The Family of J.D. Parker would like to thank each and everyone who came to the 2nd Annual Deep South Racers Reunion at GulfCoastMotorSportsPark on Sunday Oct. 12th. We would like to apologize to anyone who we didn’t get to talk to personally at the reunion. We hope everyone had as much fun as we all did. J.D. and Doris Parker live on the corner of Hwy 53 and Loren Cuevas Rd in the gray brick house with the blue metal roof. If you are ever in the area please stop by for a visit. The coffee pot always has coffee. Please remember to help us spread the word about the reunion. We need everyone’s help to insure the reunion will continue to grow . We had over 80 drivers, owners, crew members and track officials from back in the day to attend this year’s reunion. We had well over 160 people total.
It was awesome to have Fats Harvison introduce the drivers to the fans once again. Fats said that he had called many of their names hundreds of times over the PA system but had never talked to them face to face.
A Special Thanks goes to Wayne Thomas for helping get Freddy Fryar to the reunion. Wayne had told Freddy about the reunion back in the spring. Freddy made plans to attend but couldn’t find the Motor Sports Park. Wayne gave him some good directions and we all were very excited to see him here.
Also a Big Thanks to Tobby Taylor at MissChicken.com. Without you spreading the word through your website, we would never be able to get the word out all over the southeast and beyond. Last year we had 43 drivers and 45 wives, children, and grandchildren. We more than doubled those numbers in only one year. With your help we hope it grows each year.
The Parker Family really enjoyed hosting the reunion. It really lets us know that it’s all worthwhile when you see the smiles on the faces of the people and their reactions when they see someone they haven’t seen in a long time. Things like Chick Boyd hugging Wayne Light during the Driver introductions and his true emotions while telling us all how Wayne got him into racing. And the surprise on Judy Taylor face and the big hug she gave Fats Harvison when she realized he was standing next to her. She probably had not have seen Fats in almost 20 years.
Please make plans to come out next year. We will again send out a flier to the ones who registered with us and gave us your address. If you would like to receive a flier, please give is a call or drop us an email.
Jimmy, Donald, Ronald, and Ernie
Click here to see the list of the people that signed the registration book on Sunday.
Click here to see other photos from the reunion and action on the track when the Racing Karts came out. It was good to see then behind the wheel again.
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