The directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame are pleased to announce that Lesley Wright (formerly Lesley Digby) will serve as the organisation’s new Honorary Chair, succeeding founding chairman, the late Stuart Bradbury.
Lesley has enjoyed a long and distinguished association with British Drag Racing. Having served on the BDR&HRA committee, she documented late-1980s racing tours to the USA in publications of the time. Returning to the UK, she helped to promote the Super Gas Drag Racers Association, gaining sponsorship for the class.
She joined the newly formed Santa Pod Racers Club committee and as full-time SPRC secretary in the mid-1990s, she masterminded its formation into a limited liability company for the protection of members, and worked with the SPRC’s Technical Committee to revise the rule book and introduce SFI safety measures to Europe. She also helped found the Hall of Fame itself, later stepping aside. In recognition of her influential contributions to the sport she was elected a Member of the Hall of Fame in 2017, and subsequently joined the organisation’s advisory group.
Lesley assumes the Honorary Chair role with immediate effect. She comments: ‘I am in complete shock at being asked to be the Chair of the BDRHoF. It is such an honour to follow in Stu’s footsteps and I only hope that I can do the role justice, as he more than did. I look forward to everyone’s continuing support and enthusiasm, so that together we can ensure the ongoing success of the organisation and the recognition of all the great people in our sport.’
Owing to Covid-19, the Hall of Fame has postponed this year’s annual Gala Awards Dinner until November 2021. Awaiting induction on that occasion are 2020’s six selected membership candidates: Top Fuel Bikers Jeff Byne and Ian King; Swedish Top Fuel Dragster duo P&G Racing, Pelle Lindelöw and Gunnar Elmqvist; Top Methanol Dragster champion Dave Wilson; engineer, doorslammer and Fuel Altered campaigner Nick Davies; and commentator/presenter/broadcaster John Price. It is unlikely that further membership selections will be made until 2022.