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Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing nominated for international award

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced it has nominated The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing to be honored with the “Museum Collection of the Year Award.”  The Museum Collection of the Year Award is connected to the International Historic Motoring Awards, a prestigious automotive event which honors a number of individuals and groups each year for contributions and achievements in several categories.  The winners will be honored at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, England on November 20, 2014.

Brian Taylor, spokesman for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame observed, “The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing has long been a destination for drag racing fans, worldwide.  Don’s contribution to the preservation of historic drag racing vehicles, and not merely his own, as well as uniforms, helmets and other memorabilia is a major reason why the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame chose to nominate the museum for this honor.”

 He adds, “Because of the way the International Historic Motoring Awards process is structured, each ‘nomination’ is considered a ‘vote’ for that particular museum.  The nominations are eventually reviewed, and the museums with the largest number of nominations are selected to go into the ‘Short List’ of six to determine the museum which receives the Museum Collection of the Year Award.  The final selection is made by a panel of judges.

“We would hope the drag racers and fans in North America would go to the International Historic Motoring Awards website (http://www.historicmotoringawards.com/categories.php?view=1) and fill out the form to ‘nominate’ Don’s museum.  The nomination process is the key to making the ‘short list’ for consideration.  It is important to note, that being ‘short listed’ is considered to be a major honor by itself.”

Make this HAPPEN!  Click the link (http://www.historicmotoringawards.com/categories.php?view=1), fill out the form and NOMINATE THE DON GARLITS MUSEUM OF DRAG RACING AS THE


Don Garlits “Rat Roast” DVD now available

Parma Heights, Ohio (April 16, 2012) – The Don Garlits “Rat Roast” DVD will begin shipping on April 20, 2012. The DVD video, recorded on February 11, 2012 at the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., captures the magical evening when seven of Don Garlits’ pals from his illustrious 62 year racing career roasted and toasted “Big Daddy” to celebrate his 80th birthday before a sell-out crowd.

Produced by the Quarter Mile Foundation, the DVD covers over 120 minutes of the event which opens with Linda Vaughn (as Marilyn Monroe) singing a sultry “Happy Birthday” to Don, followed by opening remarks from NHRA President Tom Compton. Then fun began as Master of Ceremonies Bob Frey played “Ring Master” over Jerry (The King) Ruth, Ed (The Master) Pink, Tommy (TV Tommy) Ivo, Dave (Big Mac) McClelland, Ed (The Camfather) Iskenderian, Sid Waterman and Don (The Snake) Prudhomme, plus Garlits.

“We feel the DVD of the ‘Rat Roast’ captures the flavor of that magical evening,” states Quarter Mile Foundation chairman, Traci Hrudka. “While we underestimated the length of time it took to edit the materials from the event, we found some old footage of Big Daddy that has not been seen before and will certainly add to the entertainment. We feel the end results justified the wait.

“This DVD will be played many times, and the funny stories and the antics of the panel will keep you laughing over and over. This is a DVD every serious drag racing fan must have in their collection.”

The “Rat Roast” DVD is available for $20.00 (US), plus shipping and handling, from the Quarter Mile Foundation website – www.project1320.com. The DVD can also be purchased at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and its website (www.garlits.com).