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Mopar garners British racing award

by David Zatz on

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has honored the Mopar and Hemi drag racing legacy, giving Mopar the their Global Achievement Award. The head of Mopar, Pietro Gorlier, took the award during a ceremony in England; he paid tribute to the late Tom Hoover.


Stu Bradbury, chair of the British group, wrote, “More than an engine, the Hemi is an icon, one brought originally to the drag strip by Mopar and then adopted for the streets. We are proud to recognize the legendary motor that still fuels drag racers and performance lovers around the world.”

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ daughter, Donna Garlits, was one of the presenters of the award. Mr. Garlits broke many speed barriers in Hemi-powered vehicles from the original 1950s engines to the “second generation” 426 cubic inch racing engine.

The crystal trophy is inscribed with “In Memory of Pat Garlits” on the base, engraved each time the award is presented. Don Garlits’ wife, Pat Garlits, passed away early in 2014; Don Garlits was the first person to receive the award.

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