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Quarter Mile Foundation and Project 1320 News

December 8 2016… Quarter Mile Foundation and Hedman Husler Hedders to roast Bob Vandergriff, Sr.

Bob Vandergriff 100 dpi

For Immediate Release

Contact: Traci Hrudka

Quarter Mile Foundation
Phone: 440.888.0088   

Parma Heights, Ohio (October 18, 2016) – The Quarter Mile Foundation announces the must-see “Hustling a Husler”- A Roast and Toast of Bob Vandergriff, Sr., presented by Hedman Husler Hedders and the Quarter Mile Foundation; and sponsored by the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown on Thursday evening, December 8, 2016.

The event will take place following the close of the first day of the Performance Racing Industry Show, in the ballroom of the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown. The event promises to draw many celebrities from the motorsports and performance aftermarket communities.  The “roasters” will be a “Mystery Panel” of “Industry Legends” with long-time connections to NHRA drag racing and the automotive aftermarket – manufacturers, warehouse distributors and manufacturer’s reps.

The event will begin at 6 PM with a cocktail reception, followed by a Beef and Salmon Duet dinner at 7 PM, with the roast and live auction starting at 8 PM in the hotel’s Ballroom on the second floor.  Dress for the event will be Business Casual/Semi-formal, and booth apparel will be very acceptable.

Like previous roasts presented by the Foundation, sponsorship of VIP tables (each seating 10) will be available at $2500 each.  VIP table placements will be nearest to the stage, featuring complimentary red and white wine, logo placements on stage backdrop banner, on the table, in the program, plus mention in all media releases.  Additionally, there will be sponsor acknowledgement from the podium, and logo and company name placement in the event DVD.

Reserved tables (seating 10) will be available at $1200 with placement secondary to the VIP Tables, and Individual tickets will be $120 per person, in open seating at the remaining tables.  A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible for U.S. citizens.

To reserve your table and seating please click on this link –

You can also send a check payable to: Quarter Mile Foundation 6210 Beverly Dr. Cleveland, OH 44130.

Deadline to order tickets will be December 2, 2016, which also must be presented at check-in outside the ballroom in order to enter the event. Please do not forget your tickets or you will miss all the fun!

Additionally, the evening will feature a live auction of memorabilia from the stage, plus a silent auction.

The event will offer complimentary coat check to attendees for the evening.  Additionally, there will be affordable cab service to outlying hotels (within a three-mile radius of the Hotel/Convention Center) provided by Yellow Cab, with a $5.00 fare (negotiated by the Performance Racing Industry Show management).

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The Quarter Mile Foundation is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit foundation, which is producing PROJECT 1320, a for-television documentary film series about the history of drag racing and the parallel growth of the performance automotive aftermarket.



Joe Castello of WFO Radio to MC Quarter Mile Foundation’s Larry Morgan Roast fundraiser

Parma Heights, Ohio (June 7 2016) – The Quarter Mile Foundation’s fundraiser roast of Pro Stock drag racing star Larry Morgan on Thursday, June 23 will have WFO Radio’s Joe Castello at the mike as Master of Ceremonies.

Castello assumed the role when Bill Bader, Jr., President of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park had to relinquish the role, due to an unexpected schedule conflict.

Castello, a native of south Florida, hosts the highly popular motorsports internet radio program, and is a fixture at most National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) events, doing live public address interviews.

“Bill Bader and the Foundation are disappointed that he had the conflict, but we feel Joe’s special brand of energy and passion for the preservation of the history of drag racing will bring excitement to the evening. Joe has been a great supporter of the Foundation and its goals, and I am pleased he could assist us on short notice,” said Traci Hrudka, Foundation chairman.

Castello will oversee the evening’s theme — The Larry Morgan Roast – A Cavalcade of Laughter” and as “Ringmaster of Ceremonies,” he will attempt to direct Morgan’s personally selected panel of tormenters: Tony Christian – Modified Eliminator, Pro Stock and Pro Street star, Ian Landies, Jr. – Competition Eliminator racer (son of the late sportsman star Ian Landis, Sr.), Pat Musi – Engine builder, Pro Street pioneer, John Nobile – IHRA Pro Stock World Champion, NHRA Pro Stock (father of Pro Stock star Vincent Nobile), Ollie Volpe – a former Gas-class racer and racing sales specialist for serveral leading aftermarket companies, and Billy (“B.M.F.”) Wagner – former Larry Morgan Racing crew chief. Supporting the roast will be added themed entertainment centered on a carnival atmosphere through the cocktail hour, dinner and roast.

The event is being held at The Colonnade, north of Milan, Oh., during the NHRA/Mello Yello Summit Racing Equipment Nationals drag race weekend.

The event is being supported by V.I.P. sponsors are Country Corvette (West Chester, Pa.), Holley Performance Products (Bowling Green, Ky.), JEGS High Performance and the JEGS Foundation (Delaware, Oh.), Joe Hrudka (Phoenix, Az.), Lucas Oil Company (Corona, Ca.), National Hot Rod Association (NHRA – Glendora, Calif.), Speed City Performance (Mentor, Oh.).

Activities commence at 6:00 PM, with a cocktail reception hour, followed by a buffet dinner. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. The roast festivities will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.

Time running short for Larry Morgan Roast tickets!

  Parma Heights, Ohio (June 3 2016) – The time is quickly growing short to reserve a seat for the Larry Morgan “Cavalcade of Laughter” Roast to benefit the Quarter Mile Foundation!  The deadline for the $80 Advance Sale tickets is midnight, Friday, June 10.  After that, the walk-up seats are $90, and with no guarantee of food service. 

Here’s how to reserve your seat:  Order through Event Brite at: or by visiting the Quarter Mile Foundation’s website,  Payment may also be made by check/money order payable to Quarter Mile Foundation at 6210 Beverly Dr. Cleveland, OH 44130. Please mark for “Larry Morgan Roast.”


Where – The Colonnade banquet facility; 11001 US 250 (Milan Ave.), Milan, OH at Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90) Exit 118 (U.S. 250 — Norwalk/Sandusky exit), approx. 6 miles (10 minutes) North of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park

Date/Time – Thursday, June 23, 2016 — Cocktail Hour at 6:00 PM; Roast begins at 8:00 PM

Added attraction – AUCTION live from the stage, plus silent auction

All proceeds will benefit the Quarter Mile Foundation, and a portion of the ticket price will be tax deductible for US citizens.