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Possibly a gasser category?
Posted by smhardesty on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:13 PM

I just posted a reply in support of another member's request idea. I figured this would be a great time to make a request for another new category.

I'd like to see a category for gassers, or maybe something along the lines of "Old Time Drag Racing" or "The Early Years Of Drag Racing". I know there are several forum members that are into gassers. There currently really isn't a single category that gassers, F/X, and early funny cars really fit into. I certainly wouldn't object to all forms of early drag cars being included.

Let's hear from some of you that would like to see a category like this. And take the time to read Anthony's request as well. If his suggestion interests you, show your support there too. Let our new editors know what we're thinking. They won't know if we don't tell them, and this is a most opportune time to communicate with them.

Steve

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Posted by High octane on Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:45 PM

Okay Steve, I just renewed an old thread that I started awhile back called Even More Gas Coupes & Sedans, so check out the Race Cars/Sportscar column and hopefully you'll find what you're lookin' for...........................

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:23 AM

I don't know what the editors of Scale Auto have in mind for the future of the Forum, but I doubt that they would create a separate section for gassers or altered F/X cars since it is not that big of a spectrum of race car model building.  If they create a section for gassers, then someone will want a section for rails, and someone else would want one for Trans Am cars, a section for modifieds, a section for LeMans racers, etc, etc.  It would really splinter that section called Race Cars/Sports Cars.  An example is the Community Builds section which was quite active until a few years ago when interest decreased substantially and now has one or two active threads.  Your best bet would be to start a thread in Race Cars/Sports Cars and keep it going or contribute to one of the threads in that section.  Keeping that thread on the front page of that section would help in keeping it active.

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Posted by smhardesty on Monday, July 24, 2017 1:53 PM
I agree, Mike. I know a category just for gassers wouldn't really be the proper thing to do. That's why I also included the possibility of something like, Old Time Drag Racing as a possible category heading. When I see, "Racecars/Sports cars", I think of Trans Am, Indy Car, NASCAR, etc. I don't think gassers at all when I read that heading. That may very well just be me and maybe most of you guys do think gasser when you see that category. If that's the case, then I have no problem in doing just what you have suggested with keeping a thread active and forefront. And I do agree tht it's very possible to get way too many categories in a forum. I wouldn't want to be responsible for spreading interest too thin across too many different headings. That would do the forum no good.

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:43 PM

When I think of a "gasser", in my mind, I think of a street driven vehicle with a raised front suspension consisting of leaf springs and a straight front axle.  I don't think of a drag racing vehicle per se, but a street legal car that may have been to the drag strip a few times in its life.

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:30 PM

Hey, Mike. Some gassers can indeed be street driven. Gassers got their start in the mid to late 50s at the strip and continued into the 70s. They were generally the fastest stock appearing drag cars of their time. The Pro Stock class finally came along and became the fastest stock appearing cars. The straight axle appearance was probably the most common type of all gassers, but there was never a requirement for front suspension type as far as I know. The entire purpose of the raised front end was weight transfer. Over the years the gasser classes changed a few times. The letter class posted on the car or on the windows from the early years changed for the same car in the mid years, and once again I believe in the later years. I’m not sure which gasser classes would have been street legal, but some were, for sure. What could and couldn’t be driven on the street differed from state to state too.

Steve

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