Last Call: This real life Hudson Hornet from Cars is awesome

I don’t know how many of you have seen the Disney movie cars but I would assume a pretty good amount. If you have seen it then you will remember how wise Doc was with all his years of knowledge from when he was a race car. The personality that was put into that animated character makes this car so incredible to see.

All the details throughout it match up exactly to the movie and make this thing look so alive. You can pretty much visualize the eyes that all the characters have on their windshield even. I know that if I saw this in person as a kid I would be all over it. Does this bring back any sort of nostalgia for you? Maybe not from you watching it as a kid but with your kids?

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14 responses to “Last Call: This real life Hudson Hornet from Cars is awesome”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    Simply a beautiful design. Hudson was in its prime in those days.

    Best part of the Cars movie is where Doc fires up and finally “clears out the carbs” (around 0:45 if it doesn’t link correctly):

    I don’t know if that’s the sound of a real racing Hornet’s exhaust, but damn, it sounds good.

    1. Fuhrman16 Avatar

      That is the best part of the film. And I believe I’ve read that was an actual Hudson exhaust sound.

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      That’s Dave Bonbright’s car. He is a friend of John Lasseter and served as the Hudson consultant to Pixar when Cars was in preproduction. The car is featured on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. He also was involved with the transformation of Lasseter’s personal 67 Beetle into a representation of a character from A Bug’s Life, which was raffled for charity when that film was released..

    3. sunbeammadd Avatar

      I still find it baffling to think that not long after Hudson was dead and buried.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        Competition was tough. At least they survived as American Motors.

        1. Fuhrman16 Avatar

          Yeah, the price war between Chevy and Ford in ’51 really hammered all the independents that survived after the war. You add in the fact that the “step down” cars were unibody, which made them more difficult and expensive to keep updated, a flathead six that grew outdated with every passing year, and the sales disaster of the compact Jet line, it’s not surprising Hudson faded away.

  2. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    So, I got the heater back in the Buick, and look what I found in town.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    I fell into an alternate dimension and found a 2002 Avensis 1.8 with gold wheels and toneshifting paint. Help, please.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      What? No 3000 Watt dodecaphonic sound system?
      Undercooked! Throw it back!

      (Seriously, though, if you’re having a nervous breakdown just trying to care for the black paint on your Centennial, this thing would give you apoplexy.)

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Point taken, but I had to share this gloriously misappropriated effort. On a Lambo it’s kind of just like any old Lambo, but on a base Avensis…I applaud this idiocy.

  4. neight428 Avatar

    The Pixar team did their homework. The way they rendered the racing sequences showed that they watched a lot of racing to get it right visually. The way they animated the tire smoke coming off of Lightning McQueen when he first gets to Radiator Springs and is snagged on the power line doing a burnout looks like an actual burnout with the way the smoke starts light and then gets much thicker and billows around.

    My kids loved the Cars movies, so I saw them a lot. Cars Land at Disneyland is really well done, even if you don’t care about the movies, you should watch the scenes in Radiator Springs before/if you go. It is as close to being dropped into an actual cartoon as is possible in reality, but get there early before it’s shoulder to shoulder with your fellow tourist.

  5. outback_ute Avatar

    I’ve seen a few Lightning McQueen replicas, but on different cars. Is there a definitive car that he supposed to be?