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George Hurst was a hot rodder at heart, but he was also a visionary, an innovator, a brilliant promoter, and he was particularly skilled at building alliances. Hurst developed and marketed a high-performance line of shifters that led the industry and became the cornerstone of the company. After forming an alliance with Anco Industries, Hurst marketed and sold more than 100 speed parts that included shifters, heads, wheels, and many other parts. Eventually, the Hurst catalog became the source for high-performance parts in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jack “Doc” Watson joined Hurst and became a pivotal figure within the company, which led to many performance projects with Pontiac. Over the years, Hurst also partnered with Oldsmobile to build special 442s known as the "Hurst" Olds, with AMC to build the wickedly effective SC Rambler, and with Chrysler to create a number of Super Stock cars as well as the 300H. He also helped build one of the most memorable exhibition cars in drag-racing history, the Hemi Under Glass.

No other company or individual had as big of an impact on so many aspects of the automotive industry as George Hurst. His performance parts were some of the best ever, the competition cars won many races, and the muscle cars that bear his name were some of the best of the era. Scores of interviews, in-depth research, and exceptional insight from veteran magazine editor Richard Truesdell and co-author Mark Fletcher have created a great book. In this softcover edition, Hurst Equipped: Revised and Updated Edition captures the complete story from the production cars and race cars to the performance parts.

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George Hurst was a hot rodder at heart, but he was also a visionary, an innovator, a brilliant promoter, and he was particularly skilled at building alliances. Hurst developed and marketed a high-performance line of shifters that led the industry and became the cornerstone of the company. After forming an alliance with Anco Industries, Hurst marketed and sold more than 100 speed parts that included shifters, heads, wheels, and many other parts. Eventually, the Hurst catalog became the source for high-performance parts in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jack “Doc” Watson joined Hurst and became a pivotal figure within the company, which led to many performance projects with Pontiac. Over the years, Hurst also partnered with Oldsmobile to build special 442s known as the "Hurst" Olds, with AMC to build the wickedly effective SC Rambler, and with Chrysler to create a number of Super Stock cars as well as the 300H. He also helped build one of the most memorable exhibition cars in drag-racing history, the Hemi Under Glass.

No other company or individual had as big of an impact on so many aspects of the automotive industry as George Hurst. His performance parts were some of the best ever, the competition cars won many races, and the muscle cars that bear his name were some of the best of the era. Scores of interviews, in-depth research, and exceptional insight from veteran magazine editor Richard Truesdell and co-author Mark Fletcher have created a great book. In this softcover edition, Hurst Equipped: Revised and Updated Edition captures the complete story from the production cars and race cars to the performance parts.

Pages : 192
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 400 photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613255933
Product Code : CT676

Acknowledgments 

Foreword

Chapter 1: Humble Beginnings: Birth of a Performance Empire

Don Lane and Bill Campbell Join Hurst

A Couple Early Conversions

A Partnership Made Official

Accidental Innovation

Barely Hanging On

Chapter 2: Turmoil and Triumph: Hurst’s Growing Pains 1959–1963

The ANCO Alliance

Hurst Performance Products Floor Shifter

The Wangers Connection

Hurst Shifter Hospital

Racing Promotions

Chapter 3: Shifting into High Gear: Hurst and Campbell Establish an Icon

Facility Expansion

Chapter 4: In the Heat of Battle: Hurst Competition Cars

Hurst Floor Shift Special

Hurst Shifter Special

Hemi Under Glass

Hairy Olds

Baja Boot 

Goldenrod

Chapter 5: AMC Gets Serious: American Motors and Hurst Join Forces 

1969 Super Stock AMX.

1970 Super Stock AMX

SC/Rambler

1970 Rebel Machine

1971 Hurst Jeepster

Chapter 6: A Legend is Born: Hurst Teams with Oldsmobile

One Thing Leads to Another

1968 Program

1969 Program

1970 Program

1972 Indy 500 Pace Car

Performance on the Decline

1974 Program

1975 Program

1976, 1977, 1978 Proposals

1979 Program

1982 Proposal

1983 Program

1984 Program

1988 Aero Program 

Conclusion

Chapter 7: Mopars with a Twist of Hurst: A Match Made in Performance Heaven

Competition Heats Up

Tarozzi and the Test Mule

Mr. Norm’s 1968 Dart GSS

Hemi Darts and Barracudas

The 300H

Chapter 8: The Hurst Marketing Machine: Making History

Hurst Ads

A Passion for Racing

The First Hurst Girl

GeeTO Tiger Giveaway

Miss Golden Shifter Program

Chapter 9: Hurst Performance Company: Missed Shifts and Rebirth

Hurst Innovations

Hurst Goes Public

One-Off Vehicles

Chapter 10: Inside the Doors of HQ: Business Changes

Management Shift

Sunbeam Buys Hurst Performance

Allegheny Acquires Sunbeam

Chapter 11: Changing Hands and Changing Times: An Era of Transitions for Hurst

Tribute Cars

B&M Acquires Hurst

Afterword: Hurst Legacy

Index

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