Gene Cromer – Anderson, SC

Raced entire life – motorcycles and cars. Chose the 1941 Willys for the look and light weight. Owned a garage and machine shop. Built and worked on all types of engines, including engines for race boats.

I’ve been married for 65 years to Ruth Garrett Cromer. I have 2 daughters, 2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 1 great grandson. Original crew member from 1965 is still with me today – Melvin Craft.

Original owner and driver since 1965. Ran throughout the Southeast in A/Gas. Car originally built by owner (Gene Cromer). Rebuilt and restored in 2013 by Quain Stott and friends. Also ran a Mustang Funny Car during same time frame.

Inducted into the East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2014. Also featured in Rodders Journal #63.

Car Specs:


Make: Willys

Model: Coupe

Year: 1941

Type: PPG

Color: Nassau Blue

Painter: Chris Harper

Lettering: Charlie Tyre



Year: 1966

Model: 427 FE

Displacement: 427
Details: Hilborn Injected
Built By: Gene Cromer

Make/Year: Willys 1941

Type: Willys

Built By: Gene Cromer

Details: Powerglide


Details: Ford 9″

Front: Moroso Drag Special 5.50-15

Rear: Hoosier 29.5/10.5-15

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