“Irish” Jack Murphy of Liverpool N.Y., a hard charger to the core and a wonderful contributor to the sport of supermodified auto racing, has died.
His other racing accomplishments included the Oswego Speedway points championship in 1952 and two New York State modified championship wins on the Syracuse Fairgrounds mile on Labour Day in 1959 and again in 1970.
The Oswego Oldtimers Internet site says that during the mid-1950s, Murphy - who started racing after leaving the military following the Second World War - competed weekly at central New York speedways like Brewerton, Canandaigua, Oswego and the Monro County Fairgrounds. His ability to race on both dirt and asphalt made him, as the website says, one of the finest drivers in the U.S. northeast.
Murphy’s cars, be they modifieds or supermodifieds, were easy to spot. They were painted green and white and had a shamrock on both sides. He always ran the number 6.
Following his retirement as a driver, he was an organizer and pit steward for the International Supermodified Association and provided methanol for the race cars at Oswego Speedway and wherever the ISMA cars were running.
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