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IN WHAT IS CON­SID­ERED THE HIGHPOINT OF THE EURO­PEAN DRAG RACING SO­CIAL SEA­SON, THE BRI­TISH DRAG RACING AS­SO­CI­A­TION’S (BDRA) STARSTUD­DED BENCH RACING SES­SION AND HALL OF FAME GALA AWARDS DIN­NER, HELD AT THE SHER­A­TON LON­DON HEATHROW HO­TEL, DREW A VIR­TUAL WHO’S WHO IN THE SPORT OF DRAG RACING FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE POND. The Bench Race Ses­sion be­gan with moder­a­tor Bob McClurg in­tro­duc­ing Tom Hoover, Joe Schubeck, Ed McCul­loch, Harry Hi­bler, Steve Gibbs, Paula Mur­phy, Ed Isk­ende­rian, Eileen Daniels, Ron Hope, Don Schu­macher, Fred Miller, Bob Mu­ravez, Carl Olson, Tony Thacker and Dennis Prid­dle. The in­tro­duc­tion was fol­lowed by three hours of Q&A fu­eled with in­for­ma­tive an­swers and tall tales, which of­ten bor­dered on the hi­lar­i­ous.

Later in the evening, the late Bob Keith and Paula Mar­shall, along with Rob Loar­ing and Santa Pod Race­way, were in­ducted into the BDRA Hall of Fame. Euro­pean Top Fuel and Funny Car stand­out Dennis Prid­dle’s re­cent in­duc­tion into the In­ter­na­tional Drag Racing Hall of Fame was also rec­og­nized. Ac­cept­ing the En­gi­neer­ing In­no­va­tion and Over­all Ex­cel­lence Award from the Earl of Onslow was Ed Isk­ende­rian. Ac­cept­ing the Min­tex-spon­sored Sid­ney Al­lard Me­dia Award were pho­tog­ra­pher Ju­lian Hunt and writer Brian Tay­lor. Steve Gibbs ac­cepted the Lu­cas Oil of Europe Global Achieve­ment Award on be­half of the NHRA.

Event spon­sors in­cluded Beech Un­der­writ­ing Agen­cies, USA Au­to­mo­tive, the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Pro­fes­sional Driv­ers (IOPD), At­lantic Fluid

Tech and the Santa Pod Rac­ers Club. To learn more about this event and all of the award win­ners, or to ob­tain a com­plete BDRA 2017 sched­ule, con­tact brian@british­dra­grac­inghof.co.uk.

/ RIGHT. NHRA was awarded the Lu­cas Oil of Europe Global Achieve­ment Award as part of the night’s for­mal fes­tiv­i­ties. Steve Gibbs ac­cepted the honor. (L to R): Bob McClurg; BDRA HOF Chair­man Stu­art Brad­bury; Steve Gibbs; Les Downey, Di­rec­tor Lu­cas Oil Ltd. Europe; Beach Boys mem­ber David Lee Marks

Rear row (L to R):

/ The Bench Racing seg­ment of the pro­gram in­cluded the fol­low­ing.

Front row (seated): Beech Un­der­writ­ing Agency’s Ge­off Stil­well (L) Project 1320’s Traci Hrudka Mid­dle row (seated L to R): Joe Schubeck, Dennis Prid­dle, Paula Mur­phy, Ed Isk­ende­rian, Eileen Daniels, Harry Hi­bler and Carl Olson

Tom Hoover, Ed McCul­loch, Bob McClurg, Bob Mu­ravez, Fred Miller and Ron Hope

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