LEGENDS: THE SERIES - DON GARLITS - I DID IT THE RIGHT WAY
Most every drag racing fan will proclaim "Big Daddy" Don Garlits as the
greatest drag racer who ever strapped himself into a dragster. But mention
it to Garlits, and he will say he never liked being branded this. Instead,
he offers, "I'm just me."
Garlits, the man who advanced safety in the Top Fuel division further than
anyone, learned how to drag race by growing up in a family affected by the
great depression. He carried the banner in a male-dominated sport and when
a talented female driver made her way into the ranks, did his best to win
one for the boys all the time.
In this Legends: The Series, Garlits discusses his upbringing, as well as
the occupation he nearly had before being led into cars. He'll also discuss
his proudest moments as well as a couple of racing fatalities that touched
his heart deeply. Garlits also revealed his complicated relationship with
Wally Parks and how the love of his family fueled his success.
Some drag racing legends who are unfortunately no longer with us.
Funny Car runs over crew!
This video is of Funny Car owner Dale Harsins of Boise Idaho being ran over
by his car at Woodburn Dragstrip at the 1st annual night of fire races in
Woodburn Oregon on july 30th 2011.
If you watch the video frame by frame you will see the cars laft rear tire
run over the crew member and the owner of the car is hit and dragged along
till the driver gets car stopped.
Winged Express AA/FA
The very famous Winged Express Fuel Altered piloted by Mike Boyd. Footage
from many years, Includes that heart wrenching moment in 2005 when we
watched the front wheel come off and the Wing hit the wall. Mike was okay,
it was sad to see the Wing so badly damaged. One of the most iconic cars
in drag racing history. The Wing was restored and is again doing what it
Fuel Altereds - Gone But Not Forgotten
Pictures and movies that I took of some Fuel Altereds back in the '60s. The
most evil handling cars known to man, the fuel altereds were banned by NHRA
over 30 years ago. I was fortunate to get to see and photograph these
beasts in action. If you are interested in the history of these legendary
vehicles, check out these websites. They have hundreds of pictures (much
better than mine) and stories of these brave men and their machines.
For the soundtrack I'm jammin on Bad Company's Gone Gone Gone. I hope you
like it! Thanks for watching!
1965 NHRA Winter National Drag Races, Pomona--Redone
Sharper, and Enhanced version of previously uploaded video.
Lot's of pit area and return road images of many famous, and not-so-famous,
muscle cars, gassers, and dragsters that "ruled' during the mid sixties.
Captured and edited 8mm home movies taken by Mike Tyler.
T.V. Tommy Ivo Crash
Ivo's crash in rear engine fueler. Looks like he is at Pomona. Did not
research. I could be wrong.
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits breaks 270 mph barrier; 1986 Gatornationals
Don Garlits' record breaking run of 272 mph to earn him the distinction of
being the 1st to break 270 mph in NHRA Drag Racing, while defeating former
NFL Quarterback Dan Pastorini in the semis of Top Fuel at the 1986
Gatornationals, and without a doubt, this was THE race of the day.
Kids, this is why they will forever call him "BIG DADDY"
Doug Kerhulas' last drag race-National Trail 1984
Kerhulas' meeting with the NHRA's ill conceived aircraft style arresting
nets caused a closed head injury which ended his career. As Kerhulas' head
was thrust forward from the quick slowdown the metal cables from the top of
the net rebounded and hit him in the helmet at a very high speed.
He was a second round winner in the race.
This was Doug's last race as noted in National Dragster Magazine, cutting
short a rising career. He recovered fully from his injuries.