Pioneer Stories...


An exciting new project started in 2020 after John Hunt wrote his story for Eurodragster in July that year. John had been in contact with various other drag racers from the Surrey area that he had known when running his own dragster and it occurred to him that they too might want to add their stories. 


Fortunately they were all up for it and during the winter of 2020/2021 John recorded interviews with them which he then transcribed. I helped edit the interviews and scanned the photos and memorabilia that they had provided plus some from my own archive. Extra historical help was given by Clive Rooms while Simon Groves did the final layout, publishing the stories on Eurodragster between February and April 2021.


We did it all again a year later. Mick Gleadow became involved and helped find many pioneers using an ancestral site he subscribes to. Also Chris Dossett and Jerry Cookson helped with some of the stories and these were all published on Eurodragster between January and April 2022.


We've now published another 26 stories during January to April 2023 and they are now added to the list.


Here's the links to the Pioneer Stories so far...


Derek Metcalf

Bill Haynes

Mick Wheeler

Tony Anderson

Keith Stacey

John Smith

Russ Carpenter

Richard & Martin Jarman

Gleadow family part 1

Gleadow family part 2

Gleadow family part 3

Gleadow family part 4

Gleadow family part 5

Gleadow family part 6

Gleadow family part 7

Brian Gibson and Bob Venison, Part 1

Brian Gibson and Bob Venison, Part 2

Pat and Chris Church, Part 1

Pat and Chris Church, Part 2

Tony Whitehouse, Part 1

Tony Whitehouse, Part 2

Marshall Dickson Racing

John Fullerton

Derek Benbow

60s Ford Anglias

Liquidator

Geoff Jago, part 1

Geoff Jago, part 2

Geoff Jago, part 3

Geoff and Stuart Jago, part 4

John Wright, part 1

John and Richard Wright, part 2

Gerald Cookson, part 1

Gerald Cookson, part 2

Gerald Cookson, part 3

Gerald and Jerry Cookson, part 4

Tony Russell

Ken Cooper, part 1

Ken Cooper, part 2

Ken Cooper, part 3

Ken Cooper, part 4

Ken Cooper, part 5

Bradley Cooper

Chris Pattison, part 1

Chris Pattison, part 2

Al O'Connor, part 1

Al O'Connor, part 2

Al O'Connor, part 3 

John "Jynx" Harrison, part 1

John "Jynx" Harrison, part 2

Bruce Brown, part 1

Bruce Brown, part 2

The Stones, part 1

The Stones, part 2

The Stones, part 3

Age Machine through the Ages, part 1

Age Machine through the Ages, part 2

Surrey Street Rodders, part 1

Surrey Street Rodders, part 2

Surrey Street Rodders, part 3

Jeff Byne, part 1

Jeff Byne, part 2

Phil Elson

Dennis Swift

John Bennett



Anniversary Stories...