|Henry Chase Hill. The Wonder Book of Knowledge. Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1923.|
Oscar Hedstrom started out making bicycles. The one above was called a "pacer" and was used to lower the wind resistance in front of racing bicyclists. It was through this type of machine that Hedstrom came into contact with George Hendee, a Springfield, Massachusetts maker of bicycles. Hendee was unhappy with the other pacers available and requested one from Hedstrom. Hendee was so impressed that he asked Hedstrom to come up with a prototype for a motorized bicycle. The rest, as they say, is Indian motorcycle history.
Oscar Hedstrom resigned from the Indian Motorcycle Company in 1913 after a disagreement with the board regarding dubious practices to inflate the company's stock values.
For more, read Motor-paced racing. Now often referred to as "Stayer racing" it continues to be popular in Europe.
|Roger St. Pierre. The Book of the Bicycle. London Triune Books, 1973.|