Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Green




Or so Kermit says. This wonderful old Hudson in the back room of Ted's Garage is waiting to be spiffed up I think. I'm sure you're wondering why this one caught my eye. Well when I was a wee girl, we had a BIG gray Hudson that I loved to death. I know you're laughing, because it's funny to me as well. Since that "love affair" with the Hudson I've never been all that interested in cars since. I will admit though, that Ted's red Vette up front makes my heart flutter. ( and will be one of my auction photos.) Ted and I were classmates at Shades Valley High School and for the record, I never got a ride back in.....well never mind the year!

Actually I have a very special reason for posting this vintage car today. On Thursday I will be going back to Ted's Garage for a fundraiser/auction for the Heart Gallery. The Heart Gallery asks photographers to take portraits for Alabama youngsters in foster care that want and need a loving family to open their arms and their hearts to them. I couldn't be more proud to donate some of my photographs for Fotos, Frames and Fun, to raise much needed funding for this wondeful agency. I have my fingers crossed that I'll be called on one day to take some of those portraits.

27 comments:

Jilly said...

What a great way of raising money. And what a wonderful old car.

(I'm off to Paris)

Bibi said...

More power to you for the auction! I'd like a ride in this baby,too.

Chuck Pefley said...

Good for you, V! Old Yeller looks pretty good now, and I can just imagine what she'll look like fully restored.

Great project you're working on!

Olivier said...

superbe gros plan, j'aime beaucoup

Diederick Wijmans said...

In fact...he looks a bit sad. A wonderful car and a great way for fund raising for this special project, V!!

B SQUARED said...

There are tanks that are not as massive as this car. It will truly be a work of art when it is restored.

brattcat said...

You rock, Virginia.

Kate said...

Memories! I spent my high school years tooling around the city in a green Hudson Hornet.

The Heart Gallery is a terrific idea; I'm sure you'd do a super job on those portraits!

Thérèse said...

I am sure you are going to do a wonderful job in taking pictures for this wonderful campaign while having fun.

Daryl said...

As a kid living in the city we used to sit on the front quarter panels of parked cars ... when they stopped making them sit-upon-able that was a sad day.

Keeping digits crossed you get picked to do some of those portraits

Harriet said...

Great post today --

And with that new banner photo, I REALLY do want to visit B'ham one of these days! The city should be paying you for all the free promotion they are getting!

Louis la Vache said...

Ah! A '54 Hudson!
Does this one have the "Twin H-Power" badges on it?

Those Hudsons with the "Twin H-Power" engines were fierce competitors in the Carrera Panamerica road races in the '50s.

The company was founded by the same Hudson family that started the Hudson Department Stores in Detroit. The Hudson Department Stores later merged with the Dayton Department Stores in Minneapolis, forming Dayton-Hudson, which became the proud parents of that high-fashion French retailer Tarzhay: Target.

One of the Hudson daughters married British Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty, who under Jellicoe, helped command the British fleet in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Here endeth the trivia du jour de Louis...

altadenahiker said...

Well, you wonderful woman, you. Two fundraisers and some lucky, lucky bidders who win your photos.

I'm not much one for cars, but I do like this one. It's got attitude.

Merry@St. Louis said...

Lovely shiny car, great photo! Best of luck with the fundraiser!

Anonymous said...

The magic of Fins & Chrome, dreams on wheels.

cieldequimper said...

Quelle belle voiture !

TheChieftess said...

Now doesn't the Heart Gallery know that if Ms Virginia takes the portraits, not only will they raise loads of money, but those kids would definitely find their new homes???

Bob Crowe said...

I'm back again. Leaving for the airport in a minute. OMG, this car is older than me. Needs a little work but this could be a beautiful classic car.

Virginia said...

Well it's NOT older than I am. Thanks for pointing that out B! :)

bfarr said...

I am sure you will capture some great shots for the auction and help them make loads of money.

And thanks to Louis for the car history lesson.

Virginia said...

Oh our Louis is a fountain of car info here and for a cow, he's an expert on Paris as well! Who knew? Or maybe MOOOO knew?
V

Jacob said...

I don't think I ever owned a Hudson...did own a Studebaker, though.

Hudsons looked like upturned bathtubs, right?

Nope, never had one.

Good luck on the fund raising!

Nathalie said...

Me with the Citroen DS, you with the Hudson, looks like we are both into remembering the cars of our childhood - how fun !

Nathalie said...

... and I hope your photos raise hefty funds for the Heart Gallery. It's a great cause !

roughterrain crane said...

Your photos are cool. Do you like the pine tree in the garden?

Jamie said...

I look forward to bidding on this - FFF is one of my favorite events and HGA is one of my favorite charities!

Virginia said...

Jamie,
I hope to meet you tomorrow night! I love Heart Gallery too!
V