Top Gas was a great class that
was shot in the heart by NHRA in 1972 in favor of Comp Eliminator.
When we go back over the class Jack Jones would be on the short
list of everybody's favorites. Ironically NHRA used Top Gas racer,
Jack as the model for the "Oscar" still used today.
Herm Petersen climbing into his
"Beach Imports" AA/FD at Edmonton Raceway in 1969.
This is just before Herm teamed up with the late Sam Fitz to
become one of the strongest Northwest fuel efforts in the late
60s into the mid 70s.
wheels up and cocked...smokin' the tires, Zeuschel lookin' on,
and Ivo's Caddie nearby.
More often than not, Tommy Ivo
was his only crew. Even though there were times he didn't want
to, he always made sure he made the next round and/or met his
match race commitments. There were crew guys later, the most
memorial was John "Tarzan" Austin.
Tommy Ivo in his last FED at
Pomona in 1971. Many will say this was the nicest FED he ever
had. Maybe not performance wise, but it was a looker.
Not much info, Jack Approved
is all I've got. Circa 1960.