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Old 03-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Default Sydney Allard's Dragster



Sydney Allard did more than just build sports cars; he is often referred to as the father of British drag racing. In 1960 Allard decided to build Britain's first true dragster. He commissioned his team to des...

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:16 AM   #3
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I'm sorry, Jive-Bomber, but you're wrong about the "sole" dragster built in Europe.
In 1967 the "DRAGoon's CLAN", the first italian hot rod Club etablished in Europe (November 11, 1966) built "DRAGone", sponsored by CALTEX, WEBER, SAFFA, POLISTIL and maybe someone else, a "rear-engine dragster" presented at Autodromo Internationale di Monza in September of 1967, before the start of Gran Premio d'Italia.
I'm unable (sorry again) to post some picture but if you are so kind to give me your E-mail, i can provide atachemets suitable to be published.
More: in the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum, you'll find a little model of the car I gave to Big Daddy in February 2008.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #4
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As it sits now in the National Motor Museum in the U.K.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:31 AM   #5
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The website hasn't been updated in a couple of years and I didn't dig deeper.

From the website...
"2011 will be the car’s 50th birthday and plans are being made for the car to visit the USA and attend Bakersfield as well as be on display at the NHRA museum."

Did this happen?

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Old 03-02-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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I'm sorry, Jive-Bomber, but you're wrong about the "sole" dragster built in Europe.
In 1967 the "DRAGoon's CLAN", the first italian hot rod Club etablished in Europe (November 11, 1966) built "DRAGone", sponsored by CALTEX, WEBER, SAFFA, POLISTIL and maybe someone else, a "rear-engine dragster" presented at Autodromo Internationale di Monza in September of 1967, before the start of Gran Premio d'Italia.
Thank you!
You may have read my words wrong- I said the "first" purpose-build dragster in Europe, not the "sole" or only one:

"In 1960 Allard decided to build Britainís (and actually all of Europeís) first true dragster."
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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Pretty amazing..I knew the name but not the history. Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:20 PM   #8
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History, Gotta love it. What a slick looking ride for sure. Tons of beauty Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:55 PM   #9
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Funny how timing works....I was just in Ron Fournier's shop today, he was giving me a bit of a history lesson on Allard as he's restoring one of the original sport cars. Pretty cool.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:53 PM   #10
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8 fucking replies? This thread rocks as much as jays last one. I do think the Allard dragster is ugly since the first time I saw a picture 30?40? years ago..............but IT IS A MILESTONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:47 AM   #11
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There's something weirdly British about old sidney (I assume that's who it is) sitting in that thing in a suit and tie whilst it belches exhaust out of he zoomies. Pure Monty python.....great bit of history from my homeland Jay. Thanks

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Old 03-03-2012, 03:24 AM   #12
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8 fucking replies? This thread rocks as much as jays last one. I do think the Allard dragster is ugly since the first time I saw a picture 30?40? years ago..............but IT IS A MILESTONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ugly?????...
I think it looks slick!
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:03 AM   #13
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one of the allard dragon dragsters is still being raced now, has a very simular blown 4 cylinder engine like the one used in the video, usually turns up at the hot rod drags in september, gonna hunt for a picture now..
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:06 AM   #14
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found it!
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:38 AM   #15
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I really enjoy all the old drag stuff. I love old film clips from hot rodding's past, and what a gorgeous suprise at the end. I am just as happy to see all the stuff in the back ground of vintage race films or movies. Also I have a friend with the last name Allard, who turned me on to the marque. No relation, he just became interested by the name. Thanks for the post.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:32 PM   #16
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Ugly?????...
I think it looks slick!
Personally,I think it looks pretty darn sexy.Kind of reminds me of a Dan Gurney Eagle transformed into a dragster.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:38 PM   #17
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Just caught this thread and have to say how cool is it that the driver held the camera with one hand and wrangled the dragster down the track and that this film still exists,

Thank you Jive Bomber and Thank you HAMB for bring us this.

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Old 03-04-2012, 04:03 AM   #18
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That's a good size SU!
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:58 AM   #19
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http://www.timetraveldvds.co.uk/gall...-63/index.html

Here are some shots of Sids car back in the day....checkout the whole website if you are into historic Hot Rods and Dragsters from over here....
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #20
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Kinda looks like a Ken Fuller copy. No disrespect, just thinking out loud.
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