Bowling Green Hot Rod Reunion – KENTUCKY FRIED GASSERS
The Bowling Green Hot Rod Reunion in Kentucky is a hot and steamy celebration of speed. Held at historic Beech Bend Raceway in a park-like setting, it’s the perfect nostalgic location for this annual festival. This year, we turned our sights on all of the Gasser action.
If a hot rod is factory stock car modified to go faster and look cooler than when it left the factory then a Gasser is the hot roddenest hot rod around. The famously popular drag racing class got going when enterprising racers swapped big power into castaway cars and transformed wheezy Willys and otherwise sleepy stockers into high-performance, wheelstanding dragstrip heroes.
Plenty of authentic Gassers recently converged at the Holley NHRA Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance. It was fat fendered mecca.
Bowling Green Hot Rod Reunion Gasser Roundup:
The Geezer Gassers fielded nearly two dozen contenders who tossed it up on the quarter mile. Scott Rods rolled out four pairs of faithfully restored AA/GS blown heavy hitters in the Scott Rods AA Supercharged Gasser contingent. Straight-axle heroes took the Gasser formula to new heights in the Straight Axle Mafia, and countless Gasser-style street machines rolled onto the lush grounds and into the Axalta Show ‘n ‘Shine. The NHRA Hot Rod Reunion was Gasser central during three sweltering days. We’re still taking salt tablets to rehydrate!
Geezer Gassers NHRA Hot Rod Heritage
The Geezer Gassers grew out of the Nineties-era Goodguys VRA Gasser class and ran Bowling Green with a 16-car main field along with a B-group so everyone got a chance to make as many runs as possible in the three-day drag racing hootenanny. In the end it was Rebel Reaper owner and driver, Gasser Magazine writer, and known wheelstander, Don Moyer of Ohio who put all the Geezer Gassers back on the trailer. A wheelstanding 11.67 @ 115 MPH in his AMC 401-powered 1940 Willys was good for the win over Joe Bush who fouled out in the final with his 1940 Willys.
Don runs about 10-12 races with the Rebel Reaper annually. It packs AMC V-8 power and a cast iron pipe rear bumper with a 40-pound piece of bar stock steel inside for consistent wheelstanding glory. The proven and winning combination makes for worry free race weekends and plenty of time for good times on the track and in the pits. “This car has been together for so long and I’ve been driving it for so long I don’t tune anything. The guys in the pits hate me. I haven’t changed my spark plugs in six years!”, said Don.
Geezer Gassers toastmaster Chuck Lipka runs a spectacular ’41 Willys with a blown Oldsmobile and maintains group rules designed for ongoing Gasser authenticity. No electronics. No body modifications. Period correct paint schemes and wheels. Roots type blowers only. Engine crankshaft centerline no higher than two feet off the ground. Straight axle and leaf spring suspension. 12-inch rear tire width max. Closed roof cars only that must be self starting and able to rumble back to the pits under their own power just like they did back in the mid-Sixties.