not forgotten . . .

"Irish" Jack Murphy


Liverpool, NY
day.mo.year - 02.05.2013


What can I say... my dad's favorite and then that Shamrock #6 became my favorite as well. A gentleman racer and local legend around these parts. Jack was there driving and winning in the coupes during the earliest years of Oswego speedways existance, and remained a top runner there for more than twenty years. He was also a front runner in the modifieds, winning at many local tracks including the famed NYS fairgrounds, winning the Labor Day NYS championship there in 1959 and 1970. He was the winner of Oswego's inaugeral International Classic in 1957. Jack was one of the few drivers to make a successful transition from coupes to the potent supermodifieds at Oswego.

  . . . written by Jake Zoll

Irish Jack Murphy Holiday Travel Plans Include Weedsport Stop

Weedsport, NY — May 27, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director

Coming to a climax with the headline ‘Hall of Fame Classic 100’ on May 30, the Memorial Day Weekend Super DIRTcar Series showdown on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds is just 3 days away. The historic Weedsport, New York speedway comes to life for the traditional holiday special with the 100-lap Big-Block Modified winner on Sunday waiting to take home a cool $6,000 top prize.

Helping commemorate the past two decades of Hall of Fame happenings at the home of DIRTcar Northeast, highlights from many of the past induction days will be recalled in anticipation of the first big holiday racing event of the season.

Honored for the first time during 2000 induction ceremonies at the HoF, the name ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy will once again echo across the fairgrounds as the local favorite now residing in nearby Central Square, N.Y. will be on site Sunday for a rare autograph session during intermission of Weedsport’s evening race card. The former New York State Fair Modified Champion will be returning home just in time after spending Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut attending an International Supermodified Association (ISMA) event.

From the first time that he watched stock car races in Hawaii while enlisted in the United States Army, Murphy was hooked, not as a fan but as an active participant in a sport that he would remain devoted to the rest of his life. Throughout his racing career his car became one of the most identifiable around the region as the green and white Modified always boasted a shamrock and number six on both sides. This unique combination made the “Wild Irishman” one of Central New York’s premier drivers of the day and a racing legend to be remembered.

When Oswego (NY) Speedway first opened in August of 1951, Murphy quickly made the ‘Steel Palace’ his home, emerging as the dominant force on the dirt while capturing the 1952 track points title. Oswego staged the inaugural International Classic in September ’57, offering an unheard of Sportsman purse of $5,000 in the 100-lap feature event, and Murphy outdistanced Nolan Swift to claim the memorable victory. His ‘Shamrock 6? also became a fixture at Brewerton, Canandaigua, Dryden and the Monroe County Fairgrounds, eventually finding its way into victory lane at the NYS Fairgrounds in 1959 and ’70. While competing irregularly at Oswego in 1959 and ’60, Murphy returned to the proud Port City oval sporting the famous green and white colors, this time on a no. 6 Supermodified in the track’s completely overhauled class. For more than two decades Murphy’s presence on the Empire State racing scene was a major contributing factor to the growth of motorsports. His accomplishments are legendary both as a competitor and supporter of auto racing and in 1977 he received the prestigious Kodak Park Auto Racing Booster Club ‘All-Time Great’ Award to further solidify his rank in history.

  . . . written by Tom Skibinski

'57 Classic line-up, sure looks like Jack's Shamrock 6 next to the #54 car

Oswego's first Classic winner

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Murph garnered five top 5's in 1964, including a second to Nolan Swift on Sept. 5th

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July, 1967
 
1968 Classic

September 27, 1969

  Jack Murphy links
  • Must see page from vintagemodifieds.com
  • Doug Elkins article from Syracuse.com
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  • please links, stories or images so we can all remember Jack Murphy.
  stats
  • Oswego Classic Finishes:
    1957. 1st
    1958. 5th
    1959. 14th
    1960. 5th
    1961. 13th
    1963. 8th
    1964. 22nd
    1965. 29th
    1966. 9th
    1967. 30th
    1968. 4th
    1969. 33rd

  • Top Oswego Point years:
    1951. 2nd
    1952. 1st
    1954. 2nd
    1955. 4th
    1956. 4th
    1957. 4th
    1958. 6th(B class, 1st)
    1960. 14th
    1961. 7th
    1962. 12th
    1963. 3rd
    1964. 5th
    1966. 20th
    1967. 9th

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