Inductees Announced for 2014 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, located at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida, inducts new members each year. These are people who have made important contributions to the sport of drag racing and the Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for 2014. The new class marks the 24th year of new inductees, and the ceremony to honor them will take place in Florida on March 13 next year.
Canadian fans of drag racing are pleased to see that Frank Hawley will be honored next year. Hawley is known for leading his team to back-to-back wins in 1982 and 1983 at the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car World Championships. Today, he continues the racing tradition by running a school that trains thousands of racers.
Also joining Hawley, according to Hot Rod magazine, will be Al Bergler, a long time hot rodder who is best known for his race car creations. The competition coupe he made called More Aggravation was the only race car to ever win the Riddler Award at Detroit Autorama. John Abbot, a top fuel driver from the 1960s through the ‘80s, is being honored for his career, which includes winning the NHRA U.S. Nationals and making a transition from front- to rear-engine cars.
The rest of the inductees include Tom Hoover, a popular Funny Car driver and champion, Warren Johnson, known as “The Professor,” and Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil Products. The Founders Award will go to Kenny Youngblood, a long-time leading artist in hot rodding. His work in designing cars, creating unique color schemes, customizing cars, and even making them the subject of paintings has made a lasting impact on the world of drag racing.