Passion for detail drives Hudson’s supercar business
At the age of 21, most luk-krung (mixed Thai-Western) kids are up to their necks in studies at university, buried in the library and striving along an academic path toward a bright future. For Hudson Walsh, the owner of Huddy’s Detailing, it’s been quite a different road.
With almost five years of work experience under his belt, he can be found almost every day in a garage in Thonburi detailing some of the most exotic and expensive vehicles in Thailand.
The two had worked there together on a number of vehicles, and as luck would have it Bocek had just relocated to Thonburi and needed a helping hand. It was a perfect opportunity for Huddy, who became involved in all aspects of running Mike’s Supercars, which services MacLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, and even some antique cars.
His lack of a business degree is more than made up for by a burning passion for the business and a drive to learn everything he can at every step along the way. This includes studying engineering online at night as a ‘hobby’.
His real passion, however, is detailing the spectacular vehicles, and he is known to be a stickler for the fine points. For example, he spent 25 hours working meticulously on a Bentley to make certain that it shone like a mirror inside and out. In another case, he removed the 500,000 baht headlamps from a McLaren so he could get inside to clean them up, a job the McLaren staff had refused to even attempt.
With the mechanical side of the business under Mike’s supervision and running smoothly, Huddy set up his own operation alongside the supercar centre focusing strictly on detailing cars for Mike’s customers and other car owners. Not all his jobs are supercars; he loves working with any owner who takes great pride in their car and shares his passion for making it look as good as possible. Toward this end, he recently began importing the prestigious AMMO NYC line of products from the United States.
“AMMO makes its products by hand in a small facility,” said Huddy. “The owner is fanatic about the quality of his products and his procedures for application. I really like his approach and his passion and I’m trying to do the same. I take a real old-school approach to doing the job right. I select the best products and I take as long as I need to get it right. And I don’t rip people off.” If the customer doesn’t want to go to Thonburi, he will travel to them.
This young entrepreneur is driven to one day own a supercar of his own, but until that day, he says, “I get to work with these cars that I have always dreamed about - how good is that?”
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