FOUNDING CHAIRMAN - STUART BRADBURY 1945-2020

MEMBER OBITUARY NOTICE – Brian Sparrow

MEMBER OBITUARY NOTICE

20.07.23

Member:  BRIAN SPARROW

Inducted:  2011

With great sorrow, we must report the death of a true British drag racing pioneer, Brian Sparrow, at age 86. Brian was inducted into Membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2011, and Brian’s family has asked the Hall of Fame’s directors to inform the community of his passing.

Brian’s first interest lay in hill climbs and motorcycle sprints working closely with the National Sprint Association. Following an engineering apprenticeship and National Service, he joined Allan Herridge and John Harrison to form the company Dragster Developments and produce one of Britain’s first dragsters, powered by a straight-eight Buick, in 1962. Many early racers benefited from the parts the company manufactured. Thereafter, through the 1960s, Brian photographed and wrote about the sport for publications of the time, notably Drag Racing & Hot Rod magazine and The Sprinter. The material he provided forms an important record of drag racing’s formative years in Britain. His extensive photographic collection had already been preserved and documented by Nick Pettitt and Jon Spoard, and have been well documented on their respective web sites.

Brian had been diagnosed with cancer but, in deference to his age, had chosen not to seek treatment. A fuller appreciation of his life and influence may be found on the BDRHoF website here: https://britishdragracinghof.co.uk/brian-sparrow/, written at the time of his induction. On behalf of the drag racing community at large, the directors of the BDRHoF offer Brian’s family their sincere condolences.