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[Video] NASCAR Roots of the Hudson Hornet

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Early NASCAR Legend

When you mention NASCAR today, most people think of well-attended televised events that feature drivers like Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. With race cars displaying corporate support on their hoods, bumpers -anywhere they can- and pit crew precision like Swiss timepieces, it’s easy to see how NASCAR has grown. In the early 50s, dirt tracks are the race course and Marshall Teague in his Fabulous Hudson Hornet are winning race after race. What classic car is on your must-see list? Let us know what is on your bucket list in our comments.

Get Me to The Church on Time

Getting an up-close look at a Hornet at Carmel Artomobilia is what car shows are all about. Artomobilia’s John Pitz speaks with Andrew, one of the owners of this classic 1953 Hudson Hornet. Though not the legendary race car, this Hudson is not far removed from Teague’s classic. Andrew’s grandfather purchases the car in 1969 with the hope of restoring it. Alas, he is unable to make his dream a reality, so Andrew and his father decide to take on the restoration in his memory. Once finished, the car debuts at the wedding of Andrew’s sister. The family Hudson ferries the happy couple to their reception in classic style.

One of America’s Most Collectible Cars

At first glance, the Hudson Hornet is a classic, streamline sedan. It possesses a lower profile than most vehicles of the era. It is the low center of gravity, dropped floor pan and excellent drivability that make this car so popular. Many consider the Hudson Hornet superior to the Cadillac. It is one of those classic cars that is on everyone’s Best of list. Classic collector extraordinaire Jay Leno even names it as one of the top ten of America’s most collectible cars.

The Twin-H Power Straight-Six Engine

Andrew’s Hornet has a Twin-H Power 308-cubic-inch straight-six-cylinder engine. The single two-barrel carburetors boost the car’s power to 145 hp. It is this same high-compression powertrain that allows the Fabulous Hudson Hornet to dominate the NASCAR circuit with 160 hp and a top speed of 107 mph. This engine gives the Hornet the power to go with its amazing maneuverability. Throw in a high-quality braking system and superior body construction and the Hudson Hornet is clearly writing its chapter in automotive history.

1952 – Year of the Fabulous Hudson Hornet

Hudson debuts the Hornet in 1951. This year Hudson also becomes the first car manufacturer involved in stock car racing. However, 1952 is Hudson’s year on the track. Marshall Teague and the Fabulous Hudson Hornet take the checkered flag in 12 out of 13 events. Together they win the 1952 AAA Season 1,000 points ahead of the closest rival. Hudson Motor Car Co. goes on to win 27 of 34 NASCAR Grand National races that year. The popularity of the sport takes off and so does the legend of the Hudson Hornet race car.

“We Just Enjoy It!”

Andrew and his father enjoy showing off their family Hornet at cruise-ins and events like the Carmel Artomobilia. They win their first award at our event. While shows are fun, it is not what motivates the duo. “It’s a driver,” says Andrew. “We just enjoy it.” We think Andrew’s grandfather is smiling down on them as they motor down the road to their next adventure. It is what classic collecting is all about.

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