Hurst Wheel History
†George Hurst produced Hurst wheels from early 1965 to
mid 1969 and the factory was located in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Factory named the
"Dazzler"; they were the strongest aftermarket wheels ever
manufactured at that time.
†They were constructed using a factory
balanced steel rim riveted to a forged aircraft grade aluminum center mag spokes. By proper design of the forging dies, the
metal grain can be made to align itself with the stresses in a wheel to get
the full benefit of its high tensile strength. The big advantage of forging
has over castings of any kind is the uniformity of parts. Once a forging dies
been proven to yield a good, sound part, itís virtually certain that every part, that comes out of it for the life of the die will be
†This is the strongest wheel design of its
time and was instantly approved by the NHRA and the AHRA for use in national
competition. The tests dropped 2000-pound chunks of steel on the wheels
distorting the wheel not shattering the wheel. The wheels withstood rpm tests
of thirty thousand RPM with no failures. The removable chrome trim ring,
center cap, and special lug nuts made these wheels quite attractive. Three
bar spinners, Bullets, and flat center caps have the Hurst decal in the center. Each
wheel was serial numbered and had a lifetime guarantee.
IN 1965 THE RIVERSIDE 500 NASCAR
RACE, WAS PACED BY A 1965 GTO CONVERTIBLE, WITH HURST
WHEELS AND HURST SHIFTER. THE CAR
WAS GIVEN TO THE RACE WINNER DAN GURNEY. THE RACE PURSE OF $15,560 AND THE
GTO VALUED AT OVER $4000.00 DOLLARS.