Albert Johnson, Sr.

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Albert Johnson, Sr.

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Albert Johnson Sr.


Born December 2, 1916 – Deceased October 11, 1985


Albert became involved in stock car racing in 1947 when he built a race car in his garage at Melson Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida. The first car was driven by Gene McCarl and its success at the newly built Jacksonville Speedway on Lenox Avenue inspired him to continue in racing and become one of the best known and respected mechanics in the field of stock car racing around the Southeastern United States.

Albert later owned and operated A. W. Johnson’s Shell Service Station & Garage at 2949 West Beaver Street, Jacksonville, Florida. Out of this shop came some of the fastest and most competitive race cars of this era. His cars won many races and championship events around the southern race tracks during his venture in this sport.

His cars were driven by such popular known drivers as Johnny Thompson, Ace McGartlin, Albert Rudd, Gene McCarl, Tommy Moon, David Ezell, and others. All the above drivers are recognized in the “Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame” for their outstanding performance in stock car racing. Albert also built many race cars and engines for other owners and drivers which was very competitive. He was very innovative and could be successful at anything he attempted to do. Albert Johnson is truly missed by all his peers and is recognized as one of the legends and true pioneers in the mechanical world of automobile racing.

Albert is survived by his ex-wife, Ann Brown, one son, Albert Jr. and two daughters, Charlotte and Linda.


Albert was inducted into the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1993
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