Running his shop during the week gave him ample opportunity to appreciate Knoxville and her people. He made many friends over the years – Laverne Steineck and Jack Sterling to name a couple – but there was one who stood out over the rest. That was Ned Job.
“We were classics,” Flax said. He refers to Job as one of his “all-time great customers” and a good Knoxville person.
As a Knoxville businessman, Flax has not agreed with a few decisions made by the city council over the years. He laments what the Highway 5/92 bypass did to foot traffic downtown. After the bypass was installed, it was difficult to bring people downtown. The council’s decision to remove the flag poles and sprint cars is another thing that Flax does not support.
Despite his disagreement with these decisions, Flax believes Knoxville is a good town, one that has been good to him. He intends to spend his retirement years – at least six months of every year – still living in the Sprint Car Capital of the World. The other six months will be spent on his property in Arizona.