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Bill Magnum; Clyde Magnum [1], 2007 April 4

Identifier: OH-MA0511

Scope and Contents

In this first of two interviews, brothers Bill and Clyde Mangum describe the racing career of their father, Gordon Mangum, in the 1940s and 1950s. Gordon Mangum raced primarily on Virginia short tracks several times a week during a four month racing season. His sons recall assisting him as mechanics, but note that their father discouraged them from driving. The brothers explain how their father was involved in moonshine running and what motivated him to leave the business. Other topics discussed include memories of Gordon Mangum's competitors, including his friendship with Glen Wood, and the establishment of the Early Dirt Racers group in the 1980s.


  • 2007 April 4

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 69-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at the 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 service technician for Goodyear.


161 Minutes



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 USA