British Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The twelfth annual British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner, held on 18th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey, was another huge success. New inductees to the Hall of Fame from the sport in the UK were joined by a group of sixteen US drag racing legends, and former land speed record holder Richard Noble OBE. The Gala is one of the leading motor sport presentation events in the world and the BDRHoF would like to acknowledge all who made it possible.
The evening, compered by writer and former NHRA Motorsports Museum Director Tony Thacker, included the induction of eight new members of the BDRHoF, presentation of the Sydney Allard media awards, the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award, and special surprise presentation for a drag racing legend who has combined a racing career over almost sixty years with running successful international airlines.
Lucas Oil Products UK has announced that it is to sponsor the three 2017 Sydney Allard Media Awards that will be presented at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Gala Awards Dinner – this year being held at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on November 18th.
The crystal trophy awards are for best written journalism, best photo journalism and a new one for best video journalism. The judging panel, consisting of experts from the Guild of Motoring Writers, Octane Magazine and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, have begun sifting through the entries. Lucas Oil is a major supporter of the BDRHoF, also sponsoring the BDRHoF Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award and co-sponsoring the pre-dinner drinks reception and the junior drag racers’ tables.
This year sees a special Induction Ceremony – that of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Honorary Chairman Stu Bradbury. It had to be special because to protect the integrity of the selection process, the rules of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame prevent those on the Selection Board and the Management Board from being inducted. But it was felt that in the case of Stu Bradbury we needed to break these rules and with the unanimous backing of both Boards, the Honorary International Ambassadors, ten randomly selected existing inducted members and our Benefactor Geoff Stilwell, Stu was presented with his Crystal Trophy along with a special certificate on the Santa Pod 2017 Dragstalgia Meeting.
Stu’s drag racing career was mainly anchored to the startline at Santa Pod and it was felt that lunch time on the Saturday of Dragstalgia was the right time and place for Stu’s special presentation because many of his friends would be attending. But the weather had other ideas so it was held in the Quarter Mile Club that forms part of the Spectator side VIP Centre with Santa Pod Raceway CEO and member of the BDRHoF Selection Board Keith Bartlett making the special presentation. Stu’ detailed Citation can be found on www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) has just announced the names of the new members selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2017. They are record-setting Top Fuel team Principals Per Andersen and Karsten Andersen; long time photographer and the man who revived the Fuel Altered class Lawrie Gatehouse; legendary Suzuki drag bike racer Pip Higham; Top Fuel Bike racer Steve Woollatt and committed husband-and-wife racers, organisers and drag racing supporters John and Lesley Wright.
Their detailed Citations accompany this release and their names join those whose contributions to British drag racing are considered to have been extraordinary. The detailed Citations can also be found on www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk. The Induction Ceremonies will take place at the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner being held at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge on November 18th when drag racing personalities and fans from around the world will celebrate the commitment shown by these, all-too-often, un-sung heroes and the influence they have had on drag racing.
Caring for the drag racing community
The BDRHOF Benevolent Fund was established by the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame and registered with the Charities Commission in 2016 to create a professional fund raising platform to support injured racers and the Air Ambulances that support the tracks. The registered charity number is 1167197. A bank account has been set up and a BT MyDonate internet fundraising page is now live at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/bdrhofbenevolentfund .
The fund is run for drag racers by trustees who have had many years’ experience in the sport. Trustees are: Stu Bradbury, Simon Groves, Robin Jackson, Ian Messenger, Graham Beckwith, Ian Marshall and Phil Cottingham.
They would like to thank all those that have contributed to total contributions of £1,518 so far. Trustee and treasurer Simon Groves said ‘Many thanks to all those that have contributed through the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala last November, and for further contributions from Santa Pod Racers Club, Avon Park International Racers Association and Pennine Dragway’.
In association with Beech Underwriting Agencies, Santa Pod Racers Club and US Automotive
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) has gained another supporter with Straightliners Events announcing that it is joining the list of businesses sponsoring the Gala Awards Dinner being held at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on November 18th. The event will see drag racing pioneers honoured with induction into the Hall of Fame and the presentation of the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award plus Sydney Allard Media Awards for photo journalism, written journalism and video journalism.
Straightliners Events is established over 20 years ago by Trevor Duckworth. Its ethos was to make motorsports sprint and speed events more accessible to motorcycle enthusiasts by removing much of the red tape yet retaining the safety and all other aspects of a motorsports event that enforced rider and spectator safety. It has opened doors to thousands of motorsports enthusiasts and spawned a cult following of not only motorcycle fanatics but also the car tuning fraternity.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) is pleased to confirm that DialAFlight has renewed its support of the Annual Gala Awards Dinner – this year being held at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge Surrey on November 18th. Part of the multi-million pound Lotus Group and protected by both ATOL and ABTA, DialAFlight is in its 36th year of trading. They organise travel for over 450,000 people every year and the business has become the BDRHoF Official Travel Partner during 2016/17, helping to fly in the many drag racing legends who now attend the event.
DialAFlight has 300 travel managers. Working closely with their major travel partners in all airlines, car hires and hotels, they can tailor-make itineraries suiting individual needs to virtually any destination in the world; from a first-class round-the-world ticket, a European city break or maybe arrangements to get you to the USA for a major drag race meeting. And, as the name suggests, DalAFlight does not believe in operating an online transactional service but instead offers customers the opportunity to book over the phone which is a more efficient, friendly and customer focussed experience. Full details about the company can be found by visiting www.dialaflight.com or why not telephone Travel Manager Bobby Tuggey on 01732 592997. His e-mail is email@example.com