Bob McClurg to host 2016 BDRHoF Bench Racing

A major addition to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala last year was the Bench Racing session. The panel of US and European legends held the packed audience in thrall with their stories and views on the sport for two hours in the afternoon prior to the main Gala dinner and presentations in the evening.

Beech Underwriting Agencies, major sponsorship partner of the BDRHoF is delighted to announce that plans are in place for an expanded Bench Racing session at the Gala’s new venue, the fabulous Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow. Bob Muravez, Fred Miller, Harry Hibler, Paula Murphy, Carl Olson plus some very special guests will be on the panel and and the legendary US motoring and drag racing journalist and writer Bob McClurg will be hosting the event.

BDRHoF chairman Stu Bradbury said ‘This is a great chance to get face to face with some legends of drag racing from the 60s and 70s and movers and shakers of the sport in more recent years. We are offering the press the opportunity for individual interviews with panel members during the morning of 19 November before the Bench Racing session. There will also be a unique chance to mix with legends socially before, during and after the Gala dinner.’

Beech Underwriting Agencies managing director Geoff Stilwell said ‘We are delighted to have an expanded Bench Racing session this year as it was one of the most popular events during last year’s gala. The addition of Bob McClurg is fantastic; he has been active for almost 50 years and interviewed all the legendary racers of the sport. The Gala has become a must for anyone remotely interested in drag racing and we urge attendees to apply for tickets now to avoid disappointment’.

The BDRHoF Bench Racing session sponsored by Beech Underwriting Agencies will take place from 1pm to 3pm on 19th November at the Atlantic Suite at the Sheraton Skyline Heathrow. Admission will be by ticket only. You can apply for tickets by sending an email to to enable your place to be registered and confirmed. But hurry – the maximum capacity of the room is 100 and it will be first come, first served. Be there!

Images: 2015 Bench Racing courtesy Simon Groves; Bob McClurg courtesy Bob McClurg

2016 Gala Award Tickets

Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain unchanged at £60 per person. Corporate tables of 10 are available at £580. To reserve tickets please email or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.

 Sheraton Skyline Hotel information

BDRHoF Gala guests are eligible for a special hotel room rate via an exclusive online reservation link. Details will be supplied with Gala ticket applications as above. Discounted room prices are £115 per night single, £125 double, and include full English breakfast and complimentary use of Sky Garden pool and Fitness Gym. Car parking will be available on-site for £8 per night. The Sheraton Skyline Hotel is situated on the A4 Bath Road on Heathrow Airport’s northern perimeter and hotel information is available online at