Quarter Mile Foundation

Quarter Mile Foundation In honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so others can reach for the stars!
At the end of 2009, a group of individuals from within the drag racing community launched the Quarter Mile Foundation with the express intent of creating a documentary to capture the history of drag racing. Now that the sport is so popular, with large corporate sponsors and a multi-billion dollar industry attached, industry professionals felt that it was essential that the new generation of drag fans and car enthusiasts have access to the history of the sport. How did drag racing grow from its DIY, grassroots beginnings to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today? “Our greatest concern is to capture the stories and personal perspectives of the legends of the sport that are still living,” says Traci Hrudka, chairman of Quarter Mile Foundation. “We have lost a tremendous number of these people over the years, and time is running out to capture those oral histories in a digital format. If we ever want to do this, now is the time!”

The Quarter Mile Foundation is working to create a episodic documentary about the birth, growth, and supporting industry built up around drag racing. It will cover the people, the vehicles, the races, the technology, and the entrepreneurs that made up drag racing from the 1940s through the dawn of computerization in the late 1980s. Episodes will cover each decade of drag race history from the 1940s to the end of the 1980s, the key figures in drag racing history, aftermarket innovations that made their way into mainstream automotive technology, the influence of corporate sponsorship, major racetracks and their owners, and the birth and growth of the sanctioning bodies that govern drag racing. More than just a historical archive, the documentary will bring the daring, genius, and excitement of drag racing to a new audience, and a new generation of racing fans. It will be composed of both first-person interviews with drag race and performance aftermarket greats and archival footage that brings the sport to life. Because the Quarter Mile Foundation members are intimately acquainted with drag racing, they are uniquely positioned to portray an insider’s view of the sport. The documentary crew has access to the big names in drag racing.

Mission: Quarter Mile Foundation's purpose is preserving the real historic places & people, in real time, for this and future generations to see and experience to get a 'charge,' if you will. PROJECT 1320 ... Creating 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.

Quarter Mile Foundation's cover photo
11/11/2019

Quarter Mile Foundation's cover photo

Rise and Shine !
11/11/2019

Rise and Shine !

Rise and Shine !

May your Dreams be classic and awesome !
11/11/2019

May your Dreams be classic and awesome !

May your dream's be classic and awesome !

Smokey the Bear's  . . personal fire truck.
11/11/2019

Smokey the Bear's . . personal fire truck.

Smokey the Bear's . .personal Fire Truck

Classic Drags !
11/11/2019

Classic Drags !

Classic Drags !

Happy Sunday . . all you " Mean ole Goats !
11/11/2019

Happy Sunday . . all you " Mean ole Goats !

Happy Sunday . . all you " Mean Ole Goats "

Sweet Classic Cruiser !
11/11/2019

Sweet Classic Cruiser !

Sweet Classic cruiser !

oLd sK00L
11/11/2019

oLd sK00L

old sK00L

Best play ground in town !
11/09/2019

Best play ground in town !

Best play ground in town !

Mopar " White Meat "
11/09/2019

Mopar " White Meat "

Morning " White Meat " yummy and Cool !

Lunch break -round up !
11/08/2019

Lunch break -round up !

Lunch Break Round Up !

Flashback " DartAttak "
11/08/2019

Flashback " DartAttak "

Coffee and Hole Shot

Sweet Friday classic " Wild Child "
11/08/2019

Sweet Friday classic " Wild Child "

Sweet Cherry Morning

Thanks UPS
11/08/2019

Thanks UPS

Afternoon Day Dream !

Evening Black Beauty
11/08/2019

Evening Black Beauty

Afternoon Black Beauty !

Sweet Dreams
11/08/2019

Sweet Dreams

For dinner . . sizzling Hot Rod !

Throwback " Appliance Wheels "
11/08/2019

Throwback " Appliance Wheels "

Throwback " Appliance Wheels "

11/06/2019

Live from The SEMA Show! COME meet Big Daddy Don Garlits!

Dina Parise
11/06/2019

Dina Parise

When Big Daddy Don Garlits tells story.....😂
We are having a blast with him at the Quarter Mile Foundation booth here at The SEMA Show! Come by! Purchase his book and get it autographed!

Happy Tuesday . . . make it Golden
11/05/2019

Happy Tuesday . . . make it Golden

Happy Monday - hope it was golden !

Red Hot  . . coffee and Hole Shot !
11/05/2019

Red Hot . . coffee and Hole Shot !

Red Hot coffee and Hole Shot !

VolksWaaaaagon !
11/02/2019

VolksWaaaaagon !

Volkswaaaaaagon !

Eddie  . . checks out the Munster Motor
11/02/2019

Eddie . . checks out the Munster Motor

Eddy . . checking out the Munster motor. .! Happy Holloween !

Maverick  . . simple magic !
11/02/2019

Maverick . . simple magic !

Maverick . .simple magic !

Hot Rod  . . . Booty call . . .
11/02/2019

Hot Rod . . . Booty call . . .

Friday morning . . Booty Call !

Bird Watching !
11/02/2019

Bird Watching !

Bird watching !

Chevy - Ford  . .classic Battle !
11/02/2019

Chevy - Ford . .classic Battle !

Chevy - Ford . . . classic Battle

Classic Flashback
11/02/2019

Classic Flashback

Friday Flashback !

Morning Red Meat . . Big ole piece of classic !
11/02/2019

Morning Red Meat . . Big ole piece of classic !

Morning Red Meat . .big ole piece of classic !

Our expressed gratitude to funny car racer Alexis DeJoria for donating one of her fire suits to the Quarter Mile Foundat...
10/30/2019

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 “PATR’ON 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 fire 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 at the show or by text, bids will be void if not raised in increments of $100 or no name and contact information is provided.

Happy Friday
10/26/2019

Happy Friday

Happy Friday !

31 AA Ford  . . old school !
10/25/2019

31 AA Ford . . old school !

Afternoon -Old School ! 31' Ford AA

Address

6210 Beverly Dr
Parma Heights, OH
44130

General information

They’re leaving us, you know. One by one, the giants of our past are slipping away. The day will come – and it will come soon – when they will all be gone, their stories ever dimmer memories. As we bid each one sad farewell we come to see that time is short and we are losing our heroes. So much is lost with the passage of time. The stories fade and disappear. The places may either change or stay the same or vanish altogether and while we may mourn the passage of time that erases the places of our youth, there are still faded photographs that can rekindle our memories of what once was. We cannot preserve what is no longer there. But the people, the people and the stories they can tell, can be preserved. Recall all the hallowed places of the past - Lions Drag Strip, Goleta, Green Valley – and imagine now for a moment that they are still there, that you could still sit in the stands on a Saturday night and hear the engines roar and hang around the pits later and eavesdrop on the bench racing and the bravado. Would you not relish the thought? Well, we can do that no more. The places no longer exist. Many of the heroes who invented a sport that became a passion are no longer with us. We cannot again sit with Carroll Shelby or T.C Lemons or Bill Jenkins or Vic Edelbrock and be entertained with the tales of the past, the stories then and how it all came together to be now. Many of our pioneers are not with us today, having succumbed to the inevitability of time. It won’t be long before all of those we worshipped and admired in our youth, all those who we held in awe, all those who innovated the hobby and the sport we all love, will be gone. To honor the past, we owe it to ourselves and to those who will come after us to preserve it. It is within our means to do so. The Quarter Mile Foundation is a 501©3 Educational Charitable Organization with a mission of capturing on film the first person histories of our industry’s pioneers and legends. But it is a race against time, as these legendary men and women are leaving us at a sad and increasing rate. Once they are gone, they are gone and their stories, their triumphs, their struggles, their laughter will be gone with them. We must not allow our history to disappear, to become nothing more than faded pictures and faulty memories. We must ensure that history will be preserved, that the tale of how we became who we are today as an industry will not be lost to time and that, in a way, those who blazed the trail will always be with us. Traci Hrudka President and C.E.O. Quarter Mile Foundation, Parma Hts., OH. www.quartermilefoundation.org

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