SEMA Trophy restoration

Following the BDRHoF display of the SEMA trophy at Dragstalgia, British drag racing fan Kev Roberts got in touch with a further insight into its restoration; a project Kev was involved with following its discovery in a back room of the Brighton & Hove Motor Club’s headquarters. Kev was initially involved in the restoration of […]

British Drag Racing trinkets on show

Besides the three main trophies on display inside this year’s Dragstalgia Historic Marque several members of the BDRHoF also brought along several pieces of memorabilia and trinkets of nostalgia for fans to look at and hopefully bring back some of those golden moments in British drag racing. Lesley Wright brought several trophies and items of […]

HoFTalk Collectors Corner

Corgi’s Lazy Bones Customised Chevrolet Corvette Stingray #337 Inspired by a few well-known British and American television episodes, welcome to yet another new feature to HoFTalk; Collectors Corner. Since the days when drag racing first burst on to the British scene in the early sixties there had been a lot of very collectible items produced […]

BDRHoF member Carl Olson publishes autobiography

Since starting in the sport over 60 years ago, Carl Olson has been at the top in many capacities: Top Fuel racer, Diamond P presenter, NHRA Vice President, first President of the FIA Drag Racing Commission for 13 years and Motorsports Manager for the SFI Foundation. Carl has been a familiar sight in Europe over […]


The Gosporteers Challenge Trophy came into its own after the first of two meetings to be held at the Royal Navy Air Yard at HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent April 25th 1971. This was the first on-tour Drag Race meeting of the year organised by the British Drag Racing & Hot Rod Association.  Above Photo: Jerry […]

A trophy that keeps on giving… 

…1980 Hot Rod & Custom UK Funny Car Eliminator The wild and sometimes unpredictable world of nitro Funny Car racing has been a particular fan favourite here in the UK since the days of Petersen Publishing Internationals of 1973 when touring pro American racers Don ‘The Shoe’ Schumacher at the wheel of his Cuda based […]

SEMA Challenge Trophy On Tour

Attracting plenty of interest from all walks of life at Santa Pod’s Dragstalgia was the display of historical drag racing trophies and memorabilia assembled in association with the BDRHoF, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and Santa Pod Raceway. Above: The SEMA trophy, not seen outside of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu since its days at the […]

One Final Ride

In what was a very poignant moment for the Norman family at this year’s Dragstalgia, 6.35 pm late Saturday afternoon will forever be remembered for BDRHoF member Dennis Norman’s final ride down the Santa Pod quarter mile courtesy of his son Gary and grandson Matthew; two generations of the Norman dynasty in this fitting final […]

Awarded In Spirit

In addition to the Dragstalgia Showmanship Trophies presented by Santa Pod Raceway, BDRHoF member Pete Crane presented his dedicated ‘Spirit of ‘76’ award for outstanding contributions to nostalgia drag racing in the UK which this year was awarded to the Original Hot Rod Drags team: Alan Martin, Steve Tristrim and Martyn Payne – members of […]

The ‘Pom’ Returns to Top Fuel

‘Pommie’ Steve Read, one of Australian drag racing’s most experienced racers, is set to make a comeback to the Top Fuel category in late 2023. Read, who last competed in 2016, has joined forces with Fuel Funny Car driver, Tim McCarthy and long-time friend, Nick Packer to form RPM Top Fuel Racing.  “I can’t wait […]