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Chasing Classic Cars: I drove Doc Hudson’s brother

You just never know when a classic car will show up

I had an experience I still get giddy about. I was working on one of my radio controlled airplanes in the hanger when by wife and daughter started yelling for me, in a good way, to get up stars. I was so excited I still had my transmitter which I use to fly the planes in my hand. So when I go out to our front yard I see a shape that for me was easy to recognize, a 1951 Hudson Hornet. The owner was friends of our neighbor Jim and was visiting.

An automotive legend

Herb Thomas Fabulous Hudson Hornet. Shot by &q...
Herb Thomas Fabulous Hudson Hornet. Shot by “The Daredevil” at Daytona during Speedweeks 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those of you who are not that familiar with the Hudson, it was THE car in NASCAR racing in the 50’s. The Fabulous Hudson Hornet was a famous racer in the  NASCAR Grand National series which is now the Sprint Cup Series and AAA stock car produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company. Marshall Teague and Herb Thomas each drove in a Hudson Hornet that they nicknamed the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet”. More recently Disney made it a start in their movie Cars using the voice of the late Paul Newman.

Every car has a story

Chasing classic cars, the fabulous hudson hornet, hudson hornet, 1951 hudson Hornet. So the owner, Gene, tells me the story which you will see in the video I shot with my iPhone. I always carry that thing. We hop in the car while he lets my neighbor Jim drive it. I was in the back seat which was HUGE and comfy. I was happy to end the story then but Gene asks me if I want to drive it. Well yeah!!!!!!!! This car handled quite a bit different than today’s cars. I weights 3,200 pounds and with drum brakes took a while to stop or just slow down. It also took a bit of planning and effort to get it to go in the direction I wanted it to go but I didn’t care. This was a thrill. I was so excited that the transmitter I brought up stairs and laid down by our neighbor’s mail box I forgot about. I was lucky it did not rain or have somebody walk off with it. Wait, the best luck was do drive an automotive legend. Enjoy the video.

Promo model: 1948 Hudson Hornet

Hudson Hornet, fabulous hudson hornet, hudson motor company, hudson scale models, savageonwheels.comUsually when I get ready to make a new blog post on a promo model I have seen it for sale at some auction site but this time I took a bit of a different run at it. I tried to find the car first. In this case a 1948 Hudson Hornet. Why that? Sure its part of the American Motors family tree but why not? I had never seen one so it was time to hit the trail.

For anybody reading this blog over the age of 60, this will be one of those articles where you might say, Yup, I remember that.”, for those of us who are under that it will be a history lesson and for those who are really under that, like my 14 year old daughter, you saw some of this in Disney’s Cars movie where a Hudson Hornet (a ’51) played a prominent role.

The Hudson was created with the idea to offer improved transportation at a reasonable cost, well duh! Hudson was successful almost from the start in serving the upper middle-class motorists of the day. Up to the start of World War II, it was one of the more successful independent car makers. Unlike most of the pioneer automakers, the Hudson wasn’t named for the man who created the car, but for the man who financed it, Joseph Hudson, owner of a giant department store. The real deal fully restored will go for around $40,000 but good luck finding one or an owner who wants to part with it. Continue reading Promo model: 1948 Hudson Hornet