Big Daddy Don

Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
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Trip End Mar 29, 2009


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Sunday, February 22, 2009

OK, this one is dedicated to all the gearheads, grease monkeys, and wrenchers in the crowd (Chris, Ryan, Don, Dad).  On my way up the Florida gulf coast I passed through the town of Ocala and saw a billboard for the Don "Big Daddy" Garlits drag racing museum.  I immediately locked up the brakes and took the exit.  Don Garlits is THE winingest drag racer of all time!!  I'm not even into cars, but when I was a younger, Don Garlits was a houshold name and legend.  What a find!

The museum is great!  It's basically in two parts, a classic car collection in one building and the drag racing museum in another.  The classic cars are worthy enough on their own, but the drag racing cars and memorabilia are UNBELIEVABLE.  This is true history.  It's not only Don's cars and stuff, but many other famous racers like Shirley Muldowney, Don Prudhomme, and countless early racers from the 40's to 60's.  It's like the Smithsonian of drag racing.  Awesome!

Hate to drool and run, but gotta burn up those miles...

~JQ
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Damn that's cool. There's some awesome history in that room.

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