There are several cars representing the history of racing. When I was there, the oldest car on display was a 1917 Hudson Super Six Racer, with the most recent being a 2000 Hyundai Tiberon or possibly the unidentified BMW (I’m thinking an M3). We’ll take a closer look at some of them in today’s post and cover more tomorrow.
1917 Hudson Super Six Racer
I found this car fascinating. I assume the answer has something to do with aerodynamics, but I’ve never understood why these old racers are pointed at the back, but not at the front.
According to Wikipedia, Hudson built cars in Detroit from 1909 to 1954, at which point they became part of American Motors, who continued to produce them at a factory in Wisconsin until 1957. While Hudsons were once fairly common, they seem to be a rare breed today. I’ve only seen one other Hudson, a 1951 at a local car show, and it was quite heavily modified.
|1917 Hudson Super Six Racer by Kate Tompkins|
The “Super Six” in the 1917 Hudson’s name refers to its straight six engine, found in most Hudsons to the very end of production. PsychoOnTyres says there were four of the 1917 Hudson racers in the 1919 Indy 500. A Hudson bearing No. 27 like the one in the Samsung museum is the 7th photo in the photo gallery from the 1919 Indy 500. It finished in 8th place, driven by Canadian Ira Vail.
TheOldMotor.com has a great article on racer Leon Duray, and there’s another at Dick Ralstin’s racing home page. Judging from the latter website, the car in the museum is (or is a replica of) a 16 cylinder car Duray had manufactured for the 1931 Indy. It overheated in six laps and never finished the race.