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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
It is a Garlits chassis so I would say yes although I have never seen a photo of this car before.
Looking for information, I found that Art Malone also raced NASCAR and USAC
He and Garlits were good friends and he funded Garlits' return to NHRA competition in 1984.
Don Roberts at the wheel of Tommy Dawes' AA/GD. Don later drove the King and Marshall and Jade Grenade top fuel cars among others
Roo, would the lack of diagonals be one of the identifiers of a Garlits chassis?
Yes indeed, Malone was quite a versatile driver, the lucky guy got to drive Novis at Indy.
Looks like maybe Art Malone from the early day's of Gartlits career.
This is one of the earliest films for Don Garlits' group from Florida. It was 1959 at Riverside Raceway in So Cal, Bakersfield with Art Malone driving. Garlits had come out West in March 1959 for the Bakersfield Smokers event. It was his first time racing against the West Coast racers. Tony Waters modified roadster won the event.
From that point on, Garlits needed more horsepower, so he added a 671 and injectors. The rest is in his vast racing history. We were fortunate to see his first efforts and film the events as we saw back in December 1959 and March 1960.
1959-60 Don Garlits with Art Malone
extra added: Ed Garlits Lions 1960
The photo in question was early 63-65 perhaps, but not the earliest arrival and competition for his racing group, if at all.
When Don Gartlits had the speed shop over in Seffner which is just east of Tampa he would take each new dragster over to Twin City Dragway which was located just off Racetrack Road in Oldsmar, Florida for a test run and Art Malone usually was test pilot back in those day's.
I think way back in the early 60's Art Malone may have owned the old Sunshine Speedway and Drag Strip which was located in Clearwater, Florida.
I know that in the early day's the Nelson Bros. James and Geter were doing the machine work and helping build the engines he used.
Lots of info in the book called "king of the dragsters" which I read in the 6th grade.... I'm surprised my elementary school I went too had that book in the library....
I gotta find me a copy.....
Jimbo, there is only one "T" in Garlits and the photo posted by Junior Stock is well into Don's career as the early days for him were the mid 50's.
Yes, along with the general configuration of the chassis and the front axle.
Awesome set of photos Tommy.
Evidently this is currently under restoration--hopefully with the later candy red paint and gold leaf lettering.
Interesting that both the Panella and Mazmanian Willys were originally plain red with yellow lettering before the candy and leaf.
It looks like someone had a change of heart on the color on their Kellison dragster
This may be the first of Joe's "Twiggy" top fuel cars. Out of the Chicago area Joe was the runner up in top fuel at the 2007 NHRR in Columbus, OH and was still running his J. Ed Horton NT/F as late as 2010.
Al Bergler's More Aggravation AA/C. This is most likely the second color scheme for the car. The first was plain red and this one is an orange/red with white. The car is probably best known in its restored form with bright yellow paint.
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