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Linda Vaughn Tribute Roast DVD – Pre-ordering now available

The Linda Vaughn Tribute Roast DVD is in the final stages of production, and pre-release advance ordering is now available!

The DVD features over 2 and-a-half hours of non-stop laughter, as Linda’s “Roasters” paid tribute to her contributions to the world of motorsports and the performance industry in a unique “Love Fest.”  Master of Ceremonies Bob Frey did his best to keep the Roasters — Jack “Doc” Watson, Paul Candies, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Bob Glidden, Lyn St. James, Corky Coker, John Force, Chip Ganassi and John Menzler on track. Special, unscheduled appearances by Darrell Gwynn and Tony Stewart left the room in stitches.

The live auction of some of Linda’s memorabilia and collectibles from roasters and other racing notables generated a parade of funny moments, to say nothing of the spirited bidding wars.

Relive this memorable evening, as the motorsports world paid tribute to the “Queen of Speed” at the Lucas Family Estate in Carmel, Indiana.

 Each LIMITED EDITION DVD is affordably priced at $20.00 (U.S.) with a $5.35 U.S.P.S. Expedited shipping/handling fee (U.S. customers only, international orders are higher, dependent upon destination). Order now: Linda Vaughn Roast DVD Order Link

Quarter Mile Foundation plans for 2012 SEMA Show announced

Parma Heights, Ohio (October 2, 2012) – The Quarter Mile Foundation announces it will once again have a prominent presence at the 2012 SEMA Show.  According to Traci Hrudka, the Foundation’s chairman, the Foundation has been positioned in the same location it occupied in 2011.


She commented, “Thanks to the continuing efforts on the Foundation’s behalf by SEMA and CONVEXX management, and in particular, Peter MacGillivray (SEMA Vice President, Events & Communications) and Chuck Schwartz (Chairman of CONVEXX), the Foundation will have the same excellent location in the Grand Concourse area of the Las Vegas Convention Center as it had last year.  Additionally, we have been provided a quiet room to conduct interviews with the pioneers of the industry and drag racing attending or participating in the show.


“The booth 10900 location is in a very high traffic, high visibility area between the North and Central Halls.  The location, between two major entrances to the North Hall as well as the high traffic hallway to the Cab Stand area, proved to be an excellent position to share our goals and accomplishments with show attendees and the other exhibitors. ”

The Foundation’s digital video interviews of industry and drag racing pioneers throughout the course of the show are a critical part of the show presence.  These first person narratives are at the core of the PROJECT 1320 documentary film series about the birth and growth of drag racing and the performance automotive aftermarket between the late 1940s to theend of the ’80s.


The Foundation has accumulated 178 pioneer interviews of with over 220 hours of footage. The interview process will continue in Atlanta, Ga. in October prior to the SEMA Show interviews. The pioneers to be interviewed will include:  Warren Johnson, Scotty Cannon, Skeeter Jourdan, Phil Bonner and Ricky Smith.


The Foundation’s activities for the 2012 show also include appearances by two well-known industry icons, Linda Vaughn and Kenny Youngblood.  Linda will be signing autographs while Kenny will be creating his remarkable race car artwork.



Linda Vaughn: 10:00 AM – Noon — Tuesday (10-30), Wednesday (10-31), Friday, (11-2)

Kenny Youngblood: 3:00 – 5:00 PM — Tuesday (10-30), Wednesday (10-31) Thursday, (11-1)

Linda Vaughn Roast becomes a ‘love-fest’

Linda’s infectious smile lit the room all night

Parma Heights, Ohio (September 6, 2012) – “A night to remember” was a very common comment following the “tribute roast” to Linda Vaughn held at the “Sports Palace” at the Lucas Family Estate in Carmel, Indiana on Wednesday, August 29.

The building was filled to capacity with over 300 attendees, who witnessed a “love fest” tribute to the “Queen of Speed.” The overall tone of the roasters was one of respect, admiration and love for one of motorsports’ most beloved icons.  There were funny stories, but many were tributes to Linda’s unwavering love of the motorsports and the performance aftermarket communities.

Presented by the Quarter Mile Foundation, the event was a fund-raising effort for the Foundation and to assist Linda.  The room was a powerful mixture of figures from many motorsports disciplines – drag racing, open wheel, stock car, road racing and fans – all intent upon paying respect to one of the most beloved and enduring non-racer legends of modern times.

The evening opened with a huge surprise, as Darrell Gwynn came into the room dressed in drag as Linda, complete with the Hurst shifter arching up from the back of his electric wheelchair.  After the obligatory photo shots were completed, Master of Ceremonies Bob Frey had the daunting task of keeping a semblance of order in an evening that seemed to feed on the energy in the room – everyone running at “wide open throttle.”

Starting with Jack (“Doc”) Watson, the list of roasters who followed were a “Who’s Who” of the motorsports and performance aftermarket world – Paul Candies, Jeg Coughlin, Jr., Bob Glidden, Lyn St. James, Corky Coker, John Force, Bob Bruegging, Chip Ganassi and John Menzler.  Each related his or her personal stories of Linda, and how her connections helped influence their lives or those of friends.

Interspersed between the Roasters’ comments were spirited bidding wars over a dozen live auction items.  The bidding often led to comedic exchanges – the most notable being with John Force and Tony Stewart – which left the audience in stitches.

Traci Hrudka, Chairman of the Quarter Mile Foundation said, “We were able to build off the very successful Roast of Don Garlits at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. in February. Linda’s Roast took four months of planning, and I felt like a wedding planner.    The Foundation worked very closely with the staff at the Lucas Family Estate, and the evening’s results speak for themselves, with the very positive feedback from the audience was nothing but a huge plus.

“The belief of the Lucas family in the Foundation’s undertaking to do the historical documentary and the support of Linda, as well as the support of so many companies, racers and fans made the evening an entertaining and financial success.  The funds which were generated will be a tremendous help to Linda personally, as well as to the Foundation to continue to record the recollections of the legends and pioneers of drag racing and the performance aftermarket for posterity.”


The Linda Vaughn Tribute Roast will be available on a DVD, and will be available through the Quarter Mile Foundation’s website: www.quartermilefoundation.org.