Hard to believe it has been a decade since GM shuttered the Oldsmobile brand. Perhaps no car better exemplifies this than the Hurst Oldsmobilea true muscle car that could stand with the best of them. To help drum up publicity for both Hurst and Oldsmobile, the two companies combined to build the Hurst Hairy Olds, a twin-engine, all-wheel drive muscle machine that HairyOlds.
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At the height of the muscle car era, Oldsmobile made a deal with the Hurst Performance company that worked out really well for both companies. The program started in with a run of cars, and continued off and on for a number of years, with the final run inbut for many fans, theand versions were the best out of the nine years these cars were offered. In both andOldsmobile was able to get around the corporate ban on engines with displacement over cubic inches going into their intermediate cars.
To learn more about subscribing to JWO, please click here. Click image to enlarge. This wheel stander was a great asset to Hurst and did multiple shows per week.
By the mid 's, drag racing had exploded in popularity across the United States. With the massive audiences attending these events, some folks started building cars not to break records, but simply to entertain and leave a lasting impression on the crowd. Of all these exhibition racers, one of the most legendary is a twin engine, horsepower, all wheel drive Oldsmobile known as the Hurst Hairy Olds.
The Hurst part of the name referred to George Hurst, whose promotional fervor was luckily matched by the quality of his work. By the mid '60s, the former Philadelphia repair-shop owner's name was on some of drag racing's wildest exhibition carsfrom the wheelstanding Hemi Under Glass to the tire-frying twin- engine Hurst Hairy Olds. But for every stunt, there was a good product, like great transmission linkages or Hurst's most-important invention, the Jaws of Life rescue tool.
The Hurst Hairy Olds is one of the wildest promotional vehicles ever built dedicated to the sport of drag racing. It had more than its fair share of scrapes during that time period and it was not due to a lack of skill from Schubeck but more due to the fact that Superman himself likely could not have controlled the car that never really did the same thing twice. This video was taken at the long dead Niagra Drag Strip in New York back as the posted claims in We think this may be the video of the last pass the Hurst Hairy Olds ever made.
Hurst Hairy Olds. Hurst Hairy Olds at Minnesota Dragways, Artist's print suitable for framing - 3 sizes available. Special thanks to Dennis Mothershed for providing much of the following information and pictures.