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Quarter Mile Foundation to have Drag Racing Star-filled Presence At 2018 SEMA Show


Las Vegas, NV (October 23, 2018) – The Quarter Mile Foundation will be celebrating some of the most iconic racers from drag racing during the 2018 SEMA Show, as well as live music entertainment by Canadian music star Bradley Tucker. In an effort to preserve the history of drag racing, attendees of the SEMA Show will be able to meet drag racing legends at The Quarter Mile Foundation Booth #10010 in the Grand Lobby across from the SEMA Store of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 30th through November 2nd.

Headlining the drag racing personalities will be Steve Gibbs and Cindy Gibbs, founders of the Nitro Revival. Steve Gibbs’ impact on the sport of drag racing is without peer. His lengthy resume includes 48 years with NHRA, first as National Dragster advertising director, then rising up the ranks to Vice-President of Competition. From there Gibbs was the driving force behind the creation of the Wally Parks Motorsports Museum and the creation and operation of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. To underscore his impact on motorsports worldwide, Gibbs was presented with the 2018 Global Achievement Award by the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

At a time when most people would be slowing down to enjoy retirement, Gibbs and a group of like-minded enthusiasts have embarked on a new adventure. Established in 2017, Nitro Revival recreates the sights and sounds of the early days of drag racing and hot rodding, and features fully-restored, nitro-burning relics from the sport’s “golden age”. The Revival also serves as a reunion for racers from that golden era, giving fans the experience of a drag racing museum come to life.

Rich Guasco and the "Pure Hell" Fuel Altered

Rich Guasco and the “Pure Hell” Fuel Altered

Rich Guasco and the “Pure Hell” Fuel Altered will be making their first ever SEMA appearance at The Quarter Mile Foundation booth. The “Pure Hell” Fuel Altered first hit the drag strip in 1964 with a nitro fueled small block Chevy and a 92-inch wheel base. With Dale “The Snail” Emery’s driving and Guasco’s tuning expertise, “Pure Hell” became the first Fuel Altered to reach speeds over 180 MPH and in under 8.50 seconds. In 1968, “Pure Hell” reset the Fuel Altered top speed record by reaching 207 MPH after a new Hemi install during the NHRA Winternationals.
In addition, SEMA attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Pro Stock Driver Ralph Woodall. Woodall began racing in 1976 with a big block Camaro in Super Stock. By 1978, he added a second Super Stock Car and raced under the Budweiser banner. In 1981 Ralph went Pro Stock racing. In 1982, Woodall fielded a second Pro stock car with “Dyno” Don Nicholson driving. Ralph Woodall’s drag racing career included over 50 national records in NHRA, IHRA and AHRA. In 1986 Woodall retired from drag racing to focus on building new business, which led to significant developments and patented inventions for motorsports and for the automotive industry.

The Quarter Mile Foundation will close out the show with an experience of a lifetime. During SEMA Ignited on Friday, November 2nd, attendees will be able to experience Harry “Hand Grenade” Hibler firing up the Tony Nancy Sizzler Dragster!

Tony Nancy’s “Sizzler” Dragster

The SEMA Show kicks off October 30th and runs through November 2nd at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Quarter Mile Foundation Booth #10010 is located in the Grand Lobby across from the SEMA Store of the North Hall. Special guest appearance schedules to be released at the show booth.

Quarter Mile Foundation’s mission is to collect and archive the history of the sport of drag racing, and related aspects of the high performance aftermarket, focusing upon capturing the first person oral histories of the pioneers and legends. The goal is to preserve interviews, in addition to photos, movies and video tape for present and future generations to see and experience how drag racing and the performance aftermarket impacted the North American automotive market. To build a permanent historical record of drag racing – its people, cars, events and industry, a record that transforms our past into present, and present into future giving context to ideas and anchorage to experience. For more information, visit: http://quartermilefoundation.org


In  celebration and to honor our legend
of the quarter mile and automotive aftermarket the Quarter Mile Foundation has created a T-Shirt for all racing and aftermarket fans. We have listed as many names as we could based on the print area allowed. While we were doing this we discovered that this is going to have to be a series of tees in order to get as many of our legend’s names as possible for fans and racers alike to be able to proudly wear all your favorite “Legends” names that you have watched and grown up with.
The quantities you see are all that is available, these will not be re-printed. Get yours now before they hit the Finish Line.
QMF Revised 6_12 Black Shirt
QMF Revised 6_12 White Shirt
QMF Revised 6_12 Pink Shirt
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.
Wally Booth

Quarter Mile Foundation adds 22 new interviews at the SEMA Show

The Quarter Mile Foundation completed a very successful 2012 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, October 30 to November 2, highlighted by the completion of 22 additional interviews for the Foundation’s PROJECT 1320 documentary film.

Quarter Mile Foundation chairman, Traci Hrudka observed, “We were very focused upon getting interviews of some key industry people, as well as others with connections to the competition side.  As noted by PROJECT 1320’s producer, Dan Koterba, the interviews gathered during the week created very interesting and diverse commentary.  This continues to show the very rich tapestry of the way the sport and the industry started and developed over the years.

“As in the past years, the Specialty Equipment Market Association and CONVEXX (the SEMA Show Producer) made the interviews possible.  They worked closely with the Foundation to assure a quiet room conducive for getting the best quality interviews.  This, along with an excellent, high traffic show booth location and record Show attendance, the support shown by SEMA and CONVEXX gain created a very productive week!

“We were able get the recollections of a very diverse group of industry and drag racing veterans, including several SEMA Hall of Famer’s whose contributions helped define the character of drag racing and the performance aftermarket.”
With the completion of the SEMA Show filming, the Quarter Mile Foundation has now interviewed 200 individuals, encompassing 225-plus hours of material.

A list of the interviewees follows.


Interviews completed at the SEMA Show 2012

October 30- November 2, 2012


  • Richard Brady — Veteran drag racing photographer
  • Dick Burley — Long-time Keith Black Racing Engines employee, friend
  • Corky Coker — Coker Tire President/CEO, Chairman, SEMA Board of Directors (2003), SEMA Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Bob Cook — Veteran Manufacturers Rep, Founder/President Emeritus Bob Cook Sales, SEMA Hall of Fame (2008), active in SEMA and Performance Warehouse Association (PWA)
  • Tom Curnow —  Former owner Eagle Headers, Co-Owner of the “Over The Hill Gang” Top Fuel car (and later restored the car), CEO – Performance Products (a private brand label manufacturer to the industry)
  • Dale Dobies — Veteran Mr. Gasket Company employee, specialist in customer service and race support operations
  • J. Russell (Russ) Deane — Long-time General Counsel for SEMA, SEMA Hall of Fame (2007), Bonneville 200 MPH Club, World Record Holder Class F/PS (Dodge Neon), SCCA road racer.
  • George Elliott — Former President, Argus Publishing Company, Chairman, SEMA Board of Directors (1989), SEMA Hall of Fame (1990)
  • Doug Evans — Senior Group Publisher (Automotive) Source Interlink Media, SEMA Person of the Year (1990), SEMA Board of Directors, Chairman, Save the Salt Foundation
  • John Iannotte — Long time Manufacturers Rep (Bob Barker Sales, N.A. Williams), Chairman – SEMA Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC),  SEMA Board of Directors
  • John Jodauga — Senior Editor, National Dragster; noted drag racing artist, historian
  • Amy Faulk — Pioneer female drag racer, C.E.O., Hypertech, Inc., SEMA Person of the Year (1996), SEMA Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Bob Larivee, Sr. —      Founder of International Show Car Association (ISCA), early car show      promoter including the earliest Detroit Autoramas (which was a major      financial supporter of Michigan’s first dragstrip –the New Baltimore      Dragstrip), SEMA Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Bob McJannett —      Co-founder of Performance Improvements – one of the earliest performance      retailers and warehouse distributors in Canada, multi-term member SEMA      Board of Directors, SEMA Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Mary Mondello — Wife      of the late Joe Mondello, President of Joe Mondello Racing Engines
  • Skip Scafidi — Son of long-time Manufacturers Rep, the late John (“Skip”) Scafidi of Scafidi-Bolio & Associates      covering the Northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada, now a part of Marc Alan      Associates.
  • Paul Schiefer, Jr. —  Schiefer Media; Son of Paul Scheifer, founder      of Schiefer Manufacturing (Schiefer Clutches) and who was one of SEMA’s co-founders
  • Gene Schwartz —      Pioneering drag racer in the Gas classes, held multiple NHRA E.T./Speed      records, multi NHRA event winner
  • Nate Shelton — Chairman, B&M      Automotive Group, SEMA Chairman-Elect (2013), PWA Person of the Year      (1994), SEMA Person of the Year (1998), SEMA Hall of Fame (2007)
  • Bob Spar — Co-Founder of B & M      Racing (with brother Don), one of the co-founders of SEMA, SEMA Hall of      Fame (1981)
  • Dave Wallace, Jr. —      Noted drag racing journalist and historian; Editor of Hot Rod Deluxe,      owner of Good Communications
  • Kenny Youngblood —      Legendary drag racing and hot rodding artist
  • Mike Zimmerman — Long      time West Coast Manufacturers Rep, co-founded Airheart Sales (with Bob      Airheart)