"Needless to say, I had a lot of rooms that were never made up."
After their eight races, the driving team split up. "Jocko eventually stopped eating and we quit racing him," Flock says. "He lived about three or four weeks after we put him in an animal hospital. I guess he didn't want to be a driver anymore."
Flock was one of the best stock car drivers in the old days. He won 40 Grand National races and was the champion in 1952—despite Jocko's stint—and '55. He is the only race driver in the Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame. Flock also won more races—four—than any driver on the old Daytona Beach racecourse. His record of 18 wins in 1955 stood until Richard Petty won 27 in 1967. Flock retired from racing in 1960. Today, at 60, he works in the marketing department at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Many people still ask Flock about his onetime companion. "We made a lot of friends by riding the monkey with us," he says. "People that actually saw the monkey remember him; I just hope they remember me, too. I had a pretty good record, you know."