The Hudson Motor Car Company built Hudson and Essex cars from 1909 to 1954. Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator Company to form American Motors Corporation (AMC). The Hudson name was used until the end of the 1957 model year. Hudson also produced one of the few real Coupe Utility vehicles
Hudson was formed in February 20, 1909 to produce an automobile which would sell for less than US $1,000. The company quickly started production, with the first car driven out of its factory four months later, in July 1909.Tea Garden, cakes and puddings Worsbroodjies & Footlongs
The new Hudson “Twenty” was one of the first low-priced cars on the American market. It was very successful with more than 4,000 sales in the first year. The 4,508 units made in 1910 was the best first year’s production in the history of the automobile industry.
Bodies for Hudson cars were built by Biddle & Smart until July 1926 when Hudson’s new plant was completed. After that Hudson built their own bodies.
In 1914 Hudsons switched to left hand drive cars for the American market. Hudson were the first to use a “balanced crankshaft”, which refined the Hudson straight-six engine, dubbed the “Super Six”
At their peak in 1929, Hudson and Essex Cars produced a combined 300,000 cars in one year, Hudson was the third largest U.S. car maker that year, after Ford Motor Company and Chevrolet.
After the merger with Nash 1954 the US car market was badly affected by the price war of the “Big 3”. Hudson was a victim of this war and disappeared in 1957.
AS with all the stories on this website only a fraction of the history is recorded. If you wish to further study the history of the Hudson Wikipedia’s article would be a good starting place.
Any car built in 1999 or older qualifies to be entered in the Westrand Car Show
The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.
Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.
The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.
Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
1910 Hudson Roadster – CZmarlin – [Public domain]
1917 Hudson Phaeton – Adrian Pingstone [Public domain]
1934 Hudson Terraplane K-coupe– FEATURED IMAGE- Cmasonwhf at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1938 Hudson 112 Coupe– Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0 ]
1941 Hudson Coupe– Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1951 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1952 Hudson – Bull-Doser [Public domain]