In-Competition: The amazing story of Bob Flock, NASCAR driver and a fugitive

can You imagine a pilot being pursued in full career by the police? I guess not, but since I did not have believed until I met the story, incredible, Bob Flock. Known as the Mad Flocks, The Flying Flocks (Defendant, the eldest of the eight brothers, was performing acrobatic show by walking on the wings of a plane) or Fabulous Flocks, the family Flock has a chapter that is saved in the history of stock-car american.

His is a record that hardly can be repeated. Bob, together with his brothers, Tim, Fonty and sister Ethel, passed into history on July 10, 1949 when the four took part in the race disputed in the Daytona Beach Road Course. The first race of the history of the competition involved a brother and a sister and perhaps will never pass away, four siblings together. A few weeks before, Bob had achieved the pole in the first race in the history of NASCAR (as we know) held at the Charlotte Speedway. In that first season, the biggest of the Flock pilots was third in the overall behind the champion Red Byron and Lee Petty.

R Parks y Bob Flock

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The story of the fabulous Flock comes a few years before. Next to Buddy Shuman or Curtis Turner, Flock was one of those riders that found in the career of Stock-Car the legitimate way is to get a salary. And is that the family Flock was known for running a business of liquor illegal, known in the united States as Moonshine. And is that as many of you know, the races of the NASCAR were the place in which the delivery of such liquor illegal was entertained in a way most legal.

Bob and Fonty, they debuted on the stock-car at the end of the decade of the 30 and quickly became regulars in the races with cars modified. World War II would interrupt their careers as pilots since they both served in the army and to the back, not everything was going to be like.

Bob-Flock2A partnership between the local press of Atlanta and the churches of the Baptist and Methodist did that in the circuit of Lakewood, the common scenario of siblings Flock, unable to participate all the riders with a criminal record. Something that did not stop Bob, as even he became involved covering his face with a bandana.

The Federal Police, prevented the presence of Flock on the race, went on the circuit waiting for the race finalized in time to stop him. Flock, which is what I smelled, took advantage of an open door to put a clean pair of heels. The police, neither short nor lazy, ripped off their cars and chased the driver down the track for a couple of laps. Once out of the circuit, the police chased Flock until it ran out of gasoline. Years later, the Flock would contend that if it had not been for the police, he would have won that race.

Source | Encyclopedia of Alabama