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Blast to the Past

Story and Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz
The gasser that got away. In 1974 when I graduated, there was an ad in a local paper and it said "old car $250.00" so I called the lady and went to look at it and when she opened the garage, I could not believe what I was looking at. All steel 1941 Willys Gasser straight axle aluminum slots all the way around, steel tilt front end.
Story by Richard Parks Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz
I cruised the streets and avenues of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with this beautiful 1956 Buick, a white convertible with red interior, until 1963. Then I traded her in on a 1962 Chevy SS red convertible. When I got married, I bought the wife a 1955 Chevy 210 nicknamed "Mellow Yellow". It was a stick shift, but back in those days, you could get away with that! 
Thought your readers may be interested in what the drag racing scene looked like in Melbourne, Australia at about the mid 1960's. In Melbourne there was an old airstrip that used to belong to the Government Aircraft Factories, situated in Fishermans Bend, on the Yarra River. It was called Riverside Drag Strip.
Words and Photos: Chadly Johnson

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