Pioneer of the Quarter Mile members:
is little question within the industry and drag racing communities about
the value of the crusade by the Quarter Mile Foundation to chronicle our
history through the PROJECT 1320 documentary film series.
The effort to capture the history in a video format told by our pioneers,
sharing and preserving what has been created over the past 60 years is a
daunting task. To be honest, it is a very costly undertaking.
But, thanks to the generosity of companies and individuals like Moroso, Mr.
Gasket, Joe Amato, National Hot Rod Association, Quick Fuel Technologies,
Lori Johns, the Mondello Technical Center, Strange Engineering, World
Products, plus many fans and enthusiasts, the Foundation has been able to
gather 66 interviews comprising over 78 hours of footage of our pioneers
and legends from both the sport and the industry.
As we all know, time will not stand still for those that still need to be
interviewed. The cameras cannot get to those who need to tell their stories
To put it bluntly, the legendary pioneers are dying quicker then we can get
to them. We all have a list in our mind of these key people we have lost
thus far. We know of people who are 'at risk' for age and/or their health.
Ask yourself, can anyone really tell the story of the formative years of
the sport and industry it nurtured other than the pioneers themselves?
I have seen some of the interviews as they were being done, and I can
honestly tell you the emotion that pours from their stories is
breath-taking! Many of these stories provide greater depth and insight into
our collective histories than many have known.
However, must we wait until they are all gone and our history is just that
' HISTORY? OR, do we grasp this last, best chance (to quote Dave
McClelland) to get these first-person narratives to help those who follow
behind us understand where we came from, and how we got there!?
We are asking for financial support to help us to continue to gather these
interviews as quickly as possible. In most cases, these interviews have
been able to be conducted in group settings at events and trade events
which minimize the costs dramatically. For as little as $5000.00 from
combined donations as well as corporate donations we have been able to
gather up to 20 interviews at one event! Since the Foundation is an IRS
Chapter 501(c) 3 educational charitable organization, all support is
I sincerely hope that you will seriously consider showing your support by
joining in our crusade to help us continue our mission. This will benefit
not only future generations but also allow us to share our story, our
heritage of determination, passion and good ole American elbow grease that
gave us what we have today.
I would like to have you ask yourself this question: 'What is the value of
the history of our industry and sport to the future of the entire
industry?' Think for a short moment about what some of the pioneers and
legends who have passed away could have told us. The words of these lost
pioneers would tell their story much more effectively than the
recollections of their peers.
I truly hope that I can count on you to provide some measure of
financial support to 'seal the deal' on this documentary before the voices
of the surviving pioneers are silenced.
For your information, I have attached a list of the individuals whom we
have been able to interview. With your generosity, you assure this list
will grow ' much longer.
generous donation can be made directly on our website at www.project1320.com or by mail to:
Quarter Mile Foundation 6210 Beverly Dr Parma Heights, OH 44130
Thank you in advance for your consideration.