off the shelf: doc hudson from cars

I absolutely love Cars! Mum + dad has been buying me diecast Cars ever since I was a little tot in hopes of completing each and every character from the film and its sequel. So far, I already have a handful of them, including Lightning McQueen, his mate, Mater, Sarge, Fillmore, Luigi + Guido, Red, Sheriff, Finn McMissile, Holly Shiftwell, + Italian racer Francesco Bernoulli.

For last Christmas, my parents got me another Cars diecast to add to my collection ~ Doc Hudson.

Here’s a short background about Doc Hudson from Wikipedia:

Doc Hudson {voiced by Paul Newman in his last non-documentary film role} is Radiator Springs’ local physician. His license plate read 51HHMD, which is a reference to his year and track number (51), model {Hudson Hornet} and profession {medical doctor}. A racer-turned-mechanic, the character has Newman’s blue eyes.

Did you know that Doc Hudson is based on the real-life Fabulous Hudson Hornet in NASCAR competition? It was introduced in 1951 and manufactured until 1954.

At the start of Cars 2, Doc died due to old age and the Piston Cup, won several times by Lighnting McQueen, was renamed in his honor. His clinic was also converted into a museum, displaying his trophies + other memorabilia from his career.

Disney’ John Lasseter announced that Cars 3 will include a tribute to Doc and McQueen’s crash in the trailer is also a reference to Doc’s accident.

I absolutely enjoy playing with Doc Hudson while mum is busy reading all about akai mpk49 available at Musicians Friend.  We were lucky to have found him at the local Toys R Us! I am sure the rest of the gang are happy to be with him. We are looking for Sally, Flo, + Lizzie next time! Where do you reckon we could find them?

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