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Mopar honored by British Drag Racing Hall of Fame

by Bill Cawthon on

On Saturday, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) announced it is presenting the 2015 Lucas Oil Global Achievement award to Mopar.

The award, which will be awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Gala Awards Dinner on November 21, honors the role the Hemi V8 has played in drag racing.

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Les Downey, Managing Director and Director of European Operations of Lucas Oil Products UK, said “… there can be few more worthy of receiving the trophy than the Mopar brand; not just for the Hemi V8 engine, but for their constant involvement and support of drag racing. Within the world of drag racing we know the heritage and the tremendous impact that Mopar and the Hemi V8 have had on our sport.”

Introduced last year, the Global Achievement Award is presented to a person, team, company or institution that has had a global impact on drag racing. It is not presented every year, but when, in the opinion of the judges, recognition is merited. Last year, the trophy went to the legendary Don Garlits, known for his use of Hemi engines beginning with a 331 CID Chrysler engine the first “Swamp Rat” in 1957.

The award bears the inscription “To The Memory of Pat Garlits” on its base, a tribute to Don Garlits’ wife, who passed away last year.

Thanks to Mike L’Alouette for the tip and for the details.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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