A piece of Art

Syd­ney Mines man will bring his 1949 Hud­son Busi­ness­man’s Coupe to Sun­day’s car show

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cb­post.com

Clas­sic car col­lec­tor Art Jack­son proud of 1949 Hud­son Busi­ness­man’s Coupe.

Peo­ple buy clas­sic cars for as­sorted rea­sons.

For some it’s a way to keep the past alive and for oth­ers it’s a love of ve­hi­cles that are un­en­cum­bered by gad­gets and giz­mos.

For Art Jack­son, it’s about fam­ily and friend­ship.

“I loved old cars, my wife Melva loved old cars, and we passed that on to our son.”

His voice low­ers as he talks lov­ingly of his wife Melva who died on July 5, 2014.

“For us it was a fun way to spend time to­gether on the week­ends, show­ing off our car and mak­ing last­ing friend­ships.”

Jack­son, who worked with the Nova Sco­tia Com­mis­sion on Drug De­pen­dency as a coun­sel­lor at­ten­dant, had a va­ri­ety of clas­sic cars over the years in­clud­ing a 1966 Dodge Charger which he gave to his son Allan when he grad­u­ated from univer­sity, and a 1962 Ford Galaxie Hard­top.

In 1991, he traded the Ford Galaxie for a 1949 Hud­son Busi­ness­man’s Coupe, which a friend suit­ably named “A piece of Art.”

“I don’t be­lieve there are any num­bers on how many were made, but I think you’d be hard­pressed to find a 1949 Hud­son Busi­nes­man’s Coupe. “

He added that there are other Hud­son mod­els from 1949 in­clud­ing the Su­per 6, Com­modore 6, Su­per 8 and Com­modore 8.

“The coupe seats three. There’s no back­seat. In the back there is a space so sales­men could put their cases in be­hind, sam­ples and the like,” he said. “These were the days be­fore com­put­ers. There are two spot­lights on the front by the wind­shield that I imag­ine were for read­ing pa­per­work. It was also re­ferred to as a Doc­tor’s Coupe.”

Jack­son, who will be show­ing his coupe in the 27th an­nual Show N’ Shine car show on Sun­day at the Cape Bre­ton Ex­hi­bi­tion Grounds, said when he got the car, it was in good con­di­tion.

He’s worked to keep it that way over the years.

“I’ve al­ways loved old cars. When you go to car shows you are in amongst peo­ple that have the same in­ter­ests,” he said. “We of­ten trav­elled to shows in a group in case any­one had car trou­ble. Of­ten three to six cars to­gether, so over the years you made last­ing friend­ships.”

Although he doesn’t fo­cus on win­ning, Jack­son has a col­lec­tion of tro­phies and plaques on the walls of his garage. He plans to con­tinue to show as long as his health al­lows.

Look­ing back, he said there was a car show al­most ev­ery week­end.

“It was a great way to spend time as a fam­ily. We’d pack up the car and off we’d go,” he said. “Allan stopped go­ing with us when he got older, which most kids do. But, if I wasn’t work­ing Melva and I loved to travel to shows all over the province and be­yond.”

He stores the car for the win­ter, but the rest of the year does- n’t hes­i­tate to take it out on the road.

Since he got the busi­ness­man’s coupe over two decades ago, there were only three years he didn’t take it over the Cabot Trail.

“If you have a clas­sic or an­tique car, they have to main­tained or like any­thing else, they will de­te­ri­o­rate.”

He is quick to point out that Hud­sons of vary­ing styles were used in Nascar rac­ing.

“I re­ally love the lines, its dura­bil­ity and per­for­mance. It has two car­bu­re­tors, stan­dard steer­ing and stan­dard trans­mis­sion. When you open the hood, all the parts are right there,” he said. “It isn’t like cars to­day where ev­ery­thing is hid­den. In these old cars you can see the spark­plugs, dis­trib­u­tor cap, coil, starter — the whole works.”

Of­ten nowa­days it can be dif­fi­cult to tell one make of a car from another.

“You can’t pick them out like you used to, you have to look at the name­plate to see the make,” he said. “I re­mem­ber when Allan was a child sit­ting in the back­seat and I’d ask him to iden­tify a car. With­out hes­i­ta­tion he would rhyme off the year and model.”

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST PHOTOS

Art Jack­son of Syd­ney Mines never hes­i­tates to take his 1949 Hud­son Busi­ness­man’s Coupe out on the road. One of his next stops will be the an­nual Show N’ Shine Sun­day at the Cape Bre­ton Ex­hi­bi­tion in North Syd­ney.

The 1949 Hud­son Busi­ness­man’s Coupe seats three, but doesn’t come equipped with a back­seat.

The 1949 Hud­son Busi­ness­man’s Coupe has two car­bu­re­tors and most of the en­gine and parts are easily ac­ces­si­ble.

The dash­board of a 1949 Hud­son Busi­ness­man’s Coupe.

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