John Hume – the man who built Europe’s first dragster

We were sad to hear of the passing of John Hume on December 23rd 2015. A former Cooper Cars Chief Mechanic, John joined Sydney Allard as Chief Engineer in the 1950s and few of today’s drag racing enthusiasts will know of the crucial role he played in European drag racing history. As well as tuning and maintaining Sydney’s team cars, along with Sydney’s Designer David Hooper he was heavily involved in developing and operating Europe’s first dragster, the 1961 blown 354 cubic inch Hemi engined Allard Chrysler and the blown 1500 cc Ford engined Allard Dragon dragsters that followed.

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Ill health has prevented him being involved with the Allard Chrysler restoration but his family has kept him informed. The dragster is now owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and on display as a restored and working exhibit. The family members are rightly proud of his achievements and our thoughts are with them at this time. The photo shows John (left) with David Hooper and Sydney Allard early in 1961.

The funeral will be at Newick church (East Sussex ) on January 4th at 11am. The wake will be at The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park following the funeral. Those who knew John or his work are very welcome to attend either event. It would be great to have an Allard or two present.

Flowers to RA Brook Funeral Directors, Ravenoak, Allington Rd, Newick, Sussex, BN8 4NB. Alternatively donations to www.justgiving.com/teams/louthrunforlifeor Louth Run for Life, 16, Pasture Drive, Louth, LN11 8XA.

 

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The Ally Blue Hemi Fusion Dance Anthem

Brian April 14 smallThe 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.

www.mixposure.com/ked-records/audio/14525/ally-blue

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.

 

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ACAG Spring 2015 Update

 

Brian FC  smallIt’s been a 6-month’s gap but the Allard Chrysler Action Group has just published the Spring 2015 Issue of its online magazine ACAG Update.

The 44 pages cover the latest news about the Allard Chrysler dragster restoration and associated events, along with a big résumé of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame activities. There’s lots of exciting news under both headings. This link takes you to the turn-page magazine with the on-line version published by Nigel Holland of www.mantisweb.co.uk.

www.drceurope.co.uk/acag/mar2015

On the Allard Chrysler side of things, once we receive the replacement pistons things can move on a pace. With the BDRHoF story there are so many exciting announcements stacked up ready to blow your minds away when you read about them it will feel quite surreal. Be patient and all will be revealed.

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Allard Chrysler Action Group autumn on-line magazine available now.

Available now to view is the autumn issue of the Allard Chrysler Action Group on-line magazine .

The 40 pages cover the sad tale of the engine damage and the plans for the future plus a review of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame news and the Celebration Gala Dinner with VIP guests Don Garlits and his family.If you haven’t booked your tickets you might be too late so get on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame pdq. Thanks to Nigel Holland for the on-line version

http://drceurope.co.uk/acag/aug2014/
ACAG Update cover Autumn 2014

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More support for Allard Chrysler dragster restoration

a1a2The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) is pleased to announce more financial support for the restoration of Europe’s first dragster, Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler. It is particularly welcome at this time when the engine needs a rebuild after a year and a half of ‘cackling’.

American drag racer Julie Braskett, now residing in the UK, has donated a four figure sum to the project. Brian Taylor, Chairman of the ACAG, handed the money over to Doug Hill, Museum Manager and Lord Montagu’s Chief Engineer, on August 16th.

Julie said.

“I have been following this project on-line long before I moved to the UK. It is so important to cherish our history and this dragster has a fan base both sides of the Atlantic. Now I have seen the car up close it is even more beautiful than I thought and I’m so pleased to be able to help the team keep it running. I’m looking forward to sitting behind the wheel when it is ready to cackle again”.

 

 

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Dragstalgia painting being auctioned for Allard Chrysler restoration funds

 

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British artist Paul Whitehouse has been a long-time supporter of the Allard Chrysler restoration project, donating several original paintings for auction. When he heard that we needed to obtain additional parts plus the services of other facilities for the engine rebuild he was straight on the telephone and donated his fabulous painting of Rat Trap and Pure Hell at Dragstalgia. Signed by Ron Hope, Brian Hope and Rich Guaso, what a great souvenir it is of a truly amazing event.

 

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