In the 1960’s one of the most popular classes in drag racing was the Gas Coupe, or “Gasser,” class. The cars were older, stock appearing coupes with monster engines. They were fast, noisy, generally pretty evil handling, and provided some very close and exciting racing. The class became a real battleground for major camshaft manufacturers that sponsored different cars and ran ads in racing publications proclaiming the superiority of their products over all others based upon the racing results of their cars. The Tucson Dragway Reunion will have two of the best of the breed on display and running on May 18th.
The Seevers, Wiesner and Owens A-Gas Supercharged ’33 Willys was built in the 60’s by Dean Seevers, Del Wiesner and Harold Owens, then living in Colorado. Throughout the 60’s the team raced the fastest Gassers in the sport such as Stone, Woods and Cook, John Mazmanian, George Montgomery, K.S.Pittman, and the Mallicoat Brothers, just to name a few. The car was the National Record holder in 1964 and ran in the ’64 Winternationals. The gasser was retired in 1966, but restored in 2003. Since the full restoration, this beautiful car has run at the California Hot Rod Reunion and the National Hot Rod Reunion. In 2009 the car was honored along with 50 other nostalgic race cars at the NHRA’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
Stored since 1965, the Silver Dollar 1941 Willys truck is truly a time capsule. The original owner and driver, Mike Bamber, built it in 1957, later decided that it was time to quit racing, but kept the truck, storing it in his barn. Forty years later a close friend of Bamber’s bought the truck, pulled it out of the barn, and found that it was exactly as it looked forty years before.
Back in the day Bamber raced the Tucson’s Speed Sport Roadster and a number of the most famous Gassers of the period.
This truck, powered by a supercharged motor, retains all of its original lettering, complete with “241” written in shoe polish from the last time it raced at legendary Lions Drag Strip. This Gasser has been on display at the SEMA Show and featured in a cover story in Hot Rod Deluxe magazine. The tuck is presently owned by Tucson’s Hi Speed Rods & Customs and will be part of the shop’s big car display at the Tucson Dragway Reunion. http://www.hispeedcustoms.com/
For more info on the Reunion go to the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/106292232861298/?notif_t=plan_user_invited