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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Big Daddy Don Garlits

This was taken from Hemmings Motor News.

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Garlits to wheel a Drag Pak Challenger in Division 2
Garlits to wheel a Drag Pak Challenger in Division 2
Don Garlits will campaign a Challenger Drag Pak in NHRA Division 2 competition in 2009
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Drag racing icon and occasional Hemmings Muscle Machine columnist Don Garlits will return to NHRA drag racing in 2009 behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Garlits, who will turn 77 on January 14, will race the strip-ready Challenger in NHRA Division 2, presumably in Comp, Stock or Super Stock and celebrate his 60th year in racing at the 2009 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

Though a far cry from Top Fuel where Garlits pioneered many of the advancements that are commonplace on the 330 mph nitro-fueled missiles today, Big Daddy will undoubtedly find the competition to be very keen at the divisional level. "I am going to have fun competing in a car my wife will actually let me drive," Garlits told the NHRA. “I'm not allowed to drive a Top Fuel dragster anymore. She said to me after my last 310-mph run at Indy in 2003, ‘I would appreciate it if you wouldn't do this anymore,’ and I knew I had better comply because I didn't want to come home and find all my stuff piled on the front lawn.”

Garlits is the only drag racer enshrined in the Smithsonian and in addition to celebrity appearances and media commentary he operates the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida.

Garlits’ Challenger is the very first of the drag-race ready Challengers that will be produced by MOPAR performance. The cars are Stone White with a composite lift-off hood and functional hood scoop, polycarbonite door windows and a wheelbase that’s been shortened 13 mm by moving the rear axle forward. The Drag Pak cars are about 1,000 pounds lighter than the production Challengers on which they are based and available with a 5.7-liter Hemi, 6.1-liter Hemi or a 5.9-liter Magnum Wedge. The cars are offered with either an automatic or manual transmission.

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those cars were at the Mopar Nats in Ohio this past August.


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Garlits is the coolest. If you make it down to his museum in Gainesville, look for my bricks He will probably be puttering around inside somewhere - he is extremely easy to talk to and down-to-earth. He is truly the father of drag racing!!!

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77 years old and still has the fire in the belly! Big Daddy has always been on my list of heroes, but he just jumped up several notches on that list. I would like to see him race, never have seen him race live...maybe Route 66. Does anyone know if this will run with the National tour, a separate tour, or just locally and then at the U.S. Natioanals?

Hopefully, Chrysler's financial woes won't affect this plan.

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I talked to him, he is a cool cat. I'm not much for mopars, but that white car made my pants tight.
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