Jerry Wilson’s ‘72 Hurst/Olds was Luis’ show favorite at the Wheels in Motion Car Show…
It could not have been a more beautiful day as Luis Hernandez (FIN MAN protégé and foster grandson) and I headed out to the recent Wheels in Motion benefit car show held at Westport Plaza. This is an annual show that I have been wanting to attend for a long time, but my “real job” work schedule never allowed until this year.
We had a great place reserved for our TKCS-StL booth and many readers strolled by throughout the day to meet and chat with Lou and me.
How many shows have you been to where you could find a Locomobile? I had to get a pic with Lou in front of this example because… well, he’s just a little be crazy at times and I thought the name was appropriate!
As always, there were so many awesome collectible cars and trucks on display that it was very difficult to single any one out that could be picked as anyone’s “favorite”. That said, it didn’t take long for Lou, a veteran of 54 shows over the past three years, to come up with his overall fave.
His choice was the gleaming white, trimmed in gold, 1972 Hurst/Olds, owned by Jerry Wilson of Creve Coeur. When Jerry asked what it was that made Lou pick his Hurst/Olds, Lou replied that he liked the white with gold trim and graphics.
John and Jean Hauser stopped by for a visit but didn’t enter their beautiful 1971 MGB roadster which he purchased brand new, and has saved all of the documentation that came with it including the original window sticker, owners manual and other ephemera!
The Hauser’s car was featured in the Old Car Column in September of 2011.
Tri-Power Trivia Questions: 1. What were the first and last model years to see the name Cutlass used by Oldsmobile? 2. Name the 1972 hit single (and the artist that performed it) that contained the lyrics, “I’ve been to Hollywood, I’ve been to Redwood”. 3. On January 4, 1972, the world was introduced to the first hand-held, scientific calculator. What was the manufacturer, and was the retail price, $95; $195; $295 or $395? Answers at end of story. ________________________________
The Hurst-Olds connection is an interesting story in itself. (This from Wikipedia)– Introduced for model year 1968, the Hurst/Olds was the only GM intermediate-sized car to offer an engine larger than 400 cubic inches thanks to a corporate policy at that time which prohibited the divisions from putting larger engines in cars smaller than full-sized models other than the Chevrolet Corvette. Oldsmobile got around the 400 cubic-inch limit by implying that the engines were installed by Hurst, not Olds. In fact, the special drive train and ram-air package (shared with the W-30 and W-31) was installed at the factory. The cars were then taken across town (Lansing, MI) to Demmer Engineering where the remainder of the unique Hurst components were added. This included the black accent paint with hand-applied white pinstripes, the real walnut dash trim, H/O emblems, and of course the Dual Gate shifter and mini-console.
And this information about the 1972 models comes, courtesy Jerry Wilson who just so happens to be the current president of the Oldsmobile Club of America. "Bruce, the following is a summary of production of 1972 Hurst/Olds: Four-door hardtop sedan, 1; two-door hardtop coupe, 492; convertible, 130; 3-seat, Vista Cruiser station wagon, 6.
A rare Hurst/Olds Vista Cruiser wagon… one of only six produced in 1972. Note the Vista Cruiser windows along the top and front of the roof.
It is my understanding that the hardtop sedan and six 3-Seat Vista Cruiser wagons were used at the Indianapolis 500. The hardtop coupe that was at the show is one of the 220 sunroof H/Os and one of a few H/Os equipped with the W-30 engine.”
Thanks for sharing Jerry! It was a great turnout by the Archway Oldsmobile club.
Shown here, perched on the rear deck of a 1969 Hurst/Olds is Linda Vaughn.
In 1965, Hurst Performance Records recorded the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside. The next weekend was Daytona. We drove around the clock to be there and arrived Thursday morning.
This from Jon Lundberg (whoever he is???)…
"Friday evening, after dinner, we all gathered in George Hurst’s suite for a pre-event meeting. George — as always — had a million things going on and one of them was a meeting with the current "Miss Union 76," a young girl from Georgia.
When she walked in the room, you could feel the earth move. Even then, Linda Vaughn had a presence that made her very special. The moment her contract with Union 76 was up, she was “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter.”
I’ve known her for over 35 years and still consider her one of the neatest people I’ve ever met.”
Obviously Vaughn was not faithful to the Olds marque. She is shown above perched atop a behemoth of a Chrysler 300.
UPCOMING DON’T MISS EVENTS: Join The FIN MAN & company on Sunday, September 21st at the Gear Jammers Car Club Cruise at Schatze’s, 2301 East Main Street in beautiful Belleville. For more information including times and directions, call 618-235-2337 and please tell them The FIN MANtm told you about it here.
And, if you thought you missed one of your favorite shows this spring, think again. The Ranken Technical College Annual Alumnae Car Show (held on the campus) is coming up on Sunday, September 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Dan Kania 314-286-4834 for details, and be sure to tell him The FIN MANtm told you about it here.
After the show, we will be headed to the Hispanic Festival’s Lowrider Car Cruise, held from 2pm till 7pm. Admission is free and the event includes live Latino bands, folkloric dancers, arts & crafts, a Kid’s Corner and more. It is being held at Soulard Park, 7th & Lafayette Avenue, next to Soulard Market.
Tri-Power Trivia answers: 1. 1961 and 1999. This from Wikipedia:
The first-year F-85 was offered as a four-door sedan in base or Deluxe trim, or a four-door station wagon with either two or four seats, in base or Deluxe form. Initial sales were somewhat disappointing, but were soon picked up by the May introduction of a two-door sedan and the Cutlass sports coupe (a pillared two-door for 1961, which became a pillarless “hardtop” for 1962) sporting unique trim, an interior with bucket seats and optional center console, and a four-barrel version of the V8 engine, rated at 185 horsepower (138 kW). This engine was optional on other F-85s, as was a four-speed manual transmission. 80,347 F-85s were built in total. It used a full perimeter frame.
The Oldsmobile Cutlass name was revived in 1997 as a slightly upscale version of the mechanically identical fifth generation Chevrolet Malibu. The Cutlass did have a few minor differences. Visually, it had a split grille front fascia like other Oldsmobiles at the time and all red rear tail lamps. Mechanically, the V6 engine was the only engine offered. The 3100 V6 engine equipped to the Cutlass was one of GM’s most produced engines, despite issues with failure of the Lower Intake Manifold Gasket. Failure of the gasket could lead to engine failure, as coolant sometimes contaminated the oil. Replacement of the plastic factory gaskets with OEM grade metal gaskets solved the problem. Option-wise, it offered leather seats, chrome wheels and more standard equipment on base models; like a split-folding rear seat and power locks. This generation of Cutlass was intended as a placeholder model to fill the gap left by the discontinuation of the Ciera, before the all-new Alero arrived. Production of this generation of Cutlass ended July 2, 1999, making it as the last car to bear the Cutlass name.
2. The song was Heart of Gold and it was performed by Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, Neil Young. 3. Made by Hewlett-Packard, the HP-35 model scientific calculator carried a retail price of $395.00. (More details on my web site.)