Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ISSUE 124 is in the hands of the US Post Office!
As of May 13, the current issue of GASSER Magazine was delivered to the main post office nearest our printer in Illinois. It took me a couple of weeks longer than normal to get this issue out. I hadn't planned on going to the emergency room because I couldn't breathe. Thought it was allergies, nothing that mild, Congestive Heart Failure. So I 'vacationed' in room 2362 of the 'Hospital Hotel'. I wouldn't recommend it as a vacation spot, but it worked for me. Recovery is way too slow and the meds way too many, but I do what the docs tell me--most of the time. LOL If I owe you a phone call, t-shirts or anything else, know that they're being handled...slowly but surely.
Thanks to all who raved about the last issue. This one is as good, or better, in my opinion than the last one. Pam Carpenter wrote a GASSERGAL column, Gene Catoe wrote two articles, Tom Gearhart sent in some scrapbook photos of the early days, Ron Updike covered the Fall Dell Mar Nationals, and Ed Hoffman wrote about his PINKS ALL OUT experience. Hot Rod Magazine's 65th Homecoming was superbly covered by Peter Gustaitis, Ron Upike and Vic Young.
Race Director Don Moyer has set up our participation in two events you'll want to attend if you can. The first is June 7-9 atThe second is
Friday, March 29, 2013
Unfortunately, Gasser Magazine regrets to inform you that the 2013 Gasser Reunion has been postponed! Beaver Springs Dragway has decided to make it their own event. Don Moyer, Race Director, is diligently looking for a new venue. Circumstance create possibilities and something viewed as a negative will in the end makes this event stronger!
Monday, January 28, 2013
How the post office works is that the magazines are directed from their drop off point to an Area Distribution Center (ADC), then shipped to major cities, then to your local post office where your neighborhood mail carrier transports it and slides it into your mailbox. Not even the postal gods can tell me when they'll be delivered. "They'll be there when they get there," was the answer given without a smile. LOL
I just wanted you to know that they were on their way.
Monday, January 21, 2013
January 21st: Issue 123 was uploaded to the printer before sunrise this morning. It should take about two weeks before this issue is in the hands of the post office. It's jam-packed with your event and car articles. I couldn't get every contribution into this issue, but if yours didn't make it, you'll see it in the Spring issue. This issue's contents include:
- FROM YOUR EDITOR by Ernest McIntyre
- GASSER GOSSIP
- A New Era for the EAST COAST GASSERS by Dave Swiatek
- 21st CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION by Vic Young, So Cal Club Rep
- MOONEYES XMAS PARTY by Vic Young, So Cal Club Rep
- J.R. BLOOM: Drag Racing Photographer by Ernest McIntyre
- K.S. PITTMAN by J.R. Bloom
- THE HAYMAKER by Wayne Stine
- DREAMS DO COME TRUE by Derek Boyd
- 1953 WILLYS by Steve Baldi
- RED CARPET RUMBLE by Marc Augustine, Southern New England Club Rep
- BUILDING THE ACME RACING COUPE ~ The Early Years by Big Al Chernik
- AMERICAN GASSER by John Shelton
- SWAP MEET
- GASSER RACING RULES & CLASSES by Don Moyer, RACE DIRECTOR
My thanks to J.R. Bloom for his historic drag racing photos from both Lions and Beeline. When you get your copy, see if you can figure out who the guys/cars are in the cover photo. Judging by the Isky shirt in the foreground, this shot is either from '65 or '66. 1965 is my guess.
I'll give you a heads-up when this issue is in the hands of the USPS. Thanks!
Friday, January 4, 2013
Driving in Spain: The roads are as good as in the US and the road signs are far better. Even if you spoke only Martian, you would be comfortable on Spain's highways. One thing that surprised me was that whether you were driving in the cities or on their freeways, there was no roadside trash--none. Surprise number two was that they gave pedestrians the right of way at all times and without any attitude or horn honking. I never fully got the hang of the liter system. Gas was about the same price everywhere and I wasn't about to spend my Spain-time shopping for a penny-saving deal. I learned to give the attendant my credit card (pumps don't take them) and say, "Completo." Which meant, "I'm going to fill it up."
Although I kept my eyes open for rods on the road and old cars behind farm houses, my only car-encounter was a Ferrari hooking it in the other lane in Granada (see above photo). Although US news coverage is how poor Spain is, I never saw any signs of poverty. The people dress well, drive decent cars and not a shack was in sight of major and minor roads. Another unexpected surprise.
Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier and a different world awaits you. Trash everywhere, extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and beat up cars. I would have liked to have spent a night or two in Morocco to explore non-Tijuana-like Tangier. However, we toured what we could and then hopped on the ferry back to Spain.
I'm a non-itinerary guy. We had a list of towns we'd like to visit, but no hotel reservations and no schedule except the date/time we had to fly back home from the Madrid airport (which will blow you away in its modern design and scale). We drove where we wanted, when we wanted and stayed where we wanted. It was wonderful
Now I'm back at it. Working on the next issue. If you have photos, ads or articles you want in this issue, now is the time to get them to me.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Issue 122 is in the hands of the US Postal Service!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying this holiday season. I would have had this issue out sooner, but some 'jerk' in a Toyota ran into me while I was on the sidewalk, knocked me to the ground and then hurriedly left the scene while I was looking for a bandage to stop the bleeding on my head. I thought it was a minor injury until the uncontrollable convulsions started and I ended up in the emergency room at 3AM. The hospital's CAT scan showed no serious brain damage (other than my love for old race cars). As Gene Catoe said, "I surprised they even found a brain!" Come to think of it, me too! LOL I apologize for the delay.
The club magazine is YOUR magazine. Zap me photos (high res please) and articles on your car. We'll work out any kinks and get you into the mag.
My heartfelt thanks to Bob Wenzelburger, Vic Young, Jeff Cryan and Charles Whetstone for their great photos and articles of both club, and non-club, cars and events. I couldn't do the mag without them.
NEWS: Don Moyer is now the Race Director for all our racing events. He owns and races the nationally famous nostalgia Gasser called the 'Rebel Reaper'. Besides being a die-hard GASSERguy with a garage filled with cars that would make you sick, Don is super nice and super fair. Check out his article in Issue 122 about his new rules for Gassers.
Kurtis Hicklin is our new Event Director. Kurtis and I met in Vegas back in 2004. Have you ever met someone that you instantly trusted? That was my experience of Kurtis. I still fill the same way about him.
OK, time to get back to wok on the next issue!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Lots of great articles and event coverage in this issue, including:
- FROM YOUR EDITOR
- GASSER GOSSIP
- PEDAL TO THE METAL by James Schupp
- NELSON ANDREW’S HENRY J by Doug Smith
- SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY by Ron Updike
- 38 SPECIAL GASSER by Ron Updike
- LIKE FATHER, LIKE SONS by Mark & Bret Shaffer
- PETRIFIED WOODY by Ron Updike
- 2013 RACING RULES by Don Moyer
- ‘BIG AL’ CHERNIK by Bob Wenzelburger
- ELEPHANT HUNTER III by John Reid
- REVIVING A GASSER LEGEND by Charles Whetstone
- CRUISING FOR A CURE by Ron Updike
- HOT ROD RANCH III by Vic Young
- HOT ROD RANCH Notes by Margarite Bedrosian
- DAN GARNER’S ‘33 by Jason Shireman
- SWAP MEET