Don Garlits's International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, March 12th 2020
March 25, 2020 • 3 Comments
Former Texas Motorplex and John Force Racing PR maven Elon Werner, left, shares a laugh with Motorplex founder and 2020 Hall of Fame inductee Billy Meyer and friends.
Ed and Barbara Rensi were on hand to help celebrate 2 Hall of Fame inductees, Lee Beard and Larry Minor. Ed was CEO of McDonald's USA Corp at the time of their sponsorship of Larry Minors racing operation.
Beauties and the Beast. A beaming Roy Hill reveled in his induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2020. Roy is definitely enjoying being with Jessica Read, right and Brenda Walls, left.
2020 inductee Billy Meyer, third from left, enjoyed a wealth of support from family and friends including, from left, son Adam and his wife Clair, wife Deborah, daughter Christy Johnson and her husband Barry.
Meeting of the minds. Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood, left, and Masters Entertainment boss Ted Jones shared stories about Roy Hill, whom the jointly introduced as one of the inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Guests at the Rockingham Dragway table included, from left, Laura Earwood South, track owner and host Steve Earwood, Dave Densmore, Sue Smiley Height, Julie Soltis, and professional driving instructor and former U.S. Nationals Super Stock Champion Terry Earwood.
P.B. Candies, left, and his mother, Rita, widow of the late Paul Candies, attended the banquet in support of inductee Roy Hill.
Funny Car drag racers Bruce Larson and K.C. Spurlock were among the celebrities supporting the 2020 inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Larson was himself inducted into the Hall in 2006. Jessica Read, Bruce Larson, K.C. Spurlock and Brenda Walls pose for a photo during the social hour prior to the banquet.
David Dobson, left, Producer at Masters Entertainment Group and former mainstay of NHRA's drag racing coverage on ESPN, shared a moment with Schumacher Racing executive and 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Mike Lewis, right. David Dobson along with Vicki and Mike Lewis sporting smiles.
Robert, Bones Balough welcomed the support of his granddaughters at his induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Fast Jack-Beckman, left, and Harry Hibler share a moment with Hall of Famer Ohio George - Montgomery during the 2020 banquet Montgomery attended in support of new inductee Robert Bones Balough, against whom he competed during drag racing's legendary Gasser Wars of the 1960s.
Rodney Garlits, right, addresses banquet guests on behalf of his grandfather, Big Daddy, Don Garlits, who missed the ceremony due to family issues. At left is first time master of ceremonies Joe Costello.
Native Californian Robert, Bones Balough, inducted into the class of 2020 by Fast Jack Beckman, still races today. He was a mainstay in the Gasser Wars, of the 1960s in a number of cars including the legendary Stone, Woods and Cook car, Woods and, Bones.
New inductee Don Enriquez was one of the dominant performers in Pro Comp when NHRA introduced the category in 1975. In fact, he won the very first Pro Comp title when he beat John Shoemaker in the final round of the 76 Winternationals at Pomona.
Former Founders Award winner Steve Earwood, owner of Rockingham Dragway, introduced Roy Hill as one of the newest inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Roy Hill, who has soared to fame in a new career as the proprietor of Roy Hill's Drag Racing School, was a standout Pro Stock and Pro Modified driver and car owner during the heyday of the IHRA series. He still competes today in Stock and Super Stock.
Donny Couch, left, reminisces with former IHRA series champion, NHRA U.S. Nationals winner and Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer for whom he worked as a crewman in the 1980s and whom he inducted into the 2020 class of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Larry Minor, who drove Top Fuel dragsters in the 1980s and won NHRA series championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car as a car owner, the latter with Cruz Pedregon and the McDonalds Oldsmobile, was one of those inducted in the class of 2020. Among those attending in support of the California potato farmer and fellow inductee Lee Beard, was Ed Rensi, who in the 1990s was McDonald's president and CEO.
Sandra Mizell, wife of racer Stanley Mizell, accepted the Pat Garlits Memorial Award on behalf of Etta Glidden, a key member of the Glidden family racing team that won 10 NHRA Ori Stock championships in the 1970s and 1980s.
Wave maker, Don Prieto, left, accepted the Founders Award from noted driver, track official, racing magazine executive, Hall of Fame honcho and all-around good guy, Harry Hibler.
Billy Meyer, who was the Funny Car winner in the last event in which he participated before his 1987 retirement, shared his induction into the 2020 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame with wife Deborah, who was the inspiration for many of the innovations he incorporated into the construction of the Texas Motorplex in 1986.
The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing's International Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductees were celebrated on Thursday of the Gatornationals. Back row: Founder's Award recipient Don Prieto, Billy Meyer, Lee Beard, and Sandra Mizell, who accepted the Patricia Garlits Memorial Award on behalf of Etta Glidden. Front row: Larry Minor, Don Enriquez, Robert "Bone" Balogh, and Roy Hill.
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