Latest news about the restoration of Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu – concerns the official hand over of the 390 page history of the project and its restoration to Museum Manager Doug Hill. The sponsorship by Lucas Oil has also been marked by decals affixed to the body panels – a special deviation from its period correct status.
The official history was handed over to Doug Hill on January 23rd by Allard Chrysler Action Group Chairman Brian Taylor. It includes the dragster’s full history; why Sydney Allard decided to build it in the first place and the story of its racing career. It then details the 9-year restoration by the Allard Chrysler Action Group (warts an’ all) along with all part numbers and documentation – including the engines original brass identification plate. All this will be placed in the library for use by researchers
The official history was handed over to Doug Hill on January 23rd by Allard Chrysler Action Group Chairman Brian Taylor. It includes the dragster’s full history; why Sydney Allard decided to build it in the first place and the story of its racing career. It then details the 9-year restoration by the Allard Chrysler Action Group (warts an’ all) along with all part numbers and documentation – including the engines original brass identification plate. All this will be placed in the library for use by researchers.
A recent addition to the restoration has been the application of period correct Castrol and Wynn’s logos in the engine bay on the firewall. These were original sponsors of Sydney Allard back in the mid-1960s and we have photos of these decals in place at that time. However it has been Lucas Oil Products UK that has provided all the lube requirements during the restoration so, after discussions between Brian and Doug, the National Motor Museum has agreed to honour this support by applying Lucas Oil decals to the body panels. This is not of course period correct and would not have been allowed back in the day, but it was felt that the company should be treated as a special case to reflect their support.
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DON GARLITS MUSEUM OF DRAG RACING SPONSORS ALLARD CHRYSLER DRAGSTER RESTORATION
Don and Donna Garlits of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala Florida have donated $1000 to help keep Europe’s first dragster maintained in fire-up and parade condition during 2017. Owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, the dragster is available for static display or fire-up shows and parades having been restored during the past 9 years by the Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) headed by Brian Taylor. It is permanently on display at the museum.
The link between the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Sydney Allard and the Garlits family goes back to 1976 when Don was racing at Santa Pod Raceway. It was a visit to the museum with Peter Billinton at that time that gave Don and his late wife Pat the idea of opening their own museum of drag racing.
As a previous winner to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Media Awards don’t forget the 2016 awards; this year sponsored by Mintex. Open to professionals and amateurs. One for photo journalism and another for written journalism. They will be presented at the 2016 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner being held at the fabulous Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow on November 19th in the company of great drag racing personalities from the USA and Europe. They include Don Schumacher, Paula Murphy, Carl Olson, Traci Hrudka, Eileen Daniels, Graham Light plus many more still to be announced. Entries can cover the period August 2015 to July 2016 so many suitable items will already be ready to go before the judges provided by the Guild of Motoring Writers, Octane Magazine and head photo judge Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. Your chance to be recognized in front of drag racing greats from around the world.
Many of you will be at the SPR Main Event this coming weekend or at Shakespeare County or York so I thought a suitable reminder was in order. It helps in the preparation of entries for judging if they are sent in as soon as you have decided that you have something suitable. You can send as many entries as you like right up to the closing date.
Full entry details on www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk/allard-award-entries/
The latest issue of ACAG Update is now online and the link takes you to the on-line version. It covers the work carried out on the Europe’s first dragster (Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu) since December 2015. The car should be firing the car up later this month and hopefully making appearances at Beaulieu (Hot Rod and Custom Show), Santa Pod (Dragstalgia and Euro Finals), Burley (Aston Martin Owners) and the Brighton Speed Trials. The dragster is always on display at the museum of course.
The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) is pleased to announce that Draper Tools has joined the list of those businesses supporting the restoration of Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allards 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
Draper Tools was established in 1919 and is now based in Chandlers Ford – not far from the National Motor Museum. It is a hugely respected and much used automotive industry trade supplier being a one-stop-shop for professional mechanics, motor factors, MoT garages and automotive repair workshops
The focus is always on quality and their range includes hand service tools, diagnostics and workshop equipment. As well as the Draper branded products the company also supplies Knipex, Elora and Kapro Tools. Their website address is www.drapertools.com and Mark Smith of Draper Tools can usually be found in the drag racing pits at race meetings.
The Allard Chrysler Action Group – the enthusiasts approved by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu to restore Europe’s first dragster (Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler) that is owned by the museum – is looking for new team members to help complete the current restoration.
After a lengthy engine restoration during 2015 things are now moving on a pace and the car should be ready for ‘cackle’ and parade demonstrations early this summer. Because not everyone will be available for all public appearances it is handy to have at least three different crews capable of operating the dragster. And to get it ready there is still work to do so volunteers are needed now to help with the final work and gain experience in procedures.
Knowledge of blown and injected methanol burning engines is ideal and as the dragster is based at Beaulieu, living within an easy commute is useful.
Contact email@example.com if you would like to join us. Tel 01395 579733