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
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.
This year see the 50th anniversary of the International drag festivals. Here’s Allan Herridge’s partner at the time John Harrison in his DD Atlantic dragster.