Hudson's at Car Shows/Cruise-Ins

VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 574
edited November 18 in HUDSON
Took my '54 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe to the "In-N-Out Burger and Hot Rod 70th Anniversary Car Show" here in So. Ca. (Pomona). I told my self that I will walk the show until I see another Hudson and there were more than a Thousand Vehicles there. Didn't see any Hudson, did see Nash, Kaiser etc. It was costly, but I did enjoy seeing all of those Vehicles there. Hearing the same comments (don't see any Hudson, My Grandparents had one.....)image<img
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  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 574
    Sorry about same pic's, don't know how to delete the extra ones. :(
  • Jon BJon B Posts: 6,747
    Victor, thank you for getting your Hudson out to a show. It continues to perplex me as to why so few Hudson owners bother to enter their cars in mixed-make car shows for the public to see (as opposed to private H-E-T backyard gatherings).

    I'd love to see local chapters encourage participation in public events by their members -- possibly as a group.

    For example, this summer a local chapter held a Hudson get-together that included a mid-day lunch, a convoy to a large cruise-in (which involved several hundred cars), and an evening pizza dinner & tire kicking. They managed to park 15 Hudsons together at the cruise-in, ranging from the 1930's to the StepDown era, which no doubt astounded many spectators who'd never even seen one Hudson at a show!

    If we can't introduce our cars to the public, how can we expect to attract new Hudson enthusiasts?
  • charles4dcharles4d Posts: 415
    Amen Jon 
    You are so right 
  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 1,571
    Keep exercising those Hudson Brother Z! 
  • ValVal Posts: 654
    Jon B , I could not agree more. I take mine when ever and where I can. Z, I am glad you got the 54 out. Good looking car!!
  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 574
    Thank You! On the 24th of November I am going to the "Riverside CA. - 12th Annual Rockabilly Extravaganza - Riverside Airport 6951 Flight Rd. - 9AM - 6PM) Last year I didn't see any other Hudson (HET)'s there. I hope this year there will be more than mine! VCZ
  • 33kc198933kc1989 Posts: 314
    One thing you have over us in the Midwest is the weather.  But yes good to see.  
  • A number of years back, I threw out all the stops and did a frame-off restoration on a fine car. Over a two year period, I trailered that car to every show I could find. Each show had a cover charge or entrance fee, if you will. Won a big trophy at almost every show. My cash output for the two years was just over $1,000. It grates on me that these folks use our cars, and the display of our work to make money. Today, I only build drivers and only go to free events... Maybe this answers why our Hudson's are not at the big name shows?
  • 33kc198933kc1989 Posts: 314
    ^ I totally agree.  
  • Yes^^^^^
    Pay to display aint tbe way.
  • 50C8DAN50C8DAN Posts: 1,734
    the only time I pay to display is if it is for a known charity. If it is for a local car club forget it.
  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 574
    I agree also. I go for the entertainment and enjoyment of seeing other vehicles and seeing friends. Most of the cruise ins are free, you can buy raffle tickets to win $50/50 and/or door prizes. Some times you win and some times you don't . I don't go for the trophies, my Hudson's are drivers .
  • edited November 20
    It's been a few years since I have paid to go to a show. There is something totally discouraging about the process. After years with a lot of hard work, lots of $$$-just ask my wife-and usually lots of personal emotion and preference--nobody likes your car, like you like your car--it's not very satisfying to have people walking around your car looking for, and pointing out, errors and defects! Lol...k
    Congrats VicTor. Your car is deserving.
  • i have previously posted my strong opinion that these HET cars need to be regularly driven in public, to events, etc., to increase the chances that interest in HET cars continues in the future, and that HET marques just don't fade away to museums and private collections -

    i would not have pursued buying a hornet, if i hadn't actually seen one first (rosario resort, orcas island, wa - of all places!) -

    i have other classic cars, but none generate the interest that folks have whereever i go in the hornet - the most common thing folks tell me isn't "My (fill in the blank) used to have one of these," it is "Wow, I've never seen one of these in person!" - followed by "I had no idea how cool these cars are!"

    i'm not a "formal car show" guy for some aforementioned reasons - mainly because i get bored after a few hours, but i regularly attend local events where you come and go as you please, and the only fees i've seen have been for charity events

    a few places i've been with online posts after:



    https://seattlesoldcars.blogspot.com/2018/06/1953-hudson-hornet.html#comment-form

    i have other thoughts about how to increase HET public exposure, but that will be for another thread!
  • Right on. BTW, I love the photo. No way are you gonna get that hornet into a modern-day parking space!...k
  • railknightrailknight Posts: 245
    edited November 21
    I went to at least eight "cruise nights" or no entry fee car shows in the northwest Chicago area with my Super Wasp this past year. I'd say that at half these shows there was at least one other Hudson. Often "cruise nights" are held on weekdays. And, if you live in or near a big city as I do, this may require you to drive your vintage vehicle in slow, bumper to bumper, stop and go, rush hour traffic on a hot July late afternoon. Consequently, I pick shows that are relatively nearby or on weekends.
  • Uncle JoshUncle Josh Posts: 2,550
    Only Hudson truck in the show, and only 1 of maybe 3 on the road in NY. Many people have never seen one, and many didn't know Hudson made them. Attract's a lot of attention.
  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 574

    Hi Uncle, a few years ago I bought an Hudson Engine/trans on Craig List in Orang County CA. It came out of a '46-'47 Hudson Pick Up, the owner had a body shop replace the engine with a L.S. engine etc. I was able to buy the 16" tires and wheels (Echo in Mexico). Have not seen the pick up since.
  • i like the dual purpose fire extinguisher - wheel chock!
  • Uncle JoshUncle Josh Posts: 2,550
    Yup, I leave it in N and work the crowd. 'Wanna hear it run?' The 39 eight catches on the 2nd cyl and putters away. They love it.
  • To get back to the original thread, I have asked why people don't show their cars in public. My Hornet is not in particularly good condition, in fact the head is off it right now. As a result, I tend to keep it close to home and last year it made it to Cars and Coffee in north Seattle a couple of times. I am fortunate enough to have another car to drive- a 1930 Franklin sedan.

    These big shows cost real money to put on. It is irritating to shell out 25 or 30 bucks to show a car I agree, that is part of why I don't do it often. Greenwood gets somewhere between 600 and 1000 cars, and it blocks off somewhere around 35 blocks of Greenwood Ave, a major street. You don't just shut down a major street like that or invite 30,000 people to an event for free. The show is put on by the Greenwood Knights muscle car club, and I think it gets a little money from the city as it is an official SeaFair event-think hydroplanes, Blue Angles, Pirates, ect look it up. At one point the event was taken over by an events company and they got greedy and lazy and the thing nearly died. The Knights took it back and now it is a big deal again.

    Last year I was not surprisingly the only Franklin. What was a surprise was that there were only four full classics out of 1000 entries. There were no Hudsons, Essexs, Packards, Nashes of any kind, and only one Studebaker. I don't think there were 30 pre war cars in total.

    Where are these things?





  • ken1962ken1962 Posts: 203
    When I was young you'd see many brass veteran cars 30% vintage 60% and classic 50's 60's 10% - now it's 90% classic 9% vintage and 1% veteran - I think it's down to driveability- freeways too fast and the events too far away and starting at 8/9am makes you think can I get up at 5am to drive a slow vehicle all the way there, see no other like car - then drive all the way back - I now just drive short trips to the wineries and around town for my pleasure - 

    cheers ken 
  • In past years I have seen brass era cad, early 30's Chrysler 4door and other pre war classics yet not many as most cars are street rods, post ww2, and muscle cars but greenwood is a great event


  • Last year I was not surprisingly the only Franklin. What was a surprise was that there were only four full classics out of 1000 entries. There were no Hudsons, Essexs, Packards, Nashes of any kind, and only one Studebaker. I don't think there were 30 pre war cars in total.

    Where are these things?






    lat year, i was at greenwood per my post!
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 206
    As someone stated before, it’s work to show your car & show it properly.  Early arrivals, cleaning it at the show, long day of sitting around, and again cleaning it afterwards at home.  

    Just the “after a drive cleaning” of my Black corvette keeps me from driving it very much so she sits in the garage.  With other makes I had done some car shows back around 2000-2002 but since my kids (4) were 1-4 years old, it was too much to take all day away from my family.  Don’t get me wrong, the kids would come but after an hour they were spent.  

    I look forward to getting my 37 Coupe on the road after a 15+ year stint of sitting idle.  It needs mechanical work, brakes, a clutch, electric hand repairs, not to mention parts still missing & general drive-ability which will eventually need to be addressed.   Unfortunately life hasn’t slowed down but I do look forward to at least driving & enjoying the coupe, hopefully this coming spring/summer.  I doubt I will do a show, for me it’s a huge waste of my time.  
  • ValVal Posts: 654

    Yup, I leave it in N and work the crowd. 'Wanna hear it run?' The 39 eight catches on the 2nd cyl and putters away. They love it.

    Uncle Josh, Yes I would love to hear it run!!
  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 574
    Here is a pre '32 vehicle excursion in Pasadena CA, you will see; brass era, Vintage etc. (No Hot rods allowed on the excursion), The excursion starts early (see below on the web site). I have seen Jay Leno almost every year with a different vehicle.
    www.socalhcca.com/holiday-motor-excursion/
  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 574
    VicTor Z said:

    Here is a pre '32 vehicle excursion in Pasadena CA, you will see; brass era, Vintage etc. (No Hot rods allowed on the excursion), The excursion starts early (see below on the web site). I have seen Jay Leno almost every year with a different vehicle.
    www.socalhcca.com/holiday-motor-excursion/

    Need help to post this link!
  • ESSX28-1ESSX28-1 Posts: 1,325
    The link works, just copy it & paste it into your browser.
    Great pics of interesting cars!!
  • Jay GJay G Posts: 337
    Vic, I will be at that excursion with one of my early cars. Last year I took the 1910 Touring the year before the 1922 Essex Coach. This year I am trying to get the 1915 in condition to go. Last year there was another 1915 6-40 there almost identical to what I have. Lots of fun and many very early different unique cars. But you have to get there early as most leave for the tour around 10 or 11 am.
    Jay
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