Southeast Gassers Association
Union Dragway & Knoxville Dragstrip
By Stephen Smith - Photos by Doug Trenholm
The Southeast Gassers Association is proud to be a part of one of the premier traditional hot rod shows in the Southeast. "Steel in Motion" at Union County Dragway in Union, SC is put on each year by the Geargoyles Car Club. The two groups have a lasting relationship of liked minded individuals who are aimed at saving the era of traditional hot rodding and drag racing.
Tim Bailey in the "Alley Cat" Willys with Dean Harris' "Gray Ghost" in the far lane
Dean Harris & family in the winners circle - C/Gas
This was a recognized points event and we would eventually crown an A/gas and C/gas "Steel in Motion" Champion. Dean Harris, owner and driver of the C/gas "Gray Ghost" Chevy II would take top honors on his wife's birthday, an emotional victory that would be Dean's first win of his inaugural season. I think everybody within reaching distance got a bear hug from big, sweaty Dean!
Donovan Stott's "White Trash"
Donovan Stott with brother Mitch in the winners circle - A/Gas
A/gas would see repeat winner, Donovan Stott. Donovan won the coveted handmade SIM trophy for the second year in a row after he finished business with the "Silver Streak" Chevy II of Kenneth Phillips. Kenneth, just so happens to be the Dad of Megan Phillips (Donovan's girlfriend). Fun times for all in the winner's circle for the A and C/gas classes after two days of the only true tradition hot rod show that the Southeast Gassers Association feel they belong.
Two weeks after the famed "Steel in Motion", the Southeast Gassers headed west for our return to Knoxville Dragstrip. Knoxville would see the largest crowd ever for an SGA event and sure to please every fan in attendance. A day full of many "firsts" and plenty of bizarre happenings had everyone waiting on the full moon to appear. Thirty-five A and C/gas cars would make their way to Knoxville from as far away as Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Texas. Of course, all of our southeastern states are always well represented.
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