|Bobby Lagana, Sr.||Gene Mooneyham||Fritz Voight|
|Joe Pisano||George “Ohio” Montgomery||Connie Swingle|
|John Buttera||Al “Mousie” Marcellus||Pat Foster|
|Al Segrini||Al Bergler||Walt Arfons|
|Arlen “Akron” Vanke||Alex Xydias||Gary Ormsby|
|Barbara Hamilton||Art Arfons||Arnie Beswick|
|Bob Brandt||Art Chrisman||Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins|
|Bob Glidden||Austin Coil||Bill “Speedy Bill” Smith|
|Bobby Langley||Bernie Fedderly||Bob Vandergriff, Sr.|
|Boyd Codington||Bernie Partridge||Bruce Larson|
|Buddy Martin||Bob Stange||Carl Olson|
|C.J. “Pappy” Hart||Borsch, William “Wild Willie||Carroll Shelby|
|Carol “Bunny” Burkett||Buster Couch||Chet Herbert|
|Connie Kalitta||Chuck Stolze||Chuck Finders|
|Dale Funk||Dale Emery||Dale Armstrong|
|Dale Pulde||Dave McClelland||Dante Duce|
|Dante Pastorini||Dick LaHaie||Darrell Gwynn|
|Dick Harrell||Dick Skoglund||Dean Moon|
|Ed “Ace” McCullough||Don Garlits||Dick Estevez|
|Ed “Isky” Iskenderian||Don Hampton||Dick Moroso|
|Ed Pink||Don Prudhomme||Don Nicholson|
|Frank Pedregon||Ed “Fast Eddie” Schartman||Don Schumacher|
|Gas Rhonda||Gene Altizer||Eddie Hill|
|Gene Mooneyham||Gentleman Joe Schubeck||Francis Butler|
|George Snizek||Gordy Foust||Frank Hawley|
|Harry Hibler||Hubert Platt||George Elliott|
|Jere Stahl||Jack “Doc” Watson||Gordie Bonin|
|Jim Head||Jack Roush||Herm Petersen|
|Jim McFarland||Jim Oddy||James Warren|
|Joaquin Arnett||Jim Read||Jeg Coughlin, Sr.|
|Joe Amato||Jim Thorton||Jerry Ruth|
|John Force||Jim Walther||Jim Stuempfle|
|John Jodauga||Jimmy King||Jim Tice|
|Jon Asher||Joe Hrudka||Jimmy Diest|
|Jon Lundberg||Kenny Hirata||Joe Mondello|
|Judy Lilly||Lamar “Mr. 409″ Walden||Julio Marra|
|Junior Thompson||Larry Lombardo||Ken Montgomery|
|Keith Black||Linda Vaughn||Ken Veney|
|Larry Morgan||Mark Pawuk||Kenny Bernstein|
|Leslie Lovett||Marvin Graham||Kenny Warren|
|Paul Candies||Mickey Thompson||Kenny Youngblood|
|Phil Weiand||Paula Murphy||Larry Dixon Sr.|
|Raymond Beadle||Phil “Daddy Warbucks” Bonner, Sr.||Lou Baney|
|Rich Guasco||Red Matthei||Louie Senter|
|Ronnie Sox||Richard Brady||Mickey Hart|
|Shirley Muldowney||Rick Hendrick||Nick Arias|
|Shirley Shahan||Rocky Pirrone||Rahn Tobler|
|Sid Waterman||Roger Gustin||Smokey Yunick|
|Tom Coddington||Roland Leong||Steve Evans|
|Tom Raley||Tom Hoover||Steve Reyes|
|Wally Parks||Tommy Ivo||Tim Richards|
|Warren Johnson||Tony Nancy||Tommy “TC” Lemons|
|Kenny Koretsky||Vic Edelbrock Sr.
Vic Edelbrock Jr.
|Tommy Johnson, Sr.|
Because there is nowhere else to look…..
Legacy: Anything handed down from one generation to the following generations.
This is a question drag racing and the industry must answer as each move forward in the 21 Century.
The number of surviving pioneers and legends in both drag racing and the automotive performance aftermarket continue to shrink.
Therein lays a unique – but very limited opportunity. Our sport and industry are very fortunate to still have among us enough of the pioneers who were there at the beginning. These legendary pioneers have the opportunity to provide the sport, the industry and the general public with a very intimate look at how a sport and an industry grew from the energy unleashed by the World War II’s returning veterans – how they and their contemporaries made and molded these dynamic facets of the American automotive market.
This opportunity to capture that intimate look at how we started and how we grew is the mission of the Quarter Mile Foundation, and its PROJECT 1320 multi-episode documentary film series. The Foundation is digitally filming interviews of these pioneers to get their perspective of their careers, the growth of the sport and/or the industry.
As we prepare for a New Year, we look back on the previous year to reflect on what we accomplished and how to improve for the New Year ahead as well as what will the year hold for us. I look at it as we survived where others are still struggling, but there is strength and determination to make it through times such as these. We grow stronger as the bond this industry carries will always be the very integral part of our survival.
As the Quarter Mile Foundation prepares for 2015, our journey to preserve and share what we were built on still has miles to go. The gap of bringing the past to our future is shrinking, we have made great strides and are very proud of our accomplishments because of those that have stood up and joined in as their beliefs have imaged ours.
It is never easy to ask for support and money. It is something I never had to do before until I started this foundation. I was very accustomed to folks coming to us at Mr. Gasket to ask for support, whether it was race sponsorship, discounts, longer terms on purchase orders, loans, free product, you name it we were there so others could survive, succeed and keep the wheels turning.
And so the tables are turned, I am in unfamiliar territory asking for support, yet I will not be deterred from our mission as Project 1320 is a very long overdue story of over 60 years of hard work, passion, love and the incredible tenacity to get up back on your feet whenever you fell down. The ingenuity to never stop improving, testing when you really didn’t have the right equipment to test with, the never ending ideals, traditions and relationships that have lasted throughout the test of time need to be told.
Quarter Mile Foundation will with your help bring the past to meet the future so those that our new generations that are new to our industry and also for those that will follow will understand what we have accomplished through our trials and tribulations, strengths and perseverance, love and passion.
Please join in and together as a family we will keep alive and share some extraordinary stories of what was so richly built.
Quarter Mile Foundation has many great programs of support that will fit any budget. All we need now is for you to stand up with the others and be a part of what we all feel is a part of our culture that needs to be told now.
Do you remember what it was like back in the day? How did you get to where you are? What did this industry give to you? I have to believe that for some, our pioneers were many of your mentors as I know who mine were.
Do we let them just fade away and not honor their accomplishments? Our pioneers started this painting for us; it is our responsibility to keep the brush in hand.
Please feel free to visit our website at quartermilefoundation.org for a listing of how you can become part of sharing the past with the future through Project 1320 or contact me directly at Hrudka@sbcglobal.net or 440.888.0088
Thank you for your time and consideration,