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Don Garlits to WOW Fans at the Quarter Mile Foundation SEMA Booth

Special Auction – Funny Car Driver Alexis DeJoria’s “PATRON XO CAFÉ INCENDIO” Fire Suit

The Quarter Mile Foundation’s Project 1320 is happy to welcome “Big Daddy” Don Garlits to the 2019 SEMA Show being held November 5th through the 8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Considered as the “father” of the modern day rear engine dragster, “Big” (as he is known to industry insiders,) has a total of 144 national event wins to his credit and holds seventeen World Championship titles in NHRA/IHRA/AHRA Top Fuel Eliminator competition. Garlits will be signing copies of his new book, “DON GARLITS AND HIS CARS,” at the Quarter Mile Foundation booth # 11000 in the Grand Lobby. Times will be announced at the QMF booth. A visual blast down Top Fuel drag racing’s memory lane, Garlits’ new book features his greatest moments with photos taken by some of the sport’s most accomplished photographers; a must have for any serious drag racing enthusiast.

DRAG RACING MEMORABILIA COLLECTOR ALERT! Our expressed gratitude to funny car racer Alexis DeJoria for donating one of her fire suits to the Quarter Mile Foundation which will be on display at the booth. Autographed by Alexis is the black with orange accents, the words “PATRON XO CAFÉ INCENDIO” (Alexis’ sponsor) are stitched across front, back and pant legs along with Kalitta Racing, DHL, Toyota, Feather Lite, Red Line Oil, Stand 21, Summit and MAC Tools patches on the arms and chest.

Quarter Mile Foundation will be auctioning off the suit (reserve is set at $3,000.00) during SEMA Show hours with proceeds going to the Quarter Mile Foundation via silent auction, or text message to Traci Hrudka @ (216) 409-1486. Winning bid to be announced via phone call or text on Friday November 8th at 4:00 pm. Bids texted will be kept informed of bids placed via text. See Quarter Mile foundation’s booth or text Traci for more details. For those that wish to bid by text, bids will be disqualified if not raised in increments of $100 or no name and contact information is provided.

The Quarter Mile Foundation is also proud to display “RAIDER SOUL,” a 2019 KIA SOUL, painted by famed custom painter John Pugh to commemorate the Oakland Raiders Football Team which will be calling Las Vegas home as of 2020. John Pugh’s customers range from John Force, Darrell Gwynn, KC Spurlock, Candies & Hughes, Dale Pulde and so many more. John currently works with Gunslinger Custom Paint out of Golden Colorado, owners Dave Call and Jeff Theisen.

The Quarter Mile Foundation is happy to welcome back retired Stock, Super Stock and Pro Stock drag racer, American Racing Legends Ralph Goodall to the Quarter Mile Foundation booth. Goodall holds 50 national event wins (combined classes,) in NHRA/IHRA/AHRA competition running multiple classes with as many as three cars. In 1982 Goodall teamed up with the late “Dyno Don” Nicholson to field a one year only Oldsmobile Calais in NHRA Pro Stock. In 1986 Woodall retired from drag racing to focus on building new business which led to significant developments and patented inventions for motorsports and the automotive industry.

There’s a lot going on this year at the Quarter Mile Foundation/Project 1320 booth #11000 Grand Lobby so don’t miss it!


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

MAVTV to telecast 2014 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame banquet

Ocala, Fla.  – The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, home of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, has announced the 24th annualInternational Drag Racing Hall of Fame presented by Lucas Oil induction banquet will be televised on the MAVTV cable channel. 

The first airing will be made on the network’s “Inside Drag Racing” program on Thursday, October 2 at 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 12:30 PM Central, 11:30 AM Mountain and 10:30 AM Pacific. 

The program was recorded on March 13, 2014 at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites in Gainesville, Fla.  The program will feature the introduction of the 2014 inductees – John Abbott, Al Bergler, Frank Hawley, Tom Hoover, Forrest Lucas and Warren Johnson, and Founder’s Award recipient Kenny Youngblood; and their acceptance speeches.  Master of Ceremonies, the popular Bob Frey, will provide his insightful, and often humorous, commentaries.

The program will re-air on Thursday October 2 and Saturday, October 4.  See below for all dates and airtimes.


DATE                                                   TIME    ­


October 2       1:30 PM Eastern, 12:30 PM Central, 11:30 AM Mountain, 10:30 AM   Pacific


October 2       6:30 PM Eastern, 5:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Pacific


October 4       10:30 AM Eastern, 9:30 AM Central, 8:30 AM Mountain, 7:30 AM Pacific


October 4       1:30 PM Eastern, 12:30 PM Central, 11:30 AM Mountain, 10:30 AM Pacific


All times are Daylight Savings Time


 MAVTV is available on DISH and DIRECT TV satellite systems, as well as select cable systems.

 NOTE: The 2015 IDRHOF Banquet is coming up on March 12th…Mark your calendars, -reserve your seats now.  Contact Donna Garlits at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, 1-(877) 271-3278.

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing nominated for international award

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced it has nominated The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing to be honored with the “Museum Collection of the Year Award.”  The Museum Collection of the Year Award is connected to the International Historic Motoring Awards, a prestigious automotive event which honors a number of individuals and groups each year for contributions and achievements in several categories.  The winners will be honored at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, England on November 20, 2014.

Brian Taylor, spokesman for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame observed, “The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing has long been a destination for drag racing fans, worldwide.  Don’s contribution to the preservation of historic drag racing vehicles, and not merely his own, as well as uniforms, helmets and other memorabilia is a major reason why the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame chose to nominate the museum for this honor.”

 He adds, “Because of the way the International Historic Motoring Awards process is structured, each ‘nomination’ is considered a ‘vote’ for that particular museum.  The nominations are eventually reviewed, and the museums with the largest number of nominations are selected to go into the ‘Short List’ of six to determine the museum which receives the Museum Collection of the Year Award.  The final selection is made by a panel of judges.

“We would hope the drag racers and fans in North America would go to the International Historic Motoring Awards website (http://www.historicmotoringawards.com/categories.php?view=1) and fill out the form to ‘nominate’ Don’s museum.  The nomination process is the key to making the ‘short list’ for consideration.  It is important to note, that being ‘short listed’ is considered to be a major honor by itself.”

Make this HAPPEN!  Click the link (http://www.historicmotoringawards.com/categories.php?view=1), fill out the form and NOMINATE THE DON GARLITS MUSEUM OF DRAG RACING AS THE