Mooneyes’ archives now at Beaulieu

m1Most automotive enthusiasts will know that Dean Moon was very much involved in supplying parts and advice to Sydney Allard’s team back in the winter of 1960/61 when Europe’s first dragster was being assembled in the Allard Motor Company Clapham workshop under Sydney’s office. Dean was also very much involved in bringing Dante Duce and the Mooneyes dragster across to appear in the UK during 1963.

What was not known was the fact that Dean kept copies of the correspondence linked to his association with the project in his office drawer, along with press cuttings. They have been discovered only recently and, backed by Shige Suganuma and Chico Kodama of Mooneyes, have been copied and printed in a folder by Allison Jobe of SXS Performance in California.


The completed publication has been donated to the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu as part of the archives linked to the Allard Chrysler dragster. Along with lots more information it can now be accessed by researchers using the library at the museum.

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Dragstalgia 2014 Highlights



Interview with Rat Trap’s Brian Hope about Dragstalgia


Photograph:Stuart Mitchell


With only a week to go before the biggest nostalgia drag racing event ever to be held in the UK I thought it would be cool to ask Rat Trap Racing’s Brian Hope a few questions.

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Santa Pod Raceway – Festival of Power 2014

A small report and a selection of images from the Festival of Power are online now.SPR-FoS-2014-1024-22

Europe finest weekend

Okay not nostalgia but being a drag racing nut I just have to give credit to an incredible weekend for European drag racing.

At the four wides NHRA event Sweden’s Jonny Lindberg made the final of TAFC and lost because of bad shake caused by just a few bolts.

At the same event Sweden’s Jimmy Alund WON Pro Stock making him one of only a few overseas racers to ever win a NHRA wally.

And finally Ian King won the Xoticycle/Roaring Toyz Spring Nationals (Manufacturers Cup) at SGMP in the USA.
Ian took out Larry McBride and Chris Hand on the way and in the final ran a amazing 5.878 that that also gives him the final spot in the MTC 5 Second club.

Well done guys we’re proud of you all.