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History Drag Race Museum

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by PaRatRod, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. PaRatRod
    Joined: Jul 13, 2010
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    One of my summer excursions included a visit to the Don Garlits Drag Race museum. If you are a fan of old drags this is a must do if you ever get to the west coast of Florida. It also included so much more. Many antique cars, muscle cars, vintage stuff, engines, manifolds, parts, tools, etc. This place is so cool.

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  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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  3. weeniewawa
    Joined: Mar 18, 2014
    Posts: 34


    Don is the greatest drag racer ever, I have met him a couple of times way back and he was always very nice. thanks for this nice tour.
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  4. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,154


    Saw him doing a You Tube video with the electric dragster, where he says, "this is the future".
    I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  5. Brand Apart
    Joined: Jan 22, 2011
    Posts: 510

    Brand Apart
    from Roswell GA

    It is an amazing display and could easily fill a whole day if you want. however it's just a easy to access from the east coast as the west coast it's pretty close to the center right on side of I-75. Easy to hit on way to Orlando theme parks etc.
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  6. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
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    Frank Carey

    Street rod events are periodically held at the Garlits museum. They are not Garlits events but are put on by clubs, promoters, etc. who arrange to use the Garlits grounds. So kill two birds with one stone. Go to one of these events and tour the museum. The VSRA (a pre-48 group) has an event there in late March. I believe event registration includes museum admission.
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  7. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,190


    I was in the area last March and there was a Billetproof show going on the Sat. I was there. Did the museum and also Don was having his garage sale about the same time so I went in to check that out. Got a chance to look through some of his old stuff and chat with him. Got him to sign his book for me. Nice guy. I overheard him telling someone he just renewed his drag racing license at 82! He was excited about running battery powered electric dragsters!
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  8. PaRatRod
    Joined: Jul 13, 2010
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    Still innovating at 82! I hope I make it to 82 let alone still be able to physically work on cars- LoL!
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  9. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
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    Some of the stories about Don Garlits are the Real Deal like the time at Englishtown when he left the starting line and did a giant wheel stand where the dragster flipped over backwards and yet some how managed to land on it's wheels at mid track and he then drove it back to the starting line and stopped and got out to the crowd which was going crazy at that point.
    The guy is a living legend for things he has accomplished in drag racing and when you consider all of the remarkable inventions he has come up with to make drag racing safer he is the Man.
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  10. He is 87 years old tomorrow...we hope to "park" the funny car at his place after the Gator's for a few months until season starts to heat up, you guys will be able to catch a glimpse of an old Buick flopper!
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  11. wuga
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
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    I have been to the museum several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. The last time I was there, Don was hanging around and gave my son and I a nice tour. I first met Don in 1962 when we camped together with Eddie Hill at the Indy Nationals. We got in on passes given to us by Tommy Ivo. WOW, what a name dropper this guy is. It's all been fun.

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    Joined: Mar 4, 2011
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  13. PaRatRod
    Joined: Jul 13, 2010
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  14. PaRatRod
    Joined: Jul 13, 2010
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    And thats a good name to drop!
  15. elba
    Joined: Feb 9, 2013
    Posts: 590


    Last May I took my Grandson who is 13 to the NHRA meet in Atlanta where we had seats in The Coca Cola suite. This was his very first drag race ever . We were there a couple hrs. and Don walked in with Warren Johnson . I said to my Grandson, " look there is Don Garlits " . My Grandson said " Who's that" "
  16. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,243

    from Burton, MI

    I was there about 20 years ago...Don was working on an old yellow Ford convertible...46-8? Yelled to my dad to stop the car. I got out and walked up like I owned the place. He was great!
    I even got to meet his mom. She greeted everyone who walked through the door of the museum.

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