The Team

Parks Novelty Machine is a team competing in the 2009 Red Bull Soapbox Race in Atlanta, Ga. on August 29.  Our team is made up of employees that work at Motorsports Management International, a leading driver management firm, and Corvid Technologies, a research and development firm for the automotive racing and defense industries.  Our racer will be built at the MMI shop in Mooresville, NC, a city north of Charlotte that is known as Race City USA since it is the home of many NASCAR race teams and businesses.

Our entry is a custom-built, scaled replica of the vintage race car that won NASCAR’s first official race and season championship in 1948.  The #22 Parks Novelty Machine Ford V-8 was owned by Raymond Parks, a Dawsonville, GA native and former moonshiner who helped pioneer the sport of NASCAR over 60 years ago. Parks, who is often referred to as the “Godfather of Stock Car Racing,” started stock car racing’s first team in 1938 and later won the first official NASCAR championship in 1948 with driver Red Byron. The Atlanta-built 1939 Ford V-8 car model, known for its prowess as a whiskey runner and a stout racer for many years, was assembled at the Ford Motor Company plant at 699 Ponce de Leon Ave.  Parks’ cars were modified for racing at Red Vogt’s Garage located at the corner of Spring St. and Linden Ave. and sponsored by the prosperous Parks Novelty Machine company Parks operated in Atlanta.  Parks’ early race cars were driven by his cousins Lloyd Seay and Roy Hall, both Georgia natives and superstar drivers of their time who won many races at tracks like Lakewood Speedway, a former 1-mile dirt track located at the current site of Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheater. Known as “Indianapolis of the South,” Lakewood operated form 1919-79 and was a film location for Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. The inspiration behind the entry is the true story about the early era of stock car racing as chronicled in the book Driving with the Devil by author Neal Thompson. Parks is presently living in the Atlanta area and is expected to be an early inductee into the new NASCAR Hall of Fame set to open in Charlotte, NC in 2010.

We hope to do Parks and the sport of stock car racing proud by taking the ATL crown.

And we’ve got the fuel to do it.