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Amy Kahn Russell Sterling Bird EarringsNo. 1: Don Garlits No. 1: Don Garlits No. 1: Don GarlitsLongevity doesn't guarantee success, but success over a long period of time can elevate a person to the top of his or her profession. In drag racing, that person is Donald Glenn Garlits, also known as "Big Daddy." Garlits won the first organized drag race he entered with the first race car he built.

That's how it ended. The playgrounds of the young and fast generation in Southern California closed. Our hero's died; the front engine dragster had become a 230 mph death trap; it gave way to newly designed rear engine dragsters and new rules. For me all through the '60s and early '70s it was every weekend at some drag strip, AHRA or NHRA, The Pond, The Beach, Orange County, Riverside or Irwindale.

Outlaw 10.5 CoverageYour browser does not support iframes.We Sit Down With The Legendary Vic Edelbrock Jr.When you look at drag racing and its history, there is one name that stands out among any other, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.

Miriam Haskell Style Demi-Parure The Scorpion V was the next to last car that Bobby Langley campaigned and was a typical slingshot dragster for the time with the exception of the unique bodywork that was Bobby's trademark. The car's chassis was built by Don Garlits with the body and drive train by Bobby and friends. This would be the first car Bobby had that he did not build completely himself.

Drag Racing Memorabilia, Don Garlits, Racing Nostalgia - BackintheDayStore.com P.O.Box 150363 || Nashville, TN 37215Back in the Day store is your link and opportunity to capture those racing memories of days gone by but never forgotten. We will feature products that let you relive those trips to special races and historic race tracks that you attended or wished you had. From books to DVD's to dragster replicas there will be something nostalgic and vintage for you. Something to read and something to watch, you can get it here.As we acquire the various memorabilia it will be made available for purchase. Keep checking back to see what new memory is waiting for you.New Books, Don Garlits, R.E.D.
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Antique Style Pearl Drops Necklace and Earrings Sarah Coventry Setdon garlits front engine dragster chassis Style Pearl Drops available for models from 1979 to 2011. BangShift.Com OpenOutlaw.Com RaceCarParts.Com Wake Up Call $13.99 Ball Cap $12.99 Misc. Valuable Links . Gallery: 50 Photos of Slingshot Dragsters | | BangShift.comBangShift.com The first age of the front engine dragster was a long one. Until Big Daddy Don Garlits got the whole rear engine situation sorted out, the front engine “slingshot” dragster was the hot ticket at the strip. The second golden era of the slingshot is in full effect now.
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Swarovski Pre-1988 Large Pearl Dangle Earrings "…..I love the sound of the motors…..the power of the cars….." To truly know Arnold Birky, one needs to understand his childhood.

There are lots of ways to hurtle your body down a dragstrip, but few are as terrifying, exhilarating, and soul satisfying as with a front-engined dragster. Talk to enough slingshot pilots-from the 2,500-plus-horsepower nostalgia Top Fuel boys to weekend bracket racers running 400hp carb'd small-block econo rails-and they'll all say that you can keep your wheelstanding nitrous door-slammers, buzzing sport compacts, and even blur-fast superbikes.

Creamy Pearl "Every project I start, I attack with a vengeance. For the past 34 years, I've been growing the museum to make it what it is today." That’s what drag racing legend Big Daddy Don Garlits had to say when we recently visited the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida.

Signed Marvella Drop Pearl Earrings W hen considering the fact that more than 12-hundred drag strips have been built in the United States since 1949, perhaps no single track has ever captured the imagination, created more legendary figures, or held as many noteworthy events than a stretch of real estate sitting quietly off the San Diego freeway in Wilmington, California, just south of Los Angeles.But don't bother to grab your jacket and camera and set sail for this holy grail of quarter-mile landmarks, as Lions Drag Strip's 18-year reign ended with "The Last Drag Race" event in the wee hours of December 2, 1972.
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Retro Sea Shells & Celluloid Necklace Set           The most-celebrated driver in Drag Racing history. Don Garlits was born on January 14, 1932 in Tampa Florida. Garlitis was “a racer’s racer” who could do it all.  The first driver to officially surpass 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260 and 270 miles per hour in the quarter mile, he also designed the modern rear-engined Dragster. His presence in American motorsports was such that even non-fans knew about “Big Daddy” and his legendary series of 34 black “Swamp Rat” Dragsters.           Garlits first raced his street cars – like his 12.1-second/108-mph flathead-powered 1927 Ford Model T Roadster – in early events on abandoned World War II airfields.  Then, in 1955, he turned a set of 1930 Chevrolet frame rails into a flathead-powered front-engined Dragster.             A Chrysler Hemi-powered slingshot Dragster – supercharged in 1959 with fuel-injection added in 1960 – was then built in his Don’s Garage & Speed Shop and from the late 1950s through the early 1960s it won many events and set numerous records.  And in March 1959 Garlits advanced his career and helped the sport’s future when his quick elapsed times and high speeds proved legitimate at the first U.S.

Have no pictures but great memories. First came out from Staten Island in 63 or 64 when I 287 opened and saw Don Gartlits run over 200mph. Raceway park wasn't open yet. Our crew had iron as follows: 50 Ford Sedan, 53 Chevy, 55 Olds Hardtop, 53 Merc 4door, 57 Ford Crown Vic , no front bumper(had to run B Gas) lost badly but tremendous fun.I remember as a kid going down to Main street on the week end mornings and sitting on the Trout Brook bridge and just watching all the cars go by.

Long 1950s Victorian Revival Chandelier EarringsT.J. MaxxAs part of its 60th anniversary celebration in 2011, NHRA will salute 60 great moments from on and off the track. From NHRA's founding in 1951 through John Force's dramatic Full Throttle Funny Car championship in 2010, from performance milestones through dramatic final rounds, these moments have helped make NHRA an international motorsports powerhouse.Wally Parks, then editor of influential Hot Rod, proposed a national organization to educate, promote, and regulate the fledgling sport.

Rhodonite - Long Drop Earrings Make sure to enter in our dragster giveaway by clicking on the Giveaways link above. We are currently thrashing to have a new car at the NHRR in Bowling Green. We plan to debut the 180" Blown Big Block Chevy there for one of our customers. The new digger is the first of our chassis to get the new  front body on it which goes great with our chutepack body.

Signed DeChurch Vintage Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings THE BIG ONE, NHRA U.S. NATIONALS - FALL 1971 Indianapolis. The 17th Annual NHRA Nationals, September 1-7. In drag racing it is equal to the Oscars. The 'Big Cheese'. The best against the very best. For seven days they check-in with inspections, did runs and qualifying, the long lines, repairs and drop-outs were nothing new.

Victorian Revival Glass Cameo Drop Screwback Earrings As were most dragsters of the era, Tthe Swamp Fox was built on a tight budget by the late Mel Hoyh out of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Budget or not, the car lacked none of the vital parts that made fuelers so unique. Hoyh ordered the 170 inch wheelbase chassis from R&B Race Cars in Kenosha in 1967 and when he took delivery he had a superbly crafted race car, complete with a keenly sculpted full aluminum body.

Very Large Victorian Revival Coral Celluloid Screwback EarringsThe 1971 Winternationals was a great event not only because of Don Garlits' Top Fuel win with his new — and supposedly unworkable — rear-engine dragster but because that car proved that the safer design was competitive. Within two years, the front-engine dragster, in which the driver was in line for possible injury when any part of the drivetrain malfunctioned, was extinct in Top Fuel. Don Garlits rocked his Top Fuel competitors when he made the rear-engine dragster design a winner in its NHRA national event debut at the 1971 Winternationals.
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