Hidden Georgia Tech - Wreck Graveyard
By Victor Rogers Oct. 12, 2015
Across the Georgia Tech campus, hidden spaces and forgotten places await rediscovery. Some are relics of an earlier time, difficult to find and explore. Others are very much in view, but often overlooked.
Hidden Georgia Tech is a photo essay series highlighting places on campus that are hidden in plain sight.
The Ramblin' Wreck Parade, a display of classic cars and feats of student engineering, is held before every homecoming football game.
After the parade, the classic cars go home with their owners, but the contraptions go to the Wreck Graveyard, located at the corner of Sixth Street and Techwood Drive, near the O’Keefe Building.
There they sit, providing a trellis for weeds and a home for stray cats, until the next homecoming when Tech students scour the Graveyard for parts.
Take a glimpse inside the Graveyard.
Photos by Rob Felt
The Wreck Parade dates back to 1929 when The Technique began an “Old Ford Race” from Atlanta to Athens.
The 1930 race reached a top speed of 50 mph, prompting Dean of Students Floyd Field to ban it in 1931 because it was too dangerous.
To appease students disgruntled about the ban, the dean suggested a parade of contraptions in 1932, and a new tradition was born.
The Wreck Parade meanders down Fowler Street to Fourth Street on the morning of Tech’s homecoming game.
After homecoming, the contraptions are stored in the Wreck Graveyard, located near the O’Keefe Building.