Here you see the legendary Ed "Isky" Iskederian are shown shaking hands in front of the Stude, the car that started the famed CAM WARS later termed the GASSER WARS. The 1320 Foundation had on display the reproduction of the famed “Old Black Studebaker” gasser car built by the legendary Junior Thompson and Sonny Messner, a clone of the car Junior campaigned in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Junior was on hand to talk about the car and sign autographs.
Joe Mondello & Jr. Thompson
Joe, you are missed, so glad we got to visit with you…
Firing up the Opel Kadett at the 08 CHRR
To view some photos from the event go to: Rhonda's CHRR Photos
Jr's 41 Willys 1/18 SOLD OUT
SCALE LIMITED EDITION DIECAST
WAS LIMITED TO ONLY 750 ~ SOLD OUT(as of 10-26-11)
Came Packaged in a collectors box ~ Autographed on outside of box~
~ SOLD OUT ~
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Jr. Thompson's 41 Willys Johnny Lightning:
1:64 Willys Gasser
This was 50 years ago in 1958 - From NHRA article on website "Little Eliminator, pitting the winners of the A through E Gas classes, was run the following day for the new Coca-Cola trophy, though, like in Top Eliminator, two winners in the slower classes conceded their chances, and only the A, B, C winners took part. Abilene, Texas' Carroll Howard, the A Gas winner, received the bye into the final, where he faced Junior Thompson and his South Gate, Calif.-based blown Chevy-powered '41 Studebaker. Thompson, the B winner, already had ousted C champ R.C. Jasper's '56 Chevy-powered '34 Ford coupe out of Grand Prairie, Texas. Thompson them trumped Howard's '58 Olds-powered '31 Ford with a 13.06 to become NHRA's first Little Eliminator winner."
2008 - Honorees were chosen for the 17th annual California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. The 3-day festival of speed and rods takes place at Auto Club Famoso Raceway near The Honorees are Grand Marshal Junior Thompson, Steve Davis, John Edmunds, Georgia Seipel, Walt Rhoades and Butch Maas. The Justice Brothers' Reunion Spotlight will shine on Gas Ronda. "This year's Honorees are a highly eclectic group of deserving individuals who have dedicated their lives to hot rodding and drag racing," said Greg Sharp, curator of the nonprofit Wally Parks NHRA motorsports Museum, which produces the Reunion. "I'm glad we can honor folks like this who have meant so much to the sport." Junior Thompson (Grand Marshal): The gasser great is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Little Eliminator victory (the first ever event) at the third NHRA Nationals held in Oklahoma City. From a '40 Ford convertible in the early '50s to a Corvette alcohol funny car, Thompson enjoyed a 30-year drag racing career as a driver and is still actively involved as an engine builder for nostalgia vehicles.
Here's a section for drag racers that may not have been quite legends but had a big part of drag racing history none the less. Check this area out.
Do you know someone who was there during drag racing's gasser wars? Are YOU that someone?
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Ed Neumann of Bohica Grafix is shown here presenting Jr. the cartoon portrait painting he did for his Opel Kadett. This was at the
California Hot Reunion at Famoso Raceway Oct. 2007.
Get favorite car turned into a painting.
JRTHOMPSON.NET and JRTHOMPSONRACING.COM, online since 1998, is the most comprehensive GASSER LEGEND website in the world. This is the only website sanctioned and authorized exclusively by the Gasser Legends themselves. Check back often for updates.
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Doyle Hatfield has contributed COOL PHOTOS TAKEN AT LION'S, POMONA AND IRWINDALE FROM THE 60'S & 70's
These pages are dedicated to the past. . . The past in drag racing. And to the present. Drag racing is as current as anything new, space travel, the Internet, even the nostalgia race cars and awesome street rods. As the sport has evolved so has the spectator. Ever demanding, speed the ultimate goal, racers have kept pace with the need for speed. And having a really cool looking car doesn't hurt.
At a peak of a successful racing career Jr. was in a serious crash. After several years of recovery Jr. again became involved in racing.
Enter these pages and check out the career of one of the legends of drag racing. He was there when it started and he is still involved. That's my dad. I hope you enjoy these pages. Check back often.
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If you attended the California Hot Rod Reunion (October 15-17, 2010), we hope that you stopped by the Quarter Mile Foundation booth where they displayed the restoration of the Old Black Studebaker. The famed “Old Black Studebaker” gasser car built by the legendary Junior Thompson and Sonny Messer, a clone of the car Junior campaigned in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Junior was on hand to talk about the car and sign autographs.
Hope that you dropped by and said “Hello”… and found out what this great organization is all about.