Al Young (dragster driver)
|Alfred John Young|
|Born||April 28, 1946 |
|Related to||Vick Young (Wife) Chase Young (Son) Ashley Young (Daughter)|
|Years active||19?? - Present|
|Teams||Al Young Racing|
Alfred John Young (born April 28, 1946 in Whittier, California) is a former World Champion e.t. drag racer, taught high school in Seattle for 37 years, and is presently involved with the preparation of classic high performance race cars. After campaigning his 1970 Dodge Challenger for over 25 years, winning the American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) World Championship and numerous other NHRA and AHRA titles, he donated his drag racing car to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, Washington in 2007. During the majority of his racing career, he was sponsored by Ole Bardahl of the Bardahl Company.
Young grew up in San Francisco, California, the youngest of three children. His sisters are Janey Young Cheu, and Connie Young Yu. His father was John C. Young, an U. S. Army Colonel and businessman, and mother was Mary Lee Young, and artist and art collector.
He is married to Vicki Johnson Young who has taught for over 25 years in Seattle Public Schools as well. They have two children: Chase Johnson Young and Ashley Victoria Young, and five grand-children.
Young studied English Literature at University of Washington and received a BA in 1968 and MA in 1972.
A founder of one of Seattle’s first alternative high schools, the Summit School, in 1973. Taught high school for 37 years in the Seattle Public Schools instructing subjects ranging from Auto Shop to American Government. Recognized as one Seattle Public Schools‘ “Heroes in the Classroom” in 2004. He retired from teaching in 2008.
A practicing member of the Seattle Kung Fu Club for over 39 years, studying traditional Hung Gar Kuen with SiFu John S. S. Leong.
Recently active with the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) , narrating the documentary: “Dr. Sun at Liberty’s Door.” (2011)
Car Craft Magazine “All Star Drag Team” (1981)
Firebird Raceway (Boise, Idaho) Bracketeer All-Star Inductee (1988)
Winner of every major e.t. drag race event in the Pacific Northwest at least twice from 1976 to 1996
Donated his 1970 Dodge Challenger to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle
The present: still driving in local Sportsman level drag racing events and working on classic high performance cars
Hot Rod Magazine’s “Drag Racing” (May 1988), articles: “How to Win at Drag Racing” and “Paying the Way (how to get a sponsor)”.
Mopar Action Online: "The Ultimate Road Trip: 8,000 miles, 550 gallons of gas, 28 days" (2011)
Viewpoints Magazine: "Road Runner" pg. 2, 2008.
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