Most 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.
Another amatuer audio recording is online now and it’s the 1973 Spring Nationals from Santa Pod Raceway
Brian Taylor on the mic and some interesting runs by vehicles we haven’t heard on other recordings.
This one is a bit messed up as the tape must be quite worn as I can here the recording from the other side coming through in places so I’ve had to scrap a lot of it.
Best bet is to download it and flick through.
Not only did Tommy Ivo and Don Garlits lay down huge amounts of rubber in 1964 at the drag festivals they also laid down the foundations of the sport here in the UK.
The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) is pleased to announce more financial support for the restoration of Europe’s first dragster, Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler. It is particularly welcome at this time when the engine needs a rebuild after a year and a half of ‘cackling’.
American drag racer Julie Braskett, now residing in the UK, has donated a four figure sum to the project. Brian Taylor, Chairman of the ACAG, handed the money over to Doug Hill, Museum Manager and Lord Montagu’s Chief Engineer, on August 16th.
“I have been following this project on-line long before I moved to the UK. It is so important to cherish our history and this dragster has a fan base both sides of the Atlantic. Now I have seen the car up close it is even more beautiful than I thought and I’m so pleased to be able to help the team keep it running. I’m looking forward to sitting behind the wheel when it is ready to cackle again”.
This year see the 50th anniversary of the International drag festivals. Here’s Allan Herridge’s partner at the time John Harrison in his DD Atlantic dragster.
A few weeks ago I took a punt and brought some reel to reel tapes from ebay that where listed as drag racing.
I thought it would be cool to get something that hasn’t ever been heard in public before.
I got them for a half decent price and thankfully most of them they do contain old UK drag race meeting recordings.
I managed to borrow a reel to reel player from a old work college which is really cool and have started to digitize them.
There mixed quality but I think there great to listen to.
The first one is listed as Santa Pod Nationals meeting 1972 which must be the one below.
Today would have been Tony’s 71st birthday so I thought it would be nice to share this video I found of him on You Tube.
Skillfully Andy brings the car to a halt and was thankfully okay.