The special guest list for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame gala dinner, to be held at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on Saturday 18th November 2017 continues to grow. The BDRHoF is proud to announce that a further two current NHRA stars will be attending in addition to Doug Kalitta. And they will be joined by the two time winner of Hot Rod Drag Week who has the quickest and fastest street car on the planet, and a British drag racing journalist who has held senior positions in the US racing world.
Clay Millican, from Drummonds, Tennessee, got his first race car at the age of 16. After working as a forklift driver as well as competing in IHRA Modified Eliminator, his friend Peter Lehman moved Clay to the professional ranks by buying a Top Fuel team in 1998. With Peter, Clay was dominant in IHRA competition and won six IHRA championships.
Clay became a full time NHRA competitor from 2012 with crew chief David Grubnic. In 2017 he won his first NHRA title at Bristol, and recently at Brainerd, Minnesota he ran the second and third quickest times in history at 3.655 and 3.658 seconds respectively.
Clay will be joined by Jeff Lutz who is the two time winner of Hot Rod Drag Week.
A test of five drag races in five days at four different tracks with the race cars having to drive on public highways 1,000-plus miles from track to track.
Jeff previously ran two '57 Chevys titled Evil Twins and became a crowd favourite. then built a street-legal Pro Mod Camaro known as MadMax which had run at NMCA Pro Street events.
Following his win at the 2016 Hot Rod Drag Week, Jeff ran bests of 5.85/250 with it - and then built a third '57 Chevy which he intends to campaign at Drag Week 2017 on 10-15 September, and in the TV show Street Outlaws.
Jonnie Lindberg from Upplands Vasby, Sweden first came to prominence as crew chief aged 21 on his brother Johan's Pro Modified car in Sweden in 2008.
Jonnie tuned Johan to a FIA Pro Modified Championship in 2010.
But there was a racing itch that Jonnie needed to scratch and the team bought a Top Methanol Funny Car for Jonnie in 2012. Jonnie drove to his first FIA championship in 2013.
The team took the car to the US in 2014 and astonished the racing world by becoming back-to-back NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car champion in 2015 and 2016. He was also the first TAFC driver to run a 5.3s time and speed in excess of 270mph.
For 2017 Jonnie joined the nitro FC ranks with Jim Head Racing. He reached the final in his first race at Gainesville and continues to race in TAFC and tune cars where his schedule permits.
Born in Nottingham and after seeing his first Top Fuel Dragster pass at Santa Pod Raceway, aged 11, Melvyn Record became a drag racing journalist in the UK. In 1989 he moved to the US and was employed by the NHRA as a writer and photographer with their weekly newspaper National Dragster. Later, he was promoted by the NHRA to Director of International Relations and Director of Field Marketing. In 2000 he became Vice President of Marketing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California and now holds the position of Vice President Marketing and Sales, Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca.
BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury said "We are delighted that the Gala Dinner is attracting so many figures from the US scene who can share in the excitement of the inductions and awards being given. It gives us a real international reach".
The BDRHoF is now taking reservations for the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.