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Old 12-31-2007, 09:46 AM   #1
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Default Garlits Was A Cowboy



This one seems to have been put together in the late 70's or so, but there are some great sound bites from Garlits as well as some excellent footage from a late 50's or early 60's drag race. The music is terrible.

"It's like being...

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Old 12-31-2007, 10:01 AM   #2
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Thanks for the link. I think 4 motors in a car not so good. But on a plane thats is still a great ideal.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:02 AM   #3
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Only after 4 engines does it get ridiculous! I love it. Was that TV Tommy?
Cool little piece of history.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:06 AM   #4
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I always thought Cha Cha seemed a little jaded,but I suppose times were tuff for her back then.
Big Daddy looks like he's havin' a bad hair day.
I've had a few of those.
That white coupe gettin' pushed up in the vid is bitchin'!
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:16 AM   #5
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Thanks For The Memories Ryan.great Clips. (quick Story) Garlits Used To Come To Helena, Al In The Mid To Late 50's Good Looking Rail But He Always Had A Hard Time Beating A Local Guy Named Bill Mullins. Bill Had The Most Crude Looking Ugly Ass Rail You Have Ever Seen. He Used A Bent Coat Hanger For A Gas Pedal With A Loop That He Put Over His Big Toe And Pulled Rather Than Pushed. Garlits Rarely Won And I Know He Was Very Frustrated. Thanks Again For Bringing Back A Lot Of Great Memories.
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:02 AM   #6
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It was sure nice to hear the "voice of NHRA" Steve Evans on there. I have not heard his voice in a while. Thanks for the clip.
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:09 AM   #7
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What terrible music
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:40 AM   #8
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that was great , Garlits is da man!!
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:54 AM   #9
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"The music is terrible"!!! WHAT!! I guess you'd have to have been there!
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:54 AM   #10
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Thanks for the video.

I don't have many heros, but Garlits is one of the few who qualify. He did it all...developed his own engines, chassis, drove the tow truck and the race car, developed new technologies, one of the first touring pros, reshaped the sport, etc., etc., etc.

Being chosen the #1 most important guy in NHRA racing, I guess other fans share my admiration.

My favorite story was when someone said he could no longer compete in NHRA racing....so he came back and won the Championship.

I don't know what he is like on a personal level, but he knows what commitment and determination is, and has been willing to pay whatever price was necessary!..............Da Man!
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:07 PM   #11
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Great video! You're not kidding about the music. Yikes!

The flag started drag footage is fantastic.
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:19 PM   #12
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What the hell is wrong with the music!!!???? Three window coupe was always one of my favorite songs. You just have to be old enough to appreciate it. Great video Ryan. Don Garlits was always one of my heroes. KEEP THE MUSIC!!!!
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:23 PM   #13
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Where's the rest of it?
Tommy got cut off in mid sentance.
TV Tom rules!
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:25 PM   #14
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I am going to see Big Daddy at his place on 3/22. I can't wait.
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:28 PM   #15
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Thanks for the video.

I don't have many heros, but Garlits is one of the few who qualify. ..............Da Man!
I couldn't agree with you more. And the funny thing is, when someone becomes so successful at what they do, that's when all the shit talking starts. He wasn't very well liked at the time, mainly cuz he kicked most guys asses! I've always looked up to him, he has accomplished so much in drag racing.
I thought it was a great video, and I liked the music.
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:56 PM   #16
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that was the coolest
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:14 PM   #17
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Thought this belonged on this thread.

1957 April HRM "Post Entry" column.

A then pretty much unknown Donald Garlits letter complaining about the lack of coverage in Florida Drag Racing.

Guess he figured the best way to get noticed was to win.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:13 PM   #18
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Garlits was right about Florida. We were like Rodney Dangerfield, we didn't get no respect. I was the flagger at the Golden Triangle dragstrip when Garlits went 160 mph before anybody in the country, but we weren't NHRA sanctioned and no one ever heard of it. We were Garlits practice track because we were about 20 minutes from his shop on Nebraska Ave. in Tampa. He drove out about every weekend he was in town and pick up a $100 Top Eliminator check. He hated flaggers, and we weren't too fond of him. We all mellowed over the years.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:17 PM   #19
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A great source of information about Garlits, his origins in drag racing, some of his innovations, that letter of April 1957, Wally Parks' infamous ride on the car, & more is the book High Performance, by Robert C. Post....a GREAT book. Get it through the library if you can't find a copy; it may be out of print, but I saw the paperback version in Borders 2-3 months back.

It has stories about many other icons as well.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:25 PM   #20
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Funny isn't it, traditional hot rodding doesn't encompass music but it does most every thing else! This is real Hot Rod music, not the psycho billy shit everyone seems fascinated with today.
I would love to see all of that, the Don and Tommy are two of the best, just slot in Tony Nancy and it would be perfect! Thanks for posting this Ryan.
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