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Putting Disabled Drivers Behind the Wheel of a 1952 Hudson Hornet
Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in sports car racing, and their Hornet dominated stock car racing in the early 1950’s.For DADC, the Hornet legacy represents a unique opportunity for the disabled community.
“The car belonged to my father-in-law, Gene Smith,” said DADC President, Lee Perry, “He courted his wife in it, and he brought home his daughter,
Cheryl, my wife in it when she was born. He was mid-restoration, all of the parts free of rust and neatly categorized, and the engine running, when he suffered a stroke, leaving him paralyzed.”
Mr. Gene Smith of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was a lifetime member of the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club and the Antique Auto Club of American. He passed away recently, and was buried with a picture of his beloved Hornet.
“This project,” continued Mr. Perry, “Is our promise to Gene that his vision of sharing this cherished family heirloom with other disabled drivers will become a reality.”
Restoration is underway at Jon Schuchart Customs in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where the Hornet will be re-furbished, re-assembled and painted an original glossy black. DADC will outfit the Hornet with its suite of hand and foot controls so that licensed drivers can take this American classic for a spin using state-of-the-
“For disabled citizens and wounded warriors,” Mr. Perry continued, “We believe driving the Hornet will offer an inspiring experience and a lasting memory - all behind the wheel of a car most people only get to look at, much less drive or ride in.”
Donations and sponsorships are now being accepted to help restore the Hornet and get it on the road to events. A number of fun “thank you” gifts are in the works with one of the project’s sponsors, Ramplify.Biz, Colorado’s green promotion headquarters.
Sponsors will also receive a number of promotional opportunities, including social and earned media, advertising on the car, and exclusive driving event opportunities. Everyone who helps will be included in the unique “trunk museum” for display at events.
For more information on how you, your business or organization can help get the Hudson Hornet on the road, please contact DADC.
About Driving Aids Development Corporation (DADC):
Family owned and operated since 1982, Driving Aids Development Corporation (DADC) helps people with disabilities maintain their independence on the road with safe, reliable, and attractive hand controls. For more information, contact DADC at (888) 762-1046 or www.DrivingAids.com.
Press Contact: Cheryl Smith