Remembering Street Outlaws’ Tyler Priddy, aka Flip
Tyler Gene Priddy, aka Flip, was an Oklahoma-based street racer who became part of Street Outlaws in the show’s first season in 2013. However, the racing world witnessed a great tragedy in the same year after Flip’s speculated suicide case swirled around the media.
To learn more about Tyler Priddy, keep reading the article down below. Also, please check out our video on the Street Outlaws’ star! Let us start with the early life of Flip.
Early Life and bio of Tyler Priddy
Tyler Flip Priddy was born on November 30, 1981, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to the parents’ Gene Flip and Glenda Beckham. Priddy enrolled in Hinton Elementary School but graduated from Putnam City High School in Warr Acres, Oklahoma.
As a friendly kid, Tyler made many friends, including Justin Shearer, Big Chief, and Chris Day, aka Kamikaze. The boys grew up together riding bikes and watching the street races. Flip was also known for his substandard habits of smoking and drinking heavily.
What happened to Street Outlaws’ Flip?
On May 28, 2013, Flip was found dead at his home in Yukon, Oklahoma, at 31. The actual cause of Flip’s tragic death is still unknown to the world. However, many have speculated that he had committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot.
The theory remains, but his death remains a mystery even today without much evidence to support the claim.
Flip was preceded by Aunt Mary Lou and his Grandfather, Aubrey Priddy. His body was cremated in Hinton Cemetery in Hinton, Caddo County, Oklahoma, with the memorial ID 114744206.
Street Outlaws and his career
Flip was a gearhead since the early days and would always step on the front line when things came down to the race track. As a muscle car fanatic, he started his racing career with a Mustang and later switched to 1980 Chevy El Camino. Tyler Priddy earned his spot in the reality series Street Outlaws in 2013 after defeating many others in the selection race.
Tyler named his highly modified 1980 Chevy El Camino “The Old Slut.” It was called so because of its mismatched parts, borrowed, begged, and even stolen. Priddy was a passionate racer who would never back down when smack talk.
Unfortunately for Flip, he could only film the show’s first season as he passed away before Street Outlaws first aired on June 10, 2013. It was a heartbreaking moment for his family, friends, and fans to watch the show after his death. Apart from being a cast in the series, he worked as the parts warehouse manager at Warren Caterpillar in 2013.
The fate of El Camino aka The Old Slut
After the sudden death of Flip, the ownership of El Camino automatically went to Big Chief. However, Big Chief wanted Flip’s childhood friend, Kamikaze, to have the El Camino, knowing his passion for cars. KamiKaze adopted his car in honor of his late friend and almost immediately named the El Camino Elco.
Kamikaze did not touch the car for more than a year with the overwhelming emotions. The first time he took the ride for a test drive, the vehicle caught on fire due to jammed brake calipers on the rear wheel. After reconditioning it, Kamikaze took it to one of the races in Lousiana. His first run with Elco went incredible as he came home victorious.
After the first win, Kamikaze started renovating the Elco day-in, day-out. He moved the engine to a specialized office Kincaid Racing Engines. The main engine was built with a modern carburetor injector with electronic control. With 8 liters of volume and peak power of more than 500 hp, torque is likely to surpass 1000 nm. But Kamikaze did not want to disclose the actual figures and about its ability, but while talking about the car, he said, “There is sufficient capacity to annoy many properly.”
Kamikaze has been following the legacy of Flip with the ride. He drives the Elco on both televisions and drags strips just as Flip wanted.
Wife and Children
Apart from being a fierce racer, Flip was also a husband and a father. Flip was married to Morgan Amber Priddy. The couple shared a blissful married life. The two shared four children: Tovey Gene, Remey J, Dresdyn Rinot, and Bennett William Edward. Flip loved his boys unconditionally and had nicknamed all four of them.
Flip’s wife does not prefer the limelight. She does not seem active in social media and has maintained a low-key profile. Although Flip is no more with us, he has left the legacy behind, inspiring his kids and generations to come.
Quick Facts of Tyler Priddy
Tyler Gene Priddy, aka Flip, was an Oklahoma-based street racer who became a part of ‘Street Outlaws’ in the first season in 2013.
However, the racing world witnessed a great tragedy following Flip’s speculated suicide case.
On November 30, 1981, he was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Gene Flip and Glenda Beckham.
He earned his spot in the Discovery reality series Street Outlaws in 2013 after defeating many others in the selection race.
A muscle car fanatic, he started his racing career with a Mustang and later switched to 1980 Chevy El Camino.
He named his highly modified 1980 Chevy El Camino “The Old Slut.” It was called so because of its mismatched parts, which he borrowed, begged, and even stole.
On May 28, 2013, Flip was found dead at his home in Yukon, Oklahoma, at 31.
The actual cause of Flip’s tragic death is still unknown to the world. But, many suspect that he committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot.
Following his death, Chris Day, aka KamiKaze, adopted his car in honor of his late friend named “Elco.”
Flip was married to Morgan Amber Priddy, with whom he had four children.