Buster Couch

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Inducted into the NHRA Southeast Division Hall of Fame in 1989.

In Memory of Buster Couch, 1935-2002

One of the original members of the NHRA Safety Safari, Hiram Eddie 'Buster' Couch, passed away at his home in Georgia, in January 2002. He was 66 years old.

For more than 30 years, Couch was a fixture at starting lines throughout the country as he served as NHRA Chief Starter from the early 1960s until his retirement from the important position at the conclusion of the 1995 season.

"Few in the last fifty years epitomized the spirit of NHRA through not only his words, but his actions for his 50-plus years of dedication to the sport of NHRA Drag Racing," said Tom Compton, NHRA president. "I believe I speak for everyone at NHRA when I say he will be truly missed."

From 1964-1978 Couch also worked as NHRA's Southeast Division Director (Division 2) and was instrumental in establishing drag strips and organizing events throughout the region. Couch remained active with NHRA following his retirement, attending many events as a member of the NHRA race control staff.

"Through all the major contributions Buster made to NHRA, and in the past few years where he was a big assistance in race control with his vast knowledge of the sport, I think his greatest gift may have been his humor," said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president of racing operations. "Buster had a unique knack to make people laugh, but still maintain respect."

Services were held Wedneday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at Horis-Ward Funeral Home, Conyers, Georgia.

Condolences may be sent to Mike Couch, 671 Providence Club Drive, Monroe, GA 30656.

This information was made available by NHRA.

Rest In Peace, Buster, and thanks for all the memories.

This memorial design was made available by Randy Payne.


Buster Couch



NHRA Starter
Rick Stewart
at Buster Couch's wake