Hagerty Drivers Foundation “Cars at the Capital” Exhibit Showcases NASCAR’s “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” and Chrysler’s Jet-powered Turbine Car. (Courtesy: Hagerty Drivers Foundation)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Hagerty Drivers Foundation is hosting its annual “Cars at the Capital” exhibition from Sept. 2-11 on the National Mall in Washington.
Displayed in a beautifully lit glass enclosure will be the 31st and 32nd vehicles to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
1952 Hudson Hornet (7B-185596) “Fabulous Hudson Hornet,” raced by Herb Thomas
From 1951 to 1955, the Hudson Hornet dominated stock car racing just as the sport began to take off. This is the only Hudson campaigned in NASCAR known to exist, the Hudson Hornet also served as inspiration for the character “Doc Hudson” in the popular Pixar film CARS.
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Chrysler Corporation Turbine Car (Serial No. 9912-31)
Chrysler built just 55 of these groundbreaking cars as part of the company’s decades long effort to develop a mass-market gas-turbine powered automobile. The cars were distributed to households across the country in a consumer research project that ran from 1963 to 1966. This is one of just nine cars from that program that remain.
Each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sept. 3-10, the Hagerty Drivers Foundation will host “Cars at the Capital Family Festival Day.”
This event is free to the public and will take place rain or shine.
Located around the glass enclosure on the National Mall (between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art), festivities for the young, and the young at heart will include: a tire changing station, activity book focused on the National Historic Vehicle Register cars, metal race cars to color, and a free play table. In addition, food trucks will be on-site from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.