by Jim Amos


                                  DVD #156

This 85-minute video covers the activities found at the Fifth Annual Quartermasters Challenge Drag Race, Car Show and Health Fair held at Maryland International Raceway on August 31, 2008.  The Quartermasters Racing Team is based in Forestville, Maryland and in addition to its interest in drag racing they are committed to helping the younger generation become productive members of society.  They also believe their show uses Racing to Save Lives.  I was very impressed to see how the Quartermasters use medical students from Howard University in Washington D.C. to screen racers and fans for health issues including:  Blood Pressure  Cholesterol  Dental  Glaucoma  Glucose and Prostate. And best of all it is done at absolutely no cost to the participant. 

A portion of the pit area was set aside for a judged car show and a great group of cars and trucks were in attendance.  I did a video profile of selective cars and talked to a few of the proud owners about their ride.  I also did a video profile of several drag race cars that were in the pits and I was impressed with the overall quality of the cars.  Antron Brown's dad Al Brown was at the show with his dragster and I had a chance to talk to him about his family and the sport of drag racing.  Interesting interview.

Out on the track it was non-stop racing all day long.  The cars were divided into several classes with some running an eighth mile and others a full quarter mile.  They also had a class for the Top Sportsman Door Slammers and the action was hot and heavy.  The program also included a special Junior Dragster category and 30+ cars competed.  We follow the drag racing action all the way to the finals.  Afterward we interviewed the winners and got their candid comments about the event.

Over the years I have become friends with several of the Quartermasters members and I have wanted to do a video of their show for some time.  2008 was the year and I am sorry I waited so long because they really know how to put together a great show.  I am also genuinely impressed with their interest and support of the younger generation and their goal to use Racing to Save Lives.  I have never before seen anything like their health fair program.  I have also included a few interviews with Quartermasters members so our viewers can learn more about this special group of people.  

If you have enjoyed some of our other event videos in the past I am sure you will be happy to add this one to your library.  Get your copy now.  

The attached YouTube video clip is a low resolution sequence from the Quartermasters Challenge V video.  Keep in mind the full 85 min video is in broadcast quality digital video.