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Old 04-24-2006, 07:03 AM
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Anyone interested in the gassers , check out the JUNE issue ( the proper use of this word ) of Hot Rod mag u will like it .

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Old 04-25-2006, 05:38 PM
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Hot rod did a story on gassers, calling them the choppers of the car world. They have some great shots of some cool old iron.. 55chevs, 40 fords, falcons and a chev ll............ an 8 page spread. If you have ever see the gassers run this article will bring back some good memories, looking at the cars you can almost smell the rubber burning... hope this helps
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Building one right now,, a 48 Anglia Thames panel,, just took the motor in to the machine shop today,, its been a long time coming but I finally got started,, not going to be for racing, just a bad *** street rod,, Blown 572 BBC, who cares if gas is expensive???
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Hot rod did a story on gassers, calling them the choppers of the car world. They have some great shots of some cool old iron.. 55chevs, 40 fords, falcons and a chev ll............ an 8 page spread. If you have ever see the gassers run this article will bring back some good memories, looking at the cars you can almost smell the rubber burning... hope this helps
This is in "Hot Rod" magazine?
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Gassers are way cooler than stinkin ole choppers.

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I love the look of a gasser, all business.
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It was the Summer of '67 and I saw this car for the first time-it was at a little Drag Strip north of Denver, and the car covered more ground sideways than it did straight down the Track-it left the line squirrely and was on two Wheels most of the time-stuff young Boys dream of! Anyways, here is my first Gasser (if you can call it that?)-
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remember stone,wood,and cook, they were two black men,and cook was white, the driver i think?
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This is in "Hot Rod" magazine?
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remember stone,wood,and cook, they were two black men,and cook was white, the driver i think?
Fred Woods, Leonard Stone, and Doug Cook. They were the first true commercial non-fueler drag racing team. Had three Willys gassers running at one time - 42 Willys A/GS 'Swindler', 41 Willys B/GS 'Swindler II' (IMHO, the most popular of the 3), and for a short time, 33 Willys 'Dark Horse'. Made much of their name match racing like all the famous competitors did - Big John Mazmanian, Jr. Thompson, Jack Coonrod, Wayne Harry, Ronnie Nunes, K. S. Pittman, etc. Arguably the greatest of them all was 'Ohio George' Montgomery. He not only won on the match race circuit, for a time he was unbeatable in NHRA national events with his custom engineered '33 Willys.

Oh, and Hot Rod runs a gasser issue every decade or so and the articles get worse and worse. Young bucks I guess writing about an era they know nothing about. Just remember this; Gasser = Willys = Gasser. If they don't acknowledge that, it ain't much of a gasser article!
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It was the Summer of '67 and I saw this car for the first time-it was at a little Drag Strip north of Denver, and the car covered more ground sideways than it did straight down the Track-it left the line squirrely and was on two Wheels most of the time-stuff young Boys dream of! Anyways, here is my first Gasser (if you can call it that?)-
Look at that old skool wheeler bar. Thats freakin awesome!
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Oh, and Hot Rod runs a gasser issue every decade or so and the articles get worse and worse. Young bucks I guess writing about an era they know nothing about. Just remember this; Gasser = Willys = Gasser. If they don't acknowledge that, it ain't much of a gasser article!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't a "gasser" an NHRA santioned class of "street" legal drag cars divide up by weight to HP? Later to become or be replaced by funny cars? Not JUST Willys?
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Not quite. It was cubic inches to weight. The class was for about any modified car from wrong carb on up. You could set the motor back 10% of the wheel base...spindle to front spark plug. Tires more or less within the wheel wells. massive flares on occasion. modified suspension. some kind of roll bar. dragster slicks if you could squeeze them in. Originally you had to be street legal but that quickly went to "looks leagal". License plates borrowed from the tow car. There were 3 supercharged classes. AA,BB, CC stick or auto. The unblown classes had auto and stick breaks for a while. You had to have a helmet of some sort. There was a limit on top chops and body sections 2 inches if I remember. For a while you had to have an exhaust system but it could be disconnected. This went away quickly too. Sticks had to have a scattershield...purchased or home made.
Todays street rod would have been a gasser.

41 Williys was king (still is in my book...got one)
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The supercharged classes only went AA/GS, BB/GS & CC/GS but non-supercharged classes went all the way to G/G. The Gas classes were back then what bracket racing is today - the place where Joe Bloe could race his daily grocery getter. After the Korean War ended all the GI mechanics came home ready to race and with the knowledge of how much power the GMC roots supercharger gave the diesels they worked on in the war. It didn't take them long to plop the blowers on the new V8 gas engines that Detroit was cranking out and they literally ran away form the competition. NHRA realized that they couldn't ban the blowers for risk of losing audience for these exciting performance cars but had to even things out somehow. Their solution was a separate class for supercharged cars. These three supercharged gas classes are the only ones in history to specify the car must have a blower.

True, the classes were 'run-what-you-brung' but virtually all the legends of the classes were pre-war Willys. The Willys gassers arguably are single-handedly responsible for the rise in popularity of pro drag racing. Ironically, it was when the racers began retiring their Willys in favor of short wheelbase Anglias, new Mustangs and Camaros, etc. that the gas classes quickly disappeared. Following the trail of their demise leads a wavy path from the blown Willys gassers to the current fuel funny cars.

If you review the AA/GS & BB/GS MPH and ET record holders and national champions from 1960 through 1966, the prime time for gassers, it was a clean sweep for 1933 and 1941/42 Willys. Zero other cars in the bunch, it was in effect a Willys class. 14 opportunities, 14 Willys champs. CC/GS had its share of Willys dominators over the years but Chevys and Plymouths sneaked in there too. When AA/GS super-hero Ohio George Montgomery switched to his Mustang in '67, the classes only lasted a couple more years and instantly lost their popularity. The big guys migrated to Funny cars and the rest went to the sportsman classes.
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