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.
Hooked on cars from an early age and unhappy with high school, he started detailing cars at an early age in Bangkok, building up experience and expertise along the way. After returning to Thailand from a summer break at his father’s family home in Canada, he re-connected with Mike Bocek, a second generation auto racer who had run a supercar service centre in Pattaya.
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.
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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