Big Daddy's New Old Dragster

Don Garlits restores an old Swamp Rat with a brand-new 392 Hemi Crate Engine and shows the new motor how to do an old-fashioned burnout.

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Don Garlits - 1964 426 Hemi build CACKLEFEST Swamp Rat 8
During the work on HEMI: A History of Chrysler's Iconic V-8 in Competition, I had a chance to spend a day with Don Garlits as he put together a cackle engine for the 2014 season. Providentially, this was going into the replica of Swamp Rat 8, the first Garlits dragster to use the 426 engine architecture. As you will see, the results could not have been better....





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.





Don Garlits Warms Up Swamp Rat 12- A
Big Daddy Don Garlits fires up Swamp Rat 12-A , I could see the nitro flames at high noon . Sure sounds crisp on 92% fuel !





Big Daddy Don Garlitts Warms up For Antron Brown Indy US.Nationals 2009.
Big Daddy Don Garlitts Warms up For Antron Brown Indy US.Nationals 2009.




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