When the stars line up in front of me, I just have to record it.
I have no choice.
And this was one of those moments.
I don't know if this will ever happen again. I certainly hope it will--and
in front of the grandstands at some selected NHRA events. For you see, you
just don't see this happening at all-- when you look back at how unlikely
it is that the car and the driver would still be around in 2012!
Take the driver, Don Prudhomme. How many times did he make full passes in
a top fuel dragster or funny car? And for how many years?
In short, it's a miracle that he is in one piece, after all that--and he
is! Thank goodness!
Then the car:
The Greer, Black, and Prudhomme dragster, built by Kent Fuller and raced
from 1962 through 1964, with the original partners, it ran up an incredible
record at southern California tracks of 81 wins and only 8 loses!
(According to Phil Burgess) Then lengthened--bought and raced as the
"Bonanza" for a while, eventually stripped of it's motor and left sitting
for years. Restored by Steve Davis, bought by Bruce Meyer--How likely is
it that it would be allowed to join up with "Snake" for this moment?
Pretty unlikely--except that it's owner Bruce Meyer, is a good friend of
Don's, and after hearing about Rick MacDonald, they gave him the nod to
bring the car to the track, and push start it to life. Now the driver
could have been someone else....but it wasn't.
That's what makes this fire up so significant.
And like I said: All we can do is hope that this mind blowing moment will
happen again at a track near you.
And if you hear they are coming, better "Make the Scene". For the chance
may not come again.
Like an old legendary cowboy on a white horse in your local parade. And
all you need to do is what you did when you were a kid: Sit on the curb
and watch him go by.
Starting up 392 Hemi, part 1
The front engine dragster Six Shooter became with 392 Hemi!
392 Hemi is being started for the first time after 10 months building.
Lisa Kubo and the Swamp Rat
Lisa Kubo, 2001 NIRA Titlist, shows off the Swamp Rat 12A and then fires it
up with the help of Big Daddy Don Garlits.
SW37 HTS 1500kW First Launch.MOV
Don Garlits first Launch after burnout. High Tech Systems LLC racing
battery not turned up all the way. Let off at 300ft mark coasted through.
Battery current set to a max 800amps per controller total of 2400amps. The
controllers can be turned up to a maximum of 2000amps each latter. Motor
voltage set 340volts for each pair or 170volt per motor. The dragster was
set to 1/2 power max for these runs.
60ft was 1.138
330ft was 3.222
1/8thmile was 5.485
Don Garlits' Dragster Museum
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits' Dragster Museum in Ocala, Florida. This is only
some of the collection. All photos by John Douglas Parran. don't forget to
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Injected Alcohol Milodon Hemi Fire Up
We almost always save fire ups for the track but in this case we needed
make sure everything was in check before we hit the track since we never
ran this combination before. Installed in Matsuda Racing's nostalgia front
engine dragster. 484 Milodon Hemi. Weiand tunnel ram, Enderle bird
catcher, Enderle 80A fuel pump. Vertex mag.
SONNY'S RACING - Home of the World's First 1000ci Drag Race Engine
"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"