During the next few months there are many exciting announcements to be made about this year’s British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Gala Awards Dinner that is returning to the fabulous Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 21st 2015. There have already been press releases covering MQQNEYES sponsorship of the Sydney Allard Media Awards and the appearances of Ron Hope (Rat Trap), Waterbed Fred Miller (Blue Max) and Bob Muravez (Freight Train) as special guests. Once again it promises to be a night to remember and, as is the tradition, the announcement about this year’s inductees will be made in July at the Dragstalgia Event held at Santa Pod Raceway over July 10th to 12th 2015.
Another exciting piece of news that can now be made public is that Lucas Oil Products UK is again sponsoring and hosting the pre-dinner reception drinks and providing table gift items. Les Downey, Managing Director and Director of European Operations, Lucas Oil Products UK said, “We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic drag racing social event again. Last year’s occasion was one of the best we have attended covering any of the sports that we are involved with and I look forward to another great night this year. I know the attention to detail that the organisers give to this Gala Dinner and it certainly shows through”.
The story so far – the original ‘Ally Blue’ song
A few years ago Canadian rock/blues artist Ked Dieter and American drag racing enthiusiast Sam Eidy created an excellent tribute song to raise funds for the Allard Chrysler Action Group’s (ACAG) restoration of Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Called Ally Blue, it is straight from the rock and blues music box with a vocal salute to the Beach Boys from Mack Sanders. This link takes you to the track.
This original track features lyrics by Ked and Sam with all music, main vocals and wild guitar from Ked and backing vocals from Mack. There is even the sound of the Allard Chrysler plus sound bites from Sydney Allard and Tommy Ivo recorded in 1964 while they were in the UK during the final year that the dragster was run in anger. It can be downloaded from the previous link with funds generated going towards Allard Chrysler dragster restoration and maintenance costs. It is also available in Audio CD format.
It’s extremely sad news that the UK drag racing community has lost one of it’s all time greats, Brian Johnson.
My condolences go out to Brian’s friends and family.
RIP the Wizard.
For the best information on Brian go to Alan Currran’s website here.
Following on from the news that Ron Hope of Rat Trap fame will be attending the 2015 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner being held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 21st this year, two more American drag racing legends have booked their seats. They are Blue Max Funny Car super tuner Fred Miller and the only man who could really handle the twin Chevy engined Freight Train gas dragster Bob Muravez.
‘Waterbed’ Fred Miller is one of the most respected tuners in drag racing and it was in that role that he joined Raymond Beadle on the Blue Max Funny Car Team during the visits made to Santa Pod Raceway in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He said,
“I was glad to do what I did in the era of Prudhomme, McEwen, Garlits and Shirley. I think it was a lot more fun back then and I miss hanging out with Raymond. We had great fun during our visits to the UK and meeting up with Stu Bradbury at the recent International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Awards Dinner in Gainesville brought back a lot of memories”.
“I’m really looking forward to attending the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner with my wife Diane in November and meeting up with some old friends from back in the Blue Max era”.