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Julius Timothy "Tim" Flock
Born: May 11, 1924      Died: March 31, 1998
Born In: Ft. Payne, Alabama
Home: Atlanta, GA & Charlotte, NC

Brother Fonty          Brother Bob

Julius "Tim" Flock the younger brother of Fonty Flock had a shorter career than his brother.  Tim's career was very successful and paid more because he was in his prime when the purses were much bigger.  Tim's brothers Fonty and Bob actually tried to talk Tim out of racing.

It was Tim's older sister Ethel and her husband who helped Tim get his career going in 1948.  Tim ran modified cars in '48 and completed enough Grand National races in '49 to place eighth in the points standing.  Brother's Bob and Fonty finished 3rd. and 5th. respectively.  Wow three brothers in the Top-10, the first for the Grand National.  Tim did not race in 1950 due to injuries he suffered in a four-car crash at Charlotte Speedway.  However he did come back strong and finished third in 1951 and won the championship in 1952.

Tim finished sixth behind brother Fonty, in 1953.  In 1955 Tim had one of his greatest seasons ever withTim, Fonty, Bob Flock eighteen wins, a NASCAR record, and won his second Grand National championship.  Tim earned $3,000. for his first title and $5,000. for his second title.  Not much compared to the purses today.

Tim was the only driver in NASCAR history to have a monkey as a passenger when he raced.  The monkey called Jocko Flocko raced with Tim in eight races.  When Jocko died and the children asked about him, Tim told them he had to get rid of Jocko because he couldn't sign autographs.  Jocko got loose once and grabbed Tim around the neck, forcing Tim to make a costly pit stop.

Tim won 21.2% of the 189 races he ran.  In 1955 and '56 Tim won a race each year and in 1954 he had a victory taken away because of an illegal carburetor.  Tim captured NASCAR season points championship in '52 and '55 and won 40 races in a career that ended in 1962.  Tim was considered the best beach course racer.

The famous Chrysler 300 with the 18 poles and wins

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the '55 season when Tim won 18 races he also led more than 40% of the laps ran that season.  He also earned 19 poles in '55 as well.  Tim passed away on March 31, 1998 a short time after being  named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.  Actually they held a private informal ceremony in his hometown to honor him for being one of the 50 greatest drivers for NASCAR a month before he died.  In January 1999 he was officially honored.

Other awards earned by Tim were the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame,  State of Georgia Hall of Fame(72),  International Motorsports Hall of Fame (91)  and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends (94).  From http://www.decadesofracing.net/TimFlock.htm

Incredible Statistics of Tim Flock

  • Winner of 40 races; 189 starts, best career winning percentage 21.2%
  • Pole position record - 19 poles in a single championship season
  • 1952 and 1955 NASCAR Grand National Champion (Winston Cup)
  • 1952 Speed Age Magazine Award for "Driver of the Year"
  • Only driver to win at Dayton in all three NASCAR division 1955 Grand National,
  • 1956 Modified, 1958 Grand National, 1957 Convertible
  • 1955 Most Popular Driver *elected by ballot of drivers
  • Won only sports car race ever sanction by NASCAR - Raleigh, NC from the pole position in a Mercedes 300 SL
  • Won Grand National at New York State Fairgrounds, leading every lap, then flew to San Mateo, CA where he won at Bay Meadows the following day. Two victories, two days, coast to coast
  • 1956 Won grand slam at Daytona; the Flying Mile, the Modified race and the Grand National in one weekend
  • 1972 National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame
  • State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1991 International Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame

  
Tim with an early trophy with the 91 Hudson

Vital Statistics

Name: Julius Timothy "Tim" Flock
Born: May 11, 1924
Died: March 31, 1998
Spouse: Frances
Children: Richard, Donald, Carl, Peggy, Joy
Hometown: Born in Ft. Payne, Alabama. Also lived in Atlanta, Ga. & Charlotte, North Carolina.


Notable Achievements

  • 2 Time NASCAR Grand National Champion (1952, 1955)
    40 NASCAR Grand National Wins
    38 NASCAR Grand National Poles
     

  • The ONLY driver to win in every NASCAR division on Daytona Beach;
    1955-Grand National
    1956-Modified Division
    1956-Grand National
    1957-Convertible Division

     
  • Holds FIVE world records for the Daytona Measured Mile;
    1955-February 23 - 1939 Chevrolet modified, 137.405 mph
    1955-February 24 - 1955 Chrysler 300, 130.293
    1956-February 23 - 1956 Chrysler 300b, 135.747
    1957-February 20 - 1957 Mercury Convertible, 130.766

     
  • ·  Speed Age Magazine Driver of the Year (1952)

  • ·  1955 NASCAR Most Popular Driver

  • ·  National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame (1972)

  • ·  State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1972)

  • ·  Hall of Honors, New Jersey (1990)

  • ·  International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1991)

  • ·  Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends (1994)

  • ·  Rotary Club of Daytona Beach Stock Car Hall of Fame (1995)

  • ·  Lowe's Motor Speedway Walk of Fame (1996)

  • ·  North Carolina Motor Sports Hall of Fame (1998)

  • ·  Named as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)

  • ·  Hall of Fame, Flemming NJ

  • ·  Michigan Hall of Fame (1999)

  • ·  Sports Illustrated's 11th Greatest Driver of the Century (2000)

  • ·  State of Georgia 30th Top Athlete of the Century (2000)

  • ·  Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (2002)

  • ·  Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (2006)

Other Trivia

  • First NASCAR Driver to win both Daytona and the series championship in the same year. (1952)

  • Highest winning percentage (21.2 percent -- 40 victories in 189 starts) in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series history.

  • Holds the record for the most pole positions in a single year (19, in 1955).

  • Held the record for the most victories in a single year (18 in 45 races) for 12 years. (1955-1967)

  • Winner of NASCAR's only sports car race, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. (1955)
     

  • The only driver to have an active participation record in NASCAR for 50 years.

The Story of "Jocko Flocko"

Jocko Flocko was a Rhesus monkey and remains the only known "co-driver" in NASCAR history. On May 16, 1953, Jocko helped Tim win the Grand National race at Hickory, N.C. - becoming the only winning monkey to date. Unfortunately, Jocko was forced to retire from "driving" duties two weeks later in Raleigh, N.C. Tim Flock recalls the incident:

"I actually raced with a monkey, which I named Jocko Flocko, for eight races in 1953. It started as a publicity stunt, and we gave him his own driving uniform and a specially designed seat. Back then the cars had a trap door that we could pull open with a chain to check our tire wear. Well, during the Raleigh 300, Jocko got loose from his seat and stuck his head through the trap door, and he went berserk! Listen, it was hard enough to drive those heavy old cars back then under normal circumstances, but with a crazed monkey clawing you at the same time, it becomes nearly impossible! I had to come into the pits to put him out and ended up third. The pit stop cost me second place and a $600.00 difference in my paycheck. Jocko was retired immediately. I had to get that monkey off my back!"


With Ted Chester folding his NASCAR Grand National team after the close of the 1953 season,
Tim Flock had to look for a ride in 1954.
Colonel Ernest Woods was just entering NASCAR and
picked up Flock to drive his #88 Oldsmobile at Daytona. The car was equipped with a General
Electric two-way radio, the first used in NASCAR Grand National competition. Woods could
communicate with Flock during the race -- a major innovation for the day.

    

Tim Flock in his trophy room

 

Tim Flock and the 1952 Championship Trophy shaking Cannonball Baker's hand,
Bill France, Sr. at the microphone


In the middle 'Rebel' Frank Mundy, Tim Flock to the right

A Tribute to Tim Flock - by Ruby Duch

Tim Flock was born in Ft. Payne, Alabama. Tim, his brothers, Bob and Fonty, and his sister Ethel loved race cars. They loved racing, race tracks – anything about racing and especially beach racing. Tim raced through the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Tim raced on the beach; he raced on dirt tracks; and he raced on super speedways. He raced anywhere, anytime. The stiffer the competition, the faster the cars, the better Tim liked it. The roar of the cars, the smell of the gas, the heat of the engines, and the race to the checkered flag were glorious. Racing? "It's in a man's blood," Tim Flock once said. He followed the circuit and got his share of wins, but he was most proud of his record 18 pole positions in a single season and his two Grand National championships.

Tim frequently appeared at race tracks and other racing events as a goodwill ambassador. He had a special rapport with the fans, and they loved him.

But the beach races were his best memories, and Tim wished for one last ride on the beautiful sands of Daytona. Tim got that wish on February 10, 1997 when he rode in the Living Legends beach parade with his wife, his children, and his long-time friends, Billy Watson and J.B. Day, at his side. Tim had a big smile. Tim Flock is truly a legend, and his friends and fans will miss him.

I can still see Tim driving his Chrysler 300 down the beach -- full throttle, the wind in his face, the water at his side, and the sand beneath his wheels. There goes Tim Flock out in front and racing toward the checkered flag. May he drive forever. I know God has a beach waiting, and the race is ready to start. Tim has the inside pole and is off - racing on forever. From Living Legends of Auto Racing Website

From TimFlock.com  -  Check it out!

Tim Flock Inducted Into the ASHOF

On May 21st, Tim Flock was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Birmingham, Alabama. Frances Flock and Peggy Flock were both in attendance. Being inducted into the ASHOF was Tim's dying wish, having been born in Ft. Payne. We'll have lots of stories and pictures to share in the coming weeks, so keep checking back!


Tim Flock to be Inducted Into the
Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame

On Monday, October 10th, we received this email from Tim's daughter, Peggy;

Dear Family and Friends,

We wanted to share our good news with you, my Daddy Tim Flock will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in May 2006. We just received the press release this weekend and wanted to share with you. This is something my Daddy wanted so bad while he was alive. We will be going to Alabama for the induction and to receive the award for Daddy.

Love,   Peggy

Peggy also sent along a copy of the press release:

 

ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2006

The Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche has certified the results of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame ballots for the Class of 2006 as ranked by the statewide selection committee.

 

The newly elected inductees for Class #38 are:

MODERN CATEGORY

Mickey Andrews - Joe Ciampi - Mia Hamm
Lionel James - Buddy McClinton - Bob Veale

OLD TIMERS CATEGORY

Jim “Peanuts” Davenport   -  Tim Flock

The newly elected eight inductees now bring the total of all inductees since 1969 to 257.

The 2006 induction banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom,
at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Sunday, May 21, 2006.

THE FLOCK FAMILY

  
Tim Flock, Speedy Thompson, Fonty Flock, Carl Kiekaufer

  
The fence won . . . . .

    


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Tim Flock Strictly Stock / Grand National Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn Miles
1949 25 5 of 8 0 2 3 0 347 0 1,510 8 3.5 12.8 414.5
1950 26 12 of 19 1 4 7 1 1403 190 4,080 16 6.4 10.2 1274.7
1951 27 30 of 41 7 19 21 6 2259 844 15,155 3 5.3 7.7 1661.2
1952 28 33 of 34 8 22 25 4 5345 1469 22,890 1 5.3 7.6 3564.4
1953 29 26 of 37 1 11 18 3 1990 289 8,282 6 4.2 10.8 1774.3
1954 30 5 of 37 0 1 3 1 800 180 1,050 35 4.0 20.6 790.9
1955 31 39 of 45 18 32 33 18 6208 3495 37,780 1 3.2 4.6 4555.9
1956 32 22 of 56 4 11 14 5 3076 445 15,768 9 6.7 9.3 2695.8
1957 33 1 of 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 135 93 10.0 12.0 0.0
1958 34 3 of 51 0 0 0 0 167 25 410   11.3 30.0 176.3
1959 35 2 of 44 0 0 1 0 223 0 850 31 22.0 16.5 557.5
1960 36 2 of 44 0 0 1 0 235 0 850 63 16.5 21.5 347.9
1961 37 7 of 52 0 0 3 0 1227 0 1,605   19.0 21.7 1397.5
13 years 187 39 102 129 38 23280 6937 110,365   6.0 9.5 19210.8
 

Brother Fonty          Brother Bob


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