On March 13, 2014 the Twenty-Fourth Annual International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Ceremony and Banquet, presented by Lucas Oil, was held at the Paramount Plaza Hotels & Suites in Gainesville, Florida.

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Ceremony was dedicated to Pat Garlits who passed away in February 2014. Mopar introduced the Pat Garlits Memorial Award which would be given out annually for a woman who has contributed to the sport of drag racing through their professional activities- at the track-and/or their personal activities-off the track-which promotes the sport in a positive manner or to the success of the sport.

The Board of Selectors were: Harry Hibler, Ted Jones, Steve Gibbs, Greg Sharp.

The 2014 Inductees were: John Abbott, Al Bergler, Frank Hawley, Tom Hoover, Warren Johnson, and Forrest Lucas.

The Founders Award was presented to: Kenny Youngblood.

The Pat Garlits Memorial Award was presented to Barbara Hamilton.

You can watch the TV version of the banquet at the below link.

2014 Inductee’s

Kenny Youngblood

Founder’s Award Kenny Youngblood grew up in the “hot bed” of the hot rod/Street racing/automotive love affair, in Southern California, after the end of World War II and was exposed to this element at a [...]

Forrest Lucas

While Forrest always loved all forms racing, his first participation as a driver came in 1986, when he began shoeing his I-4 modified stocker on the short tracks in Southern California. His love of racing [...]

Warren Johnson

Warren “The Professor” Johnson was born in Virginia, Minnesota an area that wasn’t known as a hot bed of drag racing, but the professor took advantage of the semi isolated conditions. While spending his days [...]

Tom Hoover

Even as a teenager, Tom Hoover wanted to compete in the drag racing arena. His first car was a 1959 Chevy that provided his daily transportation, but when he was 21, he purchased his first [...]

Frank Hawley

Growing up on a farm outside of Ontario Canada, where he had plenty of “open space” Frank Hawley started his driving career at the ripe old age of four years old behind the wheel of [...]

Al Bergler

Yes, Al Bergler is a racer but he is also much more. Al is a master craftsman who earned a reputation in several areas within the hot-rodding arena. Al grew up in the automotive city [...]

John Abbott

John Abbott grew up in Denver Colorado in the drag culture of the era. He highly respected the likes of Kenz & Leslie and their Bonneville streamliner. Jon Bandimere Sr. famous for supercharged engines and [...]