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Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing; Ocala Florida

We recently visited the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and its sister Antique Car Museum located on the same property. Both are fine museums but the real attraction are the Swap Rat dragsters in the Drag Racing Museum. Big Daddy Don Garlits is the Big Grand Daddy of Drag Racing. He has done a great deal for the sport both in speed and safety.

 

He has brought all but a couple of his famous Swap Rats into the museum as well as cars from many of his friends, competitors and others. The displays are not limited to the cars. There are trophies, memorabilia, racing engines, cut-a-way engines, and just about anything you can imagine right down to blown pistons!

If you want to see more photos of the cars in this museum and more about our tour, Click Here.

If you are a real Don Garlits fan then you will also want to listen to the audio from a part of an interview with Big Daddy. It is fun!

 

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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