Dragstalgia has become a firm favourite for any drag racing fan, as for one weekend a year, we re-visit the wonder years of drag racing here at Santa Pod Raceway. The 2 wheeled fraternity always produces some truly iconic machines thanks to our good friends at the NSA, but this year really is one that motorbike fans will not want to miss. The NSA on track display alone boasts riders including John Hobbs (celebrating 50 years in racing incidentally), Jeff Byne, Pip Higham and Dave Clee, plus bikes that are respected as equally as the riders; The Hobbit, Olympus, Super Cyclops, Methamon, Shotgun, Orient Express and more!
Joining the historic drag racing static display this year, we’re very pleased to announce, is none other than one of the icon’s of British drag racing – the supercharged double-engined Pegasus of Ian Messenger and Derek Chinn. This historic Norton powered bike was the last bearing the renowned Pegasus name. A replica of the original team bike, with a V-twin Vincent motor, was built some years back by Derek Chinn. It can be seen on track this weekend ridden by Graham Martin, and it is aptly named “Pegasus Reborn”.
More good news has followed the announcement about Mopar being presented with the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award during the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Gala Awards Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park, on November 21st. Yes – BIG IS BACK! None other than Big Daddy Don Garlits himself is making a return trip to the UK to make the presentation.
Don has been a Mopar Ambassador for 60 years and at the forefront of developing the Mopar HEMI engine in his series of Swamp Rat dragsters. He was the first to receive the 426 cubic inch Hemi ‘Elephant Motor’ that was installed in Swamp Rat 8 at the end of 1964. He received the Mopar President’s Award in March for his 60 years as a Mopar Ambassador and for this trip he will again be joined by his daughter Donna Garlits, Chief Financial Officer of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala. And Donna’s son Rodney will also be making a return trip to the Gala Dinner.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) is pleased to announce that the 2015 BDRHoF Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award will go to FCA US LLC’s Mopar brand for the role played in drag racing by its famed HEMI® V8 engine. The crystal trophy will be presented at the 2015 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner being held at the fabulous Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom on November 21st and Mopar representatives will fly in from Auburn Hills to receive it.
Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO – Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA, said,
“We are very proud of our history at the strip and thrilled that the HEMI engine has been recognised by the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in this fashion”.
“Our involvement in drag racing over the years has fed our production development as well, and still does. The strip and the street are forever linked together in Mopar’s DNA”.
“We look forward to meeting UK-based Mopar and HEMI engine enthusiasts in November and accepting an award that will have pride of place back home in Auburn Hills.”
Chairman of the BDRHoF Stu Bradbury said,
“The 2015 BDRHoF Gala Dinner has been made even more special with the honour of presenting this award to a company that has been at the forefront of the quest for improved drag racing performance since the beginning. The HEMI V8 engine has achieved legendary status within our sport and, with this year marking the 65th anniversary of the engine first being available on production line cars, it is even more special. It will certainly be a night to remember”.