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History A taste of Gasser Country

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 2,117

    Staff Member

  2. NICE! I also have loved the gassers ever since I was a child. REAL WILD RACE CARS.
  3. chickenshift
    Joined: Feb 14, 2010
    Posts: 363


    very cool!!....
  4. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,310


    Great pics. Ohio does have a ton of history, in all forms of racing, really.

    42 is WEST Salem btw, Quaker City is Salem, two different places.

  5. BucketHeadBart
    Joined: Jan 13, 2014
    Posts: 59

    from illinois

    Dragway 42 was my favorite place to be in the late 60's.
    Too bad the 70's came along, cause most of my memories from the 60's went up in smoke.
  6. Xtrom
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 1,028

    from Forman, ND

    A gasser Merc!! I've seen it all now.
  7. silverdome
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
    Posts: 553


    Well done gassers are alright in my book. I wonder if there was ever one called Jumpin' Jack Flash?
  8. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Yeah, a '49 Merc Gasser sure isn't something you see every day.
  9. TheKeystoneKid
    Joined: Jul 10, 2013
    Posts: 56

    from Allentown

  10. 6-71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
    Posts: 542


    Thompson: The Drag Racing Capitol Of Mid America,at least thats what they called it in the radio commercials back in the 60's. always looked forward to the comercials to find out what was going on that weekend.
  11. DigDugMd
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
    Posts: 14


    How were they able to run so well back then without delay boxes, data recorders and/or laptops?
  12. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,385

    from Oregon

    Well I'm not sure where it all really started, but Ohio sure had their fair share of famous gassers!
  13. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    I used to hate gassers,but over the last decade or so I've become "gasser friendly".
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    I liked all of em, but the Merc stuck out the most to me.
  15. Magnus
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 904

    from Sweden

    Love them!!
    More please
  16. luke13
    Joined: Oct 25, 2013
    Posts: 381


    I never get tired of lookin at gassers,
  17. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,129

    from Tampa, FL

    Here is a shot of my friend Dave Ehrman's old gasser. He, and his team mates, are from the Cleveland area and in the early 60's he drove it to two class wins in a row at the US Nats. It had a straight six and fuel injection. Gary

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  18. Those were the race cars that left the biggest impression on me growing up! Love em! :)
  19. Federico
    Joined: Feb 27, 2010
    Posts: 8

    from California

    I grew up near Lions Drag Strip in the Gasser Heyday, begging my Dad to take me. Being a Gearhead Guy himself, often we would go Friday nights or Saturday afternoons, which was cool, the Pits were wide open. I saw Big John, Stone-Woods-Cook, Ohio George, Johnny Loper's Anglia was very Fast & very Clean....I had all the Revell kits to build their models or my own Fantasy Gassers..A million others long forgotten, the Willys Pickups, always tailgate down for more weight on the Slicks. This was '65 -'68. A lot of 'em were still straight Steel, maybe 'glass front ends, all Hand-Lettered, no computer faux graphics on the cars then. They really weren't that fast then, but Forever Loud, Colorful & Cool...
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  20. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    The tailgates on the pickups weren't down for more weight on the slicks. They were down so the air coming over the cab wouldn't be trapped in the bed at high speed causing it to act like a parachute slowing the truck down. My friend with a '40 pickup gained almost 3 miles an hour when he dropped his tailgate.

  21. checkedgoldtop
    Joined: Apr 24, 2009
    Posts: 276


    Dragway 42 is still in operation. I love that place. I remember being on the bridge while Garlits was doing a burnout undeneath when I was 3 years old. Dad said I was a foot away from the zoomies on Gene Snow's funny car when they fired it up that day in the pits too but I don't remember it. Kids just don't get the oppotunity to get the crap scared out of them like that nowadays.
  22. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 212

    from devore, Ca

    If you went to a dragstrip in the 60's, you gotta like the gassers!!!!
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  23. julioortiz
    Joined: Dec 12, 2013
    Posts: 15

    from Florida

    i remember the gasser car in the 60 and70
  24. 33sporttruck
    Joined: Jun 5, 2012
    Posts: 532


    As a teenager in the Mid-60's I often went to Yellow River and Atlanta Speed Shop Drag-way. The Gasser's always put on a Good Show. Never liked the Funny Cars as it seems that they Pushed the Gassers out of the LimeLight !!!
    Barnett Brothers, sponsored by Hanson Buick in Decatur, Ga was a favorite. A Cherry Red 33 Willys Coupe. There were plenty of Gassers and plenty of Gas Classes running back then. The memories of those Cars still influence me to this Day..................... Jeff
  25. ZAPPER68
    Joined: Jun 13, 2010
    Posts: 208

    from BC

    Oh man...I like that Merc's cool as hell!
  26. CT Shoebox
    Joined: Jun 5, 2014
    Posts: 8

    CT Shoebox

    I love gassers, i quite like that 49 Merc as well.... 49 was a good year. I really like "Ohio George" and his 67 and 69 Gasser mustangs. GMP does really cool models of these cars. I build Scale models as a hobbie and enjoy turning them into gassers.

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