BDRHoF Auction at Dragstalgia

The directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame wish to thanks all who participated in its second annual Dragstalgia Grand Auction at Santa Pod Raceway, whether as donors of items or as auction bidders and purchases of memorabilia in the accompanying sale, writes Director Robin Jackson.

The Hall of Fame is staffed by dedicated volunteers eager to support Drag Racing’s heritage and is sustained by sponsorships, donations, and fund-raising activities. The revenue generated by the auction and sale reached over £3400, a small increase on last year’s total. Separately, nearly £150 was raised for the BDRHoF Benevolent Fund, the charity which offers assistance to entitled individuals and organisations within the racing community.

 L to R: Bev Bradbury with former Funny Car racer Norm Wilding buying a copy of the John Hobbs book (Lesley Wright photo), John Hobbs with auctioned helmet won by Santa Pod Raceway, Syd McDonald with Darren Prentice of SPR (Jerry Cookson photos)

Donors to the auction included Paul Whitehouse, Ian Messenger, Geoff Stilwell, Andy Willsheer, Syd McDonald, Keith Lee, Anita Mäkelä, VP Racing Fuels and the family of the late Kevin Cerasale. Tony Thacker collected a selection of items in the USA and had them shipped over courtesy of Hall of Fame sponsor USAutomotive. The helmet, gloves and photograph donated by Top Fuel bike legend and distinguished Hall of Fame Member John Hobbs to mark his final venture down the track provoked an exciting, last-minute bidding battle in the closing moments of Sunday’s auction.

The directors are indebted to all who contributed materials for the occasion, and to all who then placed auction bids – successful or not – and bought items from the sale table. Items have already begun arriving for next year’s Dragstalgia auction, notably an autographed helmet visor donated by visiting American Nostalgia Funny Car driver John Hale, for which thank you.

The BDRHoF team who staffed the auction and sale included Phil & Angie Cottingham, Bev Bradbury, Graham & Carolyne Beckwith, Ian Messenger, Jeremy Cookson, Robin Jackson and Lesley Wright, with catering provided by Syd & Carole McDonald and technical assistance from Julian Parsons. The event took place with the kind permission of Santa Pod Raceway, with special thanks to Dan Melrose and Max Frost, together with Darren Prentice and James Forster, for all their organisational support.

BDRHoF Auction Winners 2022

(Photos: Jerry Cookson & Lesley Wright)