• Aug 4, 2014
Son Surprises Dad with a 1953 Hudson Hornet


Dr. Larry Benson didn't hesitate when asked which car sparked his life-long enthusiasm.

"My father's 1953 Hudson Hornet," Larry told what he thought was an cameraman from a car enthusiast blog.

Larry talked about learning to drive in his father's old Hudson. He said his plan was to call every '53 Hornet owner in the country someday, looking for someone willing to sell. This was all while his dream car was sitting in the garage. The interview was actually part of an elaborate setup orchestrated by Larry's son Aaron.

After digging through Craigslist ads and eBay listings, Aaron found a burgundy Hornet from a seller in St. Augustine, Florida and bought it for his dad. Aaron said on his YouTube channel that his dad deserved the big surprise.

"Growing up he was always such a great dad to me," Aaron said. "He believed in everything that I did. I felt like there was no better way to repay him than to give him something he's been wanting for such a long time."

The garage doors went up Larry's jaw dropped. After a teary hug with his son, he jumped in and read the note Aaron left inside.

"A dream come true for you and I both. I hope you enjoy this for many years to come. You earned it."

Aaron's plan was a little more elaborate than other kids who have recently pulled such joyful stunts on their fathers. Last month, a stepdaughter bought the 1973 Porsche 914 her stepdad gave up when he married her mom. In June, a Reddit user upload video of his dad's reaction to seeing his birthday present, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, in his garage.



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      • 4 Months Ago
      GREAT JOB AARON!!
      jovcarich
      • 4 Months Ago
      WELL DONE ! BE PROUD OF IT, AS YOUR DAD IS PROUD OF YOU!!
      • 4 Months Ago
      Totall awesome. I ued to sit in y gandpa's lap and drive his hudson hornet. man I would love to have that car.
      margaretep
      • 4 Months Ago
      It is you and me, not you and I
      • 4 Months Ago
      This son is awesome and it seems to be a direct result of his awesome parents. What a wonderful way to give back to his dad. Thank you for sharing this and reminding all of us that we can and should give back, too.
      • 4 Months Ago
      That was so touching!!!
      dkp50
      • 4 Months Ago
      See, Its nice to be Rich isn't it? Sure beats being Poor.. This sponsored by Classic Cars Auction and All the other Car Autions Firms.. Its become a Big business to promote old cars..
      dkp50
      • 4 Months Ago
      I WOODN'T want any of my Old cars! They were Old worn out cars and constantly Needed Work and $ to keep them fixed up All Oil Leakers-Had to keep Carboard on the Driveway , then My mothers Cooking Pans Kept 2 qtrs oi in the trunk all the time 2 spare Tires and Never had one that had a Decent paint job Best car till then? 72 Old Cutlass Surpreme Best Car Since? What I have now- 2010 Lincoln MKZ-Hybrid with 100k Warranty Ave 45 mpg Safest Vehicle ? OUr Current Ford 250 PUp Truck with extra Bumpers when we hit Deer Ave at least 1 every year.. Those old cars? Cost $50k to Restor and cost $5k yr to keep them up.. and are only worth $50k.. at the most.. Rembmer Tires lasted only 25-30k miles back then and same for Brakes if you were lucky ! and Steel Dashboards and no Safety Air Bags either.. !
      Sandy and Sue
      • 4 Months Ago
      I wish I had had a dad like that. The only time my dad said anything to me was to criticize me and call me awful names. It took me many years of therapy to get over the damage he did to my self-esteem.
      • 4 Months Ago
      SWEET !!!
      don
      • 4 Months Ago
      Thats a very touching story the son loves his dad very much.And can we for once stick to the topic this is not a racial issue.If you don't like blacks or whites or whatever.This article is about a gift from a son to his father.Iam sure their are web sites where you can express your opinion about race.
      slop9124
      • 4 Months Ago
      My dad had a 56 chevy belair and I wish I had that one, it was red and white. Hope my three sons read this..any time now guys.
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