HAWAII CITY — Car transport legend Richard Albertson is one of many people who have been involved in car transport since the late 1800s.
Albertsons story begins in the late 1950s when he was working for the Honolulu-based car transport company.
In 1957, Alberson purchased the car transport business in Honolulu and quickly became a key figure in the transportation business.
“There was no competition for me in Honolulu at the time,” Albertson said.
He worked with the car drivers for years, delivering their goods on a weekly basis to a large number of stores.
Then in the early 1960s, Albersons wife, Jeanette, died of a heart attack.
She was the first person in Hawaii to die in a car accident, he said.
Albertons business continued, expanding his business to include the Hawaii Car Transport Company and the Hawaii Transport Authority, the two main companies that were handling car transport for the state.
Eventually, Albertson started his own company.
Albertson, a former police officer, said he started his company in 1959, after working for years as a detective in the Honolulu Police Department.
It was an easy job.
You didn’t have to do any training, he explained.
When the police department started accepting the cars, Albinos business took off.
The car transport industry thrived and Albersons car company became a household name.
Hawaii has about 200,000 vehicles, and Albersons company handled about 20,000 of them a year, he estimated.
Many people still have Alberttons name stamped on their cars.
Albinos cars are still on display at a museum in Hawaii, but not every car has Albertis name.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a group of Hawaii drivers who wanted to use Albertons name started a protest, he recalled.
Some of them had Albertons logo on their vehicles.
The group eventually was able to get a court order to remove Alberitzs name and vehicle number from the vehicles, Albretson said.
It took years, but Alberbetts name finally disappeared from the cars in 2006.
Albronson was one of several people who knew Alberits name when he got his car.
“(Alber) was a good person and I would never have done what I did if I had not known about his car service,” Albreton said.
“It was one thing to be the boss.
It was another thing to have the name on the back of your car.”
Alberters name has been on the backs of cars since the early 1970, when Alberta Williams, the daughter of Alberte Williams, was involved in a high-speed chase on the West Coast.
Williams was killed in a crash and Albert was charged with vehicular manslaughter, but was acquitted by a jury.
Albrets family later sued Albertan for damages for injuries he suffered in the crash.
Aliberts name was not removed from the vehicle for about a year after that.
After that, Albronts car had to be removed from his garage.
While he was on the lam, Albrons family asked him to remove the car from his driveway so they could put it on display.
Albys family was so proud of the car, he told ABC News that he was happy to have it back.
But Albertions family and Albrettson family never got the car back.