Gassers Pt. 7: California Dreaming

Arguably, the candy apple red, A/Gas Supercharged, 480 CID Chrysler Hemi powered ’41 Willys coupe of “Big John” Mazmanian symbolizes the Gassers of California during the 60’s, shown here at the Winternationals, Pomona, CA. Story and Photo Captions by Jim Hill As the birthplace of drag racing, California once enjoyed a bountiful Gasser legacy. From the […]


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Northwest Gassers: Fewer But Faster

Jim Warter’s Joint Venture C-2 Corvette was built for dual purpose racing, as a Gasser, in Modified Eliminator, or for Comp Eliminator, in D/Altered. The wheelstanding ‘Vette was highly successful in both, and Warter traveled far and wide to race. Here he leaves, wheels-up at the NHRA Nationals, running in D/Altered. (Photo by Jim Hill) Story and […]


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Gassers: Those Hard-Riding, Hot Rod Good Guys From Way Out West

From Phoenix, Arizona came Johnny Loper’s legendary “Lil Hoss” ’48 Anglia A/Gasser. Loper’s small-block Chevy powered car became a well-known advertisement for his Loper’s Speed Shop. That later became one of the Southwest’s largest and most successful speed warehouse operations. Along the way Loper moved from Gassers to the loud and expensive nitro Funny Car […]


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Gassers Midwest: Fast and Fabulous

The Hill Brothers, Bill and Pete, were charter members of the famed 1960’s informal group known as “The Ohio Gassers”. They built and ran a series of very successful, traditional Gassers. Each Hill Bros. race car was known for its beautiful paint, chrome and workmanship as well as blistering performance that made all fan favorites. […]


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Those Wild & Wooly Gassers: Middle-Atlantic, Canada and Northeast States

Much is happening in this week’s featured image. The setting is the NHRA Nationals, Indianapolis. East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame 2003 inductee (along with the S&S Racing Team) Dave Hales (far lane) is ready for this round of C/Gas class eliminations. Dave’s homebuilt ’40 Willys coupe was Chevy powered. He now tours with the restored […]


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A Salute To Those Wild & Wooly, Wheelstanding, Gear-Banging, Gassers!

LEADING PHOTO: Here’s the line-up for Little Eliminator with all the Gassers ready to go. Legendary Hubert Platt had far-left ’57 Chevy and ’38 Chevy in the show. Left to right are ’39 Chevy, ’41 Willys and ’33 Chevy, all examples of late 1950’s Gassers. Story by Jim Hill The growing popularity of nostalgia drag […]


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Della Woods: Female Funny Car Pioneer

Brother and sister team Bernie and Della Woods built this first nitro Funny Car, a Logghe chassied, Dodge Charger bodied car they called “Bernella’s Funny Honey”.  Story by Jim Hill Talented female race drivers are now commonly seen in all forms of motorsports. Once an almost all-male domain, motor racing has come to accept and […]


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The Racing Industry Looks Back At The Career Of Jere “Total Tuned” Stahl

FEATURED PHOTO: Jere Stahl’s infamous four-door, ’56 Chevy wagon won G/Stock class at The Nationals in 1964, sporting Stahl’s “Total Tuned” headers. Stahl’s scienced header and exhaust system designs squeezed the last bit of horsepower out of the 265 CID small-block. G/S winning 13.91-99 mph was often bettered to mid 13’s by the unassumingly mild combination […]


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