Five decades ago – The 1964 International Drag Festival

1964 was a landmark year for British drag racing. The previous year had already seen the first American dragsters arrive in the UK after Dante Duce had challenged Sydney Allard to a transatlantic match race series. Duce then convinced Dean Moon to lend him his 600bhp Chevrolet Mooneyes dragster for the series that was later joined by Mickey Thompson who brought over his Ford powered Harvey Aluminium Special slingshott

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Allard Chrysler Action Group autumn on-line magazine available now.

Available now to view is the autumn issue of the Allard Chrysler Action Group on-line magazine .

The 40 pages cover the sad tale of the engine damage and the plans for the future plus a review of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame news and the Celebration Gala Dinner with VIP guests Don Garlits and his family.If you haven’t booked your tickets you might be too late so get on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame pdq. Thanks to Nigel Holland for the on-line version

http://drceurope.co.uk/acag/aug2014/
ACAG Update cover Autumn 2014

NSRA Hot Rod Drags.

Good luck to everyone racing at this year’s Hot Rod Drags.
Because of some sudden changes at SCR and also some other issues I have with them it saddens me to say it I won’t be attending this event or any others at the venue in foreseeable future.

I’m Sorry to let down all my friends and the racers that I usually meet up with at the event.

Have a great one guys.

Jon

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It covers UK drag racing from it’s birth to the modern day nostalgia scene

The forum contains over 30,000 images and all the information about UK drag racing from the past you could ever want.

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Mooneyes’ archives now at Beaulieu

m1Most automotive enthusiasts will know that Dean Moon was very much involved in supplying parts and advice to Sydney Allard’s team back in the winter of 1960/61 when Europe’s first dragster was being assembled in the Allard Motor Company Clapham workshop under Sydney’s office. Dean was also very much involved in bringing Dante Duce and the Mooneyes dragster across to appear in the UK during 1963.

What was not known was the fact that Dean kept copies of the correspondence linked to his association with the project in his office drawer, along with press cuttings. They have been discovered only recently and, backed by Shige Suganuma and Chico Kodama of Mooneyes, have been copied and printed in a folder by Allison Jobe of SXS Performance in California.

 

The completed publication has been donated to the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu as part of the archives linked to the Allard Chrysler dragster. Along with lots more information it can now be accessed by researchers using the library at the museum.

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1973 Santa Pod Raceway Spring Nationals recording

73springAnother amatuer audio recording is online now and it’s the 1973 Spring Nationals from Santa Pod Raceway
Brian Taylor on the mic and some interesting runs by vehicles we haven’t heard on other recordings.

This one is a bit messed up as the tape must be quite worn as I can here the recording from the other side coming through in places so I’ve had to scrap a lot of it.
Best bet is to download it and flick through.
http://www.ukdrn.co.uk/AUDIO/freeaudio/freeaudio.html
http://www.ukdrn.co.uk/EL/1973/22-04-1973.html

Tommy Ivo at the 64 Drag Festivals – UKDRN Pic Of The Day

Not only did Tommy Ivo and Don Garlits lay down huge amounts of rubber in 1964 at the drag festivals they also laid down the foundations of the sport here in the UK.
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More support for Allard Chrysler dragster restoration

a1a2The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) is pleased to announce more financial support for the restoration of Europe’s first dragster, Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler. It is particularly welcome at this time when the engine needs a rebuild after a year and a half of ‘cackling’.

American drag racer Julie Braskett, now residing in the UK, has donated a four figure sum to the project. Brian Taylor, Chairman of the ACAG, handed the money over to Doug Hill, Museum Manager and Lord Montagu’s Chief Engineer, on August 16th.

Julie said.

“I have been following this project on-line long before I moved to the UK. It is so important to cherish our history and this dragster has a fan base both sides of the Atlantic. Now I have seen the car up close it is even more beautiful than I thought and I’m so pleased to be able to help the team keep it running. I’m looking forward to sitting behind the wheel when it is ready to cackle again”.

 

 

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