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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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48-Year Itch!
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. Perfect. :)





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 !





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 95.60MPH 1000ft 8.165 ET 11.328 61.86MPH





Don Prudhomme Story Part 1
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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.





Don Garlits etc on Mopar HEMI
Ronnie Sox, Dick Landy and more...





Big Daddy Don Garlits On... His Favorite Car
Words of wisdom from the greatest drag racer of all times.





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. Homepage: six-shooterracing.com





Vintage nitro dragster warm up.
2007 CHRR Cacklefest vintage nitro dragster warming up.





World's Biggest Street Engine, 1001 cui
World's Biggest Street Engine, 1001 cui. 16,5 ltr. Build and Dyno tested by Peter Thau, Cartek, Denmark New video http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oB70LrCXruM





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.





"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"





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 subscribe, comment and share this with your friends.





Don Garlits in Swamp Rat XII, Shirley Muldowney interview.
Don Garlits suiting up for a Cackle exhibition of new Nitro Hemi in Swamp Rat XII at Cordova, IL on June 21, 2008. Shirley Muldowney being interviewed in background. Video shot by Billy Moon.





BLOWN 392 CHRYSLER HEMI ROARS
1958 BLOWN 392 CHRYSLER HEMI CAST IRON BLOCK, PORTED HEADS, ROLLER CAM, ADJUSTABLE ROCKERS, DONOVAN VALVE COVERS AND LOTS MORE GOODIES!!!!





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