Walt Mordenti, age 96, lives in San Francisco. He picked up his red Model 3 (VIN 001388) at the Tesla Factory on Dec. 23, 2017, which possibly makes him the oldest Model 3 owner.
Mordenti was born in 1921 and began working on cars in 1935 when he needed to help support his family. Since that time, he has driven nearly every make and model of American-made cars, and he tells everyone that his Model 3 is by far his favorite car.
Mordenti is a skilled car mechanic, renowned for his knowledge of Hudson automobiles. Some folks refer to him as Doc Hudson, and he was a racing legend in his own right. Mordenti lived in Connecticut and raced on the East Coast from the 1940s to the 1980s. He is probably best known as an owner/builder/mechanic, who also drove the tow truck and served as the pit crew, usually by himself.
In 1948, he bought a red Kurtis Kraft midget racer with a Ford V8-60 engine. On Feb. 27, 1957, Walt’s #78 Kurtis Kraft midget racer set the fastest time in the Flying Mile on the sands of Daytona Beach with a speed of 118.421 mph, beating the Offenhausers!