Both cars coming to Dragstalgia 2016. I can’t wait.
To any UK drag racing enthusiast of a certain age, the names Don Schumacher and Paula Murphy conjure a special moment in time: Summer of ’73. Heading a band of American racers attending that year’s July Internationals at Santa Pod Raceway, the pair unleashed the first full-tilt American Fuel Funny Cars seen on these shores and seared the occasion into the minds of all who witnessed it. The spectacular, ground-shaking Funnies – essentially nitro-burning dragsters cloaked by lightweight, saloon-car-replica bodyshells – were all the rage across the Atlantic, drawing huge crowds to America’s dragstrips. Schumacher and Murphy together created a seminal moment in the sport’s British history.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is therefore proud to announce that Don Schumacher and Paula Murphy will be reunited on UK soil for the first time as honoured guests at its 2016 Gala Awards Dinner, to be held on Saturday 19th November at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport.
To a modern drag racing audience, Don Schumacher is proprietor of the most powerful team in America’s NHRA Drag Racing Championship. Since its foundation in 1997, Don Schumacher Racing’s drivers have won no fewer than 14 NHRA Championships in the Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car divisions, including eight Top Fuel titles for Don’s son, Tony, at the wheel of the US Army dragster. Yet Don once had an illustrious driving career of his own.
Having set out as a Sportsman racer in 1963, he switched to the new, professional Funny Car class in 1966 and became one of its greatest stars as the class took drag racing by storm. A year after his Santa Pod visit in 1973, he retired to lead his family’s Schumacher Electric Corporation and develop the company into the world’s foremost manufacturer of battery chargers.
Santa Pod have announced a Slingshot Showdown for Dragstalgia 2016
The format will be a heads up shootout with qualifying and eliminations, open to front engine dragsters that are proven to have ran quicker than 8.50. To enter, or for more information, please see www.dragstalgia.co.uk or contact James on 01234 782828 or email@example.com.
With the amount of FED we have now this should be really entertaining and a great edition to what will be one of the best meetings of 2016.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced that on-line booking of discounted rooms at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel is now available to those who have booked their place at the prestigious 2016 Gala, to be held on Saturday 19th November.
BDRHoF Chairman Stuart Bradbury said ‘We have been fortunate enough to secure rooms at the heavily discounted rates of £115 per night single, £125 double including full English breakfast and complimentary use of Sky Garden pool and Fitness Gym. We have had around fifty bookings already, so anyone attending the 2016 Gala will need to book their place soon. It will be a fantastic occasion which will build on last year’s Gala with some very special guests and iconic exhibits’.
Guests can access a special link at any time until 6th November, 2016 to book, modify, or cancel a reservation. The link will be sent to those who have made a Gala booking by contacting the BDRHoF by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 01933 279102.
The system will only allow guests to book bedrooms for 18th and 19th November. However if you wish to book bedrooms for a longer period of time, please kindly call Emily Banks or Julie Martel at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel on 0208 564 3356, and they will be able to assist you.
News about the Gala and other events will be published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame website, www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, eurodragster and ukdrn.co.uk, the sport’s premier nostalgia drag racing 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.
With 2016 being Santa Pod Raceways 50th year of operating as a drag strip, Dragstalgia on the 15th-17th July, an event dedicated to historic drag racing, was always going to be one of the main celebrations and we have some very exciting news to announce.
Those that were there to the bitter end at Dragstalgia 2014 will have witnessed one of the best races in modern history when an unfortunate breakage to Rat Trap opened up an opportunity for Nick Davies in Havoc to line up alongside Brian Hope in Pure Hell. When the lights ran, the two ran side by side all the way up the track recording a pair of 6 second runs with Nick carrying the front wheels most of the way! Most of us just watched on in awe but eagle eyed fans will have noticed that although Brian ran the quicker ET, he red lit. You didn’t think we’d leave it there did you?
We’re very pleased to announce that to celebrate Santa Pod and Rat Traps 50th anniversaries, at Dragstalgia 2016 we’ll be welcoming back Ron Hope and the Rat Trap along with a new companion to the UK in the form of Randy Bradford and the Bradfords Fiat Topolino. Equally, the armoury is being prepared on this side of the pond as Nick and Havoc have a new power plant being shoe-horned into the little Bantam – the nitro fuelled donovan motor that powered the Chaos Altered to countless low 6 second passes. The plan is to have the Bradford car and Rat Trap run together for the majority of the weekend but we’re sure we can arrange a grudge race with Havoc to close the show!
In addition to this mouth-watering prospect on track is all of the usual favourites with Nostalgia Funny Cars, The Wild Bunch, Supercharged Outlaws, Gasser Circus, The Superstockers, the Outlaw Anglias, the 3rd Annual Willys Wars, Outlaw Street and the NSA Bikes on 2 wheels.
Off track, the NSRA will once again be taking care of the Autoglym Show & Shine competition dishing out the trophies and ensuring there are some of the countries best hot rods on display. In addition, the NSRA will be putting together a Blast from the Past hot rod display to come in alongside the historic drag racing display. Add in some live music, Jet Car, an onsite hairdressers, Cacklefest and Fire Burnouts and you have all of the ingredients for one unmissable weekend. Day tickets are available from just £14 per person plus fees and under 16’s go free OR to make your weekend extra special why get yourself some VIP tickets from £99+VAT. See the full line-up and buy tickets at www.dragstalgia.co.uk.
There’s more good news for UK Drag fans too as this time the US altereds will get a second bite of the cherry as they will also be attending the FIA European Finals on the 8th-11th September. 2016 is going to be a year to remember!
After just two years, November’s third weekend is now firmly established on the international drag racing calendar as “Gala Weekend” for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. The sparkling, black-tie occasion celebrates British drag racing’s past, present and future before an audience of racers, fans and contributors to the sport, along with a gathering of distinguished figures from home and abroad, and honours the year’s new roster of members inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2016 is Santa Pod’s 50th anniversary. This silent movie film was taken during the Pod’s first year 1966 mainly at the August BHRA Drag Racing Championships Meeting. Originally filmed by Ron Bailey
Thanks to Nick Pettitt
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.
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.
The 2016 Drag Racing Calendars are available to order now.
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