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PROJECT 1320 - GET INVOLVED!

PROJECT 1320 produced by Quarter Mile Entertainment is an episodic documentary which will capture the history of drag racing - from the post World War II period to the end of the 1980s.

PROJECT 1320 will feature interviews of the surviving pioneers as they tell the story from their unique, personal point of view. Some of today's heroes will be featured, but it will focus on yesterday's legends as they tell of their experiences and explain the Who, What, Why, When, Where and How of the sport's early days and how it grew. You will also see how a multi-billion dollar industry - the performance automotive aftermarket - grew with the sport as ingenious racers built new parts to make their race cars go faster, and then sold them to their fellow competitors.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED!? --  Join "FRIENDS OF PROJECT 1320"!

Drag racing fans can get directly involved with the PROJECT 1320 effort by becoming a member of "FRIENDS OF PROJECT 1320".

You get:
-- A PROJECT 1320 T-shirt, Cap and Hat Pin.
-- PROJECT 1320 Boxed DVD sets at discounted pricing.
-- The PROJECT 1320 website (www.Project1320.com) "Members Only" section.
-- Photos and movies from fans and old racers which will rekindle many memories.
-- As a special addition, you will also see actual interview pieces of each interviewee before the documentary is even released.
-- Join with a community of fans in the website's social network area sharing your personal recollections and thoughts with others around the world.

PROJECT 1320 will feature the important developments of each decade, how the pro classes came to be, the innovations in performance parts, the changes in safety and how drag races were conducted. You'll learn about how the automakers and Fortune 500 companies used the sport to market their products. Plus many more areas as PROJECT 1320 unfolds!

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Project 1320 to chronicle drag racing's pioneers
Documentaries to provide an oral history of the sport

Contact: Traci Hrudka
Quarter Mile Entertainment, LLC
Phone: 440.888.0088
Hrudka@sbcglobal.net (OR)
Steve Cole - 330.725.5462
scole@4writewords.com

Parma Heights, Ohio -Racing fans and automotive enthusiasts have long had a desire to learn about the birth of the sport from the legends and heroes of the formative years.
To this point, there has been a patchwork of efforts but without an integrated approach to tell the story of how men and women with mechanical talent, fearless determination and skill built the cars and events to capture the glory of being the quickest and the fastest down 1320 feet of asphalt.

The focus of Quarter Mile Entertainment LLC (QME) and its Project 1320 is to capture first person narratives about the life and times of these early heroes…from the period immediately after World War II through to the beginning of the "modern era". The narratives of the sport's pioneers will be supported with still images and home movies of the period to deliver the "Who, What, When, Where, Why" of the times.

At the heart of the project is the goal to produce a high quality documentary film centering on the individuals, manufacturers, sanctioning bodies and the behind the scenes people…what it took to bring this great sport to its current level that can be divided into segments suitable for multi-part TV series use. The individuals and manufacturers who will be a part of this series will include many household names but will also include many of the "lesser-knowns" whose contributions have faded in our minds, but who helped launch the sport, nurtured it through its early growth and finally saw it become a major motorsport. The goal is to place the series on a cable network to expose the greatest number of viewers to why and how this sport has grown in popularity.

"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 Entertainment. "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 initial effort will be to provide an overview of the historical perspective of the sport - the key people and moments…the passion and the blood, sweat and tears it took to evolve the sport from a grassroots, never quit, "run whatcha brung" level to the point where corporate America and thousands of racers are involved on a weekly basis. It will also touch on how successful racers became successful business owners, supporting the racers with the products needed to get the finish line quicker and faster.

The blueprint for Project 1320 calls for a breaking down of the sport's dramatic growth…by decades, the evolution of today's major classes of competition, plus a look at the growth of the racing parts aftermarket, the influence of automaker participation and the support of corporate America, the historic race tracks and their owners and how the ideas of a small handful of men and women created the sanctioning bodies that have guided the sport.

The early grassroots support of Project 1320 has been amazing, fed by a word of mouth, internet-based network of old racers. A significant number of fans and racers have volunteered their home movies and pictures to this project. These images and movies will be digitized and archived for future use, as well as the first person interviews. The archives will provide much of the resource material for the subsequent project episodes.

Project 1320 will be seeking both corporate and grassroots support to document drag racing's historic moments and personalities. The "Friends of Project 1320" program will soon be launched to allow individuals to help produce this undertaking, and to build additional support.

The Board of Directors of QME hope the project will generate even more support by fans and racers who uncover their personal archives of yesterday and share it with future generations of fans and racers.

The Board of Directors of Quarter Mile Entertainment LLC consists of: Traci Hrudka (Chairman), Harry Hibler, Don Garlits, Steve Cole and Wayne Wolfe. The Board of Directors is assisted by an Advisory Board of Wally Booth, Darwin Doll, Don Ewald, Carl Olson, Stephen Krystek and Bill Pratt.

NOTE: The Project 1320 website at www.project1320.com is currently under construction. The target launch date will be the first week of June, 2009. The present unofficial home of the project is www.project1320.ning.com.


 

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