Mentor, OH: Last issue I wrote an introduction as the Race Director for Gasser Magazine. I outlined what to expect for future Gasser Magazine events. I wanted immediate feedback so I went onto a couple of email groups and forums.
I received (and am still receiving) lots of feedback. My intention was not to single out nose-high Gassers and make the show only about them or to exclude any participant from our events. Flexibility and cooperation from everyone will ensure we get it right and keep Gasser Magazine events fun. Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback and suggestions.
Unfortunately, we can’t pick one specific date in history, or association rules, on which to base our Gasser events. We’re going to follow the evolution of the Gasser; starting in the earlier years with those cars with the familiar nose-high attitude, moving into the progression of later years, and finally the modern era of Gassers. To achieve this, we have divided the Gassers into 3 classes.
CLASSICAL GAS will be the nose high attitude Gassers. Cars with the body/rocker panel higher than the spindle will run in this class. Classical Gas will run an index system outlined previously. The index classes are: A/G 9.50; B/G 10.00; C/G 10.50; D/G 11.0; E/G 11.50; F/G 12.00.
Drivers with cars that meet Classical Gas requirements, but do not prefer index racing are permitted to move to Nostalgia Gas.
NOSTALGIA GAS will include the lower, and therefore more stable, Gassers. This class will run a handicap bracket where racers will dial in to the tenth. The track announcer will call this class to the lanes and will sort cars by lane based on E.T. to get the races close together for the first couple rounds. In other words, 9 second cars in lane 1, 10-second cars in lane 2, etc.
MODIFIED GAS will be the all out new era of Gassers. Modified Gas class will be limited to 8.90 and quicker. This class will also dial in to the tenth. Modern body mods, wings, air shifter etc. will be allowed in this class.
HOT ROD ELIMINATOR will be open to all entrants that do not have a vehicle that fits the Gasser classes. The cut off year for this is 1973 per the track. The no pony car rule is still in effect unless it has radiused wheel wells and a straight axle! Hot Rod will also dial in to the tenth.
COMP ELIMINATOR will be open to all front engine dragsters, altered, and modified roadsters. This class will dial in to the tenth.
All racing will be on a .500 pro-tree. As with all cars racing at Gasser Magazine events, no data recorders, delay boxes, two step rev limiters, or N.O.S. systems permissible. All time trials for Friday and Saturday will be open lanes.
Time trials will run from 10am until 4pm Friday and Saturday. The Classical AA/GS group will make their exhibition runs at noon and 4pm. On Friday Beaver Springs will continue its Friday night Street shootout, Reunion participants are welcome to enter. We are looking for a band willing to play Friday night at the track.
Saturday evening will bring 2 new and exciting events to the Reunion. First will be a club vs. club race pitting Gasser groups against each other for bragging rights to the Best Gasser Group in 2013.
Second will be a RUN WHAT YA BRUNG traditional race. This race is for the show cars. Format will be heads up, quickest car wins! Flag start, 1/8 mile competition. Eighth-mile passes only.1/8.
Run What Ya Brung cars will be required to have seat belts, radiator over flow catch can, battery mounted securely, and DOT tires. Roadster drivers will be required to wear helmets. Pre-1964 with the exception of cars that meet the Classical Gas requirements. This is a great opportunity to get your street-driven Gasser on the track and beat your buddies!
The 2013 GASSER Reunion is shaping up to be the best ever! It is our goal, with your help, to make Gasser Magazine races the premier nostalgia events. As Race Director, I am open to all ideas and am willing to modify future events for the betterment of the participants and spectators alike.
Feel free to contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Moyer, Race Director