Special Guests For 2019 BDRHoF Gala

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced that its 2019 Gala will take place on 23rd November, once again at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge. The BDRHoF also announces two special guests who will be travelling from the US to attend.

Chairman of the BDRHoF Stu Bradbury said ‘We have had two extremely successful Galas at the Oatlands Park Hotel which offers excellent accommodation at a very reasonable price, together with a location close to many attractions. The main focus of the event will be inducting our new members of the Hall of Fame for 2019 at the evening’s dinner and award ceremony. There will be a Bench Racing session in the afternoon, and we will be announcing further details in due course’.

The special guests announced by BDRHoF are Top Fuel dragster racer Doug Herbert and veteran announcer Bob Beck with his wife Peg. Doug Herbert is from a Drag Racing dynasty that includes his father Chet Herbert who introduced roller cams and zoomie headers to the sport from 1949, and his aunt Doris Herbert, who published Drag News, the first great drag racing newspaper.

Doug himself has won four IHRA Top Fuel championships and ten NHRA national events and is planning a Land Speed Record attempt to go 500mph. Following the death of his two sons in a tragic highway accident in 2008, Doug founded the B.R.A.K.E.S. organisation which saves lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving.

Bob Beck has built vehicles seen in the pages of many publications and has many class wins at car shows and driving events. Peg’s hot rod won at the Grand National Rod show in Pomona last week. He has also been a driver/builder in AHRA Drag Racing and US Sports Car and Sedan Racing and has announced at these events and NHRA, NDRA, VRA and ANRA drag series, including Irwindale and the NHRA Hot Rod Reunions. He can be heard on-line with his radio show Great American Auto Scene at

Doug Herbert said ‘I am really excited about being able to come over for this year’s British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala as I have many customers and friends in the UK and Europe, and visited Santa Pod Raceway as a guest in 2010’. Bob Beck said ‘Peg and I are thrilled to be spending a week in the UK and exploring the car scene over there as well as meeting the folks in the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.’

The BDRHoF will be taking reservations for the 2019 Gala Awards Dinner by email at or by telephone at 01933 279102. Dinner tickets, which include table wine, are held at the same price as 2018 at £70.00 each. Likewise the same rates for hotel rooms are offered, at £115.00 for double rooms and £94.00 single which includes an excellent breakfast and VAT as well as parking. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion we suggest you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms.

On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame website,, and on Facebook and Twitter.

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Limited is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales under no. 10387951 and whose registered office is at 39, Hatton Park Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 5AT.

The BDRHoF Benevolent Fund has been created as registered charity no. 1167197 and is run for racers or officials who through injury have fallen on hard times and may be invited to apply for grants, and has also gone to the Air Ambulances local to UK drag racing tracks. All money raised by donation goes to charitable grants.