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Gabby Bleeker Gasser

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by twjoyce, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. twjoyce
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
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    I am still trying to figure out how to post pics, this one is evidently small enough as is to go. It is a very cool pic thought someone might wanna see it.
     

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  2. twjoyce
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
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    This was taken early 60's at Rockford (Illinois) Dragway. At sometime before this he ran an early Olds engine that was built by Chris Karamesines. Chris drove the car once and then told Gabby "You have to be nuts to drive something like that"
     
  3. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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    Wow! Killer drag car. And a bullet built by The Greek!
     
  4. Mutt
    Joined: Feb 6, 2003
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    It's an Altered, not a gasser.

    Mutt
     

  5. Special Ed GT
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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    from Denver-ish

    Beautiful car, thx for posting
     
  6. Bob K
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    Tom didn't that thing run in AAFA before they banned that class? I remember watching him at the Grove. He pitted next to us sometimes. The suds would really flow then.

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  7. derelict
    Joined: Nov 28, 2001
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    Like Mutt said, it's an ALTERED not a GASSER...
     
  8. Dat Dirty Rat
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    Its just f@#$in sick!!

    Is it still around?

    Dirty
     
  9. Bob K
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    Yep, an altered, that's what AAFA means, "AA FUEL ALTERED"

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  10. krooser
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    Didn't Ralph Nader write a book about that car?..Unsafe At Any Speed!
     
  11. Bob K
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    He prolly should have, even watching it go down the strip was scarry as hell, it was all over the track. Never saw him crash though. Wonder if he is still around??

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  12. The car was, click here still around in 1998.
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  13. Dat Dirty Rat
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    Man,,thats a great link. Alot of really kool pics..
    Thanks for the hook up!

    Dirty
     
  14. Levis Classic
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    What a great link for altereds!
     
  15. Blownolds
    Joined: Mar 31, 2001
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    No shots of the Olds that was in that car, but the site does have maybe four pics of 394 Olds-powered rides. Look at all the photos and captions carefully, and go through all the pages on the site.
     
  16. chuckb41
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    The car in the picture is mid to late 60's. This one is a Powers and Riley chassis built in '66. Gabby was impressed with how straight our car ran and had P & R build the chassis for him.
     
  17. I want it! WOW!!!
     
  18. Jim Garnhart
    Joined: Sep 15, 2009
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    That must be a popular photo. I have the same one up on my wall. Im always on the look for stuff from Rockford Dragway. Everything on Ebay is all that junk from
    the west coast. Jim
     
  19. Jim Garnhart
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    Whats with the FNG stuff.
     
  20. plyguy
    Joined: Dec 17, 2010
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    from se mich

    Indy 05
     

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  21. Candy-Man
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    Wasn't Gabby voted into the NHRA Hall of Fame 2 years ago at BG ?

    Very kool altered... Not too many sedans running back then, usually the were 'T' roadsters, etc....
     
  22. storm king
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    Always loved Gabby's Bantam Coupe altered! Well built car for the era. Looks the business...
     
  23. Phillips
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    Hi Chuck I was wondering if you would comment on this.

    I gotta update the Wild Wedge thread soon.
     
  24. Heard he made the Seneca Reunion with the car back in '05 or '06 and I missed it. :( Used to watch him run at US 30 back in the mid-'60s.
     
  25. 55chieftain
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    Holy old thread Batman

    Awesome looking car though...
     
  26. Well, you've only made 4 posts since joining a year and a half ago (all of them yesterday), so that makes you an FNG still - that's all.
    And you never did an intro as required by the forum either so what do you expect http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44274
     
  27. RAT "T"
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  28. michev
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    A friend of mine bought that car from Gabby. He once tried to make a pass on the street with it with the blown hemi but the cops showed up just as he cleared the motor out. He later put a 340 in it and even drove it up to Dukes Drive Inn. Don Garlits wanted him to donate it to his museum but he later sold it to a friend of Gabbys who wanted to restore it. It was candy apple red when my buddy owned it.
     
  29. mickeyc
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    I read an article about this car a long time ago. They said he retired the car after a 200+ mph blast and the crew could read the logos on the sides of the car from the starting line while it was in the lights!
     
  30. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
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    So is the 50's version of this car with the Olds engine the Bench Mark the PPE should be compared too?
    Larry T

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