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"If you're going hard enough left, you'll find yourself turning right."

-Doc Hudson, Cars

Doc Hudson (formerly known as Fabulous Hudson Hornet) is a major character in Cars. He was a professional Piston Cup racecar and later on, judge, mayor and doctor of Radiator Springs (as well as Lightning McQueen's pit crew chief) prior to his death.

Why He Rocked

  1. He was a car of many talents, being able to be a professional racer, a judge, a mayor and a doctor, as stated above.
  2. His father-son relationship with Lightning.
  3. Despite being long retired, he was still able to outrace younger racers than him, as seen in Cars: The Video Game.
  4. While on topic, he was able to beat McQueen with no effort at all, just counting on the rookie's lack of experience.
  5. The fun he had during his crew chief days later inspired McQueen to become Cruz Ramirez' crew chief.
  6. His backstory is quite sad.
  7. He always gave Lightning some solid racing advice.
  8. He's had several tributes to him over the years, like in Cars 2, with the Hudson Hornet Piston Cup and Lightning's "Fabulous Lightning McQueen" paintjob and the statue built in the Thomasville Speedway by the end of Cars 3.
  9. He was very supportive of Lightning.
  10. Paul Newman did a good job voicing him.

Bad Qualities

  1. For many years, Doc was weighed down due to being shunned from racing after he crashed, to the point that no one in Radiator Springs knew about his racing days.
  2. He left Smokey hanging for 5 decades until Lightning came into his life.
  3. His selfish moment where he calls the press to reveal McQueen's whereabouts while the townies were having a fun cruise with the young racecar.
  4. There is a continuity error regarding Doc's crash. In one of the BOOM! Comics stories, it was said that Doc crashed because Sammy pruned him, which caused Doc to lose control and crash. In Cars 3, Doc accidentally lost control by himself.


  • Doc's racing number, 51, is a reference to the first year of the Hudson Hornet's movement, 1951.
  • A blue Hudson Hornet makes a cameo in The Incredibles, as an easter egg for Cars.
  • Doc is the third Cars character whose original actor died, preceded by Red and Fillmore and followed by El Machismo.
  • In the graveyard scene of The Radiator Springs 500 1/2, Lightning and the Baja Racers stumble upon a car corpse that resembles Doc.