The Quarter Mile Foundation
Roast of Larry Morgan
By Eugene Michaels
In conjunction with the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals event at Norwalk, Ohio’s Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park the Quarter Mile Foundation sponsored a benefit roast featuring Pro Stock legend Larry Morgan. The event was put together by Traci Hrudka and all proceeds went to help the important work that the Quarter Mile Foundation staff are doing to preserve the legacy of our sport.
The man of the hour Larry Morgan with the First Lady of Motorsports Linda Vaughn
The master of ceremonies for the night was WFO radio host Joe Castello. Joe’s special guest for the night was none other than the first lady of motorsports, Linda Vaughn. We are not sure how many years Linda has been doing this but she looked fabulous and showed no signs of slowing down.
Jeggy was all smiles and was certainly having a great time.
Larry Morgan with Tony Christian and Mike Ruth. Tony and Mike are part of Scott Venning's new production
Pro Stock Rescue, a TV show dedicated to the preservation of the early days of Pro Stock.
The first roaster was Ollie Volpe of Reher-Morrison Racing Engines and the last was Larry’s own son Nick. In between, Larry had to endure vocal attacks by the “Don Rickles” of drag racing Tony Christian. But it was John Nobile that stole the show. John had people rolling in the isles with his not so “politically correct” view of the world of drag racing. The event was attended by just about everyone in the NHRA Pro Stock class as well as the top brass of the NHRA and tons of Larry Morgan fans that currently work or have worked in the industry. Clay Millican represented the Top Fuel contingent.
This is an original Mr. gasket top 8 tire cover signed by Joe Hrudka.
One of the more popular items amongst the Pro Stock guys. The bidding was very intense.
Throughout the night there were live auctions going on with people bidding on some very cool racing memorabilia. One of the hottest items was a Top Fuel racing suit worn by Joe Amato. Joe is a big supporter of the Quarter Mile Foundation. There was even a visit by a professional belly dancer who danced her way around all of the tables for quite interesting entertainment to say the least. Everyone had a great time and stayed pretty late into the night.
Traci Hrudka shows off another hot item that was auctioned. it was full of
Don Garlits memorabilia signed by "BIG" himself
Special thanks to Traci Hrudka and all the supporters of the Quarter Mile Foundation as well as Larry Morgan his wife Diane and son Nick for allowing us to have a few laughs at Larry’s expense.
NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD - Text and photos courtesy of Eugene Michaels
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