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January 20, 2009

New Photo Gallery: 25 Gasser-Style Cars

By David Freiburger

David Freiburger

One of my favorite rants is about Gassers. Like the fact that too many guys today want to put a straight-axle under the front of any car and call it a Gasser despite the fact that history shows us that not all Gassers had ‘axles and not all ‘axle cars were Gassers. Guys also ran solid front axles in cars that raced in Altered, Modified Production, Factory Experimental, Match Bash, and Modified Sports. The term Gasser refers to the cars that ran in the NHRA and AHRA Gas classes of the late ’50s through the mid ’70s, though the style that guys emulate today is pretty much from the ’64-’68 years.

I say all that as a caveat to viewers of our latest photo gallery, in which I use the term Gasser by today’s loose standards. Some of these cars, with altered wheelbases and such, would not have run in Gas back in the heyday. Nevertheless, they are cool cars to look at. Here are 25 of ‘em.

25 Gasser-Style Cars


Jan 23, 2009 at 7:29 am

“The next evolution off of gassers involved altered wheelbase cars…” Actually, Gassers were not allowed to alter the wheelbase. You are thinking of Factory Experimental and Match Bash cars.

Jan 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm

its interesting

Jan 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Oh that makes sense!

Jan 21, 2009 at 8:20 am

to continue fortyfords explanation, the next evolution was the low nosed high rear funny cars..and now we have what we have today

Jan 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Before there was much in the way of tire technology drag racers found out that if they raised the front of the car they could get better weight transfer and therefore better 60 foot times. The next evolution off of gassers involved altered wheelbase cars in which they moved the rear wheels forward a few inches to get even more weight on the cars rear wheels.

Jan 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

What’s the point or purpose of a gaser to sit that high? Just wondering.

Jan 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Ive always wanted to see these run, maybe ill be able to make it to the H.A.M.B. drags next year.

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