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Old 01-01-2008, 03:17 PM   #41
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The music is terrible.
If you stick your computer speakers right in front of you and turn them all the way up it's just like being at the crappy local cruise night.
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:32 PM   #42
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Gar is one of a kind ..trust me I worked on his T/F during his last NHRA tour years ago and you don't want to get him going with Shirley or the UFO'S
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Old 01-01-2008, 04:53 PM   #43
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This is real Hot Rod music, not the psycho billy shit everyone seems fascinated with today.
Right spoken!

And Garlits is a hero! Even we German kids did know him and his Dragster, from models, playing cards and magazines!

Cheers to him!
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Old 01-01-2008, 05:05 PM   #44
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^^^^ this is really Garlits writing this? (the UFO stuff?)

This is gonna take awhile, i'll be back later!

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Old 01-01-2008, 06:41 PM   #45
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Big Daddy is King! Long live the King! I'd love to have a long conversation with that guy, more than any one else alive. I envy you Tudor.
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:05 PM   #46
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Garlits and Frank Zappa are my two hero's. I never spoke to Zappa, but I have spoken to Garlits a few times. The two have a lot of personality traits in common. I'll compile a list some day. Both are true American heros.

Dr. Robert Post (I think) called him "a craft empiricist", which could also describe most HAMBERS. coincidentally enough.

Garlits memory is amazing. You name any race he was at and he can tell you how many rounds he went and who he raced each round!

He truly lived a gunslingers life in the early days. Depending on race winnings to both make a living and feed a family forced him to use every resource available to him, which in hindsight seems to have been mostly his wits and mechanical aptitude. Seems like a pretty Darwinian existence, not unlike gunslingers of the Old West.

And at the core he is a car guy's car guy. He just plain loves cars.

-90%

PS - I hope some day somebody out there finally makes a well done movie of his life. Don has the essense of what makes America great and it would resonate in a country a little lacking in the hero/courage department right now.

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:41 PM   #47
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Thru the accounts of others and a passage in his book,he apparently can toss large numbers around with ease mathematically.Pretty smart feller?

He signed my glove box door for my truck at a Goodguy's show at Indy in the 90's.I asked his pretty wife to autograph it first,then asked him to sign and draw an arrow to her name.
He then got on his Schwinn and rode off somewheres...
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:38 PM   #48
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Yes BIG is the man, he will always be the man. He did it all himself, not like today where you buy a tune up or hire a nitro guru. Gar didn't suceed by looking pretty and sucking up to people, he did it on raw enginuity and performance. He didn't bow to sponsors, or officials, including Wally, or competitors. He just built his cars his way and kicked butt !!! KING RAT RULES! GOLDY
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:51 PM   #49
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Yes BIG is the man, he will always be the man. He did it all himself, not like today where you buy a tune up or hire a nitro guru. Gar didn't suceed by looking pretty and sucking up to people, he did it on raw enginuity and performance. He didn't bow to sponsors, or officials, including Wally, or competitors. He just built his cars his way and kicked butt !!! KING RAT RULES! GOLDY
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:54 PM   #50
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Sorry for the duplicate.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:56 PM   #51
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Gar is one of a kind ..trust me I worked on his T/F during his last NHRA tour years ago and you don't want to get him going with Shirley or the UFO'S
Well well ,guess what .Hes almost hit it right on the head. It has been proved by NASA and several other scientists that bacteria survive in space ( as was discovered on the camera bought back to earth fro m the moon ,it had a bacterial growth inside it from here but it had grown on the moon...) and the latest thinking is that life began on earth from meteorites crashing here with spores on them. (unless of course you know the earth is 1000 years old or what ever). I always believed Don Garlits to be a trend setter...
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:11 AM   #52
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Next to Dad, Garlits is my hero. Have chatted with him couple of times, once at his museum, which is the center of the universe, IMHO.

I can't find the video or clip with the bad music. WTF?
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:46 PM   #53
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Damn ZoneAlarm was the problem. Now I see the vid fine.
Great stuff, BTW.
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