Legends of NASCAR - Flock Brothers
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This series is in honor of the legends of the sport of NASCAR racing who have passed away. There is something for everyone (the numbers hounds or the history buffs). The series is meant to be done from east to west. Please park completely off of the road and use caution at all times. Most weekends, there isn't more than a handfull of cars along this road but 2 weekends a year this becomes one of the largest cities in the State!
As great of an example as Junior Johnson is as a bridge from bootlegging to NASCAR racing, he may not be as good an example as were the Fabulous Flock Brothers -- Bob, Fonty and Tim. They were bootleggers. Actually their uncle, Peachtree Williams, was the bootlegger and the two older Flock boys -- Bob and Fonty -- were his drivers. They came from their home in Ft. Payne, Ala., to make moonshine runs in rural Georgia during the prohibition era. When they were not making runs they talked with other drivers about which car was the fastest. And that talk led to NASCAR ... if you follow the progression. According to legend, the drivers would find a pasture and drive around in circles -- about a half-mile circle -- until they had worn out a path in the grass. Then they would race. The Flocks were among the instigators of this racing. And the racing grew by word of mouth as a small crowd got a little larger and larger until some entrepreneurial people started building racetracks. It is from those tracks that NASCAR grew. The Flock family as a whole was a very interesting family. There were eight children born to Lee and Maudie Flock and many of them were colorful, to say the least. Carl, the oldest boy, was a speedboat racer. Reo, one of the girls, was a wing-walking daredevil. She also was a stunt parachutist. Another sister, Ethel, was a racecar driver with more than 100 races. She had one Grand National (the precursor of NASCAR's Cup Series) start and finished 11th. Then there was the trio of Flock boys that actually made it onto the NASCAR circuit -- Bob, Fonty and Tim. Bob, the oldest, and Fonty got into racing first. They were competitors in the 'moonshine' races held in pastures in Georgia, which probably was the genesis of what is now NASCAR. They both drove those circuits in the years before NASCAR came along in 1949. Bob, who was born in 1918, had the shortest career in NASCAR. He started when the circuit was founded in 1949 and raced until retiring in 1956. He had 36 career starts and won four races. Fonty had a pretty good NASCAR career. He started 154 races and had 19 wins and 33 poles during a career that lasted from 1949 through 1957. But the star of the family was Tim, the baby. He was one of the most colorful NASCAR drivers ever.
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