The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) and Lucas Oil Products UK are delighted to announce that the SFI Foundation Inc is to receive the 2018 BDRHoF Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award. The Award will be presented later this year at the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner being held at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on
The SFI Foundation came into being in 1978 as a specifications programme which had previously been pioneered in 1963 by the then-named Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association (now Specialty Equipment Marketing Association). As a separate organisation, and in an era where failures were all too common, the SFI Foundation drove up standards for racing parts and safety equipment.
SFI Foundation Inc has 64 motor racing sanctioning bodies as its members, applying the standards it sets. On its creation in 1996, the FIA Drag Racing Commission joined the SFI and Santa Pod Racers Club has been a member of the SFI Foundation since 2000.
Carl Olson said, 'I speak for each and every one of our staff members when I say that we’re honored and humbled by this Award. Because SFI is a not-for-profit foundation that does absolutely no advertising or promotion, it’s easy to assume that its work takes place “under the radar”. While there’s a huge amount of pride in knowing that SFI’s work significantly improves the level of safety at motorsport events, each and every one of the small but efficient SFI team dedicates every minute of every working day to the cause of maintenance and improvement of motorsport safety.’
Accepting the Award on SFI’s behalf is Vice President Jennifer Faye, who has managed day-to-day operations at SFI for many years. Jennifer is familiar to many European racers as administrator of the SFI Re-certification Tour which, with the help of Tech Inspectors Andy Robinson, Luke Robinson and L-G Eriksson, attends four locations to inspect various key components.
BDRHoF chairman Stuart Bradbury said, 'We have selected SFI Foundation for the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award in recognition for it raising safety standards in drag racing and motorsports in general. The standards applied to our sport have undoubtedly saved lives and serious injuries. As well as the specs programme, SFI certifies technical inspectors, incident response training and enables manufacturers to test their products. These all have a crucial part in creating a safe environment for drag racing and motor sport in general.’
The BDRHoF will be taking reservations for the 2018 Gala Awards Dinner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 01933 279102. This year the dinner tickets which include table wine are priced competitively at £70.00 each, an increase of £5 due to price rises. We have managed to keep the same rates for hotel rooms at £115.00 for double rooms and £94.00 single which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking. 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.
On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame website, www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk plus 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.