Hank Wilgus and Pulse Autocycles

Alan Goldman of Chicago, purchased Pulse #309 in August 2000 from Hank Wilgus, a Conn. Pulse dealer.

According to Hank, he sold about 28 Pulse vehicles and also did some 'road testing' for Owosso Motor Car Co. He did skid testing, drove on ice and even rolled one unit over. Hank drove a Pulse to Colorado on an endurance run. And he recalls that Coors bought about 6 units and Coke bought about 9 units for promotional purposes. Also some of the Pulses, when purchased by pilot types, where ordered with a aircraft tailfin and a horizontal stabilizer from the factory. Original Owners name Henry 'Captain Hammer' Wilgus of Southwick, MA.

Based upon my recollection of discussions that I had with Mr. Wilgus during July and August of 2000, Mr. Wilgus was trying to become a Pulse dealer in the Northeastern U.S. He had some sort of continuing relationship with OMCC. In fact, I have an original letter on OMCC stationery signed by Ed Butcher authorizing Mr. Wilgus to drive Yellow Pulse #301 across the U.S. as part of a sales and promotional relationship.

He said that he had done some test driving both on the test track and on the road including traction/skid testing on snow and ice. He said that he rolled one in testing.

Mr. Wilgus said that he had bought and sold some 25-30 Pulse vehicles during his association with OMCC, but was not yet an official dealer when OMCC closed its doors in 1990.

I believe that he had several vehicles in his possession (three?) when OMCC closed in 1990 including Pulse #309 that I purchased from him on July 16, 2000. He said that this one was his baby!

Original Color was grenn and the interior was beige w/ brown and white stripes and beige carpeting.

Mr. Wilgus was hit by a Mazda Miata. No injuries. Accident substantially damaged the right outrigge,r which has been replaced, and the Pulse was re-painted yellow.

Hank is a unique character -- a great storyteller (and salesman) -- and was only too happy to regale us with stories about the "Rocket Car," both the history of the Pulse and his personal experiences with it.

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Original Owners name? (optional) [Henry "Captain Hammer" Wilgus--Southwick, MA]

Based upon my recollection of discussions that I had with Mr. Wilgus during July and August of 2000, Mr. Wilgus was trying to become a Pulse dealer in the Northeastern U.S. He had some sort of continuing relationship with OMCC.

In fact, I have an original letter on OMCC stationery signed by Ed Butcher authorizing Mr. Wilgus to drive Yellow Pulse #301 "across the U.S." as part of a "sales and promotional relationship." He said that he had done some test driving both on the test track and on the road including traction/skid testing on snow and ice. Hank said that he "rolled one" in testing.

Mr. Wilgus said that he had bought and sold some 25-30 Pulse vehicles during his association with OMCC, but was not yet an official dealer when OMCC closed its doors in 1990. I believe that he had several vehicles in his possession (three?) when OMCC closed in 1990 including Pulse #309 that I purchased from him on July 16, 2000. He said that this one was his baby!


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