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Ed Moss and his BEAUTIFUL 37 Ford coupe.   You may know that he owns TCI ( the street rod frame manufacturer).  So he shows up in Tucson for the first Carb Shoppe race with this Gorgeous yellow and purple SHOW CAR with a blown FORD.   That's right, I said a Ford.  His crew chief was John Scialpi  ("Wopadoo" 57 Pro Mod and later Super Chevy Nitro Coupe builder/driver)   Serious guys!   Man do I have some stories about these guys.  John Force has nothing on Moss as far as doing R and D on supercharged Fords.  To his credit he never changed.  Toward the end, he brought Randy Anderson to tune.  Like I said, serious.   He was not able to travel like a lot of the guys, but he could haul ass.  He could also blow it up and burn it down.  The car was built by Gary Hansen (where Scialpi worked early on) and the tin was so well done and tight, that he popped it and caught on fire at Salt Lake City and no fire came inside.  He didn't even know it was on fire, for a minute.  Another time, at Sacramento, he burned almost ALL the clear off the car.  That was ugly!  I couldn't figure out why he didn't set off the fire bottles.  Fire never came in!

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Here are some names:  First AA Race - Denver 1994 : Wayne Harry, Mel Bryson (the purple car, which he has half of as wall art in his shop), Johnny Wood (Wild Thing)33, Maryanne and Bill Harmon (Willy II)41, Reid Dahlin and Don Owen (PreWar Willys)41(Boise Boys).  Jack Coonrod had the record at the time, but his driver Dave Sattem had destroyed the motor just before Denver, and they brought the 33 roadster instead.  KS Pittman had his 33 there, but was unsafe to drive in AA.  I think that was the last pass on the car that is now in the NHRA museum.

I think the Goodguys added AA/S in '95 or so. One of the quickest guys at that time was Jack Halsey (37 Chev). They had another rotating assembly for the engine so they could run Pro Mod and got moved out of the association when they wouldn't change back of car to one with a trunk.  This guy was a driver.  Other quick guys were Wayno, Johnnie Wood, Mel Bryson, and Jack Coonrod, with son Steve driving.  Fitting was switching from gas to alcohol, after crashing his "cool" 33 Willys sedan.  The Goodguys couldn't figure out how to have a class with a different cutoff than the event cutoff, so AA included the originally '64 Corvette of Rich Roberts, Mike Leonard's primered Chevelle, Steve Woods driving the original Prefect now owned by three Bay Area guys (who I love and am vapor-locking on their names), another gray primered 37 Chev which would show up from time to time, and soon Ron Nunes new Corvette. Howard and Dan Anderson flopped their blown gas Anglia at Sacramento and built the black and red car.  There are so many GREAT STORIES!
 
You could run alcohol in A/GAS, so cars I did not mention, and others were running in that class, sometimes stepping in to the deeper water of AA/S.
 
Within a couple of years, Bryson had sold the first red 33 to his crew-chief Steve McGee, who promptly set national records.  Steve Woods crashed the Prefect at Sonoma and changed it into the shape you know.  They brought it out to Bakersfield in a light purple primer.  WILD!  Every once in a while some Bay Area guys would show up with a another black 37 pro mod style car. 
 
In 98 NHRA picked up AA/S and A/FD as headliners for a western region point series sponsored by The Carb Shoppe. New cars for AA included Jim Broome's Tucson-based burgundy with white scalloped 41 Willys and Jim Taylor's rootbeer metallic small block powered 37.
 
There were several other new cars which were built during this time which never ran, or I never saw run.                                         
                                                                                                           Rob Frazier

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