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Photo by Rich Welch, circa 1969 - Fremont Raceway

A shot of my cousin, Ron Steinberg, with his new A/Gas 33' Willys pickup making one of it's first runs.  I originally bought the car with the thought of building it into my next AA/Gasser.  Ron saw the car, and he loved it.  So I turned it over to him, and he put a new 427 Chevy crate motor into it.  With a converter, and nearly stock motor, the car started running low tens right off the trailer.  It had a unique torsion bar front suspension under it, built by Chuck Finders.



Photo by Rich Welch, circa late 1960's, Fremont Raceway

Ron Steinberg's 33' Willys A/Gasser about to get it on with the powerful Narlock & Worthy 48' Anglia, "Lil Hearse,"  at Fremont.



 
Photo from Ron Steinberg collection, circa 1970's - Los Banos, California

The late Ron Steinberg, with his beautiful 33' Willys A/Gasser, in it's final configuration.  He put a B&M Clutchflite in it, but the car was never run.  It would have ran well into the nines.

*  In loving memorium to my cousin/brother, Ron Steinberg, who passed away on October 28, 2005.



Photo from the Tom Chambliss collection, January, 1968 - Fremont Raceway

Ron Zomasalo's '48 Anglia A/Gasser between laps.



Photo from the Tom Chambliss collection, circa January, 1968 - Fremont Raceway

Ron Zomasalo's '48 Anglia, in the pits at Fremont.  Looks like someone was having a little discussion with the strip staff about something!  LOL



Photo from the Tom Chambliss collection, circa 1964 - Fremont Raceway

Dave Ahokas's Willys in its '35 configuration.  Dave originally bought the car in Livermore, California around 1963.  It was an original, stock 4 banger that was driven on the street at first.  It was then converted to a B/Gasser with the addition of an '57 Olds rear-end, with long traction bars, Corvair rear springs, roll bar, 4 speed, and a 338" inch Chevrolet small block.  It was first run in all steel, with running boards.



Photo from the Tom Chambliss collection, circa 1965 - Unkown location

Later, a Cal. Auto glass front end was added, along with a big block Chevy motor, which would have put it into A/Gass, and it was campaigned with his partner, Keith Engles (Ahokas & Engles).  The photo above was what it looked like as an A/Gasser.  This car was later purchased by Ron Rinauro, and it was updated to an AA/Gasser by Tom Chambliss.  Tom stripped the chassis, narrowed the rear frame rails, added a roll cage, de-arched the front springs, fabricated a 4130 Chrome-Moly front axle, boxed the frame, and installed a blown and injected big block Chevy motor.  The motor was later changed to an early model Chrysler hemi.  Don "Rocker-head" Montgomery's book, "Super-charged Gas Coupes" has some information about the car, and the use of the motor in Rod Barkers AA/Gas Vette.



Photo by Mike Farfan, circa 2002 - Bakersfield 'Good Guy's' meet

Steve Castelli's very nice 40' Willys A/Gasser.  I got to meet Steve at the 'Good Guy's' meet.



Photo courtesy of Robert Briggs, circa 2001, Bakersfield, California.

Mark Mahood's bad A/Gasser in the staging lanes at Bakersfield.



Photo courtesy of Robert Briggs, circa 2001, Sears Point Raceway.

Maryanne Harmon's mean looking 'Good Guy' A/Gasser in the pits at Sears Point.



Photo courtesy of Robert Briggs, circa 2002 - Bakersfield 'Good Guy's' meet.

Rich Facciano's A/Gasser pulling the front  wheels off the ground at the Bakersfield 'Good Guy's' meet.



Photo courtesy of Robert Briggs, circa 2002

Tom Schiffiles's A/Gasser pulling a wheelie, and causing him to have to lift the pedal.


Always!...more pictures of the guy's to follow.