Bill Gray of Tupelo took his 1955 Chevrolet drag racer to Memphis last month hoping to win at least one race.
Not only did Gray’s Chevy win with its speed, it won with its looks.
The car was one of 10 picked out of about 500 at Memphis Motorsports Park as a winner of the Editor’s Choice Award presented by Super Chevy magazine. The award winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Super Chevy.
Gray said he and his two sons, driver Keith Dixon and pit crew worker Tyler Gray, took the dragster to Memphis April 13-14 only to compete in the Super Chevy Sunday event.
“We went up there to see if we could win a race or two,” he said. “We were sitting there getting ready to make another round, and three guys pulled up in a golf cart and one of them got out.
“He said, `I’m the editor of Super Chevy magazine. Would ya’ll like to have the Editor’s Choice Award?’ We didn’t have any idea they did this.”
Gray said Super Chevy sponsors 18 events like the one in Memphis nationwide. Ten cars are picked at each site as Editor’s Choice winners.
“For the entire United States, there are only 180 cars honored,” Gray said. “I tell you what, it feels pretty good.”
The Chevy, driven by Dixon, also did well on the track, winning a couple of races. Gray was more than surprised with his car’s success.
“What was even more of a thrill was that we hadn’t run the car before that weekend,” he said. “He had not even had it going. But to go up there and get that, it was a thrill.
“We definitely accomplished a whole lot more than what we went up there for.”
Mayfair opens festivals
The first of many festivals in Lee County takes place Saturday with the sixth annual Baldwyn Mayfest. The event is sponsored by the Baldwyn Development Association.
Mayfest is filled with arts, crafts, games, entertainment and refreshments. It begins in the morning and ends with a street dance.
Entertainers, including Buddy and Kay Bain and others, will perform on the stage of the town’s new Azalea Court during the day. A 26-car antique car show will highlight the day and prizes will be given away.
Leadership Baldwyn alumni will again host their annual Cow Patty Rally behind City Hall at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $5 from any Leadership Baldwyn member.
T-shirts celebrating the annual celebration are on sale for $10 at Farmers and Merchants Bank, Lu-Ru Flowers, Houston’s Drug Store, Country Inn and Glenn’s Handi Pak.
Booth applications may be obtained from area merchants. Prices are $25 for food booths and $15 for arts and crafts booths (an extra $5 will be charged if electricity is needed).
For more information about booths or the Mayfest itself, call 365-2293 or 365-1045.
Many festivals and town days are being planned for this summer. To get the word out about your town’s event, you can have the schedule published in Lee County Neighbors.
You can mail the schedule to Lee County Neighbors, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802-0909, fax it by dialing 842-2233, or bring it by the Daily Journal office at 1655 South Green Street in Tupelo.
Youth score sheets available
The baseball and softball seasons are under way in Lee County. One way you can follow your favorite team is through Lee County Neighbors.
All youth teams are encouraged to report results and game information to Neighbors by filling out a Daily Journal/Lee County Neighbors score sheet. Score sheets are available at the Daily Journal office, 1655 South Green Street in Tupelo.
The deadline to report game information each week is noon Monday. For more information about the score sheets, contact either Parrish Alford or me at 842-2612.
Bobby Pepper is editor of the Lee County Neighbors section. If you have any news, give Bobby a call at 842-2612 or 678-1600. He welcomes your contributions.