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Ramblin' Reck Parade Photographs

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ramblin' Reck Parade Photographs
Identification: VAC366
Date: 1951
Size/Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (21 photographs)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Mewborn, Paul
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains black and white photographs of the 1951 Ramblin' Reck Parade.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia Tech Ramblin' Reck Parade, a long-standing Tech Homecoming tradition, is sponsored by the Ramblin' Reck Club. The parade originates from an automobile road race created in 1929 by the Technique to determine which Tech student had the best old car. This race, which ran from Atlanta to Athens, was known as the "Old Ford Race" or the "Flying Flivver Race." However, after only a few years, it was considered too dangerous and the Ramblin' Reck Parade was conceived as a safer alternative.

Entrants in the first Ramblin' Reck Parade in 1932 were judged on the costumes of the characters, originality of the act or stunt, and the decrepitude of the car. For many decades, the prize was a brass or gold-plated gaboon (spittoon). This was engraved with the name of the winner and kept on display in the trophy case at the Y.M.C.A.

In the 1950s, entrance requirements stated that the wrecks must be run on their own motive power for the entire parade and no "obscene, seamy, or profane effects" were allowed. It was also noted that the entrants were supposed to be "real wrecks and not floats." [ Technique 12 October 1951, page 1]

By 2000, the parade had three separate categories for entries: classic car, fixed body (floats), and contraption. Judging for the contraption entries is based upon integrity, originality, appearance, operational functionality, creativity, time, and a written presentation which describes any special effects or history of the entry. Winners are now awarded a monetary prize.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains twenty-one black and white photographs of the 1951 Ramblin' Reck Parade.

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Ramblin' Reck Club.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Traditions.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Ramblin' Reck Parade Photographs (VAC366), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #2002.106

Processing Information

Katherine King and Mandi D. Johnson processed these photographs in February 2009.

Revisions to Finding Aid

April 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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    Image List: VAC366, 1951
    VAC366-01: "Danger No Brakes", 1951
    VAC366-02: Ramblin' Reck Parade, 1951
    VAC366-03: "The Beginning of the End for Duke", 1951
    VAC366-04: Ramblin' Reck Parade, 1951
    VAC366-05: Ramblin' Reck Parade, 1951
    VAC366-06: "Twin 'Pots'", 1951
    VAC366-07: Ramblin' Reck Parade, 1951
    VAC366-08: "Blow Dem Devils Top", 1951
    VAC366-09: Theta Chi entry, 1951
    VAC366-10: Phi Kappa Sigma entry, 1951
    VAC366-11: "Daremount News" "War Eagle", 1951
    VAC366-12: Entry #23, 1951
    VAC366-13: Entry #24, 1951
    VAC366-14: "Alumni Welcom" [sic], 1951
    VAC366-15: "Alumni Welcom" [sic], 1951
    VAC366-16: Ramblin' Reck Parade, 1951
    VAC366-17: Ramblin' Reck Parade, 1951
    VAC366-18: "Duke Next Stop" Kappa Alpha entry, 1951
    VAC366-19: "Guarenteed [sic] to go through the Wet Streets of Atlanta Without Flooding Out", 1951
    VAC366-20: Ramblin' Reck Parade, 1951
    VAC366-21: "Dodd's Special", 1951