FOUNDING CHAIRMAN - STUART BRADBURY 1945-2020

Roger Gorringe

What turned Roger Gorringe onto Drag Racing occurred in 1965 when the film Bikini Beach was shown in his local cinema. The rather cringe-worthy movie showed just a few minutes of drag racing with glimpses of Don Garlits and Tommy Ivo. Roger was blown away and the experience impacted the rest of his life. He […]

Bob Phelps

Without any doubt the Phelps family – Bob and his son Roy, along with Santa Pod’s administrator Eileen Cattley – had a huge impact on British drag racing. They were involved from its very early days of the Drag Fests but really only became main players with the opening of Santa Pod Raceway in 1966 […]

Iris Page

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) […]

Dave Page

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) […]

Angus MacPhail

One of the important areas of Drag Racing to acknowledge is innovation – and thinking outside the box. In the mid 1970s, three bike racers got together to form a racing team, known as McCoy Dynamics. All three made their mark on the sport and set world records at Elvington, with spectacular performances on two […]

Lawrie Gatehouse

For over half a century Lawrie Gatehouse has contributed much to drag racing in the UK. His story started with sprinting a Triumph Bonneville, however things changed after his first contact with drag racing at the Blackbushe DragFest meeting in 1964. He had learned of the American racers coming over and was ‘amazed and dumbfounded’ […]

Stuart Bradbury

Few personalities in British drag racing are as well-known and respected as Stu Bradbury. For years he served as Chief Starter at Santa Pod Raceway and subsequently became Founding Chairman of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, which has since achieved international acclaim. He discovered drag racing in 1964, not at one of Sydney […]

Bob Keith

Although perhaps not so well known as some American drag racers, semi-professional Bob Keith played an instrumental role in establishing the sport in Great Britain. But his drag racing exploits started like many Californians back in the day when his father gave him a cherry 1940 Ford as his 1955 graduation present. That led to […]

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall became interested in drag racing in 1986, attending races with a group of family and friends including then-boyfriend Ian Marshall whom she later married. Paula and Ian soon volunteered to work at events at Santa Pod Raceway and starting in 1989 Paula filled almost every possible role at the track, from working in […]

Gerry Belton

The name Gerry Belton will be familiar to anyone who went along to the original DragFests of ’64 and ’65.  Gerry’s was one of the voices heard commentating at the meetings and the one on the Dragfest LP subsequently released. He really was in the thick of the action from the beginning, being the Allard […]