Elisha Boyd

January 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured Hall of Famer

Elisha Boyd was born September 11, 1941 in Walthall County, Mississippi. He was raised in a small town known for its “hot cars” during the early 60’s. An avid lover of cars since boyhood, Elisha’s first race car was a 1962 409 cubic inch Chevrolet Impala. In 1963, Diesi Pontiac of Opelousas, Louisiana, hired Elisha to drive at local tracks and in match races throughout the South. Elisha continued to race at the local tracks until 1972 when he built his first Super Stocker, a 1969 350 ci Camaro. Running in SS/LA, he then began to follow the NHRA Racing Circuit. He spent the next several years traveling and becoming more competitive. Elisha won several points meets and class eliminations. In 1974 he was runner up in the Super Stock at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida and in 1977 he won his first National Event at the Cajun Nationals in Baton Rouge, LA. In the early 1980’s he began competing in Dirt Track Racing but returned to drag racing by the mid 80’s. He went on to win the 1988 Mid South Nationals, the 1989 Cajun Nationals and was runner up in the 1989 Chief Auto Parts Nationals. Elisha Boyd continued to drive into the 1990’s and then eventually passed on driving duties to his son Trevor and long time friend Smylie Little.

Elisha Boyd also received the 1990 Division Four Sportsman Wrench Award, the 1990 TCI “Rolling Thunder “ Award and was a 1991 Inductee into the Division Four NHRA Hall of Fame.

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