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In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.
Terry Palmer, Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport manager, had no proof the rumors were true, stating any races were not officially sanctioned events at the airport.
However, Gainesville resident Ginny Enzor and her late husband Walt attended races at the Gainesville airport in 1958 or 1959, Ginny Enzor said. They were married in 1958, so according to her, it had to be that year or later.
The races took place during the spring or summer months because she remembers wearing shorts in the heat.
Enzor notes that she and her husband went to at least two of these races, but she has no recollection of the name of the racetrack or anything with the name “Enoche” or “Enochee,” which the original questioner referenced.
If a plane flew in, it would mean a temporary stop to the races. The drivers took their cars off the runway in order to ensure a safer landing for the aircraft.
Seating options were limited at the races, Enzor said. There were no benches or bleachers for spectators to sit on, only a grassy hill next to the runway. Viewers also had the option to walk around the other side of the track for other seating.
The Enzors had a few sports cars themselves, namely a 1958 MGA, 1960 MGA and 1963 Austin Healey. They also attended other races during this time.
She also confirmed the races were sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America.
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