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Gasser Wars, by Larry Davis
Gasser Wars: Drag Racing's Street Classes, 1955-1968, by Larry Davis.
Book Description: In the late 1950s, thousands of street legal hot rods participated in organized drag races across the country-they ran in three major classes: Gas, Modified Production, and Modified Sports. As the racers got more serious, these cars were street legal in appearance only. Yeah, they had headlights, taillights, and interiors, but they were full-on race cars, with huge blown Hemi engines, wide racing slicks, raised front suspensions. Racers soon discovered that small, lightweight cars were the fastest, and the classic Gasser was born-cars like the Stone Woods & Cook '40 Willys.
David Dilbeck says, "Gasser Wars: Drag Racing's Street Classes, 1955-1968 is another must have book for the drag racing fan. The much-anticipated gasser book by Larry Davis is now in print! I have been informed that Gasser Wars is being shipped to the retailers now.
This is the latest book written by Larry Davis, the author of Super Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan. Those of you that have seen Larry's Super Stock book know the quality of his work, those of you who haven't, need to purchase one while you still can. Larry said that we won't be disappointed with Gasser Wars: Drag Racing's Street Classes, 1955-1968!
Don't miss out on this one -- Purchase it now! This book will make a great gift for the drag racing fan.
GeorgiaDragRacing.com Book Review
by David Dilbeck
If you like the "old style" gassers, you'll love the new book Gasser Wars - Drag Racing's Street Classes: 1955-1968 by Larry Davis. Mr. Davis' 192 page book is filled with great information and 300 photographs (100 color/200 black & white). Larry's informative and interesting writing style is evident throughout the book. My favorite chapters are: Chapter 4 - Running for the Gold (an in-depth look at gasser competition at NHRA National events), Chapter 5 - The Gasser Wars (the war of words from competing after market manufacturers in advertisements and the wars staged on drag strips across the country by the cars and teams that used their products) and Chapter 6 - Evolution and Revolution. Appendix A lists class winners at NHRA National events throughout the years covered by this book.
Some of the classic b&w photos from the 1950s and early 1960s are priceless. Larry managed to find color shots of some cars that I'd never before seen in color! Mr. Davis has written a winner - again!
GeorgiaDragRacing.com contributors Bob Plumer (see Photos by Bob Plumer), FE Bob Fermier (see Fermier Bros) and Marvin T. Smith (my co-author on the upcoming book: Atlanta Drag Racing: The Golden Years) shot several of the photos published in Gasser Wars. Look for Marvin's photos of Hood and Payne's Sweet 1 F/G 1955 Chevy and Bogan Renfroe's A/G Cat Skinner Willys!
I would like to correct one item in Larry's Gasser Wars. Georgia Drag Racing site sponsor Bogan Renfroe is incorrectly identified as Bogan & Renfroe.
Larry Davis, on August 31, 2003, said, "Hope everyone enjoys the book as much as I did in researching and writing the book. It brought back a lot of memories and old friends. I hadn't talked with Dave & Susie Koffell for some 30 years. Plus meeting with some legends that I had only heard about back in the 60s like Porky Zartman and his gang. Not everyone will be ecstatic about it as maybe their favorite car didn't get in. I would've had to write a 500 pager to get everyone in. And even then I know I would've missed someone. We're just trying to remember what it was like "way back when."
You can order Gasser Wars here or you can contact CarTech, Inc. at 1-800-551-4754 (cartechbooks.com). If you would prefer an autographed copy direct from Larry Davis, send an email to me and I'll put you in touch with Larry. I'd like to publicly thank Larry Davis for his cooperation and I'd also like to thank Karin Hill at CarTech, Inc. for supplying my review copy of Gasser Wars - Drag Racing's Street Classes: 1955-1968. Thanks, guys!
Also by Larry Davis:
Marvin T. Smith and I are currently writing a book (Atlanta Drag Racing: The Golden Years) about Atlanta area drag racing that we hope to have completed in 2004. We intend to honor many of the local drag racers from the Atlanta area and also provide an overview of the history of organized drag racing in Atlanta. With full time jobs and families, Marv and I are pedaling as fast as we can! Keep checking GeorgiaDragRacing.com for news about our book.