“What number of automobiles raced competitively in a NASCAR division from 1951-61, identical physique and all? That in itself is fairly superior, to say the least,” Marshall mentioned.
Though the 1950 Southern 500 automobile was owned by Bobby Griffin, Griffin Motors would merely sponsor a automobile in later years, with the automobiles carrying its title on the hood.
One in every of them gained the Southern 500, pushed by Fonty Flock, in 1952.
“He gained that race from the pole, in order that was a number of promoting due to having Griffin Motors on the hood,” Griffin mentioned. “For the enterprise, it was win on Sunday, promote on Monday.”
Then, one pushed by Baker, gained the Southern 500 in ’53. And in 1954, Baker began from the Southern 500 pole and led 34 laps earlier than automobile troubles (he positioned 44th).
“If you happen to needed to choose the years, 1952 and ’53 had been the most important for us due to the Southern 500 wins,” Griffin mentioned. “That’s a fairly sturdy three years, particularly if you’re racing Hudson Hornets alongside the best way. You don’t get way more top-tiered than that. That’s like Hendrick Motorsports.”
In the meantime, opponents additionally grew to embrace Griffin Motors, utilizing it as a physique store for their very own automobiles. And in return, Griffin Motors would get a sponsorship nod.
The constructing served as an Oldsmobile dealership and repair store till 1962. And on Oct. 2, 2018, that Irby Avenue location turned listed within the Nationwide Register.