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).