The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame present a number of awards, mainly on an annual basis, at the Gala Awards Dinner in November. See the “News & Events” section for details of Drag Racing’s prestigious social event of the year.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame honours and preserves for all time the achievements of not only some of the greatest legends of British Drag Racing, but also the great contribution of others who are very rarely in the spotlight, but nevertheless have made a lasting impact and significant difference to the development of British Drag Racing. Those honoured for inclusion into the Hall of Fame receive a ‘Bootsie’, a quality crystal tablet encapsulating an image of the late Allan ‘Bootsie’ Herridge, a man who put so much into British Drag Racing, together with an exclusive gold enamelled commemorative pin badge.
Allan Herridge Image Courtesy of Peter Hurwood
In 2014, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) introduced a new award – the Global Achievement Award, from 2019 Mopar Performance became the title sponsor and this resulted in the award being renamed Mopar Performance Global Lifetime Achievement Award. This special award continues to be presented for achievements in the world of Drag Racing that have had a global impact. It can be presented to a person, a team, a company, an institution/organisation or any other body that in the opinion of the judges has increased the awareness and stature of drag racing on a global basis, or contributed to the technical development of the sport that has resulted in advances on a worldwide basis. Although the crystal trophy will not necessarily be presented every year.
The BDRHoF 2016 Global Impact Award was presented to David Lee Marks of the Beach Boys for their considerable contribution to Drag Racing and Hot Rodding culture across the world. Their music inspired more than a generation of car enthusiasts and their concerts over a period of fifty years have continued to drive passion for the sport.
Introduced in 2014, these awards pay tribute to the influence of journalists and photographers in the promotion of Drag Racing. This year we have added a third award for videos. The recipients of the award will not enter the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame as such, but their achievements will be honoured and their names entered as BDRHoF Special Award winners. One will be awarded to the writer of the best book, article, feature or blog on British Drag Racing published in print or on-line. The second Sydney Allard Award will be presented for the best photograph featuring British Drag Racing, either published in print or on-line. The new third award will be for the best video featuring British Drag Racing posted on YouTube.
This award was presented to Ron Hope of “Rat Trap” Fuel Altered fame at the 2016 Gala Awards Dinner by Geoff Stilwell on behalf of the BDRHoF to celebrate Ron’s 50 years in Drag Racing.
In 2016 the BDRHoF made an award to Ed Iskenderian for “Engineering Innovation and Excellence” for his development of racing camshafts, pioneering corporate sponsorship in motor sport in the 1950s and helping to create the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
At the 2017 BDRHoF Gala Connie Kalitta was presented with an award for operating one of the most successful Top Fuel and Funny Car teams in NHRA history over a period of six decades.
The inscription on Connie’s trophy was ‘In Recognition For His Contribution to Drag Racing’ and the presentations were warmly applauded by the 250 people present.
Photograph by Stuart Bradbury
At the 2022 Gala, Colin Theobald was presented with an award as a show of appreciation for all his efforts and on behalf of all who have helped and contributed to the SPRC National Finals Auction and Raffle for Hayley Hadfield’s chosen charities.