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Don (Big Daddy)
Garlits


United States Flag United States
01/14/1932
Started racing in 1950
Went full time professional in 1958.
United States National Guard
National Guard Veteran
1949

Owner


Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
13700 SW 16th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34473



Car Builder
Driver / Professional
Historian / Author


Drag Racing - AHRA
Drag Racing - ATAA
Drag Racing - IHRA
Drag Racing - NHRA


Dragster - Electric
Dragster - Gas
Dragster - Top Fuel
Dragster - Top Fuel FED
Funny Car - T/F




"I formed my first company, Don's Garage in the fall of 1956 and never worked for anyone since. I have never bankrupted a company, wrote a bad check or owe anybody any money. I have always tried to do what I told someone I agreed to do." - Don.

Championships Won


NHRA Championship
Top Fuel Dragster
1986 - Driver


NHRA Championship
Top Fuel Dragster
1985 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1984 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1983 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1982 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1980 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1979 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1978 - Driver


IHRA Championship
Top Fuel Dragster
1977 - Driver


IHRA Championship
Top Fuel Dragster
1976 - Driver


NHRA Championship
Top Fuel Dragster
1975 - Driver


IHRA Championship
Top Fuel Dragster
1975 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1974 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1973 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1972 - Driver


American Hot Rod Association
Top Fuel Dragster
1971 - Driver



Hall of Fame Inductions


Don (Big Daddy) Garlits is a 5 time Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee.


SEMA Hall of Fame
1980 - Inductee


Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
Daytona Beach, FL
1989 - Inductee


International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
Ocala, FL
1994 - Inductee


International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Talladega, AL
1997 - Inductee


Automotive Hall of Fame
Dearborn, MI
2004 - Inductee



Associations


Don's Garage
Tampa, FL
1956 - Founder / Co-Founder


American Hot Rod Association
Panama City, FL
1959 - Former President
Big was elected President in September.



Smothers Brothers Racing Team
1969 - Former Driver


Bristol Dragway
Bristol, TN
Inductee


Professional Racers Association
Founder / Co-Founder



Relationships


Howard Cohen
Former Crewman - 1958


Connie Swingle
Former Car Builder - 1961
Connie build chassis for Big until going out on his own.


Jim Kaylor
Former Driver - 1962


Archie Liederbrand
Former Crewman - 1962


Tommy Porter
Former Driver - 1962
The AA/Altered was built by both Big and Connie Swingle.


Chuck Rolka
Former Crewman - 1964


Jim Marrone
Former Crewman - 1965


Carl Schiefer
Former Driver - 1965


Marvin Schwartz
Former Driver - 1965


Emery Cook
Former Driver - 1966


Ms. Pat Garlits
Parted by Death - 2014


Benny Green
Former Crewman


George Gunter
Former Crewman


Billy Herndon
Former Crewman


Tommy (Top Cat) Lemons
Former Car Builder


Herb Parks
Former Crew Chief


Bobby Philips
Former Crewman


Bill Ringo
Former Crewman


Max Tinker
Former Crewman


Craig Wheeler
Former Car Builder



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