Theodore Cletis Hunt – TC Hunt in Georgia Racing History
By Cody Dinsmore
Theodore Cletis Hunt, known as T.C, was born in April of 1926 in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1952, T.C visited a race at the New Atlanta Speedway, then owned by Bob Flock, eldest of the Fabulous Flock Brothers. Hunt had really tooken notice a hot shoe on track driving a Ford Coupe, #50 with an Indian head on the door, named Gober Sosebee. After Sosebee had won the race, T.C had climbed down from the spectator stands and went to talk to Gober. He wanted to race against Gober one day, so Sosebee suggested to participate in his friend and driver, Jerry Wimbish’s racing school held at the Peach Bowl Speedway. T.C took the advice and found the Peach Bowl to be a challenging track, but he still graduated from driving school after just one week of instruction.
While racing locally and being successful at it, T.C began to gain a good reputation to himself. In 1957, T.C was named Sportsman Division Champion of MARC (Now known as ARCA). It was a year for Georgia drivers as fellow Georgian, Roz Howard, won the National MARC Championship that year.
In 1961, T.C became a member of the prestigious of the PURE Darlington Record Club. In one of his few NASCAR Grand National Starts, he placed his self-owned and underfunded Dodge at a record time to become a member.
Recently, I talked about the old NASCAR Grand American series, in which T.C was a fierce competitor in. He would pilot a Camaro in which he would have some moderate success in. In fact, he led the points in the inaugural season up until late August, when he had to miss two races in Pennsylvania and California due to lack of travel funds.
TC Hunt – Record Breaking Dodge
Throughout his career, T.C was a weekly racer across the South-East. And by racing weekly, I mean 3 or 4, sometimes even 5 races per week. He would race all over Georgia, Alabama, North Florida, Tennessee and the Carolina’s. He and his car builder and fellow Georgia Racing Hall of Famer, Jimmy Summerour had a yellow #88 1965 Chevelle that just couldn’t be beat. The car was a feature attraction at the Peach Bowl and Lakewood, and later MGR, Columbia and Jefco. Many of his friends and competitors such as the Allison brothers, Ronnie Sanders, Freddy Fryar, Jody Ridley, Gober Sosebee and dozens more have all said that the only thing T.C knew what to do on track was to put the accelerator to the floor and turn left in the corner. It was said that T.C could handle the car like no others. This was in the days of no power-steering, no firesuits, and real metal cars.
T.C passed away in the summer of 1998, less than a week after he and other racing legends traveled to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega to promote the soon-to-be-built Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, that eventually opened in 2002. He would be inducted into the museum that he helped get off the ground, in 2004, among his many friends and competitors.
Oh, and by the way, one of his favorite racecars was named “The Bad Goat”