A lot of progress has been made since we last reported on the Allard Dragster restoration project that is being carried out by the Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) in association with the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in the UK. Below is an overview of the progress that has been made:
- The ACAG has partnered with www.project1320.com which is an online community focused on vintage drag racing and history. This group has helped to create a network of supporters for the project from all over the world. Project 1320 Chairman Traci Hrudka has joined Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason as a patron of the ACAG
- The engine and blower have been sent to renowned hemi engine builder Booth-Arons in Michigan for rebuilding.
- The group received the ‘Non-Standard Award’ from insurance company www.PerformanceDirect.co.uk in recognition of the hard work that is being done to restore the unique dragster. The award includes a matching grant of up to £2,500 from now through the end of May, 2010.
- The unofficial queen of drag racing, Linda Vaughn (Miss Hurst Shifter) has joined the cause to help promote the restoration project. Linda is helping to persuade suppliers to donate parts to complete the project.
- The SEMA Trophy for the winner of the 1963 Dragster Challenge has been reunited with the Allard Dragster after disappearing from public view for many years. The trophy was awarded to Sidney Allard after the completion of the Dragster Challenge that took place Silverstone, Brighton, Church Lawford and Debden. The race pitted Allards first drag racer against Dante Duces’ 600 bhp 350ci Chevy V8 engined Mooneyes gas dragster. The challenge was instrumental in creating enthusiasm for drag racing in the UK and Europe.
- The Dragster has been getting some sun lately, being displayed at the Silverstone Classic and Goodwood Revival.
- Two paintings of the Allard Dragster by artists Tommy Vågen and Paul Whitehouse were created and sold to raise funds for the Dragster restoration. Prints of these paintings are available at www.allardchrysler.org and all funds raised benefit the restoration project.
The ACAG is still in need of financial support, if you would like to help, please email ACAG chairman Brian Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site www.allardchrysler.org to buy merchandise.