Byron's Gasser Madness!
Gone But Not Forgotten
Rest in Peace
|Byron Stack founded Gasser Madness and he built it into the site you are enjoying. Byron passed away on 9 April 2012. Click HERE to learn more about Byron.|
|Horace "Pork" Zartman passed away on 28 March 2010. Click HERE to learn more about Pork.|
|Tim Hanaseth passed away on 22 February 2010. Click HERE to learn more about Tim.|
|KS Pittman passed away on 31 January 2010. Click HERE to learn more about KS.|
|Ron Miller passed away on 31 December 2009. Click HERE to learn more about Ron.|
|Wayne Arteaga passed away on 9 June 2009. Click HERE to learn more about Wayne.|
|Chuck Finders passed away on 27 May 2009. Click HERE to learn more about Chuck.|
|Mike Hollander passed away on 23 September 2008. Click HERE to learn more about Mike.|
|Scott Kalitta passed away on 21 June 2008. Click HERE to learn more about Scott.|
|Frank Cali passed away on 16 April 2008. Click HERE to learn more about Frank.|
|Leroy Chadderton passed away on 3 April 2008. Click HERE to learn more about Leroy.|
|Jim Paoli passed away on 3 April 2008. Click HERE to learn more about Jim.|
passed away on 27 March 2008.
to learn more about Foster. Sit low, "Patty Faster"
Also, please take the time to read Don Ewald's tribute to Foster HERE.
|"JJ" Smith left us on 24 March 2008. Click HERE to learn more about JJ.|
|Ray Kobel passed away on 23 March 2008. Click HERE to learn more about Ray.|
|Lil John Buttera passed away on 2 March 2008. Click HERE to learn more about John.|
|Randy Sacksteder passed away on 10 February 2008. Click HERE to learn more about Randy.|
|Bob Daniels passed away on 30 June 2007. Click HERE to learn more about Bob.|
|Don Gay passed away on 30 June 2007. Click HERE to learn more about Don.|
|Ron Mandella passed away on April 2, 2007. Click HERE to learn more about Ron.|
|Received from Dave Hales on
I just found out that Bob
Bernardon died last night of cancer. For those who didn't know him, he ran
a 39 Chevrolet "Jolly Dolly" that was the one of the prettiest and fastest
gassers in the country in the late 50's and early 60's. Check out p. 27
in the Larry Davis Gasser Wars book. His car was one of the Gassers chosen
for the Gasser Tribute held at the NHRA U.S. Nationals this past Labor
Day. He was there the entire weekend and seemed fine.
|John Carter of Louisville, KY died on Jan 14th in Louisville. John started racing with a 33 Willys A/GS. And moved on to funny cars in the 70s.|
|"Dandy Dick" Landy died today, 12 Jan, 2007, of kidney failure after being ill for the last few months. Dick was well known in the 60's and 70's for his impressive AWB A/FX cars followed by a string of winning Pro Stockers.|
|60's Gasser Legend, Johnny Loper passed away on Saturday the 23rd of September, 2006 after a 4 year battle with cancer. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his family and friends.|
|Sad News from Goodguys/VRA
Dated: 8/10/2006 12:00:00 AM
It’s with a heavy heart that we pass along this
The family of the late Sush Matsubara would like to express our deepest appreciation for the warm words of sympathy we have received. The outpouring of love and concern from hundreds of friends and fans has been most heartwarming for us. It gives us great comfort to know that our son, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and dear friend, had such caring people around him. Thank you again for your kind thoughts and prayers.
The Matsubara Family
Special thanks to Dan Kaplan for permission to use his photo and to Scott Kobayashi for his artwork.
"Big John" Mazmanian
May 18, 1926 - July 21, 2006
In the glory days of the Gasser Wars, ask an
A/GS fan to name the top 5 cars in the country and, while you'd find
some regional differences, the name of "Big John" Mazmanian would
inevitably be near the top of that list! With equipment
that was always immaculate and ready to race, his cars were always at
or near the top of the heap! In the "drag rags" of the time, the "Big
June" and "Pebble, Pulp & Chef" ads were looked forward to on a weekly
basis and were one of the driving forces in the A/GS match race
|Leroy Philson, of "Mighty Mouse"
gasser and now Pro Mod, died Feb 5, 2005, of emphysema. My heart goes out
to his wife Bonnie and the family. we sure had a LOT of fun together at
Fremont Dragstrip in the old days. Good friends can never be
replaced. We'll miss ya , man!
Loren Jacobson, and the rest of the Algon bunch, 23 Feb 2005
|"Hello, My name is Tracy
Teter. I am the daughter of Larry Teter. I was contacted by a long time
friend of my fathers this evening and he referred me to this Web Site.
Unfortunately I regret to notify you that my father passed away July 1,
2004 in his home. My father was an NHRA national champion in 1961 and
1962. As well as many other great accomplishments. A memorial service will
be held July 31, 2004 in Elgin Illinois. Please see local paper for
listings. I am also looking for any other pictures articles surrounding
my fathers racing career. If you can help with this endeavor it would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks so much. Sincerely;
This is the type of email I really hate to get. I never met Larry Teter...but I sure did know who he was. As a kid, one of the first models I ever built was a 32 Vickie...Larry's 32 Vickie to be exact. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. Pictures of his car in HRM, etc. was one of the things that got me interested in drag racing to start with. R.I.P Larry.
Byron Stack, 30 July 2004
|On Friday, 25 June, an
announcement was made that Bob Ellison of the Ellison & McGarvey A/GS team
had passed away as a result of injuries received in a racing accident at
the GoodGuys meet at Indy earlier in the month. I didn't know Bob
"back in the daze", but feel fortunate to have met and spent time talking
with him at last year's Gasser Reunion at Thompson, OH. I can
honestly say that we've lost one of the nice guys of the sport.
Byron Stack, 28 June 2004
|On that same day, hard on the
heels of that announcement, word reached me that
CJ "Pappy" Hart
had died after suffering a stroke a couple of weeks ago. Many of
you will remember CJ from his days at Santa Ana and Lions dragstrips.
I don't believe that I've ever heard anyone make a single negative comment
about him. The passing of CJ is truly the end of an era. One
of the many comments I read about CJ this weekend was the he was every bit
as important to the roots of drag racing as was Wally Parks. I most
certainly do not disagree! Godspeed Pappy...you will be greatly
Byron Stack, 28 June 2004
|Last night, I found out that
Darrell Russell was killed when a tire blew and took out his wing at over
300mph resulting in a severe crash at the NHRA meet in Madison, IL.
Darrell was a young man and has left us much too early. Our
sympathies go out to Darrell's family and the Joe Amato racing team.
Byron Stack, 28 June 2004