Local writer looking for old photos for book


Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Williamston resident Scott Keepfer is currently compiling a photographic history of Greenville-Pickens Speedway and is looking for your help. He is looking for old photographs or programs that might be used in an upcoming book that will chronicle the drivers, cars and events that have made the speedway a significant part of the regional racing scene for the past 67 years.

“I love sports and I love history, so this project was a no-brainer,” Keepfer said.

Greenville-Pickens Speedway will be published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston as the latest installment in its Images of Sports series. The series already includes titles dedicated to Bristol Motor Speedway and Rockingham Speedway.

Keepfer believes Greenville-Pickens Speedway deserves recognition of its own.

“Greenville-Pickens is a small track with a big history,” he said. “Many of the sport’s most famous faces have competed here, but for every David Pearson and Richard Petty there have been dozens of Floyd Powells and Marty Wards. This book will be dedicated to drivers such as them, too.”

The importance of contributions from family collections cannot be overemphasized, Keepfer said. Vintage photographs become increasingly fragile and faded, and by scanning and reproducing them in a book, they become available for all to see and enjoy.

A longtime sportswriter whose early career stops included stints at the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, N.C., Keepfer has spent the past 24 years at The Greenville News, covering a wide variety of sporting events.

Anyone having photographs to be considered for inclusion in Greenville-Pickens Speedway may contact Keepfer at (864) 561-2980 or via e-mail at sckeepfers@charter.net.