We extend our congratulations to Don Garlits and his family on this wonderful accomplishment. The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame accredits Garlits as the person to put drag racing on the map in Britain. ”By most measures, Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits is the greatest and most successful drag racer ever,” said the Hall of Fame. We wholeheartedly agree!
For motor-heads staying in the Ocala area, the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala hotel may just be the perfect place to be. Drag racing legend “Big Daddy”Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is just across the street from the property. The museum is home to over 75 racing cars including hot-rods, muscle cars and more, as well as racing memorabilia and history.
The name Don Garlits is well known by hot-rod fanatics all over the world, and for good reason. With 17 World Championship Titles, Don has made his mark on the drag racing industry. The racing legend has accomplished many feats during his time as the “King of the Dragsters” including winning the National Hot Rod Association, N.H.R.A., Nationals eight times, receiving the title of the number one drag racer in the last 50 years by the N.H.R.A. and branding his own line of record-breaking racecars, the Swamp Rats.
Named to celebrate Don Garlits southern roots, his collection of 34 Swamp Rats has been breaking records since he manufactured the very first one. The racecars have broken an astonishing amount of previously recorded top speeds, being the first automobiles in the N.H.R.A. to go over 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260 and 270 mph throughout the years. One of his finest creations, Swamp Rat XXX has been so celebrated in the racing community it is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
While guests to Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing cannot view this spectacular piece of machinery, many of the other Swamp Rats are on display as well as other displays of automobile history and innovation. Because of his knowledge and dedication, Don Garlits is the authority on automobiles in the area, and his museum is a must-see for those staying, right next-door, at the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala-Belleview.
13700 SW 16th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34473
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