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Gone, But Not Forgotten 2017 Part I
Mon, 22 Jan 2018, 14:10 PM ~ By Steve Reyes

The grim reaper has once again visited the drag racing world and claimed some fine racers/gentlemen. Door slammer and funny car hero, Gas Ronda, top fuel/funny car racer ``Gentleman`` Hank Johnson, top fuel/funny car racer Joe Jacono and funny car owner/driver Chuck Beal. As these racers pass so does a part of the sport of drag racing history. The good old days of drag racing featured many a story about these racers and their exploits down the 1320. I was lucky to have known and sat down to talk racing with three of the four who have left this world. With Gas Ronda, we talked about the early days of funny car racing and his Gas Ronda funny car bar located in the Irwindale area, where yours truly did the 2`x3` photos that decorated the bar walls.

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