The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has recognized the considerable impact the HEMI V8 has had on the world of drag racing by granting it a Global Achievement Award, Hemmings reports. The BDRHoF’s Global Achievement Award is handed out to persons, organizations or products that have advanced the sport in a technical manner or that have helped popularize the sport.
Originally developed for stock car racing, the 426 HEMI V8 is a mainstay in the world of drag racing. And even though the original HEMI went out of production in 1971, aftermarket shops have helped keep the engine active even today.
Mopar brand boss Pietro Gorlier accepted the Global Achievement Award himself and was sure to mention original engineer of the 427 HEMI V8, Tom Hoover, in his acceptance speech. Hoover, referred to as the father of the HEMI, died in April of this year at the age of 85.