Listen up class. Today’s lesson is about drag racing and one of it’s most celebrated drivers.
His name is Frank Hawley. He was born in London in 1954. Attended Saunders Secondary School. And when the subject is motorsports he knows from whence he speaks.
He has owned and operated a drag racing school for the past 21 years and to those who doubt his credentials, consider this:
- He won back-to-back National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Winston World Funny Car championships in 1982 and 1983 at the wheel of the famed Chi-Town Hustler, owned by the legendary Austin Coil. All told, he won seven NHRA World funny car titles.
- During his career he also won two NHRA Top Fuel Dragster national events. He is also only one of 13 drivers to win titles in both Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Cars.
- He is a member of the NHRA’s “4-second Club”, was Car Craft magazine’s driver of the year, is number 43 on the NHRA’s list of Top 50 drivers from 1951-2000, and was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame operated by Big Daddy Don Garlits near Gainesville, Florida in 2013.Along the way Frank has served as a television sports commentator for ABC, TNN, ESPN and independent programming. Also, he has authored two books on the sport of drag racing and is widely known as a lecturer and instructor.He created the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School in 1985 in Gainesville and also has a west coach school at Fontana, California. It is the required
training facility for anybody who wants to sit behind the wheel of a dragster and is the official school of the NHRA.
During his career Frank was licensed to drive in Top Fuel, Nitro Funny Cars, Top Alcohol dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars. He also holds licences in Pro Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas.
Not bad for a kid from London who began his need for speed as a four- year-old driving go-karts. He won his first drag race at age 16 at Bob Harvey’s St. Thomas Dragway and little did he know that it was the start of a career that would be unequalled by only a few.
Frank Hawley is the first representative from his sport to join the London Sports Hall of Fame. Welcome aboard Frank. It’s our pleasure.