The Kat from AMT

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The Kat from AMT

  • Can anyone post links to info, articles etc. about Bud Anderson and his modeling articles in the car mags of the 60's?

    Also any links to sites showing vintage box art?
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  • I'm going to look around and see what I can find for you. I had the great pleasure of meeting Budd, at a show in Charlotte, NC back around 1990, I think. He was a real character! His "war stories" of the early '60s, touring the country for AMT, etc., kept everyone entertained all weekend long. My son and myself took a bus tour of the local NASCAR shops during that show.......and Budd went on that, too. He ended up being the center of attention, more than the shops!

    I'll see what I can find, and post something as soon as I can.
    "So many projects, so little time"
  • In 1962, just after I'd graduated from High School, a couple of buddies and I drove to Indianapolis, to see the National Hot Rod & Custom Show at the Murat Shrine Temple downtown (this was a neat show in conjunction with the NHRA National Drags over Labor Day Weekend back then). The drags hadn't ended for the day yet (Waaaay before lights on the strip at IRP!), so we seeminkly had the exhibition hall to ourselves.

    The cars were neat--lotsa stuff--Revell had a booth set up, giving out sample kits of their then-new 'Outlaw", "Challenger I", and the '56 Ford pickup. But, off in a corner of the hall, there stood the AMT Corporation Booth--with a very large layout introducing the AMT Authentic Model Turnpike steerable slot car track system, with none other than Bud "The Kat from AMT" Anderson, hisself!

    My two friends and I spent the better part of 2 hours with Budd, and his helpers, learning to drive the Turnpike cars, and listening to Budd tell all manner of model car building tales. After that experience, I never heard from or spoke to, Budd again--but watched his moves to MPC then IMC, until he dropped off the map.

    In 1968, while on a vacation trip to Florida with my folks, Stopping for lunch in downtown St/etersburg, FL, what do I spot on the square? "Budd Anderson's Hobby Shop"! Yup, the same Budd Anderson. Walking in, it only took him a few minutes to recall that day in Indy 6 years earlier--and we were off BS-ing about model cars again. We met up agai at the 1st Annual National Convention of the old Automotive Modelers Society, and then 2 or 3 times at NNL-West in Santa Clara, CA. Once Budd met you, he never forgot who you were the next time--which endeared him to countless modelers back then.

    Great guy!

    Biscuitbuilder
  • I surely do envy tou guys ( and gals ) who got to meet and know Bud Anderson. That had to have been a real treat. Living out here in western Nebraska those opportunities were few and far between.
  • I wish I'd have known Bud Anderson had a Hobby Shop in St Petersburg. Used to live in Bartow and travel to UF in Tampa Mondays, Wendesdays and Fridays. I'd have found the time to go there.
    Oh does the AMT Authentic Model Turnpike bring back memories. Had one when I was about 16. Put AMT's '40 and '49 Fords on the frames. Had great fun with it. Dissappeared next summer, never knew where it went. Suppect my father traded it to one of his buddies for something. Sad I'd love to find another (but not at Evil-bay prices).
  • Good to hear about your memories of Bud Anderson! He was an important part of a very happy time in my life. I hope some of you can find some of his old articles and ads on the net. I sure would like to see them! Couldn't find much using Google.

    Thanks to you all!
  • Gee, had I known Budd had a shop in St Pete, I would have taken a different track with my life then. Florida for me was the most dismal place on the planet, and I was so happy to leave that place.

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  • I first met Budd at the Seattle worlds fair in 1962 and 'shot the breeze" with him at the AMT booth. Shortly after that I went to work with Revell so we were competitors but we still managed to talk "shop" once in a while. He was elected to the "Hall of Fame" in the national Model Car Museum a few years back. Unfortunately he died of a heart attack much too early in his life.

    BobSad
  • An even greater "treat" was the AMS Convention in Chicago in 1991, when, while Budd was the guest of honor, who should show up, completely unannounced, but Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Roth had been in the area to paint a couple of his by then famed trash barrels which were sold for charity, and was on his way to the airport to go back to California (this was before his move to Utah). Both Roth and Budd got it off famously, lots of good-natured jabbing at each other, and both were overwhelmed by the thought that a room full of grown-up baby boomers not only remembered them from their boyhood years, but still held them both as idols and icons of the hobby--talk about one neat afternoon!

    Biscuitbuilder