Don Garlits Net Worth is$15 Million
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Profession: Racecar driver
Date of Birth: Jan 14, 1932
Country: United States of America
Don Garlits net worth: Don Garlits is an American drag racer who has a net worth of $15 million dollars. Don Garlits was born in Florida, and began drag racing in the mid-1950s in a car he built himself, in his backyard. That car, made up of parts from a 1927 Ford Model "T" Roadster, a 1948 Mercury, a 1939 Ford, and a 1948 Ford, would help him win his first NHRA championship race. He turned pro three years later, and spent the next few years popularizing drag racing on the East Coast and in England. After his front-engined car blew up and tore off a part of his right foot, he built the first rear-engined drag racing vehicle. The new design solved multiple safety issues that had been problematic in traditional drag racing vehicles, and after Garlits proved that the new model was faster as well, the new design became commonplace. In recent years, he has continued to race on occasion, and was the 1994 Republican nominee for the 5th Congressional District in Florida.
Donald Glenn "Don" Garlits (born January 14, 1932, Tampa, Florida) is considered the father of drag racing. He is known as "Big Daddy" to drag racing fans around the world. Always a pioneer in the field of drag-racing, he, with the help of T.C. Lemons, relating at least in part to the loss of a portion of his foot in a drag racing accident, perfected the rear-engine "top fuel dragster design". This design is notably safer as it puts most of the fuel processing and rotating or reciprocating parts of the dragster behind the driver. The driver is placed in "clear air" in front of nearly all mechanical components, thus remaining capable of activating a variety of safety equipment in the event of catastrophic mechanical failures or fire. Garlits was an early promoter of a full-body, fire-resistant suit - complete with socks and gloves, often branded as Nomex.
Garlits was the first drag racer to officially surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, and 270 miles per hour marks in the quarter mile; he was also the first to top 200 in the 1/8 mile. Note that all official NHRA records require a "back-up" (speed and elapsed time within 1% of the record) run during the course of the particular event where the record was set to verify the newer, higher level of performance. He has been inducted in numerous halls of fame and has won numerous awards during his career.
In the early days of drag racing, the post-World War II Central and Western United States military aircraft pilot training fields had become available for alternate uses, including automotive racing. Don Garlits first a??Reala?? drag race car was built under an oak tree at his home in North Tampa in 1954. An electric welder and gas torch modified an old 1927 Ford Model a??Ta?? Roadster to accept a 1948 Mercury Block, a??39 Ford floor shift transmission, and a a??48 Ford rear. That early T-Bucket's quarter mile performance was a 13.5 second e.t. at a speed of 93 mph. It was this successful, formative roadster that

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Byron Dragway Keeps On

On a tour of Big Daddy Don Garlits’ excellent Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida, he tells the story of Chrysler making him run the 426, which he was admittedly doing quite poorly with. Performing what he calls "the Bateman twist", he makes a change ...
Posted: October 10, 2016, 1:27 pm

Life in the Fastest Lane

Don "Big Daddy" Garlits crawls under the dash of his 1966 Chrysler speedboat and prods for the problem. Big Daddy spent the next 50 years smashing record after record and becoming drag racing's most storied and fearless pioneer. Don Garlits in 1967.
Posted: September 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

Big Daddy’s Bakersfield Bust

A lot has been reported regarding the first time East Coast legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits came to Bakersfield, California, to race in March 1959. The fastest guy in the East would finally meet the fastest guys of the West at what would become one of ...
Posted: October 17, 2016, 5:09 pm
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