Lee Taylor & Hustler
After the Accident
The Hustler was constructed by Rich Hallet, of oak, aircraft quality birch plywood and aluminum supplied by the Harvey Aluminum Company. The company was a major player in the early history of this boat. After Lee Taylor's accident at Lake Havasu, Harvey Aluminum paid Hallet so he could rebuild the Hustler at a cost of $3000. The boat really wasn't damaged has bad as Taylor was, who'd rolled out of the cockpit when he couldn't slow it down after a high speed run. The boat ran up on shore and stopped. Taylor's injuries were compounded when his rescue helicopter also crashed during take-off!
Harvey Aluminum in 1965, dissatisfied with Taylor's results at a Lake Mead trial, pulled their sponsorship when Taylor wouldn't relinquish the cockpit to Bob Stipp. Taylor had learned that Stipp was to replace him for a record run. It was at this point that other sponsors came aboard
(Comments by Parker Jones)
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