Positive, a gasser isn’t probably the most environment friendly solution to hustle down a drag strip, but it surely’s for sure one of many coolest, which is why the Southeast Gassers Affiliation hosted a meet at Shady Facet Dragway in Shelby, N.C. The group limits vehicles to solely conventional Gasoline-class fashion racers. Even nonetheless, there’s a lot to see all through the varied gasser subclasses.
To the uninformed, a gasser is a method of drag automotive developed for optimum weight switch. A brief wheelbase and a nostril excessive stance assist shift weight over the automotive’s rear bias-ply slicks to get as a lot chunk as doable.
In the event you’re searching for world-record-low elapsed instances, you’re not going to search out any at a nostalgia drag-racing occasion. Most of those vehicles sport uber conventional drivelines, such because the 427-cid SOHC Ford mill beneath the hood of Jeff Jacobson’s 1955 Ford. Some racers are utilizing fashionable transmissions and electronics to assist information them down the monitor.
If you wish to slip right into a time warp, try the total video above. In the event you don’t have an hour to kill, simply skip round — you’re going to discover a good race.
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