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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Frank LeSueur: Suffolk Dragway’s Ringmaster And “Nitro Man”

Nitromethane can produce incredible results when a mishap occurs. Here Doug Herbert experiences an engine failure and explodes spectacularly on the starting line at the 1999 NHRA World Finals. Story by Jim Hill When drag racing in the eastern U.S., and in particular Virginia is mentioned, the name of Frank LeSueur often surfaces. LeSueur was […]

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Larry Lombardo: Teen Terror To Team Jenkins, Now Trusted Engine Builder

Not many drivers can claim a major event victory as their first significant career win, but Larry Lombardo’s driving skills, his dad’s tuning and Tony Sinistri’s engine building put the “Buckshot” 283/270 hp Corvette in the Winner’s Circle at the 1968 NHRA Nationals! Story by Jim Hill Larry Lombardo is best known for his several years’ […]

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