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Old 07-18-2011, 09:49 PM
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Gassers today means more of the "look" of the old NHRA Gas classes (which went all the way down to J/Gas... not C). The tires were narrow and hard, so the center of gravity was moved up... way up!

Pro Street, as it evolved, was a street version of Pro Stock. Newer body styles, factory front suspensions, and big fender tubs.

Not the same, to somebody who was around as it happened. Younger fans will be more confused.

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Sounds semi-ricer to me, trying to embody the race car look and coming less than halfway in performance.[/QUOTE]


I thought this was even more funnier..
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Pro Street, how it appears to me:







...just for kicks, this one's easier on the eyes.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:32 AM
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Thanks for all of the replies guys, though I think I should have been more specific on what I meant by Pro Street, I forget there was a style of show car called Pro Street I was referring to the NMCA Class that uses all out race cars that use Pump Gas and still street legal similar not quite the same as the Gassers of the 60s.
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Thanks for all of the replies guys, though I think I should have been more specific on what I meant by Pro Street, I forget there was a style of show car called Pro Street I was referring to the NMCA Class that uses all out race cars that use Pump Gas and still street legal similar not quite the same as the Gassers of the 60s.
Why not post a couple of photos of each car type, to help clarify which cars you are talking about.

You can probably draw a connection between the two, both race cars, but using the technology of the day. But Early style gassers still exist(nostalgia racing), they fit a set of rules, as do ProSteet racers, but not the same rules.
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Why not post a couple of photos of each car type, to help clarify which cars you are talking about.

You can probably draw a connection between the two, both race cars, but using the technology of the day. But Early style gassers still exist(nostalgia racing), they fit a set of rules, as do ProSteet racers, but not the same rules.
Well I did post some videos of the NMCA Pro Street, and Hot Rods Fastest Street Car Pro Street in one of my posts.

But I think you got what I was trying to say that there is a connection and a similarity berween the 2 but they are not quite the same.
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I personally think of the Pro Mods as today's gassers. Many run early bodies, and they are rowdy and hard to handle.

The Pro Mods are also built and painted to impress... which was usually the case in the "golden age", with the candy and flake jobs, and lots of chrome!

Today most "Pro" class cars are simply a bill board for the advertising of the sponsor. I don't think it will be much longer before some racer's car will have an advertisement for laxitives or tampons painted all over it!!! :-(
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Maybe the NMCA needs to put a little more effort into naming their classes.... just sayin'.

When somebody says "gasser" I think Stone, Woods & Cook; "Ohio" George Montgomery, etc. and nose high '40 Willys coupes, straight axles and tilt front ends. When I hear "pro street" I think 1980's Easter egg paint jobs, lawn chairs and fairground cruisers not real race cars. I know they weren't all that way but things got to the point that unfortunately those are the ones many of us think of when we hear the term........
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+1 to Hippie. It was not a nice time when it came to Pro Street, I could not take the cars seriously, not like now.

When I look at how far we have come now, the cars that run in Drag Week run times that are similiar to the Pro Mods back in the day ( low 7s, high 6s ).
And cars like Ev Bernardo's Camaro are doing it with small blocks.

I think Rod Saboury, who was there in the beginning, who also made a name for himself in that he would cut up perfectly good ( and rare ) Corvettes, has run a high 6 in his latest Pro Street Vette, and then toured around Vegas in it.
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Maybe the NMCA needs to put a little more effort into naming their classes.... just sayin'.

When somebody says "gasser" I think Stone, Woods & Cook; "Ohio" George Montgomery, etc. and nose high '40 Willys coupes, straight axles and tilt front ends. When I hear "pro street" I think 1980's Easter egg paint jobs, lawn chairs and fairground cruisers not real race cars. I know they weren't all that way but things got to the point that unfortunately those are the ones many of us think of when we hear the term........

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Here is my Pro Street Willys. SBC, 6-71, T-350, 9 in, Detroit locker, Hoosiers.

This is no trailer queen although it lives in one. It now has over 15,000 miles and has attended over 200 events in a little over 2 years.

We just went on vacation and drove it 650 miles.

Yes that's rain...9 hours of it.

Yes that's a gravel road...26 cars and 5 miles of gravel

Pro Street......
I drive it like any other car. It also runs on 87-93 gas.
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In my opinion, Pro Street defines a car that is a compromise between a hot rod and a race car. As with all compromises, these cars tend to serve neither function very well.

A Gasser is purely a race car. That's all they are meant to do, and they do it well. They look the way they do not to be outrageous or extreme, but to be as competitive as possible while still complying with the rules and regulations of the NHRA at the time.

Furthermore, I don't believe that Pro Street is a modern anything....It's a fad that peaked 20 years ago. Pro Street is as passť as 15" billet wheels, neon, and (soon to be) air ride, and shaved door handles (again, in MY opinion).
Joe- I concur. Thanks for a well thought out answer.
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Yep, that's pretty much it.

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pro streets are for turning corners, gassers are for straight lines!
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pro streets are for turning corners, gassers are for straight lines!
What? Pro Street cars are Pro Stock cars for the Road, I think you are getting Pro Street confused with Pro Touring.
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