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Larry Flynn
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”, passed away 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.

Larry was 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.

Survivors 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.

Viewing and 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.
Lawrence 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 Collection


Larry Flynn did not have a good day in the 1956 Southern 500 at Darlington. It took two wreckers
to remove the #73 Williamson Motors Buick entry from this backstretch wreck on lap 222.
The photographer of this photo is unknown.


 Larry Flynn               Lee Williams             Bob Milligan              Hooker Hood               Bud McBride


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 collection.


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 unknown.
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

   

 

   

  

1955 Langhorne
100 Mile National Open -
Sportsman Stock Cars
5th Annual - Oct. 9, 1955
NASCAR Sanctioned
Winner - Pete Corey

1. Pete Corey (NY)
2. Larry Flynn (FL) (with flat head Ford)
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

1955  National Open Eligible Starters
The following 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, NY
Eldon Bryhan (CA) - Lakeport Speedway, Lakeport, CA
Pete Corey (NY) - Fonda Speedway, Fonda, NY
Nick Dadian (NY) - Islip Speedway, Islip, NY
Steve Danish (NY) - Plattsburg Speedway, Plattsburg, NY
Freddie Fehr (NY) - Morristown Speedway, Morristown, NJ
Larry Flynn (FL) - Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, FL
Len Gould (NJ) - New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ
Jack Hart (NJ) - Wall Stadium, Belmar, NJ
Jeep Herbert (NY) - Stateline Speedway, N. Bennington, VT
Dutch Hoag  (NY) - Spencer Speedway, Williamson, NY
Chuck Johnson  (NE) - Rapid City Speedway, Rapid City, SD
Herb Madray (FL) - Hollywood Speedway, Hollywood, FL
Elmer Musclow (NY) - Monroe County Fairgrounds, Rochester, NY
Billy Myers  (NC) - Bowman-Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC
Buddy Myers  (WV) - Gilbert Speedway, Gilbert WV
Don Ostendorf  (NE) - North Platte Speedway, N. Platte, NE
Jimmy Smith  (PA) - Lincoln Speedway, Abbottstown, PA
Arnold Stimpson (NC) - Charlotte Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Paul Walker  (DE) - Alcyon Speedway, Pitman, NJ
Bob White  (CO) - Sterling Speedbowl, Sterling, CO
Horace Williams  (DE) - Georgetown Speedway, Georgetown, DE
Glen Wood (VA) - Lynchburg Speedway, Lynchburg, VA
Danny Woolford (MD) - Westport Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Shorty York (NC) - Greensboro Speed
way, Greensboro, NC

 

FLYNN FACTS

  • At age 16, 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 Raceway.

  • 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 hospital.

  • Deland 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 Larry Flynn.

AWARDS

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.

Larry Flynn - Grand National Driver Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn Miles
1955   1 of 45 0 1 1 0 359 0 1,175 28 30.0 5.0 493.6
1956   2 of 56 0 0 0 0 402 0 250 153 34.5 27.5 395.2
1959   4 of 44 0 0 0 0 206 0 275 53 29.5 30.8 282.6
1961   1 of 52 0 0 0 0 195 0 200 101 25.0 19.0 268.1
4 years 8 0 1 1 0 1162 0 1,900   30.2 25.2 1439.6
Site Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings AvSt AvFn Miles
Charlotte 1 0 0 0 0 68 0 0 21.0 26.0 34.0
Darlington 4 0 1 1 0 787 0 1,675 38.0 29.2 1082.1
Daytona 1 0 0 0 0 85 0 125 33.0 24.0 212.5
Myrtle Beach 1 0 0 0 0 180 0 100 16.0 11.0 90.0
Myrtle Beach 1 0 0 0 0 42 0 0 20.0 24.0 21.0
GRAND TOTAL 8 0 1 1 0 1162 0 1,900 30.2 25.2 1439.6
Speedways (2 mi. +) 1 0 0 0 0 85 0 125 33.0 24.0 212.5
Speedways (1-2 mi.) 4 0 1 1 0 787 0 1,675 38.0 29.2 1082.1
Short Tracks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ? ? 0.0
Road Courses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ? ? 0.0
Dirt Tracks 3 0 0 0 0 290 0 100 19.0 20.3 145.0
Grand National Owner Statistics
Year Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn Miles
1959 Larry Flynn 4 0 0 0 0 206 0 275 53 29.5 30.8 282.6
1 year 4 0 0 0 0 206 0 275   29.5 30.8 282.6
 


 


Larry Flynn in a Modified Sportsman on Daytona Beach 1955



 

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