by Jim Amos


DVD #181

This two hour and thirty-five minute video production covers all the action of the Southern Outlaw Gassers at Atmore Dragway in Atmore, Al on April 9, 2016.

The video begins by showing some of the early arrivals at the track on Friday evening. One of the teams had a mishap on the way to Atmore and we get to talk with the guys from Toad Racing (Rick & Richard Neal) about the problem.

Our Saturday coverage begins with a walk around the pit area and a series of interviews with the owner/drivers of the cars that showed up for Gasser Blowout 3. Each interview includes an overview of the race vehicle and some information about the people who race them.

Included within our interviews are:  Jimmy Roberts and his Dixie Flyer Willys, John Swick and his 1937 Chevy Gasser, Ronnie Sandifer from Hillside Street Rods, Hal Connor and his1941 Willys, J. D. Richardson and his 1941 Willys Sdn., Erwin Aderhold and his 1951 Henry J, Brenda and Ray Barrett with their 1962 Chevy II Nova, Rick Appleton with his 1966 Ford Mustang, Joe Nelson and his 1962 Chevy II Nova, Chuck Lipka and his 1940 Willys, Will Spurlin and his 1967 Pontiac Firebird, Shawn & Dana Peterman and their 1956 Ford, Tod Barker and his 1948 Anglia, Bill Ziel and his 1941 Willys, Glenn Henderson and his 1957 Ford, Frankie Allen and his 1933 Willys, Larry Bagwell and his 1955 Chevy, Sloan Marks with his Chevy powered AMC Rambler and Bill Sworn with his 1941 Willys.

We also did an interview with Toni Marie DeWitt and her husband Jeff with their 1950 Dodge Wayfarer Sportabout Roadster. What was so interesting about this story is the fact that Toni did all the welding to put this very unique car together. Jeff says he wins lots of bets when he tells people his wife builds his race cars. Great story. 

We also did an interview with Lou Kosa who had a special Holman & Moody prepared 1963 Ford Falcon at the event. Lou told us there were only eleven of these Falcon’s produced for use at the Monte Carlo rally race in France. Very interesting car.

The Gassers ran two time trials and then four rounds of competition. All the cars were eligible to run all four rounds of competition. The winner and runner-up was determined by the best performance package during the four rounds of competition. Even though a winner and runner-up were determined the emphasis was on having fun and making passes down the track. The crowd seemed to like it as they were hanging on the fence all the way down the eighth mile.

We also include some footage from the other classes running at the event. In the junior dragster class we had a chance to talk with Christopher Stanley who was racing a very unique junior dragster. In the electronic ET class we talk with Jimmy Mitchell after he had an encounter with the guardrail in his 1933 Willys. The car was banged up but Jimmy came out of it OK. In the FE Ford Nostalgia Super Stock category we follow Darryl Giveans to the class championship.

In our race coverage we have included relevant narration regarding reaction times, dial-ins, and performance elapsed times. We feel this helps our viewers to understand the dynamics of each race down the eighth mile.

We are also introducing our new unmanned ariel camera (drone) in this production.  Tyson Amos is a skilled drone operator and he has captured a very different perspective of the event from the ariel platform. Tyson had the drone running during both the daytime and nighttime runs. I believe you will agree that the drone shots are terrific. We also did an interview with Tyson and he explained some of the problems he encountered while using the drone.

We close out the video with the awards and trophy presentation. You will meet Aubrey Padgett as he received his “Legends” award, Mr. Ronald Jernigan winner of the Altered Class and Rick Salas who received a “long haul” award. The final interviewee is race promoter Jessie Holmes. Jessie says it best when he says Southern Outlaw Gasser racing is “Good Times and Good People.” 

Order your DVD today. 

The attached YouTube video clip is a low resolution sequence from the Gasser Blowout 3 video.  Keep in mind the full 2 hr and 35 min video is in broadcast quality digital video.