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 email@example.com.
/ 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