Grand Auction of Drag Racing and Hot Rod memorabilia.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is delighted to announce its 2023 Grand Auction & Sale of Drag Racing and Hot Rod memorabilia taking place over Dragstalgia weekend, 7th-9th July. Not only that, but in a special addition to our annual programme, we are privileged to host a unique display of three vintage trophies harking back to the earliest days of British drag racing, undoubtedly seen together for the very first time. We shall be located as usual in the Historic Marquee near Santa Pod’s pitside grandstand.
This year’s Auction again offers an array of classic American quarter-mile artefacts collected by Tony Thacker. Major UK donations include a Paul Whitehouse Art oil painting of BDRHoF Member Dave Stone at full chat in the legendary Altered Tee Rat and a Graham Durbridge cartoon of much missed racer and BDRHoF Member Jon Morton commissioned by Dave Gibbons and Tony Morris. Then there’s a host of books, posters, t-shirts, crew shirts, signed racing parts, signed limited-edition prints and more, all kindly donated to help raise essential funds for the Hall of Fame. And alongside the Auction we also have our Sale. There’s plenty to rivet the attention of anyone with an eye for drag racing and its storied past. We shall publicise details of individual items from time to time between now and then.
The Auction is silent. See an item that takes your fancy and you can write your bid on the bid sheet at any time and raise it as often as you want if you find someone else outbidding you. The Auction runs on Friday from 2pm to 5pm and on Saturday from 10am, closing at 5pm when successful bidders will be notified. Winners can pay for and collect their items up to 6pm that day or on Sunday till 4pm.
There will be no Auction on Sunday but our Sale will continue on all three days. Credit card payments are accepted for Auction and Sale purchases.
Our trophy display is something special. Pride of place, in its 60th anniversary year, goes to the SEMA Challenge Trophy, dedicated in 1963 by America’s then-Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association to the winner of the first AA/Fuel Dragster race series to be held on UK soil and involving Americans Dante Duce and Mickey Thompson and ‘the father of British drag racing’, Sydney Allard. Awarded to Allard, the SEMA Trophy is now in the possession of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, to whom we are grateful for its appearance here this weekend.
Displayed alongside the SEMA Trophy are the Hot Rod & Custom Funny Car Eliminator Trophy presented in 1980 to the winner of Santa Pod’s World Finals Funny Car race – the only 16-car nitro-fuelled field ever assembled outside North America – and repatriated recently from the USA by Matt Seamarks; and the Gosporteers Challenge Trophy originally presented in 1971 at a BDR&HRA on-tour meeting held at Gosport, Hampshire, and thereafter for the next 20 years to points leaders, ending up in 1991 with Stephanie Milam. We are grateful to Matt and to Stephanie for the loan of their trophies for this most significant occasion.
The Hall of Fame Grand Auction & Sale takes place by kind permission of Santa Pod Raceway and we are indebted to all who have so kindly donated items. Do come along – you’ll be very welcome.
Auction Lot Descriptions Can Be Found HERE