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Bill Magnum; Clyde Magnum [2], 2009 April 8

Identifier: OH-MA0579

Scope and Contents

In this second of two interviews, brothers Bill and Clyde Mangum recount the experiences of their father, Gordon, who was a race car driver in the 1940s and 1950s. The Mangum brothers recall their father\u2019s love of short track racing in Virginia and the Carolinas. They discuss how he competed in NASCAR Modified Series races and in the rival Dixie Circuit. Mr. Mangum was particularly successful racing cars built by Glen Wood. Mr. Mangum's sons provide additional background on their family's history and share stories from when they worked for the same trucking company with their father. Other topics include changes in racing to improve driver safety, how drivers interact with fans, and how the Mangum brothers founded the Early Dirt Racers group in the late 1980s.


  • Creation: 2009 April 8

Conditions Governing Access

30 of 31 oral history interviews are in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Bill Mangum was a 71-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was born in Spray, North Carolina in 1937. He was employed as a truck driver and as a service technician with Goodyear.


178 Minutes

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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