Franklin, 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.
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 www.drapertools.com and Mark Smith of Draper Tools can usually be found in the drag racing pits at race meetings.
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.
Eileen, 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.’
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
Click on image for more images from his trip.
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 email@example.com if you would like to join us. Tel 01395 579733
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.