The Gasser is the predecessor of the modern Funny Car, the name arose because they were a gasoline-fueled class rather than using methanol or nitro-methane. Such classic ‘door-slammers’ were known to be the first type of drag race car to gain company sponsorship. The Gassers became fan favorites as big name racers often ran grudge matches for crowd entertainment. Gassers and Fuel Altered cars were the top drag racing classes prior to Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and Pro Stock. The “Gasser War’ years are defined as 1955-1968 when they ruled drag strips across the country in the United States, in the late 1950s and continued until the early 1970s. Gassers were based on production models from the 1930s to mid 1960s, which have been stripped of extraneous weight and jacked up using a truck beam axle to provide better weight distribution on acceleration (Beam axles are also lighter than an independent front suspension), though a raised stock front suspension is common as well. Common weight reduction techniques include fiberglass body panels, stripped interiors and plexiglass windows.
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