The "Big Daddy" Don Garlits Gallery
These images picture "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and some of his innovative machines.
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#125. 1971 F/C: Garlits vs Color Me Gone - Double Burnout
Here's a rare one, a double burnout between the famous "Color Me Gone" Fuel Funny Car, and "Big Daddy" Don Garlits' Fuel Funny Car driven by Gary Boldger. . . white Dodge against black Dodge. This photographically challenging situation (black car and white car in the same photograph at night) was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on June 24, 1971.
Match racing was really big back in the early 70's and these two touring pros are demonstrating a perfectly coordinated and timed double burnout. By that time in Drag Racing history (1971) many Funny Car Builders were beginning to make a real effort to keep the tire smoke out of the cockpit. The longer the drivers could see, the longer they could burn out and the crowds loved it. Notice how little smoke is in Gary's Bolger's face, even while totally smoldering the slicks. Also notice the relatively large and steep spoiler on the back of the Garlits car. "Big," was already deep into down force tricks.
#211: 1980 T/F: DR Personality "Big Daddy" Don Garlits
Drag fans: This image pictures the legendary Don Garlits hanging out the side door of his Top Fuel trailer. It was candidly captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) on July 26, 1980. Here we see the cagey veteran "Big," between rounds and grimed form the latest thrash, serious, contemplating his Top Fuel dragster . . . mind in Nitro Land. You can see the wheels turning . . . totally focused.
#161: 1972 TF: Don Garlits Burnout (The First Rear Engine T/F)
This is "Big," heating the tires on his Dodge engined Top Fuel dragster. On August 20, 1972, Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) hosted the IHRA Summer Nationals. This image was captured at that race.
Garlits has always been an innovator and in 1971 he had everybody covered with his revolutionary rear engined Top Fueler. By the time this image was created (1972) most of the major players had already switched to rear engine dragsters but were still trying to catch up. In this image we see Don's very controlled burnout from the first round of eliminations. Notice the tire growth and wheel speed, just enough but not too much. Check out the relatively small wings (front and back). Back in 1972, they were BIG Wings. The name "Garlits," is huge! There is no bigger name in drag racing .
#162: 1972 TF: Don Garlits Launch (The First Rear Engine T/C)
Here's another one taken at the same event. This second image shows Don's launch, front wheels slightly off the ground, slicks distorting with the immense shock, and hot clutch dust pouring out the bottom. In this second image you can clearly see Don's face as he absorbs the heavy forces of the launch. Garlits has always been an innovator and in 1971, had everybody covered with his revolutionary rear engined Top Fueler. In just a few months, Gartlits made Front Engined Top Fulers obsolete. But now, almost 35 years later, Front Engine Top Fuelers are again, Way Cool.
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