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.
Pat Foster passed away on 27 March 2008 Click HERE 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 2/2/2007

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.

Bob and his car, named after his wife, were NHRA National Record Holders on several occasions, and won the World Series of Drag Racing in Cordova, Ill. in 1959 or 1960. He set a very high standard back then and we all looked up to him.......RIP my friend.


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.
Gene Hamby
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 note.

Goodguys drag racer and street rodder Johnny Wood of Merced, CA passed away this morning at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Wood had been hospitalized since July 2nd after suffering a severe stroke. His condition had deteriorated in recent days.

Wood was a favorite competitor on the Goodguys/VRA circuit, always fielding top notch race cars. He routinely traveled around the entire pit area at Goodguys events visiting with hundreds of friends and fellow competitors.

After driving his flamed 1932 Ford coupe for most of the 1970s and 1980s, Wood got bitten by the vintage drag racing bug, campaigning the “Wild Thing” 1933 Willys in Goodguys A/GAS competition in the 1990s. After a nasty crash in the A/GAS car at the 1996 March Meet – Johnny temporarily hung up the driving chores. His son Steve started racing as well eventually stepping up to the AA/GAS ranks with the Richwood Meats 1953 Studebaker.

In 2005, Johnny debuted a gorgeous yellow 1933 Willys in the C/GAS division which he took to third-round finishes in Pomona and Bakersfield.

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 circuit.
Rest In Peace,'ll be missed!


  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;
Tracy Teter"

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.  R.I.P. Bob.

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 will be greatly missed.

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