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UK's First Dragster To Roar Again

1961 Allard Chrysler undergoes restoration to running order

By Chris-R / Monday, March 08, 2010

The first dragster ever built in the UK is undergoing restoration.

The Allard dragster was the brainchild of South London car-maker Sydney Allard, who had made his name building sports cars powered by American Ford and Cadillac V8 engines during the 1950s. By the early '60s drag racing had a massive following in the USA and it was inevitable the sport would cross the pond.

Allard recognized this and started planning a car that first ran in 1961. He used a Chrysler Hemi V8 fitted with a GMC supercharger, clothed in a lightweight, streamlined body.

The car, which is held in the collection of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, is in good cosmetic condition but is being restored to running order thanks to the efforts of the Allard Chrysler Action Group. Currently the engine is out of the car, as it has been shipped to the US for a nut and bolt rebuild.

You may already have seen the historic machine at the Silverstone Classic or Goodwood Revival, but you can catch up with it again at the Race Retro event at Stoneleigh Park this coming weekend.

Meanwhile the ACAG is still looking for funds to help the project along, so if you want to support the cause why not wear the car on your T-shirt this summer?

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