With just under a week to go before the British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame Gala and of course the visit of the king of drag racing, Don Garlits I thought it would be interesting to post a recording of the 1976 Santa Pod Springnationals. This was the second time Don raced in the UK and was also the first time we had a 8 car TF field and on top of that and Peter Crane ran the first 5 second pass.
The recording features all the top fuel action and plenty of interviews with many of the drivers including plenty with Big Daddy himself.
Although Don had problems with the car at this meeting he did come back in 1977 and won the meeting running a 6.17 at 232mph which was the fastest run in Europe at that time.
A cracking and very rare colour shot of the stunning Herridge and Beadle Brothers “Motivation” sitting alongside John Harrison’s Jynx.
Built in 1968 to NHRA Junior Fueller specs and fitted with a state of the art 138 inch chassis that had been fitted with a nitro injected 301 Chevy.
The Chevy had power-pack heads, Chet Herbert cam kit, Hilborn injection set for 40% nitro, Jahns forged pistons, Grant rings and Mr Gasket roller rockers.
Allan won the 1968 championship with this car and run the first nine second junior pass outside the USA.
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In its heyday the MGM studio motto was ‘Do it big, do it right; give it class’. The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) has adopted that creed for the prestigious black tie 9th BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner and November 22nd at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park will see one of the largest social gatherings of UK drag racing pioneers ever held in Europe.
Now a Royal occasion in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia, the induction of the 2014 nominees will be the main event – Gerry Belton, Russ Carpenter, Don Garlits, Dennis Norman and John Whitmore. Full details about all of them are on www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk and in the 16 page Souvenir Programme designed by Power Race Graphics. This will be a very special keepsake that everyone will want.
The inductees will be celebrated by an audience of nearly 300 people including many existing BDRHoF members such as Gary Page, the Readspeed Team, Barry Sheavills, Geoff Hauser, Harold Bull, Tina Gibbs, Peter Crane, Roz Prior, Steve Murty & Family, Roy Phelps & Family, Philip Evans, and John Hobbs.
But there will be many other drag racing personalities joining them. Those of you who didn’t get an opportunity to thank Ron Hope for bringing Rat Trap and Pure Hell to Dragstalgia will have the chance at the Savill Court because he is flying in from the USA for the event. And we have another long distance flyer joining us, but the name must remain a secret until the night. And multi FIA Champion Andy Carter will be in the building along with Liz Rowland (AKA Liz Burn), the Pegasus Team of Ian Messenger and Derek Chinn, Bill Sherratt, Chris Andrews, Jason Phelps, Nick Davies and from the junior dragster Paige and Belle Wheeler.
The big recent news is that it will all be videoed so that future drag racing fans can look back on this night to remember. Watch this space for how it will be released.
But if you want to say ‘I was there’ you still might be in with a chance if we get any late cancellations. Final figures must be with the hotel shortly so e-mail Stu Bradbury on BritishDRHOF@aol.com or phone him on 01933 279102.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) is proud to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia will be an Honoured Guest at the BDRHoF Celebration Gala Awards Dinner being held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 22nd 2014
Princess Katarina will present one of the major awards of the evening and is the first relative of the British Royal family to attend a drag racing event in an official capacity. As a great-niece of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, she is in line of succession to the British throne and as well as her extensive humanitarian work she is also President of the Guild of Travel and Tourism.
Chairman of the BDRHoF, Stu Bradbury said,
“It is a great Honour to have Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina attending our event and present the major award of the evening. Her presence reflects the stature that the Gala Dinner has attained and is a fitting tribute to the pioneers who built the sport of drag racing in the United Kingdom. To have drag racing royalty in the shape of Don Garlits and a relative of the British Royal Family at the same event is something I would not have thought possible just a few years ago – even just a few months ago. I still can’t quite believe it”.
As you would expect, while Don Garlits is in the UK he has been invited to quite a few special functions. These include dinner with Lord Montagu’s son Ralph at Beaulieu Palace on November 24th (he will be at the museum in the afternoon so as the museum is open as normal you might glimpse the party viewing the exhibits. A visit to the museum in 1976 gave him the idea for his own drag racing museum in Florida), the International Historic Motoring Awards dinner at the Renaissance Hotel, St Pancras, lunch at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, and an exclusive trip around the Lloyd’s of London Building including a special presentation by Rupert Atkin, Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s, plus a visit to Nick Mason’s private collection of cars if it can all be fitted in to the busy calendar.
Godspeed Raymond Beadle.
With a substantial four figure sum, the National Street Rod Association UK (NSRA) has joined the list of those sponsoring the prestigious 2014 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Celebration Gala Awards Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 22nd 2014. Before the formation of the NSRA, hot rod enthusiasts tended to be organized as a Division of one of the two main drag racing clubs. The NSRA grew out of the National Drag Racing Club (NDRC) Roadster Register with the inaugural meeting being held at the Wheatsheaf Public House on the Reigate Road in Surrey in 1972.
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.