Earlier this year, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) announced two new awards to be presented at the Annual Gala Awards Event being held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 22nd. They celebrate the importance of the media in promoting drag racing along with the crucial role played by the late Sydney Allard as the ‘Father of British Drag Racing’. The new crystal trophies are sponsored by the Allard Motor Company operated by Sydney’s son Alan and his grandson Lloyd.
The BDRHoF Sydney Allard Awards are open to professionals and amateurs. Best Written Journalism is for to the writer of the best book, article or feature on British drag racing published in print or on-line during the 12-months ending July 2014. Best Photo Journalism is for the best photograph featuring British drag racing, either published in print or on-line during the 12 months ending July 2014, or remaining un-published.
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
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
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.
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Most 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.
Another 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.