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Dick May, 2008 January 15

Identifier: OH-MA0517

Scope and Contents

Dick May recounts his thirty-year career as a race car driver, competing in NASCAR and locally in New York State. Mr. May discusses growing up on a farm, his military service in the late 1940s, and how early incidences of speeding contributed to his later driving career. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he became best known as a relief driver, aiding in qualifying and racing other drivers' cars. Mr. May reflects on the role of independents in NASCAR and the many team owners with whom he raced. He also recalls memories of his competitors, moving from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, and side advertising jobs he held during his driving career.


  • 2008 January 15

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical Note

Dick May was a 77-year-old man at the time of the interview, which took place at J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in the borough of Queens, New York City, New York in 1930. He was employed as a race car driver and truck driver.


146 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