Following the shock announcement of Andy ‘Tog’ Rogers’ departure as News Editor of the world-renowned European Drag Racing website and news portal Eurodragster.com, the appointment of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame [BDRHoF] adviser Simon Groves as the new Editor from March 1st 2020 has left a vacant position to cover Press & Member Liaison within the BDRHoF.
With immediate effect the BDRHoF is delighted to welcome respected British nostalgia Drag Racing enthusiast and former Shakespeare County Raceway Promotions Manager Jeremy Cookson to the board of directors to assume this responsibility.
Photos: Keith Lee & Mike Burrowes (centre)
Jeremy, better known to the Drag Racing community as Jerry, has a varied past in the sport dating back to the early 1960s, after his father Gerald [Gerry] had visited several ground-breaking festivals, notably the 1965 Drag Festival at Blackbushe when Jerry was five years old. Following that, Jerry helped support his father’s racing career in what was then classed as Junior Dragster with a supercharged BMC slingshot dragster, The Joker, followed by a late-1950s Berkeley Sports Car, an MG Midget and back again to the Berkeley Super Joker.
Since that time Jerry has written and produced features and articles for well-known high street publications as well as taken on the role of editor of Fire Up and European Dragster magazines. Jerry later became more actively involved with Avon Park Raceway, which later morphed into Shakespeare County Raceway in the late 1990s, providing the voice of the raceway as racetrack announcer/commentator.
In 2006 Jerry officially joined the team at Shakespeare County Raceway in a full-time capacity as Promotions Manager, supporting many roles at Long Marston Airfield, where the race track was located, as well as writing a regular column for Street Machine magazine and serving for two years as starter until the raceway’s closure at the end of 2017 to make way for the inevitable Garden Village project.
“I am delighted to further my involvement with the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame,” said Jerry. “After serving on the Panel of Selectors since the BDRHoF’s inception in 2006, and after my family’s name was inducted in 2018, I can think of no better way to put more back into the sport which has given our family so much pleasure since those ground-breaking days of the sixties. Drag racing has had its ups and downs but it’s still alive and kicking in many varied forms from grass roots right up to anyone’s ultimate goal – becoming a professional racer. The BDRHoF is an important medium honouring those who have built the sport to where it stands today and I’m happy to be involved on this scale.”
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame could not exist without practical help and support from sponsorship partners Beech Underwriting Agencies, BUA Motorsport, US Automotive, Santa Pod Racers Club, DialAFlight, Institute of Professional Drivers, Atlantic Fluid Tech, Rat Trap Racing, Mopar Muscle Association, Jeff Bull Racing Engines, Eurodragster.com, julianhunt.net, Straightliners, Kelsey Media, Chair Office, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Mopar) Shakespeare County Relics. The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame takes this opportunity to thank them for their most valuable support.
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. All money raised goes to supporting these people and drag racing in general by a donation or equipment as the trustees feel appropriate.