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Roswell "Roz" Howard Dies On His 91st birthday - January 1, 2013

January 1, 1922 - January 1, 2013
Roswell "Roz" Howard
(Photo; findagrave.com)
Born in Macon, Georgia, USA.
Howard was born in Macon County, Georgia, in 1922, on a cotton farm; crop destruction by boll weevils and the Great Depression meant that his family moved to Macon early in his life, where he apprenticed at a local automobile dealer.

Howard served in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in Miami, where his skills with automotive maintenance saw him assigned to the base's motor pool; following the end of the war he returned to Macon and automotive work, purchasing a garage with his personal savings.
(Photo; arcaracing.com)
He began racing in 1946, finishing in the top three in his first race. After competing and winning at many tracks in north Georgia and South Carolina on the Southern Racing Enterprise racing tour, Howard moved to NASCAR competition, competing in his first Grand National race in 1956, as well as competing in the Convertible Division during the 1958 season. Howard also won the 1957 MARC Southern Late Model championship. His 1958 season was curtailed by a highway accident that left him in a body cast for nearly an entire year. After a pit road accident at the 1960 Southern 500, where he was working as a mechanic for Joe Lee Johnson, that saw three teammates killed, he left the sport. Although he no longer competed at NASCAR's top level, he remained involved in automotive work, maintaining a series of garages in his home of Milledgeville.

Howard was inducted into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in 2004. He died on January 1, 2013, on his 91st birthday.

1 comment:

  1. He was my friend and advisor on the history of Geogia racing and I miss him more than you will ever know

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