Par­adise Dragstrip to host South­east Gassers As­so­ci­a­tion

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Tyler Ser­ritt

Pro­moted as the clos­est ex­pe­ri­ence to 1960’s drag rac­ing with­out time trav­el­ing, the South­east­ern Gassers As­so­ci­a­tion ( SEGA) is slated to hold one of its 11 ex­clu­sive races at Cal­houn’s his­toric Par­adise Drag Strip on Satur­day Sept. 8 as part of its world cham­pi­onship drag rac­ing tour.

Prid­ing them­selves on pro­vid­ing a unique drag rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in line with what is widely con­sid­ered as the peak era of the sport, the South­east­ern Gassers As­so­ci­a­tion dif­fer­en­ti­ates them­selves from sim­i­lar nos­tal­gia-base­drac­ing­groupsby not al­low­ing nu­mer­ous mod­ern prod­ucts and parts to in­fil­trate the cars. Fans at­tend­ing can ex­pect ex­hil­a­rat­ing wheel­sup launches, ve­hi­cles sport­ing an au­then­tic ap­pear­ance and driv­ers bang­ing gears with their four speeds.

The as­so­ci­a­tion was founded by Quain Stott, a for­mer Pro Mod drag rac­ing cham­pion, around seven years ago. They en­cour­age any­one that wants to build a gasser within the rules and guide­lines to par­tic­i­pate.

“We will run gassers just like they did back in 1967,” BB Brown, one of the lo­cal rac­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event, said. “In fact, they ba­si­cally use the rule­book from 1967. For safety rea­sons, they have to mod­ify the cars a lit­tle, but they es­sen­tially mir­ror the cars from that time.”

Ac­cord­ing to Brown, the races will be sin­gle-elim­i­na­tion and first to the fin­ish line just like they were in the sport’s prime, and not a bracket race like mod­ern drag rac­ing of­ten uti­lizes.

Satur­day rep­re­sents the first time the South­east­ern Gassers As­so­ci­a­tion has been fea­tured at the Par­adise Drag Strip. Ac­cord­ing to Brown, the races are ex­pected to draw a mas­sive crowd with en­thu­si­asts pour­ing into the fa­cil­ity from dif­fer­ent cities, states and even coun­tries.

“It’s go­ing to pack the dragstrip out like the sport used to do in the hey­day,” Brown said. “Th­ese races can at­tract thou­sands of peo­ple from all around. It will be a huge event for this com­mu­nity.”

En­trance to the event costs $15 for adults, with chil­dren un­der the age of 10 per­mit­ted in for free. Qual­i­fy­ing is sched­uled to kick­off at 4 p.m. The Par­adise Drag Strip is lo­cated at 500 Chatsworth Hwy. 225 NE. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.south­east­gassers. com.

“I’m su­per ex­cited to be in­volved in some­thing like this,” Brown said. “This is go­ing to be an awe­some event, and it will be one that I wouldn’t want to miss.”

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Par­adise Drag Strip will host the South­east Gassers As­so­ca­tion world cham­pi­onship tour on Sept. 8.

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