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Category: The GilZone

Some Images from the GilZone: by Gil Rebilas

Some Images from the GilZone: by Gil Rebilas

Drag Boats run the same Nitro burning engines on water as on asphalt. They are just as exciting as their asphalt counterparts. As the asphalt engines, year after year dig deep to find more and more horsepower. The Drag Boat guys always seem to steal this newly found horsepower and attempt to apply it to the water. Rarely do you […]

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The Big Question! by Gil Rebilas

The Big Question! by Gil Rebilas

As I do my job taking pictures on the starting line at a drag race, it’s inevitable that I’m going to hear a question. How can I get to take pictures out there where you are? Boy, I’d like to just tell them to go and ask at the track office or tell them to apply for credentials like everybody else or maybe […]

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More of Drag Racing’s Famous Images from the Archives of Gil Rebilas

More of Drag Racing’s Famous Images from the Archives of Gil Rebilas

1992 was not a banner year for Whit Bazemore!  He burned up 3 cars, blew up 3 and crashed 3!  This blower explosion ripped the body to shreads at the last race on the tour and I bet Whit was glad the year was over.  This shot was captured by a remote camera with a 500 mm mirror lens camera […]

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Images Captured by Gil Rebilas that Made Drag Racing History

Images Captured by Gil Rebilas that Made Drag Racing History

Al Segrini driving his “Brute” sponsored car had this huge blower explosion in the final round against Tim Grose at the Winter Nationals in 1984.  I was shooting 400 asa film and was very skeptical about putting it through any of the detectors at the airport.  The security agents put up quit a bit of resistance, but was not going […]

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Competitive Shooting between Father & Son by Gil Rebilas

Competitive Shooting between Father & Son by Gil Rebilas

Over the past 45 plus years, one has the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time!  It’s not that I am looking for that moment, on the other hand, you have to be on the edge where you had to prepare for such times.  There are many other photographers out there all shooting the same thing!  […]

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Blower Explosion Shots that Made Me Famous! by Gil Rebilas

Blower Explosion Shots that Made Me Famous! by Gil Rebilas

Arley Langlo had this blower explode on his burnout at the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway outside of Phoenix. This one was a complete surprise! As Mark Oswald was coming through the lights;(the finishline area), there was a loud BOOM and plexiglass landing all around me! I didn’t know what happened! I was shocked at what I got after […]

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Doug Hearsom’s Spectacular 1984 Funny Car Crash as Captured by Gil Rebilas in the Gil Zone

Doug Hearsom’s Spectacular 1984 Funny Car Crash as Captured by Gil Rebilas in the Gil Zone

I was shooting from the owners picnic area that gave me the great advantage of being just past the finish line.  This was in 1984, before NHRA mandated the use of reinforced concrete guard walls.  During the Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying session, Doug Hearsom during his car with its name on the side of the car “The Alcoholic” got out […]

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