by Jim Amos


DVD #180

This two hour and forty-one minute video production covers all the action of the Southern Outlaw Gassers at Cottonwood Dragway in Dothan, Al on May 29-30, 2015.

The video begins by showing some of the Test and Tune runs at the track on Friday evening. It is really cool seeing these old cars run down the all concrete eighth mile racing surface. Cottonwood is a rural area in southern Alabama and it looks like it is straight out of the 1960's.

Our Saturday coverage begins with a walk around the pit area and a series of interviews with the owner/drivers of the Southern Outlaw Gassers. Each interview includes an overview of the race vehicle and some information about the people who race them.

The Gasser field included a great variety of cars. You get to see the “Coon-Tang” Falcon, the “Big Rock” Simca, the “Bootlegger” ‘55 Chevy, the “Krazy” ‘41 Willys, the “Rebel Rouser” ‘67 Falcon, the “Old Rusty” 55 Chevy, the Reeves Family ‘55 Chevy, Shawn Peterman’s 1956 Ford, the “Insta Gator” Austin, the “Wompin’ Wagon” ‘55 Chevy Nomad, a 1958 Blown Corvette, the “Big Iron” 1951 Chevy, the “Miss Fitt” ‘63 Ford Fairlane, the “Little Rascal II” Dodge/Willys, the “Chicken Pickers” Willys, James Akers ‘57 Chevy, Bill Dismuke’s “Dixie Falcon” and Ronnie Adkins Ford Ranchero among others.

The Gassers ran an exhibition format where cars of similar ET’s were matched together and run heads up. It was just like back in the day when the first to the finish line got the win light. All the cars came back for a second heads up round and then the two quickest cars got to run each other for the Top Eliminator trophy. 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 had a chance to talk with a father and son who were at the track with their 1968 Mercury Cougar.  David Smith was introducing his 15 year old son Bryan to Nostalgia racing and they fit right in with their Cougar. David became disabled while serving as a U. S. Marine in Iraq. David also had his service dog “Morgan” with him and he explained how Morgan helps him deal with the effects of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Great father and son story.

We close out the video with the Southern Outlaw Gassers awards and trophy presentation. This is a great bunch of racers and a terrific group of cars. This is grassroots drag racing at its very best.

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The attached YouTube video clip is a low resolution sequence from the Southern Outlaw Gassers video.  Keep in mind the full 161 min video is in broadcast quality digital video.