It really is a “double take” for drag racing fans when Indiana’s Randy Addington (from Redkey) arrives at local dragstrips. With his two-car racing operation, Addington, who is a true drag racing aficionado, is providing adoring fans with a cool glimpse into drag racing history.
Randy campaigns two very impressive and period-correct 1937 Chevy “gassers.”
Randy’s first ’37, which he has owned for 15 years and raced for 10, features a blown 455ci engine that would have technically put it in the A/G category back it its day. That car is capable of 9.5 e.t.’s at 140+ mph.
During 2014, Randy introduced a second ’37 to his team equation. That is a straight-axle (C/G car), which features a naturally aspirated 434ci engine and can run in the 10.6 e.t.’s and 120 mph. Both of his race cars burn alcohol.
“Each of these cars were originally street rods when I bought them, and I did all the conversion work myself,” Randy stated. “I like to call them ‘back to earth’ cars because they are both close to what it was like back then. All the racing fans we interact with often mention to us that they really do appreciate that.”
“For me it’s also all about putting on a great show, too,” he added. “One car is known for its great, smokey burnouts (supercharged version) and the other for getting its front wheels way up. Diving like that is the real fun in this for me.”
“I did some drag racing myself back in the 1970s,” he continued. “I’m a big fan of guys like Stone, Woods & Cook and “Big John” Mazmanian from that era. I took my first car to Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, about a decade ago and was approached there by the Geezer Gasser guys. They talked me into going racing with them and that’s pretty much where a lot of this came from. I got that fever back and these two cars are the end result.”
Randy runs both his machines exclusively within exhibition circuits and at both eighth- and quarter-mile tracks. In addition to his Geezer Gasser group appearances, his team has become a popular fixture within a variety of other nostalgia racing circuits.
At many events he often tasks his good friend Roger Plate (who is the owner of Indiana’s Muncie Dragway) to drive one of his cars. Roger also confirmed a lot of pride with the fact his is actually racing cars of this year and configuration.
“There are a lot of people that redo 1937s, but then just to show or look at them,” he added. “But we actually race them, and from time to time tear them up—and that is quite a rarity.”
Randy Addington’s trek forward with his racing program has not been without some hurdles. Two years ago his rig was involved in a major highway towing accident when a blown tire rolled the trailer. In that incident both cars were effectively totaled.
“Yes, after that it was a lot of work for us to put everything back together and to where it was,” he admitted.
Drag racing fans, however, are sure glad he did!