The name “Big Daddy” Don Garlits is synonymous with Drag Racing.
He has been dubbed the “King of the Dragsters,” and is considered the patriarch of Top Fuel Drag Racing.
Don Garlits began racing in 1950 and scored his first major victory in 1955. His first NHRA National event win
came in Top Fuel at the 1963 Winternationals in Pomona, California.
During the next half-century, Don won the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals a record 8 times. His passion is
winning, and his 34 hand-crafted Swamp Rat dragsters carried him to a mind-boggling 144 national event wins
and 17 world championships. During his career, he set record after record for speed and elapsed time.
“Big Daddy’s” living legacy and design innovations are so significant that his record-breaking Swamp Rat XXX is
enshrined in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Now, experience his five decades of drag dacing and learn the story behind the phenomenal career!
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1 Incredible Moments
2 The Baby that Almost Burned
3 Mom and Dad's Drive...My Will to Survive
4 Pineapple Chunks, Barley Broth, and Old Doc Dyer
5 Glass Doors
6 Water Moccasin
7 Burlap Sack
8 Almost a Hero
9 The Dream that Could Have Died
10 Milk Buckets, Torn Tissue, and Red Streaks
11 Hooked on Hot-Rodding
13 Another Kind of Close Call
14 Gone About As Far As You Can Go
15 Showdown (The California Challenge)
16 The Chester Inferno
17 One Inch from Death
18 Golden Triangle's Fire, Savannah's Black Waters
19 Big Daddy's Two-Century Mark
20 Broken Back, Shattered Dreams
22 Fire, Smoke, and My Foot
23 Lifesaving Design
24 Just the Beginning
Thrills, triumphs and tragedies by the Drag Racing legend and
MyBestYears.com eColumnist "Big Daddy" Don Garlits
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