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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

Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future?

Because there is nowhere else to look….. 

Legacy: Anything handed down from one generation to the following generations.

Art Chrisman dragrace-early-50ies-pioneering

Art Chrisman – Early 1950’s

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,

Traci Hrudka