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Quarter Mile Foundation begins crowdfunding Project 1320

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Stills from Project 1320 crowdfunding video.

Zero to 265 in seven years might not sound that impressive on the dragstrip, but that figure takes on a whole new dimension when applied to nabbing interviews with some of drag racing’s legends while they’re still alive, the goal of the Quarter Mile Foundation’s Project 1320, and one reason why the foundation has set up a crowdfunding effort.

Launched in 2009, Project 1320 is the brainchild of Traci Hrudka, the daughter and niece of Mr. Gasket founders Tom and Joe Hrudka. At the time, she and the foundation’s board of directors put together a list of more than 400 drag racers to track down and interview, both for posterity and for a series of documentaries on the sport’s pioneers.

Since then, participants in Project 1320 have traveled the world and racked up 265 interviews, some of them with people who have since died, including Carroll Shelby and Joe Mondello.

“We cannot again sit with John Menzler or Raymond Beadle or Dale Armstrong or Joe Mondello and be entertained with the tales of the past, the stories of then and how it all came together to be now,” Hrudka wrote for the recently unveiled crowdfunding campaign. “It won’t be long before all of those we worshiped 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.”

Aiming to raise $5,000 for further interviews and documentary production, the Quarter Mile Foundation’s GoFundMe crowdfunding page currently sits at $485. In announcing the fundraiser, the Foundation also released a teaser for the documentary, featuring portions of interviews with a number of racers.

For more information about Project 1320, visit QuarterMileFoundation.org.