Inducted February 16, 1995
In his quiet, self-effacing manner, Bakersfield native Ernie Hashim, a pioneer in drag racing, became a well-known figure in that sport as it zoomed to popularity. He became intrigued with building and racing the quarter-mile speedsters and won the first Smokers meet in 1950. However, as a constant engine tinkerer and visionary, his greatest fame came later as an owner and equipment designer and for his work with superchargers, which he adapted for use on fuel dragsters. Famed driver Don Garlits came to the Famoso dragstrip with eight carburetors on his fuel engine in 1959, got smoked by the West coast drivers, and left town with a Hashim supercharger. Hashim is in the National and International Drag Racing Halls of Fame and in 1992 was presented a National Hot Rod Association Lifetime Achievement Award.