This car is an authentic replica of the first of Marshall Teague's racing Hudson Hornets. The first Hornet had a racing career of three months, ending in Martinsville, Virginia in May 1951. Succeeding 'Teaguemobile' Hornets were NASCAR and AAA stock car champions, and in the years from 1951, when the Hornet debuted with a victory at Daytona, through 1954, Hornets won everywhere. Hudson's racing success in what was strictly 'Showroom Stock' was based on Stock' was based on three factors: 1) A well engineered, good handling design. 2) A supply of 'Severe Service' parts developed for racing and available to the public at Hudson dealers. (this was a first for an American manufacturer). 3) Marshall Teague and his team, based in a garage in Daytona, Florida. It was Teague who knew what he needed and worked with Hudson's engineering staff to develop a winner.
Teague, as team owner, mechanic, driver and sportsman, was universally admired as a gentleman. The motivation to build this replica of Teague's first Hornet was to bring both Teague and Hudson back for motoring enthusiasts to remember or discover.
Teague was killed in a race car in 1599, but we hope that this replica, and his widow Mitzi's scrapbooks, will help keep his memory alive.
Hornet Wins Date Track Course Type 1. Feb 11 Daytona, Fl 4.1 mile beach and road 2. April 28 Gardena, CA Half mile dirt 3. April 22 Phoenix, AZ One mile dirt 4. Canfield, OH 200 laps half mile dirt 5. July 1 Grand Rapids, Mi 200 laps half mile dirt 6. Sept 3 Darlington, SC Southern '500' paved 7. Sept 15 Langhorn, Pa One mile dirt 8. Sept 23 Charlotte, NC Three quarter mile dirt 9. Oct 7 Hillsboro, NC One mile dirt 10. Nov 4 Jacksonville, Fl Half mile dirtAlso photographed at :