Born: April 10, 1930 Died: September
14, 2007 8:00PM
Home: Holly Hill, FL
***PRESS RELEASE*** Sept. 15, 2007 3PM EST
Larry Flynn, the “Flying Irishman”,
at age 77 on Friday, September 14, 2007 due to complications
with diabetes. Flynn, of Holly Hill, Florida, is best known as a
race car builder and owner and was a fixture at central Florida
dirt tracks for many years. As NASCAR driver in the 50’s and
60’s he finished 5th
at Darlington in 1955. As a driver, builder and owner, Flynn
celebrated numerous track championships in Florida, Georgia and
the Carolinas, including driving to three Florida Governor’s Cup
Championships in a row. Flynn also drove for the Fish Carburetor
race team in the 1950’s with fellow drivers Fireball Roberts,
Banjo Matthews and Joe Weatherly to name a few. Larry preferred
the rough and tumble faster cars of the modifieds and late
models on dirt where he could compete several times per week
versus the once per week schedule and lower money of Nascar.
inducted into the Florida Racing Hall of Fame in Jacksonville
and most recently given the Victory Lane Racing Association
Short Track Driver Award. He was a member of the VLRA and the
Living Legends of Auto Racing, with President
Ray Fox, who used
to build engines for Larry.
include his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth, his daughter Robin
Richardson, Pierson, Fl., son Garry Flynn, Holly Hill, Fl., his
brother Jerry, Kissimmee, Fl., 6 grandchildren and 7 great
grandchildren. Mr. Flynn was preceded in death by son Kenny.
the Celebration of Life Services for Larry Flynn will be
Wednesday, September 19th, 6 – 8 PM at Dale Woodward
Funeral Home, 167 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill, Florida.
Services by Rev. Roy Huling with be held in the Chapel of the
funeral home on Thursday, 11AM, with interment and graveside
committal services to follow at Volusia Memorial Park, Nova Road
in Ormond Beach.
Published in the Daytona Beach
News-Journal on 9/17/2007.
G. (Larry) Flynn
Funeral service for Lawrence (Larry) G. Flynn, 77,
Carmen Avenue, Holly Hill, who passed away Friday at
Florida Hospital Oceanside, will be held Thursday,
September 20, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dale
Woodward Funeral Home, 167 Ridgewood Ave., Holly
Hill with the Rev. Roy Huling officiating. Interment
will follow. Friends wishing to call and pay their
respects may do so Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until
8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Flynn was born in
Illinois and moved to this area 58 years ago from
St. Cloud-Kissimmee, Florida. He was a retired
lather in the construction business and attended
Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He was also a
member of the Living Legends of Auto Racing and the
Victory Lane Racing Association. He was a multiple
track champion in Florida, Georgia and the
Carolina's. Mr. Flynn was a former NASCAR driver and
loved racing. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth;
a daughter, Robin Richardson, Pierson, Fla.; a son,
Garry Flynn, Holly Hill; a brother, Jerry Flynn,
Kissimmee, Fla.; six grandchildren; and seven
great-grandchildren. Mr. Flynn was preceded in death
by his son, Kenny.
The Incredible Buick Test 1960
Holly Hill, Fla. racer Larry Flynn shown at the
old half-mile dirt in Jacksonville, Fla.
as he awaits his turn to time trial in '62.
Photographer: Marty Little
Larry Flynn did not
have a good day in the 1956 Southern 500 at Darlington. It took two
to remove the #73 Williamson Motors Buick entry from this
backstretch wreck on lap 222.
The photographer of this photo is unknown.
Larry Flynn drove the
#14 1956 Chevy out of Holly Hill in the early 60’s. Larry raced on
the Florida and Georgia short tracks during this time period. This
car was an absolute terror on the Deland, FL track. This
is a picture sent to me by James Lauremore.
Larry Flynn is in the #18 at Jacksonville Speedway Park in
1960.That's Rod Eulenfeld on the inside of Flynn, and Jack Noland in
the #51. This is a Mike Bell photo from the Larry Jendras
Action from Deland Raceway 1970 - Larry Flynn is #14 (Buzzy Berry
Larry Flynn drove the
#14 to a 9th place finish in the 1959 Daytona Modified-Sportsman
race on the 2 ½ mile speedway. The 37 Chevy was not very
aerodynamic, but it got the job done.
The photographer of this photo is unknown.
Larry Flynn standing
beside the #65 at Daytona in 1966. The photographer of this photo is
His trademark left hand in the pocket.
This is a picture I
took of the car Larry Flynn drove at Rambi in the 1962 Dixie 66. The
car usually ran at Hickory as you can tell by the "C" on the roof.
Hickory had a system where they scored laps with a typewriter. If
anyone knows the driver that usually drove this 57 Chevy at Hickory
in the 1962 season please let me know. This is a Jack Walker photo.
This is a newspaper
picture from the August 23, 1955 Myrtle Beach News.
In 1955 Larry started racing out of Myrtle Beach and was sponsored
by Hussey Motors.
The engine was a Ray Fox power plant.
This is a picture
sent to me by James Lauremore. James' father worked with Larry Flynn
in the mid 60's and 70's when Larry was back in Florida racing out
of Holly Hill.
Larry was 1st in Georgia and
2nd in South Carolina
100 Mile National Open -
Sportsman Stock Cars
5th Annual - Oct. 9, 1955
Winner - Pete Corey
2. Larry Flynn (FL)
3. Dutch Hoag (NY)
4. Lee Bliss (NY)
5. Fireball Roberts (FL)
6. Jeep Herbert (NY)
7. Ray Hendrick (VA)
8. Steve Danish (NY)
9. Earl Maille (NY)
10. Paul Walker (DE)
11. Eddie Crouse (VA)
12. Horace Williams (DE)
13. George Gallup (NY)
14. Sandy Montella (PA)
15. Elmer Musclow (NY)
Most of these
others were small block Chevy's and much faster
Open Eligible Starters
Winners of Championship Elimination Races at the
racetracks indicated were eligible for the first
26 starting positions.
Roy Bentley (SC) - Coastal
Speedway, Myrtle Beach, SC
Lee Bliss (NY) - Rochester Speedway, Rochester,
Eldon Bryhan (CA) - Lakeport Speedway, Lakeport,
Pete Corey (NY) - Fonda Speedway, Fonda, NY
Nick Dadian (NY) - Islip Speedway, Islip, NY
Steve Danish (NY) - Plattsburg Speedway,
Freddie Fehr (NY) - Morristown Speedway,
Larry Flynn (FL)
- Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, FL
Len Gould (NJ) - New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt,
Jack Hart (NJ) - Wall Stadium, Belmar, NJ
Jeep Herbert (NY) - Stateline Speedway, N.
Dutch Hoag (NY) - Spencer Speedway, Williamson,
Chuck Johnson (NE) - Rapid City Speedway, Rapid
Herb Madray (FL) - Hollywood Speedway,
Elmer Musclow (NY) - Monroe County Fairgrounds,
Billy Myers (NC) - Bowman-Gray Stadium,
Buddy Myers (WV) - Gilbert Speedway, Gilbert WV
Don Ostendorf (NE) - North Platte Speedway, N.
Jimmy Smith (PA) - Lincoln Speedway,
Arnold Stimpson (NC) - Charlotte Speedway,
Paul Walker (DE) - Alcyon Speedway, Pitman, NJ
Bob White (CO) - Sterling Speedbowl, Sterling,
Horace Williams (DE) - Georgetown Speedway,
Glen Wood (VA) - Lynchburg Speedway, Lynchburg,
Danny Woolford (MD) - Westport Stadium,
Shorty York (NC) - Greensboro Speedway,
Buz McKim's (Nascar
Hall of Fame Historian) Dad
bought him a
stock car, which dad and the
boys worked on. At age 17, Buz raced (and we use that
word loosely) at Deland
May 1969, the boys were
invited to Marvin Panch's
home for Richie's birthday.
On the way to the party they
had an accident. Bobby McKim died
11 days later at the
Raceway drivers voted to
have the year-end race as a
Bobby McKim memorial. What a
tribute to a 15 year-old
boy! Buz drove in the race
that was won by Holly Hill's
February 12, 2006: In
memory of Clifford and Davey Allison, Roland Via presented
Larry Flynn with the
Victory Lane Racing Association's 'Dirt
Short Track Drivers Award'. Roland told everyone that
Larry raced so fast that he got the nickname ''The Flying
Irishman''. The entire Flynn family stood with Larry on the stage
for the presentation.
Flynn - Grand
National Driver Statistics
Larry Flynn in a Modified
Sportsman on Daytona Beach 1955
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