Scott Hall, astride a 1913 Harley Davidson motorcycle in original patina, and Bud Redmond, alongside a rare, fully restored ACE 4-cylinder motorcycle, show off part of Hall's impressive collection, highlighted by `Elbert,' a 1929 Hudson car-truck hybrid. Elbert often attracts more attention than the cycles.
Elbert makes the rounds towing this hand-built `dynamite trailer' constructed using an original Hudson axle, part of a bed frame and a few dozen vintage wooden dynamite boxes. Note the sturdy hedgepost trailer tongue.
The beautiful mohair interior of Elbert's cab was done by Bob Christian. The truck, known as a Depression-era cut down, was built in 1933 from a pair of wrecked Hudson 4-door sedans -- thus the `suicide doors.'
The original 300 cubic inch Hudson engine has been completely rebuilt maintaining its well-used 83-year-old appearance. It is mated to a 3-speed Hudson transmission using an auxiliary overdrive for highway cruising. It's also outfitted with all kinds of accessories, including an exhaust stack/perfume dispenser.
A truck needs truck wheels to get the job done, and Elbert is equipped with a set of modified Budd rims welded to the original Hudson hubs, which are outfitted to specially cast `Hall Cycles' center caps.
The dual cab stacks on the old truck are repurposed Model T driveshafts that belch white smoke during live demonstrations. The old Victrola horn is wired to a working dashboard CD player and belts out appropriate tunes.
Hall says this ultra-rare 1931 Brough Superior cycle is almost identical to the machine that Lawrence of Arabia was riding when he was killed in a highway crash in England in 1935. This particular cycle was one of only nine built by the English company that year and is believed to be the only one of three remaining that is roadworthy, according to Hall.