The winners of the 2015 Sydney Allard Media Awards have just been announced. This year sponsored by MQQNEYES, these awards celebrate the importance of the media in promoting drag racing along with the crucial role played by the late Sydney Allard as the ‘Father of British Drag Racing’. They will be presented at the forth-coming British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner being held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 21st.
There were over 85 entries for the Photo Journalism Award from 18 different photographers. Independent judges were Octane Magazine designer Robert Hefferon, Octane Editorial Director David Lillywhite and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. Photos by Jeni Long, Julian Hunt and Callum Pudge made the top three.
The outright winner was Jeni Long of Yawning Cat Photography with her flame burn-out photo of Bob Hawkins taken at Shakespeare County Raceway entitled ‘Sharing a Toast’. It was taken using a Nikon camera and published in American Car Magazine in November 2014.
There was a broad spread of entries for the Written Journalism Award ranging from published articles to blogs, on-line race reports and books. It made judging particularly difficult this year and Head Judge Guy Loveridge, Chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers spent several weeks going through them.
A Mike Collins series of colour features, sponsored by American Autoparts, was ‘highly commended’. He has put together work which shows great skill in choosing and captioning each image used, so as to tell a carefully thought out story.
But the winner of the Sydney Allard Media Award for Written Journalism is Rodger Attaway - one of the organizers of the legendary Belle Vue Rod & Custom Shows of the 1970s and ‘80s now living in Spain. His limited edition self-published book Street Rod & Custom Showtimetakes a concentrated look at the evolution of the indoor drag and custom shows in Britain: from their beginnings in the early ‘60s, through the explosive growth of the ‘70s and into the ‘80s.
It impressed the judge because it condenses an entire "scene" into a book, which is no small task! It took him back to reading ‘Custom Car’ and ‘Street Machine’ whilst at school and dreaming of the events he could not go to, but one day would and the cars he could not drive but wished he could! He thought it a well-researched and presented take on a side of the sport that arguably brought more people IN than any 5 second quarter ever did. More details from www.streetrodandcustomshowtime.net. (Photos Rodger Attaway)
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame would like to thank all those who entered this year. And a big thank you to MQQNEYES for sponsoring the crystal trophies. There may well still be a few tickets available for the Gala Awards Dinner, see details that follow.
The Gala Awards Dinner
Ticket prices for the 2015 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of 10 are available at £580. For advance booking of tickets contact BritishDRHOF@aol.com or telephone Stu Bradbury
on 01933 279102.
The Savill Court Hotel information
Room Bookings 01784 472000 Opening Times 8.30am-5.30pm Press Option #1. After 5.30pm Press Option #3 Reception. Don't forget to mention the Hall of Fame dinner 21st November. Discounted room prices also remain as last year, £99 for double £79 for single including breakfast. However it looks like we have used all the 80 reserved so prices may be higher now. Complimentary use of swimming pool, Sauna, Steam room, Jacuzzi, and free car parking are also part of the package. There are plenty of other good quality hotels nearby.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is sponsored by many businesses and associations. Without this support it could not exist. They are Beech Underwriting; U S Automotive; Santa Pod Racers Club; Flint Insurance; Pennine Drag Racing Club; Eurodragster.com; Avon Park International Racing Association; Shakespeare County Raceway; Santa Pod Raceway; York Raceway; Lucas Oil Products UK; Julie Braskett, MQQNEYES; International Organization of Professional Drivers, National Street Rod Association, Aptitude, Atlantic Fluid Tech Limited and Rat Trap Racing.