Albert Paul Rudd

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Albert Paul Rudd

Post  Admin on Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:25 pm

Albert Paul Rudd Jr.Albert was born September 15, 1928. When he was 16 he persuaded his parents to sign for him to join the Merchant Marines. He was aboard ship in the English Channel when the war ended.

Albert’s brother, Elmer, bought an old car, about a 1936 Ford from Mac’s Garage. He was planning on racing it but went overseas, so he gave it to Albert. Tommy Moon helped with the body, Pop Moon built an engine for it, and soon Albert was running races. Bill Snowden thought Albert was good enough to run NASCAR circuit with him, up the country, but Albert declined because he didn’t want to leave his wife and children.

Albert’s Dad was very supportive of Albert’s love of racing, but his mother was always afraid he would get hurt. Albert was killed in a six car pile-up at the Old Jacksonville Speedway, ending a bright and promising racing career. He was only twenty-one years old. People said it was the largest funeral ever held in Jacksonville. The church was full and people stood on the grounds outside. The procession stretch for miles. Albert once told his mother that if he had to die, he would rather die racing.

Albert was survived by his wife, Joan, his daughter, Donna and his son, Albert.
Albert was inducted into the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.


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