"Rat Trap" Racing Backs BDRHoF

As we enter the 10th year of celebrating those who have been instrumental in establishing and growing the sport of drag racing in the UK, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) is pleased to announce the addition of two new backers.

The first of these is Aptitude; a Bedford-based full service digital agency that works with a range of companies across the UK. They are currently in the process of developing a new website for the BDRHoF that will offer website visitors an improved experience, as well as allowing them to access information on the go from their smartphones and tablets. Details about Aptitude can be found on

Managing Director of Aptitude, Lee Messenger says,

“During recent years the way we use and interact with websites has changed dramatically, which is why we’re working with BDRHoF to develop a fully-responsive website. The BDRHoF do great work and we are happy to be working with them.”

The second of these new supporters is Ron Hope and Rat Trap Racing who have donated a four figure sum and featured on the front cover of the 2014 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner Souvenir programme. Ron grew up in Southern California during the late 1950’s early 1960’s and, as a teenager he was quite active in the Dry Lakes Racing and Bonneville Land Speed Record Racing scenes.

Always a Chrysler Hemi fan he is now most known as the owner and driver of one of the most exciting Fuel Altereds in the world – Rat Trap. Driving this car he has thrilled spectators in many countries – including the UK when he appeared at the Dragstalgia Meeting held at Santa Pod Raceway in 2014. He was also at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Details about Rat Trap racing can be found on

As well as his extensive Drag Racing activities Ron operates Capital Automotive Reconditioning Services (CARS Recon Inc.) a huge vehicle auction support business that has 30 business units in 19 States employing 650 people.

The front cover of the 2014 BDRHoF Gala Dinner Souvenir Programme and Ron Hope (in shades) chats to Lord March at Goodwood.
(Photos; Power Race Graphics, Kev Roberts)

When announcing his support Ron said,

“I have known British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Chairman Stu Bradbury for some time and he was instrumental in arranging for US Automotive to sponsor our 2014 trip to the UK”.

“I was lucky enough to attend the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner last year and it blew me away. What a fabulous event and I have already booked my tickets for this year”.

“The people running the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame are all volunteers and they work really hard to celebrate our history so I am pleased to be able to help keep the wheels turning”.

BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury said,

“It is very rewarding that a growing number of businesses are seeing the BDRHoF as an organisation worth supporting. Our profile has increased ten-fold during the last few years and the funds allow us to develop an increased level of professionalism enabling us to compete at a much higher level when promoting drag racing and its history”.

“Some very exciting plans are being finalised for this year’s Gala Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel on November 21st. News will be released soon and I promise you it will be another evening that you will not want to miss”.

Ticket prices will remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of 10 are available at £580. Room prices also remain as last year, £99 for double £79 for single including breakfast. Complimentary use of swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and free car parking are also part of the package.

 For advance booking of tickets contact or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102. No deposits will be required until the summer but when other plans come together this will again be an early sell-out event.

The Savill Court Hotel information

Room Bookings 01784 472000 Opening Times 8.30am-5.30pm Press Option #1

After 5.30pm Press Option #3 Reception

Don’t forget to mention the Hall of Fame dinner 21st November
Special Room Rate £99.00 double, £79.00 single, including breakfast.