The Nostalgia AA/Gassers are pleased to announce our newest club members, the father and son team of John and Aaron Reid, known as JAR Racing.
John has been a hot rodder and drag racer for much of his life and son Aaron, who drives the car, started racing in junior dragsters at the age of 10. The team will be competing in their 1933 Willys Coupe which was originally built by Grant Kimber at Summit Metal in 2010 and was originally powered by a Kinsler fuel injected big block Chevrolet. The Anderson body was 40+ years old and found sitting in the corner of a garage in Pennsylvania. The body was delaminating and in need of some loving to bring it back to life. JAR Racing knew when they delivered the car to Summit Metal, that it would never be a show car and that’s just what the team wanted. They wanted the car to look like a drag car from the 1960’s when hot rodders and racers didn’t have a lot of money to put into their hobby. It was a time when wages weren’t very high and life and family living came first. With that in mind, the body was filled where it needed to be, had the red oxide paint applied and lettering done by Mike Vandervoet at MJ Signcraft. The end result was exactly what the father and son team had in mind. The Jar Car made its debut in 2011 and ran with various nostalgia groups in Canada and the U.S.A. In the summer of 2015, team Jar made the decision to step up to the AA/GAS class after talking with our club at the Empire Dragway Gold Cup race and plans and parts accumulation started soon after. Once again, at the end of 2016, the team went to their tried and true chassis builder at Summit Metal for a little massaging and also chose John Rossitter of Rossitter Hardcore Racing Engines to work his magic between the rails, which resulted in a 478 cubic inch big block Chevrolet,. Late in 2017, the new look AA/GAS Jar Car was brought out for a few late season test sessions that proved the team was heading in the right direction with their new project. When asked about the new project, John Reid stated, “We are deeply thankful to both Grant Kimber and John Rossitter for their guidance, wisdom and council as we move forward with our racing endeavor. Also many thanks to all of our racing friends and family for their support and encouragement. We could not have done this without all of this help.” John also went on to say, “I saved the best part for last. It is such a pleasure to take this journey with my son. It’s a rare experience these days to have a son that shares a love for the same hobby as his father and I am most thankful for that gift.”
Come check out the Jar Racing 1933 Willys Coupe in 2018 at a track near you!