The A/Gas Guy's
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.