This is the first in a series of photos by photographer Bud Turner from the inaugural AMA national road race at Road Atlanta in 1971. The track was newly built and in April of ’71 the AMA show came to town, not only the road racers, but national motocross as well. This photo shows three of the biggest names of AMA road racing at the time doing battle. It’s Cal Rayborn on the No. 14 factory Harley-Davidson running side by side with Kel Carruthers on a factory Yamaha. Following closely behind is Dick Mann on a factory BSA. Carruthers looks like he’s being passed by Rayborn. I’m guessing this might have been an out lap after a pit stop, because Carruthers dominated the race, leading nearly the entire way, not even losing it during his early pit stop en route to giving Yamaha its first national road race win. The Yamaha two-strokes were really coming into their own at this point. Reports say that Carruthers was faster than the other bikes, even on Road Atlanta’s long straights, even though his 350cc machine gave away 400cc displacement to most of its competition.