Catoe's Corner

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I've got another Willys!

Mooresville, NC:  I’VE GOT ANOTHER WILLYS!  After having to sell my Gasser, I often wondered if I’d ever get another Willys.  Or if I did, whether I’d be in good enough health to drive it.  My health isn’t great, as you can tell by my photo, but having a Willys makes me smile.  In pain or not, I’m ready to give the Willys the TLC it needs.

IF I'm up to it, I’d love to make it to the next GASSER Reunion.  I've missed the races and all of you.  The good news is that the club could not have a better man as Race Director than Don Moyer. I had a ball racing him.
Gene Catoe, Club Rep

Monday, July 30, 2012


2006 Continental Cargo V-Nose Car Trailer ~ 8.5’ X 24’
FEATURES:  6.9 Interior Height with 110v Lighting Package, Finished Interior with Upper & Lower Cabinets, Diamond Plate Rear Ramp/with 36" Side Door, NEW- LED Tail Lights, Roof Vents & Covers Plus Roof Has Just Been Resealed, Spare Tire (Tires Replaced approx. 1 yr. ago ), 5200 lbs Dexter Axles with Extended Tongue, Tie Downs & Ratchet Straps, Load Level Hitch Extra (Included At Full Price), Minor Dents & Scratches ( Decals will need to be removed or Club Member May Like To Have Them).  This is a high quality, ready to go, not stripped down trailer!
$9500 O.B.O.
Call Gene: 704-663-5423 or 704-506-8739 ~ email:

Monday, April 9, 2012

BYRON STACK has passed away...

Byron Stack passed away quietly in his sleep last night. The shock is still with me. I did my best to hold back my tears when speaking to his son a while ago, but I don't know how successful I was.

A legend in the world of GASSERS has left us. We who loved him, and those who only barely knew him, are saddened this day by the news of the loss of our friend.

Chad, his son, asked that people not call. His wife knows none of us and she is going through her own grief right now. I respect his wishes and know you will do the same.

Monday, January 30, 2012

GASSERGUY: Gasser Reunion 2012

GASSERGUY: Gasser Reunion 2012
Jan 9-10 2012 at Beaver Springs Raceway

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Those of you who admired Gene's '41 Willys Gasser will have to look elsewhere for a car. Gene made a deal that netted him a 'Merlot wine-colored' '37 Ford Sedan and cash towards his medical bills. It's one of those sad/happy tales. We're sad that he had to sell it and happy that he did. Who says you can't have it both ways?

My hope is that we'll see Gene at the 2012 GASSER Reunion, with or without his new ride. I can't begin to tell you how much Gene has done for the club over the many years he's been a club rep. No matter what needed to be done, Gene was there to do it with excellence.

Drop him a note of THANKS at Ernest

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gasser 4-Sale

I have reduced the Price of my Gasser to $52,000 or Trade for a 55-56-57 Chevy of equal value OR Less Value Plus Cash.
This is a very hard decision for me, but my Health continues to decline and I would like to have something a little bigger than the Willys.......gene

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Good & Bad News

Great photo of Gene in better days. That's Bones Balough, famed driver of the Mazmanian Willys, in the background. I just spoke to Gene. He was touched by the autographed Reunion shirt we sent him and even more touched by all those who made contributions to get him to the upcoming GASSER Nationals.

He's received word from his doctor that he has a staph infection which will require him to be on an IV at home for 6 weeks. In addition, the talk is that another back surgery is in the works. While it's good news that they're doing something for him, the bad news is that he won't be able to make the Nationals.

The 'Get Gene to the Nats' fund's goal was $800. We reached that in just a few days. Gene's medical bills are killers and the overwhelming consensus was, "If Gene can't make it, send my donation to him." Gene-Fund Contributors included:

Gene & Margie Altizer, Fred Bear (on behalf of S&S Racing Team), Richie Coury, Dave Hales, Dawn Mazi, Ken McIntyre, ‘Big Vic’ Mazmania, Dave Miller, ‘Ohio George’ Montgomery, Don Moyer, Jack Olcott, Pete Clark, Rocky Pirrone, LaVaun Pittman, Andy Supple, Dave Swiatek, Ron Updike, Vic Young, Jack Warren, and Bob Wenzelburger.

Gene was awed by the heart-warming support he has received. He's sad he can't make it to the Nats but wants everyone to know that he'll be there in spirit and, "God willing," is looking forward to being able to attend the 2012 GASSER Reunion at Beaver Springs.