1925 Indian "Altoona" Hillclimber
Oscar Hedstrom, Indian’s chief engineer, demonstrated Indian’s first motorcycle, the Camelback prototype, on the steep gravel slope of Cross Street Hill in Springfield, Massachusetts during 1901. The successful event generated a large number of pre-production orders and gave birth to hillclimbing demonstrations, which later developed into competitive sporting events. Of the “Big Three” motorcycle manufacturers, which included Harley-Davidson and Excelsior, Indian was the first to produce a factory-built hillclimber. This “Altoona” model was specifically developed for the hillclimb in Altoona, Pennsylvania and uses an alcohol-burning 80-cubic inch V-twin engine.
The Bunch Collection, Don Whalen, Curator