Don Garlits' Dragster Museum
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits' Dragster Museum in Ocala, Florida. This is only
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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
Steve Evans takes you on a trip through Don Garlits' illustrious career.
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.
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.
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.
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.