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Stories of UK drag racing pioneers
Dante Duce and Mickey Thompson at
1963 Brighton Speed Trials
- John Wood photos
Surrey pioneers

Derek Metcalf, Wombat / Strip Star - Part 3 22nd February 2021

Bill Haynes, Quarter Horse Racing - Part 2 8th March 2021

Mick Wheeler (Essex), Scorpion 15th March 2021

Tony Anderson, Trouble / More Trouble / Even More Trouble - Part 2 29th March 2021

Keith Stacey, Whiskey Peddler 5th April 2021

John Smith, mechanic and crew 12th April 2021

Richard & Martin Jarman, Strip Star / Hepolite Hustler 19th April 2021


Former drag racer and event organiser John Hunt has contacted pioneers of UK drag racing, acquired their stories and transcribed them for to publish with original photos. The inspiration for people to become involved was the visits of U.S. racers Dante Duce and Mickey Thompson in 1963 (see above photos) and the Drag Fests in 1964 and 1965. The accounts are exclusive to, told in the original words of the racers and have been accompanied by photos and images from their collections. thanks racers for providing their stories, and John Hunt and Nick Pettitt for help with editing and proof reading the feature and making archive images available.

John Hunt writes: "I'm interested in all classes of cars and motorcycles. I would welcome hearing from anyone who would be prepared to assist the writing of others stories from the other classes? If anyone has memorabilia available to pass on to the group of drag racing historians please get in touch with me on or 07855 598391".

If you would like to contact directly then send an E-Mail to


The above links go to UK drag racing history sites without which it would have not been possible to publish the pioneers' stories. We're also grateful for the help of Clive Rooms who has been a tremendous help for dates, results, times and speeds.

Stories © original author and