The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) is proud to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia will be an Honoured Guest at the BDRHoF Celebration Gala Awards Dinner being held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 22nd 2014
Princess Katarina will present one of the major awards of the evening and is the first relative of the British Royal family to attend a drag racing event in an official capacity. As a great-niece of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, she is in line of succession to the British throne and as well as her extensive humanitarian work she is also President of the Guild of Travel and Tourism.
Chairman of the BDRHoF, Stu Bradbury said,
“It is a great Honour to have Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina attending our event and present the major award of the evening. Her presence reflects the stature that the Gala Dinner has attained and is a fitting tribute to the pioneers who built the sport of drag racing in the United Kingdom. To have drag racing royalty in the shape of Don Garlits and a relative of the British Royal Family at the same event is something I would not have thought possible just a few years ago – even just a few months ago. I still can’t quite believe it”.
As you would expect, while Don Garlits is in the UK he has been invited to quite a few special functions. These include dinner with Lord Montagu’s son Ralph at Beaulieu Palace on November 24th (he will be at the museum in the afternoon so as the museum is open as normal you might glimpse the party viewing the exhibits. A visit to the museum in 1976 gave him the idea for his own drag racing museum in Florida), the International Historic Motoring Awards dinner at the Renaissance Hotel, St Pancras, lunch at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, and an exclusive trip around the Lloyd’s of London Building including a special presentation by Rupert Atkin, Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s, plus a visit to Nick Mason’s private collection of cars if it can all be fitted in to the busy calendar.
Godspeed Raymond Beadle.
With a substantial four figure sum, the National Street Rod Association UK (NSRA) has joined the list of those sponsoring the prestigious 2014 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Celebration Gala Awards Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 22nd 2014. Before the formation of the NSRA, hot rod enthusiasts tended to be organized as a Division of one of the two main drag racing clubs. The NSRA grew out of the National Drag Racing Club (NDRC) Roadster Register with the inaugural meeting being held at the Wheatsheaf Public House on the Reigate Road in Surrey in 1972.
Earlier this year, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) announced two new awards to be presented at the Annual Gala Awards Event being held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 22nd. They celebrate the importance of the media in promoting drag racing along with the crucial role played by the late Sydney Allard as the ‘Father of British Drag Racing’. The new crystal trophies are sponsored by the Allard Motor Company operated by Sydney’s son Alan and his grandson Lloyd.
The BDRHoF Sydney Allard Awards are open to professionals and amateurs. Best Written Journalism is for to the writer of the best book, article or feature on British drag racing published in print or on-line during the 12-months ending July 2014. Best Photo Journalism is for the best photograph featuring British drag racing, either published in print or on-line during the 12 months ending July 2014, or remaining un-published.
1964 was a landmark year for British drag racing. The previous year had already seen the first American dragsters arrive in the UK after Dante Duce had challenged Sydney Allard to a transatlantic match race series. Duce then convinced Dean Moon to lend him his 600bhp Chevrolet Mooneyes dragster for the series that was later joined by Mickey Thompson who brought over his Ford powered Harvey Aluminium Special slingshott
Available now to view is the autumn issue of the Allard Chrysler Action Group on-line magazine .
The 40 pages cover the sad tale of the engine damage and the plans for the future plus a review of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame news and the Celebration Gala Dinner with VIP guests Don Garlits and his family.If you haven’t booked your tickets you might be too late so get on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame pdq. Thanks to Nigel Holland for the on-line version
Good luck to everyone racing at this year’s Hot Rod Drags.
Because of some sudden changes at SCR and also some other issues I have with them it saddens me to say it I won’t be attending this event or any others at the venue in foreseeable future.
I’m Sorry to let down all my friends and the racers that I usually meet up with at the event.
Have a great one guys.
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