Sammy Miller

The legendary rocket drag racer Sammy Miller raced Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars before switching to rockets in 1974. Tony Fox, the owner of Pollution Packer asked Sammy to test in the winter of 1974-75. On only his second pass he hit 348 mph which officials refused to announce. After driving others’ rockets in 1975 he built […]

The Page Family

The Page Brothers Clive, David and Gary began their drag racing career as crew members on Wild Bill Weichelt’s DosPalmos / Asmodeus dragster in the late 1960s. Having decided shortly afterwards to buy their own car they were narrowly beaten in a bid to purchase Freddie Whittles first Shutdown altered. Instead they ended up with the ex-Mark Stratton Hustler BSA pickup (for £250) […]

The Read Family

Team Readspeed started in 1972 with Jim Read’s first foray into the world of drag racing, in a slingshot dragster called Auto Frog. Jim used to live on Frog Island, hence the name of the car. It wasn’t really an island, but the site of the family sawmill, Jim being a tree surgeon. Many of the […]

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson started competing in 1978 when he and wife Ann bought a 750 cc single cam Honda. They painted it, tuned it, fitted 40DCOE Weber Carbs, and chromed this and that. Then a friend, Jon Morton, said “Why don’t you try it at Blackbushe to see how fast it really is?”. Brian came third […]

Alan Wigmore

To talk about Alan Wigmore is to talk about the National Drag Racing Club. In the late 1960s, a year or two after the formation of the British Drag Racing and Hot Rod Association, the original club at Santa Pod, a group of racers and marshals began to worry about the direction which the club […]