A to B: Little “Angel on a Buick” FASTBACK, THAT IS... Hello, It must have been my early association with my dad’s Buick Sedanette Fastback that drew me to fastback sedans. From the time I could sit, stand, walk, I went everywhere with my dad. It was open the door, jump in and let’s go. I could not see out at all, so sometimes I would stand on the seat or floorboard hanging on for dear life. Of course, when the Buick was parked at home, I was crawling inside, taking a nap, playing long distance driver, and fiddling with every knob on the dash. It was my built in playground. The nap part was the best as no one knew where I was and it was very quiet inside of that big Buick. This early fastback car experience influenced me during the early days of drag racing. we all had people we admired and tried to emulate. Gene Adams was one of those racers. The plus factor was his fast, Oldsmobile Fastback ,record setting sedan. Drive on the street, pop the hubcaps and go racing on Saturdays at Lions Dragstrip. Gene Adams, a So Cal racer/builder extraordinaire, had a fast 50 Olds Fastback that was the National Record Holder in B/Gas back in 58-59. Jnaki 1/64 SCALE MODEL Gene Adams’ Oldsmobile Sedan So Cal Record Holder in B/Gas Coupes and Sedan Class 1958-59… "Engine builder, Gene Adams already was a drag racing legend from his exploits with his famed dark blue '50 Olds fastback that dominated the coupe and sedan classes from Saugus to Santa Ana." "The March ’58 issue of HRM featured Adams’ oblique B/Gas ’50 Olds fastback sedan. Adams was busy grinding up speed records at the Okey City Nationals (111.24 mph) and the Santa Ana drags (112.77 mph)." “I had a Ford coupe, too, but my Dad’s new ’50 Olds 88 fastback was superior in terms of acceleration. We raced it in Stock class at Saugus and Santa Ana. You gotta realize that ‘stock’ wasn’t stock. They ran the Stocker in the ’52-’53 season. Then Gene’s dad sold it to him, and Gene began hopping it up for the Gas Classes because just about anything was legal. They added more carburetors, a high-revving mechanical camshaft, and reworked the Olds cylinder heads to complement the increase in airflow.” “The highlight of the two-page spread was a GMC-supercharged 370-inch Olds motor. Gene had sunk the pockets in the polished combustion chambers with cut-down Chrysler exhaust valves (1-¾-inch to 11-1/16) and GMC 1-7/8-inch intake valves. Then he welded dividers into the Siamesed exhaust ports so the spent gases from the two middle combustion chambers were channeled separately, thus producing a mild tuning effect." He won major NHRA events (B/Gas Coupe at the ’57 NHRA Nationals in Oklahoma City) But, if it is a 49-50 Chevy Fastback Sedan that twiddles your memories, check out Bones Balogh's sedan. THEN IN OCT. 1960... This 671 SBC/Strombergs was similar to our 671 SBC set up for our 40 Willys C/Gas coupe that we built in June 1960.