The Flock Family lived life on the edge & were a wild bunch.
Their father was a tightrope walker & bicycle racer.
Their mother was nicked named “Big Mama Flock. Oldest brother Carl raced boats. Bob, Fonty, Tim & sister Ethel raced cars. Sister Reo was a parachutist.
Bob & Fonty hauled moonshine as did many race car drivers of that time.
The federal agents discovered Bob Flock would be running a race in Atlanta, and they staked out the place to make an arrest. A gate opened as the race was beginning, and Bob drove on the track to take the green flag. The police vehicles quickly appeared on the track. They chased Flock for a lap or two before he drove through the fence. The police followed him until he ran out of gas later. Reminiscing years later, Bob said, "I would have won that race if the cops had stayed out of it" Bob also was part of the first multi car team (See Story)
Like many early NASCAR drivers, Fonty's career began by delivering illegal moonshine. He started delivering on his bicycle as a teenager. He used his car to deliver moonshine as he got older. "I used to deliberately seek out the sheriff and get him to chase me," he later recalled. "It was fun, and besides we could send to California to get special parts to modify our cars, and the sheriff couldn't afford to do that." Fonty was known for racing in his Bermuda shorts and a pair is in the museum at Darlington.
Tim Flock had a Rhesus monkey co-driver named "Jocko Flocko" with him in his May 16, 1953 Grand National win at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jocko Flocko became the only winning monkey ever. The monkey was retired two weeks later at Raleigh, where the monkey became scared after looking into the wheel wells. Tim had to do a pit stop to remove the monkey, and he finished third instead of second. (See Story) Tim Flock won the only NASCAR event ever held at Road America in 1956. No stock car events of any type were held at the track until the 1990s.
Ethel never won a Cup race. However she did finish ahead of Fonty & Bob in the second strictly stock race held on the Daytona Beach course in 1949. All four raced, the only time in history four siblings competed in the same Winston Cup event. Ethel didn't win, but did outrace each of her brothers to finish 11th in a Cadillac