Latest issue of ACAG Update online.

Update Spring 2016 Front CoverThe latest issue of ACAG Update is now online and the link takes you to the on-line version. It covers the work carried out on the Europe’s first dragster (Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu) since December 2015. The car should be firing the car up later this month and hopefully making appearances at Beaulieu (Hot Rod and Custom Show), Santa Pod (Dragstalgia and Euro Finals), Burley (Aston Martin Owners) and the Brighton Speed Trials. The dragster is always on display at the museum of course.

Who races Havoc? You Decide.

havoc600Santa Pod have a little poll going on to set which one of the Americans gets to race Nick in Havoc at this years Dragstalgia.

As you all know, we are all set to welcome back Ron Hope and the Rat Trap racing team to Dragstalgia 2016 and this time they’re joined by compatriot Randy Bradford and the Bradfords Topolino. Nick Davies and the Havoc team are busy preparing the armoury on this side pond too and we’re letting us decide which one of the Americans Nick gets to take on this time via a Facebook poll: … 333303961/
Cast your vote now and help decide the ultimate grudge race!

British Drag Racing Association 1964/65 newsletters found.

2016-05-04 15.55.39A BDRA newsletter dated December 1964/January 1965, complete with membership application form has been found and kindly posted on the forum by member Mr Motormind. It also features the premier issue of ‘British Drag Racing’ dated January 1965, still in newsletter format but introducing the logo that would appear on the cover of the printed magazines a few months later.

To view the full item click on the image or visit the link below.

Rat Trap Racing Launches 50th Anniversary World Tour

RT600JSFranklin, TN — There is a long tradition of successful American drag racers taking their cars on the ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe, beginning with legends of the sport Dean Moon and Mickey Thompson in 1963. More than fifty later the tradition continues with the announcement that Ron Hope and the Rat Trap Racing team are beginning a 50th anniversary world tour.

“We actually began the anniversary tour with our land speed cars at the ECTA Ohio Mile event in Wilmington, Ohio,” said team owner Hope. “However, the exciting news is that we are now going to Europe for three races. The first event at Santa Pod in England celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Pod. Then we go to Hockenheim in Germany, and then back to Santa Pod for the Euro Finals. Incidentally, Randy Brandford’s Fiat-bodied AA/Fuel Altered will join Rat Trap on the tour.”

There have been a series of record-setting Rat Trap AA/Fuel Altereds over the last half century. The first was constructed circa 1965. However, today’s Rat Trap is a continuation of the car developed by chassis builder Dennis Watson in 1968. Unlike the early cars that were conventional in design, Watson’s car was revolutionary with independent front suspension, a nitro-burning Chrysler Hemi, and a distinctly wild paint scheme. Rat Trap was one of the four cars that participated in the celebrated Fuel Altered Tours of 1970, ’71 and ’72. Running on 90 percent nitro, Hope’s best performance to date is a 6.35 E.T., and a speed of 229.88 mph

The Rat Trap racecar will also be displayed at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, November 19, 2016 at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel near Heathrow Airport, England.

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Draper Tools Support Allard Dragster Restoration.

The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) is pleased to announce that Draper Tools has joined the list of those businesses supporting the restoration of Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allards 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Draper Tools was established in 1919 and is now based in Chandlers Ford – not far from the National Motor Museum. It is a hugely respected and much used automotive industry trade supplier being a one-stop-shop for professional mechanics, motor factors, MoT garages and automotive repair workshops

The focus is always on quality and their range includes hand service tools, diagnostics and workshop equipment. As well as the Draper branded products the company also supplies Knipex, Elora and Kapro Tools. Their website address is and Mark Smith of Draper Tools can usually be found in the drag racing pits at race meetings.

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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.’


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Dennis and Don at the Gatornationals.

Dennis Priddle and Don Garlits at the NHRA Gatornationals.
Of course Dennis is in Florida as part of his induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame


Image:Phil Pead

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Allard Chrysler Dragster Restorer seeking new members.

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Image Stuart Mitchell


The Allard Chrysler Action Group – the enthusiasts approved by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu to restore Europe’s first dragster (Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler) that is owned by the museum – is looking for new team members to help complete the current restoration.
After a lengthy engine restoration during 2015 things are now moving on a pace and the car should be ready for ‘cackle’ and parade demonstrations early this summer. Because not everyone will be available for all public appearances it is handy to have at least three different crews capable of operating the dragster. And to get it ready there is still work to do so volunteers are needed now to help with the final work and gain experience in procedures.
Knowledge of blown and injected methanol burning engines is ideal and as the dragster is based at Beaulieu, living within an easy commute is useful.
Contact if you would like to join us. Tel 01395 579733

Rat Trap and the Bradfords

Great driving.
Both cars coming to Dragstalgia 2016. I can’t wait.