The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, to be held on 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey, will this year honour two photojournalists who have made major contributions to the sport, both in Britain and internationally.
Long-time buddies Roger Gorringe and Andy Willsheer have been covering the sport for a host of media outlets for almost fifty years apiece, and have each collected a host of images. They have both been published widely in most automotive magazines and many Drag Racing books.
Roger first encountered drag racing in a cinema in 1965 but it was Easter 1969 before he was able to go to Santa Pod Raceway. First going trackside in 1972, he first contributed to Drag Racing News which he edited from 1978 for over ten years. In 1979 he started covering the sport internationally in the US and Europe, and has been doing so ever since. He has compiled and edited SPR programmes since 1999 and supplied majority of photos to Crazy Horses by Brian Taylor and DragRacing by Christina Bodén in Sweden.
Andy attended his first event at Santa Pod Raceway in 1972. He decided there and then to become a photographer, and for his second event he bought a Praktica camera and got himself a press pass. The following year, he and his brother John toured the west coast of the US, attending every meeting they could and the trip, planned for three months, ended up staying for fifteen months. Nigh-on every year since, as well as covering the sport in the UK and Europe, he has visited the US, often making two or three trips. His work has reached the UK daily papers and he was named a ‘Hi-Riser’ by Car Craft magazine in June 1983.
Stuart Bradbury, Chairman of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, commented: ‘Roger and Andy have each contributed a huge amount to the media coverage and the recording of the history of the sport in Britain and internationally, this award is not only vastly overdue it is very well deserved’.
The BDRHoF will be taking reservations for the 2018 Gala Awards Dinner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 01933 279102. This year the dinner tickets which include table wine are priced competitively at £70.00 each, an increase of £5 due to price rises. We have managed to keep the same rates for hotel rooms at £115.00 for double rooms and £94.00 single which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion we suggest you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms.
Ongoing news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame website, www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, www.eurodragster.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
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The BDRHoF Benevolent Fund has been created as registered charity no. 1167197 and is run for racers or officials who through injury have fallen on hard times and may be invited to apply for grants and has also gone to the Air Ambulances local to UK drag racing tracks. All money raised by donation goes to charitable grants.