Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports
11 dragsters to England for Goodwood Festival of Speed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POMONA, Calif. (May 1, 2008)
- The relationship between the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum,
presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, and the
prestigious Good Festival of Speed continues to prosper. The
Museum has been supplying cars to the event for a few years,
according to Tony Thacker, executive director of the Parks Museum.
"We took Ak Miller's El Caballo over in 2005," he said,
"and last year we shipped the Mickey Thompson Challenger
along with several other significant land speed record holders.
This year, it's the turn of the dragsters so we're coordinating
the shipment of 11 cars."
The 3-day festival runs from
July 11-13 and is held at the Goodwood House in West Sussex,
"Thacker said the first
American dragsters shipped to England were the Mooneyes dragster
and Mickey Thompson's Harvey Aluminum Special in 1963. "My
dad took me to see them and I'm honored to be a part of this
celebration of American horsepower. And the Mooneyes dragster
will be a part of the team returning 45 years after it first
raced in the UK."
Other dragsters taking part in
the "cricket pitch" display, which will give a snapshot
of the history of Top Fuel drag racing, include: Art Chrisman's
#25 car, the Glass Slipper, Chrisman's Hustler I, Tommy Ivo's
Barnstormer and 4-engined Showboat, the Howard Cams Rattler,
The Addict, the Beebe & Mulligan car and the Over
The Hill Gang car. It is also expected that "Big Daddy"
Don Garlits, who raced in England several times, will ship a
car as well.
"To display the land speed
cars, Goodwood built a replica of the Bonneville Salt Flats using
ground marble imported from Spain," said Thacker. "This
year they plan to recreate an early dragstrip, much like Lions,
and 'cackle' the dragsters several times throughout the festival.
It should be pretty spectacular."
For more information about the
Goodwood Festival, visit www.goodwood.co.uk.