There have been many influences and events that have raised the awareness of drag racing and hot rodding as sports and pastimes. Automotive shows and films like American Graffiti and Grease, feature articles, displays, TV coverage and festivals - all have played their part, particularly on a national basis. The popular music culture has always been a primary source of what is considered cool or not –by young people especially - but as far as drag racing and hot rodding is concerned only one band can be described as the masters of the music that promotes our sport internationally.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) in association with the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) is proud to announce that The Beach Boys will be the recipients of a special Global Impact Award being presented at the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner being held at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, London Heathrow on November 19th. And the big news is that one of the original Beach Boys, David Marks, will be there to accept the award on behalf of the band. They have been behind the music that inspired more than a generation of hot rodders and drag racing enthusiasts and via their concerts they have continued to raise awareness of these unique sports throughout the world for over 50 years
Specifically the award is being made for the 1963 Album ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ although they have featured drag racing and hot rodding songs on many of their albums that have sold in excess of 100 million copies. ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ includes numbers such as ‘Car Crazy Cutie’, ‘409’, ‘Cherry, Cherry Coupe’, ‘Our Car Club’ and ‘Shutdown’.
Often called ‘America's Band’, The Beach Boys are the No. 1-selling US band of all time. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 1988.
David Marks was Dennis Wilson's best friend, and lived across the street from the Wilson Brothers - Brian, Dennis and Carl. He jammed with them, and was part of the band for the first four studio albums – ‘Surfin Safari’, ‘Surfin USA’, ‘Surfer Girl’ and ‘Little Deuce Coupe’.
He left the band for a while and formed his own group The Marksmen and also played with artists such as Delaney and Bonnie. He re-joined The Beach Boys in 1997 and, as a much improved guitar player, was part of the band for their 50th Anniversary World Tour in 2012. At that time Mike Love said,"David rocks. A phenomenal guitarist. When he does those leads on „Surfin‟, „Surfin Surfari‟ and „Fun, Fun, Fun‟ it's so authentic. He's a fantastic musician.”He has since worked on The Beach Boys ‘Why God Made the Radio’ and Brian Wilson’s album ‘No Pier Pressure
The Beach Boys Then and Now. David Marks on lead guitar and The Beach Boys with an Allard Dragon during their 1964 Tour.
Photos: David Marks Collection and The Beach Boys
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Honorary Chairman Stu Bradbury said,
“It is an extraordinary opportunity to have a member of The Beach Boys with us at our Gala Evening and I thank Jason Hollamby of the National Street Rod Association for sponsoring this award and BDRHoF Management Board Director Guy Loveridge for organising this along with our Sponsorship Partner Beech Underwriting Agencies. This was the music of my youth and it is great that they still include those 1960s songs in their itinerary today. I can‟t tell you how much of a thrill to host this award presentation”.
National Street Rod Association Chairman Jason Hollamby said, “I‟m so pleased we could take part in this fabulous occasion again and celebrate the music that has been a part of drag racing and hot rodding for so many years. The Beach Boys have, and always will be, the band that plays „our‟ music and it is fitting that we share this award with the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame”.
Joining the presentation team will be popular radio and TV presenter as well as popular music historian Mike Read. Well known for his time on Radio One and Top of the Pops, a little known fact is that his first voice over radio commercial in 1976 was promoting Santa Pod Raceway, so he has a long history with the sport. He recently launched his new TV series Tin Pan Alley. This is the first ever TV competition for song writers and can be found on Showbiz TV; Sky 266. The show is broadcast on Sundays at 18.30 hours with a repeat on Friday at 20.00 hours.
2016 Gala Award Tickets
Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain unchanged at £60 per person. Corporate tables of 10 are available at £580. To reserve tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.
Sheraton Skyline Hotel information
BDRHoF Gala guests are eligible for a special hotel room rate via an exclusive online reservation link. Details will be supplied with Gala ticket applications as above. Discounted room prices are £115 per night single, £125 double, and include full English breakfast and complimentary use of Sky Garden pool and Fitness Gym. Car parking will be available on-site for £8 per night. The Sheraton Skyline Hotel is situated on the A4 Bath Road on Heathrow Airport’s northern perimeter.