The Quarter Mile Foundation has been informed there will be interviews conducted at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) induction gala on November 21, 2015 in Windsor Great Park, Surrey, UK., at the Savill Court Hotel.
Thanks to a generous donation by Geoff Stilwell ofBeech Underwriting, one of the major sponsors of the BDRHoF dinner gala, the Foundation will be interviewing several of the early pioneers of British drag racing, and gain a perspective of how the sport grew after Sydney Allard built the first dragster in 1961, the iconic Chrysler-Allard, and then promoted first drag racing demonstrations in England with some of the major name drivers and cars from the United States.
The interviews will be held on Saturday, November 21st with noted motorsports broadcaster, Jack Korpela, doing the “behind the camera” interviews. The interviewees will be Stu Bradbury, Russ Carpenter, John Hobbs, Gary Page, Roy Phelps, Barry Sheavills and Steve Trice.
Additionally, the BDRHoF will hold a “Bench Racing” session in the afternoon of November 21, prior to the induction ceremonies, featuring several U.S. drag racing legends who will be attending the event — Eileen Daniels, Don Garlits, Ron Hope, Fred Larsen, Bruce Larson, Larry (“Spiderman”) McBride, Steve McBride, Fred (“Waterbed”) Miller, Bob Muravez and Roland Stuart, and hosted by Jack Korpela. The event will be filmed, and the BDRHoF has graciously offered the content to the Foundation for use in the “PROJECT 1320” documentary.
The Foundation will also be filming interviews during the course of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., from December 10-12. The management of the PRI Show has graciously provided an on-site meeting room where the interviews will be conducted.
During the week preceding the PRI Show, the film crew will be in the Detroit, Mich. area, gathering interviews with important figures of the sport, the performance aftermarket and employees of the racing and performance parts aspects of the Big 3 automakers.
The Foundation is presently developing the interviewee list for the Detroit and at the PRI Show locations.
Quarter Mile Foundation Chairman, Traci Hrudka, observed, “The addition of the interviews we will gain in Britain should help us gain an insight to how the sport was transplanted to Great Britain and Europe from North America, and how the sport grew in this new environment.
“The inclusion of the British perspective allows us to gain a more global insight to the sport of drag racing and the performance aftermarket. This will be the first step in adding a tremendous amount of history that will certainly expand on the stories we only thought we knew”
”Additionally, the Detroit and Indianapolis interviews will expand our inventory of interviews, and should help us gain deeper insight into the influence of Drag Racing in the automakers, and their use of drag racing to help drive the performance image of their vehicles in the 1960s and early ‘70s.”
The Quarter Mile Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation, which is producing PROJECT 1320, a documentary film series about the history of drag racing and the parallel growth of the performance automotive aftermarket.