Unique gathering of Drag Racing pioneers

Posted on 31,Oct 2014

Booklet ArtworkIn its heyday the MGM studio motto was ‘Do it big, do it right; give it class’. The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) has adopted that creed for the prestigious black tie 9th BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner and November 22nd at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park will see one of the largest social gatherings of UK drag racing pioneers ever held in Europe.

Now a Royal occasion in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia, the induction of the 2014 nominees will be the main event – Gerry Belton, Russ Carpenter, Don Garlits, Dennis Norman and John Whitmore. Full details about all of them are on and in the 16 page Souvenir Programme designed by Power Race Graphics. This will be a very special keepsake that everyone will want.

The inductees will be celebrated by an audience of nearly 300 people including many existing BDRHoF members such as Gary Page, the Readspeed Team, Barry Sheavills, Geoff Hauser, Harold Bull, Tina Gibbs, Peter Crane, Roz Prior, Steve Murty & Family, Roy Phelps & Family, Philip Evans, and John Hobbs.

But there will be many other drag racing personalities joining them. Those of you who didn’t get an opportunity to thank Ron Hope for bringing Rat Trap and Pure Hell to Dragstalgia will have the chance at the Savill Court because he is flying in from the USA for the event. And we have another long distance flyer joining us, but the name must remain a secret until the night. And multi FIA Champion Andy Carter will be in the building along with Liz Rowland (AKA Liz Burn), the Pegasus Team of Ian Messenger and Derek Chinn, Bill Sherratt, Chris Andrews, Jason Phelps, Nick Davies and from the junior dragster Paige and Belle Wheeler.

The big recent news is that it will all be videoed so that future drag racing fans can look back on this night to remember. Watch this space for how it will be released.


But if you want to say ‘I was there’ you still might be in with a chance if we get any late cancellations. Final figures must be with the hotel shortly so e-mail Stu Bradbury on or phone him on 01933 279102.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is sponsored by many businesses and associations. Without this support it could not exist. They are Beech Underwriting; U S Automotive; Power Race Graphics; Santa Pod Racers Club; Pennine Drag Racing Club;; Avon Park International Racing Association; Shakespeare County Raceway; Santa Pod Raceway; York Raceway; Flint Insurance; Allard Motor Company; Lucas Oil; Custom Car Magazine/Real Steel; Julie Braskett, Alamo Rent a Car and the National Street Rod Association.
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