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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I could listen to Russ talking drag racing all day long.

Santa Pod Raceway 1966

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Santa Pod Raceway 1966

Maurice Takoor has found some 50 year old interesting stuff the bottom of a draw.
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Sammy Miller World Ice Speed Record.

Never seen footage of this before.

The Return Of Wild Thing.

Exciting news about the return of one of the most radical machines to hit the 1320.
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NSRA 2014 Nostalgia Nationals images

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Images from the 2014 NSRA Nostalgia Nationals

NSRA 2014  Nostalgia Nationals event images from Shakespeare County Raceway are online now and can be view by clicking on the image below.
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