NHRA’s Eileen Daniels and Quarter Mile Foundation’s Traci Hrudka planning return visit to 2016 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala

Consultant to the NHRA Eileen Daniels and Chairman of the Quarter Mile Foundation Traci Hrudka are planning a return visit to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala evening which is taking place on Saturday 19th November at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Bob Daniels FireflyEileen, together with husband Bob who died in 2007, helped grow NHRA to the prominence it currently enjoys. In their racing career, their Fiat Topolino Altered enjoyed many wins. In 1959 Wally Parks recruited Bob as a Division Director for NHRA. After twenty years of opening tracks and organising events in the division, Bob was appointed as General Manager for Indianapolis Raceway Park where he and Eileen worked until their retirement.

At last year’s Hall of Fame Gala, Eileen (pictured right) inducted Yvonne Tramm into the BDRHoF. Eileen said ‘What a wonderful time we all had in England last year, it was a trip of a lifetime. Yvonne Tramm followed the same path as me in working at Santa Pod Drag Strip for 32 years. Her history is very near my life career story. She is a lovely lady and I was proud to present her award to her.’

 

Traci operates the Quarter Mile Foundation which has a mission to preserve drag racing’s history from interviews with its pioneers and legends. She has to date interviewed 265 legends with over 300 hours of footage. This will be made into a documentary series for television and live streaming. Traci is the niece and daughter respectively of Mr. Gasket Co. founders Joe and Tom Hrudka.

Traci said ‘What a great time we had at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame gala in 2015 and it is really exciting to be visiting the new venue with such great folks’.Traci Hrudka with Paul Wright

Chairman Stu Bradbury said ‘We are delighted that Eileen and Traci plan to return for this year’s Gala and look forward to their enthusiasm and fun which was infectious last year’.

News about the Gala and other events will be published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame website, www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk and eurodragster.com, the sport’s premier web site in Europe.  The names of 2016’s inductees into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on these sites at Santa Pod Raceway’s Dragstalgia meeting, 15th-17th July. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hall of Fame’s founding and the admission of its first members. The Gala Awards Dinner was first presented in 2014.

Eileen Daniels with Yvonne Tramm

 

 

 

 

 

Image credit: Painting by Paul Whitehouse, photos by Simon Groves