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Hank Young


Born on February 13, 1964 in Marietta, GA, and raised in a motorcycle and rodder family, Hank’s first motorcycle -- at the age of 5 -- was a Honda 50. Like many other Georgia boys at the time, he thrilled himself riding dirt bike trails and racing go karts, but he had other things on his mind, as well.

Hank taught himself how to weld at his father's shop (while no one was looking) at the age of 8. By age 10, he had surpassed his dad's torch-wielding skills and had become singularly obsessed with the workings of metal.

His first car, at age 16, was a '34 Ford, 5-window coupe that he and his dad rescued from oblivion. From 1980 to 1991, Hank has owned a number of hot rods, old and new, including: a few Chevy II’s, a 1200hp ‘69 Camaro (complete with parachute and wheelie bars), a ‘74 Porsche 911, not to mention various '30s and '40s street rods that he has custom-built along the way.

Officially, Hank Young is a 3rd generation machinist & fabricator. Unofficially, he is the third installment in a rich creative legacy established by his grandfather and father before him.

Hank’s grandfather, Joe Young, was a restless and prolific hobbyist, who conquered his boredom by tackling increasingly detailed and demanding projects in his spare time. "You name it…he's done it." chuckles Hank. He's designed and built hydroplane racing boats, violins & musical instruments, his own personal water-well drilling rig, and numerous grandfather clocks. In addition, he was also an avid photographer. All this while holding an executive position at Lockheed-Martin, one of Marietta's, and Atlanta's, largest employers.

His father, Lewis Young, also worked for Lockheed for 11 years as a computer programmer / machinist. His specialty was mastering the design and fabrication of special parts and components on state-of-the-art CNC machines, some of the first and only ones of their kind in the country, at the time. In his off-hours he designed and built hot rods and was an accomplished drag racer. He eventually left Lockheed and instead become a fireman for the city of Marietta, and Cobb County, Georgia.

Unlike his father and grandfather, Hank decided against working for the legacy aerospace contractor. Instead, he chose to pursue his passion for hot rods and motorcycles and went to work for Joe Smith's Antique Ford and Street Rod Parts in 1984. It wasn't long before Hank became well known to hot rodders across the country as one of the premier builders and providers of '32 to '48 Ford street rods, parts, and accessories.

In 1991, Hank built his first motorcycle, a ‘40 Indian Chief Bobber, complete with early-sixties, Schunk cams inside a custom-stroked, 96 cubic inch v-twin. That, in turn, led him to design and build a custom Knucklehead for his son, Taylor, and a custom Shovelhead for his dad.

Lucky for us, though, he likes the 'two-wheeled' rods he is creating as much as the 'fours' that have been his trademark for some time. The turning point came with the building of The Flying Pan, a bike which was widely praised in the worldwide motorcycling press. In 2002, he made his "hobby" official and incorporated as Young Choppers & Hot Rods. Now Hank specializes in bringing together the vital spirits of our motorcycling and hot rodding heritage with the technical innovations of its present to create timeless expressions of automotive vision to inspire and thrill us for generations to come.

-- TY

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