When it comes to the great gasser wars of the '50s and '60s one group of cars dominated in most areas of the country. They were relatively lightweight, had a spacious engine bay and there was an ample supply. Yes, the 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevrolet was a major part of the gasser wars.
These cars were often relieved of bumpers, gravel pans and grilles in an effort to minimize weight. Likewise the front end was often a straight axle for weight transfer and weight savings, however a lot of gassers simply ran lifted stock front suspension. Under the hood the small block was the most common motor, but W-motors and later big blocks were also common.
Paint schemes ranged from stock to psychedelic with candy colors and metalflake thrown I good measure. Generally sponsored by local speed shops or gas stations the gasser wars were fought by your basic blue color gearhead and the competition was fierce. For many gearheads the Gasser was THE drag car of the '50s and '60s. It is no small wonder that the resurgence in street going gassers and vintage gasser race cars continues to this day. We’re hear at the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals and we couldn’t resist assembling an album of some of the great a gassers on hand. Enjoy.