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Hudson Hornet Stock Racecars

The reasons that the Hudson Hornet was so successful in stock racing. Includes specs, history, and fun facts.

In the days of stock racing cars, a certain model still stands out starkly from the rest as a beacon of American history and a testament to the ingenuity of automotive engineering: The Hudson Hornet. This icon epitomized the racing industry in the mid 1900’s due to its aerodynamic design and strong mechanical presence. The sleek styling and innovative bodywork was also a major factor for its success.

Started in the early 1900s by Howard Coffin, George W. Dunham, and Roy E. Chapin, with help from Joseph L. Hudson, Hudson Motor Car Company quickly established itself as a noteworthy automobile company. It offered uniquely styled, functional cars to the public and set speed records along with its sales records. Using powerful six cylinder engines, it revolutionized the industry and remains famous for its days in the stock racing era.

In 1951, the Hudson Hornet was introduced to the public. After a long line of success, Hudson was expected to perform just as well as it did in the 40’s. It did not disappoint. The consumers were treated to a powerful 308 cubic inch six-cylinder engine that set speed records and had customers begging for more. Hudson also introduced a new design that was unheard of in the day: “monobilt” body construction, in which the body (minus fenders and doors) is all one piece on the frame, not welded and riveted together like its competitors. This was a major innovation that set the example for present-day cars’ design. The wheelbase was also widened and lowered, giving the Hornet its low center of gravity and sleek “low rider” look that it’s famous for. This also allowed for smoother rides and easy handling that set up the model to be used on the racetrack. Even though the Hornet had a six-cylinder engine, it did not skimp on power or speed. The upgrade in cubic inches and the incorporation of dual carburetion, aptly named “Twin-H Power,” made this vehicle a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack. NASCAR’s Marshal Teague took his Hornet, aptly named The Fabulous Hudson Hornet, to win 12 out of 13 AAA events in 1952 alone. The Hornet’s sleek design was not only stylish; it was functional as well. The lowered, widened wheelbase offered a lower center of gravity, making it more aerodynamic. It also served as a great family car; its interior was roomy enough to accommodate six people comfortably.

On and off the racetrack, the Hudson Hornet offered America a highly stylish, innovative, and functional car that remains a heralded classic in history. Its sleek design, uncanny speed and power, and performance allowed it to be recognized as one of the top stock racing cars in American history.

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