Historic Hotel Hosts 2020 BDRHoF Gala Awards - CANCELLED


The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Annual Gala Awards Dinner, will for the fourth year running, be holding its 2020 event at the luxurious 4-star Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey where the magnificent grounds were originally the site of a grand Tudor palace built by Henry VIII in 1538 for Anne of Cleves. Other monarchs, including Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, also resided at Oatlands during their reigns. It opened as a hotel for the first time in 1856 and has played host to a number of world-famous guests including writer Emile Zola, novelist Anthony Trollope and artist and poet Edward Lear. Now some of the great names from Drag Racing will join this list on Saturday, November 21st 2020


Stu Bradbury Chairman of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Limited, said, “It is very difficult to find a venue that is convenient, that can take our numbers and enable us to pay tribute to our pioneers in a fitting yet affordable style. The Oatlands Hotel can handle all the activities we hold during the day and, most importantly, has the character and a sense of being in Great Britain. We like to place our event in an environment where guests can socialise with old friends they haven’t seen for years and have time to mingle with the celebrity guests. The Oatlands and its associated history certainly do that with the added convenience of having local interest for those who might like to make a weekend of it. Easy access from junction 11 on the M25 and is only a few minutes’ drive from the world-famous Brooklands Motorsport and Aviation Museum. This features many historic aircraft and cars, including one of the few Concorde’s in existence and the fabulous 24-litre Napier Railton that graced the Brooklands circuit setting many records in the 1930s.

“On the same Brooklands site you can find Mercedes-Benz World where you can put your driving skills to the test on the Handling Circuit in a range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Or let the Silver Arrows Display Team show you how it’s done. Plenty of Mercedes vehicles on static display too. Also nearby you can find Hampton Court, Windsor Great Park, Legoland, Windsor Castle and lots more. Trains from Weybridge station can take you to Waterloo Station in London so Oatlands hotel has it covered. We are always trying to improve the event, particularly the environment for guests to socialise with old friends they haven’t seen for years and have time to mingle with the celebrity guests”.


Added to its royal and literary assemblage, the hotel has welcomed a modern guest-list of American drag racing luminaries unparalleled in Europe. Connie Kalitta, Roland Leong, Ed ‘The Ace’ McCulloch, Steve Gibbs, Doug Herbert, Clay Millican, Jeff Lutz, Jim Oberhofer, Marvin Graham, Dan Richins, Tom Hoover, Dale Emery, ‘Waterbed’ Fred Miller, Bob Muravez, ‘Gentleman’ Joe Schubeck, Rich ‘Pure Hell’ Guasco, Ron ‘Rat Trap’ Hope and broadcaster Bob Beck have all rested their heads in Oatlands Park’s comfortable bedrooms and dined in its elegant restaurant.

More international stars of the sport are expected to help celebrate British drag racing this year on Saturday 21st November.

The main part of the Gala Awards Dinner evening is of course devoted to introducing and inducting the class of 2020 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame members and these will be announced at Dragstalgia held at Santa Pod Raceway over July 10th – 12th weekend.

We are now taking reservations for the 2020 Gala Awards Dinner by email at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk. Tel-01933  279102. Payment can be via Bank Transfer, Cheque, cash or PayPal. This year the tickets are priced competitively at £75.00 each. 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 of single occupancy £96.00 double £119.00 that includes breakfast and VAT use of the hotel faculties as well as parking.

Ongoing news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF are 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 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, Straightliners, Kelsy Media, Chair Office, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Mopar) Shakespeare Relics, National Street Rod Association. 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 the trustees feel is necessary.