Jack Murphy's career in auto racing actually began when the Liverpool, N.Y. native returned from the service. He teamed up with Fred Sass and built a sportsman stock car to compete at nearby Brewerton and Lafayette N.Y. race tracks in 1949.
was at home in a Modified or Supermodified, on Dirt or Asphalt.
his racing career Jack's car was easy to distinguish while in competition as it
was green and white, boasting 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.
of 1951 a new racetrack opened in Oswego, New York. Murphy ventured there with
his 'Shamrock 6' and quickly made Oswego Speedway his home. During the 1951 and
'52 racing seasons Jack was the dominant force on the dirt in Oswego and in 1952
he captured the track points title.
mid-1950s Murphy aboard his popular 'Shamrock 6' was a fixture at Brewerton,
Canandaigua, Dryden, Oswego and the Monroe County Fairgrounds. His adaptability
to racing on both dirt and asphalt made him one of the finest chauffeurs on the
took the checkered flag first in the annual New York State Fairgrounds' Labor
Day Championship in Syracuse in 1959 and '70.
staged the inaugural International Classic in September '57, offering an unheard
of sportsman purse of $5,000 in the 100-lap feature event. Jack outdistanced
Nolan Swift to claim the memorable victory.
finished second to Bobby Malzahn in the big 100-mile NASCAR Sportsman/Modified
Championship held at the Trenton Int'l Speedway in New Jersey.
his famous 'Shamrock 6' came out of semi-retirement in 1970 for a 'last hurrah'
effort. Entering the same car he flipped on the front chute the previous year at
Syracuse, he steered his 427 Chevy coupe to a convincing victory in the 30-mile
NYS Labor Day Championship; leading all 30 laps to win convincingly ahead of
Merv Treichler, Guy Chartrand and Jim Shampine. He also ran the same car on
asphalt, placing eighth in the '70 Langhorne Race Of Champions Finale.
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