Engine Raffle Benefits Project 1320

Feb 24, 2011

The drag racing documentary film effort Project 1320 will benefit from a high-performance engine raffle at the end of the year.

The Quarter Mile Foundation, producer of Project 1320, and Joe Mondello Engines have announced a joint venture to raffle a street/strip big-block Chevy engine featuring items provided by World Products, according to a press release. The money raised will go toward the Project 1320 effort to record the living history of the sport of drag racing.

“Joe proposed the engine raffle following the SEMA Show,” said Traci Hrudka, Quarter Mile Foundation chairman. “The members of the Foundation’s board of directors welcomed the proposal and we have been working with Joe regarding the engine and the mechanism for the raffle. This will be the first of a series of ‘Save Our Heritage’ engine raffles in conjunction with leading engine builders.”

The engine, dubbed “Mondello’s Vintage Rat,” is designed to run on pump gas and will be complete (including ignition) from carburetor to the oil pan, from the nose pulley/harmonic damper to the flexplate. It will be a 555-ci Chevrolet (Mk IV version) with a single four-barrel carburetor and designed for use with an automatic transmission, according to the release.

World Products is supplying the core of the engine: a Merlin engine block, heads and the intake manifold. It will deliver an estimated 700-plus hp and 650 foot-pounds of torque. The valve covers will be engraved with the Mondello Engine and World Products names. Once completed, it will be dynoed and the dyno sheet will accompany the engine to the raffle winner, the release stated.

“As I talked to Traci and some of the Foundation’s board members, I was struck by their dogged determination to make this documentary a reality,” said Mondello of Project 1320. “I felt that I could contribute my name and talents to this important undertaking by providing an engine to raffle. Bill Mitchell Sr. and his son, Bill Jr., of World Products have really made a significant contribution to the Foundation and this raffle program, providing a great deal of value to this engine.

“Our sport and the industry should have done this job many years ago, and I want to provide whatever support and encouragement I can to this endeavor. I would like to see others in the sport and the industry step up and get behind the Quarter Mile Foundation and Project 1320 with financial support and/or creative means of generating the needed funds to do this.”

The raffle tickets will be available at events where the Quarter Mile Foundation will have a presence, as well as the Foundation’s website (PROJECT1320.com), according to Hrudka.

Tickets are $10 each or six for $50. The winner will be drawn at the Performance Racing Industry Show on Dec. 3.