the hottest car on the road of the
day, the huge engine Ford V-8. A mechanical wonder, it could be repaired
and even souped up to outrun any cop on the road. It was only with the
advent of the radio that the police could finally start to stop some of
these rowdies. Escaping a dirt farmer's life was well worth it as the
"sport" of outrunning the law paid handsomely and made millions for
Roy Hall, Driver, with
the Red Vogt/Raymond Parks Special
Red Vogt Special - Roy
Hall Daytona Beach Driver - North Turn
Andrew "Andy" Bearden,
Roy Hall, Raymond Parks - 1940 Daytona Beach
Andy Bearden was Raymond Park's business partner. Gordon Pirkle has
a copy of this photo hanging in his Dawsonville Pool Room.
(Info courtesy Jon
Lloyd Seay (L), Raymond
Parks (Mid), Roy Hall (R)