FOUNDING CHAIRMAN - STUART BRADBURY 1945-2020

Mooneyes honoured at BDRHoF Gala

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala took place on Saturday night at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey, and was attended by over 200 people to celebrate the Stuart Bradbury Junior Drag Racing Awards, the induction of four new members into the BDRHoF, and to present the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Global Achievement Award to Shige Suganuma and Chico Kodama of Mooneyes Speed Equipment and Custom Accessories.

The evening commenced with a drinks reception presented by Santa Pod Raceway. The Junior Drag Racing champions of 2023, Liam MacDonald and runner-up Luke Mugridge (Junior Dragster – Liam not present as he was in Germany at anawards ceremony), Leah Morrison and runner-up Grace Pollen (Junior Drag Bike) were presented with Lucas Oils awards.

Santa Pod CEO Keith Bartlett spoke of his plans for a British Drag Racing Museum, including some cars he had secured for its opening. He announced a Fuel Altered match race at Dragstalgia next July: Nick Davies in Havoc will be racing Randy Bradford in the Bradford’s Topolino. The historic Dos Palmas dragster will also be on show at Dragstalgia.

There was then a reveal of Santa Pod’s latest historic aquisition, Motovation, the third dragster to be built by Allan Herridge, superbly preserved in near-original condition by former owner Harry Joseph.

The presentations were presided over by Master of Ceremonies Paul Wright and compered by Colin Theobald and Tony Thacker. Trophies were supported by the Santa Pod Racers Club.

After the three-course dinner, Honorary BDRHoF Chair Lesley Wright introduced proceedings and was followed by the presentation of the Stuart Bradbury Junior Drag Racing Awards, supported by Lucas Oil, to the Junior Drag Racing champions.

There then came the main presentations of the evening, the new BDRHoF inductees. Photojournalist Roger Gorringe was presented by Andy Willsheer, British nostalgia racing pioneer Roy Wilding by Jerry Cookson, Top Fuel Bike Champion Rod Pallant & British Drag Racing Association administrator Anne Pallant by Keith Lee and Rocket Bike legend Eric Teboul by Keith Bartlett.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Global Achievement Award was presented to Shige Suganuma and Chico Kodama of Mooneyes Speed Equipment and Custom Accessories in recognition of their company’s role in starting Drag Racing in the UK sixty years ago. The award was presented by Nic Williams on behalf of VP Racing before the closing address by Lesley Wright, and a photo session.

You can read the full stories on the honourees at the Gala by clicking on the above links.

With special thanks to Simon Groves at eurodragster.com for this initial review of the 2023 BDRHoF Gala

Additionally, take a look at Shige’s excellent Blog on the Mooneyes website by clicking HERE, which also features this distinctive photograph of their award.