THERE is no shortage of gassers running around the nostalgia drags circuit these days, with many more in the build. A good gasser is loud, spectacular, pays its respects to the cars of drag racing’s glory days and has a sense of humour built in.
Bridger Frankland’s FB Holden sedan delivery, Destruction, is a great example. The Queenslander started with a stock FB wagon 20-odd years ago, chopping the top 4.5 inches, removing the rear doors, stretching the fronts by seven inches and filling in the rear windows to create a bitching sedan delivery. The car then sat idle for a long while, before Bridger decided to finish it as a race car – entirely appropriate, as many 60s drag sedans bore custom touches, while many heavily customised street cars also saw plenty of time on the strip.
And while Bridger has raced the car in its natural patina for a couple of years, he recently treated it to a sweet 60-style custom paintjob.
Under the skin, the FB is packing a lot more muscle than the original grey motor could ever hope to provide, thanks to a tunnel-rammed 427 big-block, backed by a Powerglide and nine-inch diff. It is a spectacular-looking car, and quick too, with Bridger hoping to see mid-10s from it before long.