British Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is excited to announce that Lucas Oil Products has agreed to become its headline sponsor. Lucas Oil Products is an American manufacturer and distributor of automotive oil, additives, and lubricants and was founded by ex-trucker Forrest Lucas and his wife Charlotte in 1989.
In drag racing, Lucas sponsors several NHRA events and many drag racers in the US, Europe and Australia. It also sponsors other forms of motorsport with its marketing platform Team Lucas and, since 2011, has owned the cable network MAVTV, which it has transformed into a leading motorsports network Lucas Oil Racing TV. In Europe, Lucas has a network of retailers extending right across the continent.
Les Downey, Managing Director of Lucas Oil UK, said, ‘Since it was formed almost twenty years ago, Lucas Oil has been heavily involved in supporting UK and European Drag Racing. Our story has been built upon hard work, an unparalleled line of premium lubricants and fuel treatments and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. So we are proud as providers of premium products to be associated with the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, which has grown into an organisation that honours the great champions of the sport.’
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced that its 2018 Gala will take place on 17th November at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge. The BDRHoF also announces two new Directors, and a new adviser to the Board.
Chairman of the BDRHoF Stu Bradbury said “We are delighted to have made a firm booking for the dinner and awards ceremony which will once again happen in the York Suite of the hotel. The main focus of the event will be on inducting our new members of the Hall of Fame for 2018. There will be a Bench Racing session in the afternoon, and we will be welcoming an array of sponsors and special guests which we will announce in due course”.
At the 2017 Gala, British drag racing fans took part in a Bench Racing session sponsored by Beech Underwriting Agencies in the hotel’s Terrazza, or terrace, during the afternoon before the evening’s three course dinner and prize ceremony. A large contingent of special guests included Connie Kalitta and Jim Oberhofer from Kalitta Motorsport and Steve Gibbs, former NHRA Competitions Director and now organiser of the Nitro Revival nostalgia gathering to take place this year in May at WeatherTech Raceway, Laguna Seca. Steve was presented with the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award for his long career in the sport.
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’.