Johnny Rocca passed away this morning, I'm sad to say. He was a true friend of hot rods in all forms and one of the early pioneers in the preservation of hot rodding and drag racing. He is well known as World Champion proMod drag racer but he & KS Pitman recreated the Gasser Wars doing exhibition passes at NHRA events back in the 90's, Johnny had restored both the KS car (he since donated it to the Garlits museum) and a version of the Stone, Woods & Cook Swindler A Willys that sits beside his Iron Indian ProMod in his shop. One of his fondest hot rod memories was back in the 70's he was sent to the Worlds Fair representing the Agricultural Dept and he took his '32 roadster with him (it was in France or Germany) and American hot Rods were unheard of then. He said the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gregarian saw that car and had Johnny drive him all over in it with the secret services of both governments trying to keep up. He said they had a ball, 2 guys on a lark with open pipes, pissed a lot of people off but they didn't care. RIP Johnny.