Bench Racing Returns to BDRHoF Gala in November

30.09.17

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, to be held on 18th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey, will again be preceded by the popular Bench Racing session, starting at the earlier time of 12 noon. In 2015 and 2016, a varied panel of US and European legends entertained a packed audience with their stories and views on the sport for two hours in the afternoon prior to the main Gala dinner and presentations in the evening.

 

2016 Bench Racing courtesy of Andy Willsheer

Beech Underwriting Agencies, major sponsorship partner of the BDRHoF is delighted to announce that the Bench Racing session will return and be held at the Gala's new venue. New members of the panel for 2017 are Dale Emery, Marvin Graham, Connie Kalitta, Roland Leong, Jeff Lutz, Clay Millican, Jim Oberhofer and Roy Phelps. They join Steve Gibbs, Tom Hoover, Ron Hope, Ed McCulloch, Bob Muravez and Dennis Priddle who all entertained us last year. Acclaimed US motoring and Drag Racing journalist and writer Bob McClurg will again be hosting the event.

BDRHoF chairman Stu Bradbury said 'The Bench Racing session is a wonderful chance to see and talk with legends of drag racing from decades past, and those currently competing at the highest level. We are also offering the press the opportunity for individual interviews with panel members on the same day. And there will be a unique opportunity to mix with legends socially before, during and after the Gala dinner.'

Beech Underwriting Agencies managing director Geoff Stilwell said 'We are grateful to all those on the panel who have agreed to come and share their stories and the Bench Racing has been one of the most popular events during previous galas. Bob McClurg did a fantastic job of facilitating the discussions, he got stories from the participants that we will remember for a very long time and there will be plenty more this year. I can only urge everyone to apply for registration now to avoid disappointment'.

There will also be a sale of memorabilia, including engine parts signed by John Force and a crash helmet and trophy of Raymond Beadle's, to raise funds for the BDRHoF Benevolent Fund and there will be free goodies for those attending.

The BDRHoF Bench Racing session sponsored by Beech Underwriting Agencies will take place from 12 Noon to 2pm on 18th November at the Terrazza at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey. Admission will be available on application by sending an email to geoff@beechunderwriting.co.uk to enable your place to be registered and confirmed. But hurry - the maximum capacity of the room is 100 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Be there!

Beech Underwriting Agencies managing director Geoff Stilwell said 'We are grateful to all those on the panel who have agreed to come and share their stories and the Bench Racing has been one of the most popular events during previous galas. Bob McClurg did a fantastic job of facilitating the discussions, he got stories from the participants that we will remember for a very long time and there will be plenty more this year. I can only urge everyone to apply for registration now to avoid disappointment'.

There will also be a sale of memorabilia, including engine parts signed by John Force and a crash helmet and trophy of Raymond Beadle's, to raise funds for the BDRHoF Benevolent Fund and there will be free goodies for those attending.

 The Gala Awards Dinner 2017

The BDRHoF is now taking reservations for the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner by email at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone at 01933 279102. This year the tickets are priced competitively at £65.00 each and this includes a pre-dinner reception and table wine. 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 at the negotiated room rate that includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking.

On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved will be published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame website, www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, www.eurodragster.com 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.  Money raised will also go to the Air Ambulances local to UK drag racing tracks. All money raised by donation goes to charitable grants.

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