Pure Hell, one of the most fearsome, and feared AA/Fuel Altereds of the 1960’s, will be at the 2010 Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion this weekend in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The car will be involved in a match race with another as-yet-unnamed AA/FA, which we think will be the Marcellus and Borsch Winged Express that will also be at the event. It’s going to be like living history again.
Pure Hell began life with a blown small-block Chevy engine but after a couple of seasons, Chrysler Hemi power was added and that finished off a recipe for incredible performance. The car turned a career best of 7.24 and 214 mph in the quarter mile during its heyday.
The builder and tuner of the car, Rich Guasco will be on hand to tweak the nitro burning Hemi while Jason Richey will be doing the driving duties. We’re hoping to see this machine lined up next to “the Wing” with Mike Boyd at the helm for some good old fashioned AA/FA match race goodness!
Here’s the full release from the NHRA Museum:
Drag Racing Pioneer Rich Guasco built many hot rods and racecars but none came alive like his Pure Hell Fuel Altered. The Bantam-bodied roadster broke many quarter-mile records across the country. In 1968, after switching from a small block Chevy to a Chrysler Hemi engine, Pure Hell bumped the NHRA AA/FA record to 7.68 and 208.80. According to Pure Hell Racing, the car’s best M.P.H. was 214 and the best E.T. was 7.27 during match-race competition.
Now Reunion fans can experience the flamed glory of Pure Hell FA once again in a match race to be held at the Beech Bend Raceway Track, June 18-20. Guasco and driver Jason Richey will be there in person, talking with fans and reminiscing with old racing friends. We’re predicting hot temperatures, heart-thumping dragstrip action and Pure Hell adding more fuel to the already hot nostalgic 3-day Reunion.
Photo: Original Pure Hell driver Dale “the Snail” Emery, current NHRA Museum Boardmember and Reunion Competition Director Steve Gibbs and an unknown track operator with the famed Pure Hell Fuel Altered in the late 1960s. Photo courtesy of Greg Sharp Collection.