On the road show
Lead the Pack in a Hudson Hornet
In 1941, Hudson Motor Company created the Hornet. It took nearly a decade for company president A.E. Barit to approve the model for production. In 1951, the Hornet began its rise to the top. This car was designed with aerodynamics and strength in mind. Extra steel and braces provided some heft while girders were wrapped into the roof to form a safety cage. Referred to as “the best handling car of its time,” the 1951 Hornet was powered by Hudson’s H-145 high compression in-line L-head six-308ci engine. With its two-barrel carburetor, this car can produce 145hp at 3800rpm. If you didn’t spot a Hornet on the street, you’d be sure to see one on the NASCAR track. Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in sports car racing. With more than 40 NASCAR wins from 1951 to 1955, the Hudson Hornet was built for leaders.
On this episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” Jay gives us a look at his personal Hornet. Enjoy.
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