Gasser Reunion - Thompson Raceway Park
By: Joe Secka
NOTE: 2020 Gasser Reunion has been rescheduled for the fall 'Gasser Nationals' September 11-12, 2020.
The Gasser Reunion dates back to 2002 and vintage gassers have seen a rapid growth in popularity in recent years. Cruisin’ Times Magazine once again hosted the autograph session in the Drag Racing Legends tent. Dave and Susie Koffel, Nick and Joanne Iarussi, “Ohio George” Montgomery and numerous others were also on hand to meet and greet race fans. It is a pleasure to see the fans and racers alike lining up to get autographs.
The Gasser Reunion was one of the first events I covered for John Shapiro and Cruisin’ Times Magazine. Pulling into Thompson Raceway Park for “The Gassers” event is more than a little bit sentimental for yours truly! Seeing the fans lined up to see the racing legends in the CTM tent reminiscing and sharing stories or getting an autograph is special indeed.
Beyond the smell of racing fuel, wheel stands and wheel hopping burnouts, this event has an atmosphere that is absolutely unique. Just walking through the pits almost makes the trip worthwhile. I can remember many visits to Thompson back in the ‘60s. Some of the race cars have an authentic history attached to them and others are a remake of one that once chased down the quarter mile. Superchargers bulging out of the hoods, straight axles, parallel leaf springs, wide drag slicks sticking out beyond the fenders along with that “attitude” only gassers have is just a part of the attraction of these vintage racing machines.
And Thompson has that bridge over the starting line with pits on both side of the track that distinguish it as being just a bit different. Then you add in the BUGs (Back-Up Girls) backing up the drivers after their burnouts. At that point, everyone’s eyes are fixated on the timing tree!
Anyway, another year of the Gasser Reunion is in the books and it was everything a drag race fan could expect. Thompson Raceway Park has been running since the early ‘50s and has certainly seen its share of gasser action throughout the years.
The 2020 edition will be here sooner than you realize how fast time (and gassers) can fly! Gassers, front engine dragsters, altered, nostalgia super stocks and more will be entertaining the fans for sure. There will be plenty to see and plenty to do! Put this one on your list and be sure to say hello!
That’s all I have - Joe
This years event (June 5 - 6) has been moved to the 'Gasser Nationals' event on Sept 11-12, 2020 due to Covid-19 Virus. For more information on the event, please see the ad below, Call (440) 298-1350, or visit the track website at: http://thompsonracewaypark.com/