Hawley to be Inducted into Drag Racing Hall of Fame
One of Canada’s most famous drag racing names, Frank Hawley has been selected for induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame…..
The highly respected racer and businessman, who was born in London Ontario, received the notification officially last month from legendary Don Garlits, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee Founder and CEO.
“I am truly honored, humbled and excited,” said Hawley. “I got a call from “Big Daddy” Don Garlits himself telling me that I’ll be inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame next spring. This is “very cool” especially when you read the list of previous inductees.”
That ceremony will happen during a pre-event banquet on Thursday, March 13th just prior to the Gatornationals in Gainesville Florida. Frank will be inducted in a group that also includes John Abbott, Al Berger, Tom Hoover, Warren Johnson and Forrest Lucas.
Frank Hawley’s career in drag racing is truly impressive to say the least. He is a 2X NHRA World Champion (1982 and 198) as a driver and won 7 events driving a Funny Car and 2 in a Top Fuel dragster.
Frank Hawley has also served as a television sports commentator on ABC, TNN and ESPN broadcasts and has authored two books on the sport of drag racing.
He was also inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame back in 1995, on the National Hot Rod Association’s all-time Top 50 Drivers list is ranked No.43.
In 1985 he founded the world’s first school for drag race driver’s training – Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School for which he might be now most known for.
With Hawley as the lead instructor, that school offers classes all across the United States where drivers can earn their NHRA Competition License. Some of the classes offered include Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Pro Stock Bike as well as courses for those to license and train with Hawley in their own car.
For more information on Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School – click: HERE
Posted by: Bruce Biegler