Michigan native Al Bergler, is a longtime Drag Racer who has been a major force in the national scene, both in the Sportsman and Professional ranks. Al’s lifelong vocation has fit in well with his racing efforts, as he is also one the highest regarded racecar body part fabricators in the world. In 1964, Al won the very first ever, prestigious Don Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama with his race car of that time, “More Aggravation”, a car that race fans will remember well. This Sportsman car ran in the old AA/Comp coupe class of the now-defunct Super Eliminator category. It was a mixture of a dragster front end with a ’32 Bantam body.
Detroit’s famed Logghe Bros. built the chassis, and of course, it featured one of Al’s own immaculate aluminum interiors, and an innovative canopy-enclosed cockpit.
Bergler kept this car competitive for a number of seasons with body and chassis updates. With “More Aggravation”, he won the Super Eliminator title at the 1966 NHRA Springnationals at Bristol, TN.
He also took the 1966 NHRA Division 3 Super Eliminator points crown, and was runner-up at the 1966 NHRA World Finals to winner John Kenderski.
Al also was presented with the prestigious P.A. Sturtevant Mechanic Hall of Fame award in 1966, for his own efforts on his car regarding the 1966 Springnationals victory.
Al Bergler was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006.
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