1952 Hudson Hornet NASCAR news, pictures, specifications, and information
Coupe
 
The Hudson Hornet dominated stock car racing and won over 80 NASCAR races between 1951 and 1955. The Hudson's low center of gravity, 'mono-built body' and center point steering contributed to the car's outstanding cornering and handling characteristics. The 308 cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine developed great torque at low engine RPM. This engine, combined with overall road-ability, plus the fact these cars were over engineered and over built, made them unbeatable in competition on the dirt and the very few paved tracks of the 1950s. Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in sports car racing. By NASCAR rules, Hudson dealers made 'Severe Usage' parts available to the public as they were used in NASCAR competition. In response to driver requests, Hudson engineers developed dual carburetors systems (Twin H-Power), dual exhaust manifolds for racing only, several optional camshafts, heavy-duty suspension parts and engine mounting kits. There were 132,000 Hudson Hornet models produced from 1951 to 1954; the Club Coupe amounted to only 7% of production.

This is the former Herb Thomas NASCAR stock car. It was given to Herb Thomas by the Hudson Motor Car Company and raced in 1952 and 1953. Hudson was the first automobile company to realize the value of racing for improving the performance and durability of their products. The program was administered by Hudson engineer V.W. 'Vince' Piggins. He would leave Hudson after American Motors was formed, and head up Chevrolet's performance division when the 'small block' Chevrolet V8 models were introduced in 1955.
Coupe
 
In the early days of NASCAR, to say Hudsons were dominant would be a huge understatement. Their domination of the series was truly unbelievable. What made it even more impressive is that they did it with an inline-six cylinder engine. The 308 cubic-inch Hornets won 27 of 34 races in 1952 and 22 of 37 races in 1953.

The popularity of these cars came to light when the 'star' of the movie 'Cars' was chosen to be a representation of these famous racers. Through Doc Hudson, the legend of the Fabulous Hudson Hornets has been carried forward to the up and coming generation of enthusiasts.
The Hudson Motor Car Company came into existence in 1909 and produced vehicles until 1957. It was created by Howard Coffin, George W. Dunham, and Roy E. Chapin. Based in Detroit, Michigan, the company had it most successful year in 1929 when it produced and sold over 300,000 vehicles. From 1942 through 1945, the Hudson Corporation did its patriotic part by manufacturing war materials such as naval engines and aircraft parts, during the Second World War. After the war, the Company had its share of ups and downs before it merged with Nash Motors in January of 1954, when it became known as American Motors. The Hudson plant closed while the production of Nash vehicles bearing Hudson badges continued. The brand name ceased to exist after 1957.
In 1951 Hudson introduced the Hornet. The Hornet sat atop a modified version of the Super Six chassis and outfitted with a 262 and 308 cubic-inch inline six-cylinder power-plant. It dominated the NASCAR circuit in the early fifties. In 1952, it won 27 NASCAR Grand National races, 22 in 1953, and 17 in 1954.

The car sat low, giving it an excellent center of gravity. Its flowing, curvy lines and enclosed rear wheels gave it aerodynamic features. The car sold well for the company when first introduced but slowly faded into the history books. The Big Three auto manufacturers were able to change the faces of their model line-up every year, the Independent Auto Manufacturer, Hudson was not. So by the time the Hudson was discontinued, it was feeling and looking its age.

A wonderful car with seating for six and featuring an L-head straight six coupled with Twin-H Power carburetors was enough to breathe life into the Hudson Company for only a few years. The company had lasted through two World Wars and the Great Depression but it would ultimately find its demise at the hand of low-cost, mass-produced automotive giants.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
Recent Vehicle Additions

1952 Ford Golden Rod

1973 Battery Box Experimental Electric

1930 Aston Martin 1.5-Liter International

1932 Hudson Series T Eight

1977 Maserati Kyalami

1971 Bizzarrini 128P Prototype
For more information and related vehicles, click here

SPEED ENERGY FORMULA OFF-ROAD PRESENTED BY TRAXXAS RETURNS THIS WEEKEND WITH THREE EVENTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Costa Mesa, California (September 15, 2014) – The SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series will headline a full weekend of racing in Southern California Sept. 19-21 at two separate venues. The Stadium Super Trucks (SST) that compete in the high-flying series will be part of the Sand Sports Super Show at the OC Fair and Event Center Friday and Saturday nights, and then will move further south and be part of the Coronado Speed Festival Sunday afternoon at Naval Air Station ...[Read more...]
Reaching New Heights: Kyle Busch to Make 500th Toyota NASCAR Start
BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 14, 2014) – No other driver has as many Toyota NASCAR starts, wins or accomplishments to his credit as driver Kyle Busch. Busch will make his 500th career NASCAR start in a Toyota this Saturday when he climbs behind the wheel of a Tundra race truck at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race. 'I'm excited about it,' said Busch. 'It's obviously a bit of a milestone to reach 500. There's been a lot of success in-betw...[Read more...]
DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA, ROAR BEFORE THE ROLEX 24
 ◾Annual Test Session Moved To Jan. 9-11 ◾53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona Set For Jan. 24-25 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2014) – Teams competing in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will have a bit more time to celebrate the holidays – but will have a quick turnaround to prepare for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona. Officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Daytona International Speedway today announced dates for ...[Read more...]
NEW FORD TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER TO INCREASE VEHICLE PERFORMANCE ON- AND OFF-TRACK
◾Ford reinforces commitment to racing and performance car development with announcement of new Ford Technical Support Center in Concord, N.C. ◾Expected to be fully operational later this summer, the facility will serve as a center for Ford Racing technical support and for racing teams to develop and test their cars; center will eventually support development of future Ford performance vehicles ◾Technical center's full-motion platform simulator will allow race teams to optimize their setups for...[Read more...]
FORD RACING WINS THIRD NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE OF 2014 AS JOEY LOGANO TAKES TEXAS CHECKERED FLAG
◾Joey Logano's win is his second with Ford Racing and fourth of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. ◾He extends the season-opening streak of different winners to seven and joins fellow Ford drivers Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards in that group. ◾Ford Racing is tied for the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins this season with three (Chevrolet). ◾This represents Ford Racing's 12th NSCS win at Texas Motor Speedway, most among manufacturers. ◾The win is Ford's 621st all-time series victory and ...[Read more...]

Commodore
Hornet
Italia
Model 20
Model T
Model U
Pacemaker
Railton
Rambler
Super Six
Terraplane

Image Left 1951 Hornet Series 7A1953 Hornet Image Right
© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.