2016 – International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is located at 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, Florida, just off Interstate 75. The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame is open every day from 9am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.

We have just fewer than 300 cars between 2 buildings. The average tour takes 2-3 hours and all pictures are welcome.

Opened in 1984, it chronicles the history of the sport of drag racing. Some 90 racing cars can be seen in the Drag Race building and an additional 50 vehicles are in the Antique Car building. Many of the Garlits “Swamp Rat” cars are here, but he also turns out to be a pack rat with an accumulation of cars and memorabilia from other top names in the sport. The iconic cars of Dean Moon, the Mooneyes gas dragster and the Moonbeam sports car are on display.

The museum is home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Inductees include Art Arfons, Sydney Allard, Zora Arkus-Duntov, Ray Godman, Raymond Beadle, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, and Don Schumacher, Connie Glen Swingle.

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Hours of Operation:

  • Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
  • 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, FL 34473
  • Email Ally – ally@garlits.com

MUSEUM PRICING & ADMISSION

Standard Admission

  • Adults $20
  • Seniors (60+) $15
  • Military & Veteran $15
  • College students $15
  • Teenagers (13-18) $15
  • Children (5-12) $10

Group Admission

  • Adults $12
  • Seniors (60+) $10
  • Teenagers (13-18) $10
  • Assisted-living Facilities $7
  • Children (5-12) $3

ABOUT US

To preserve the history of drag racing one of the original forms of auto racing known to man through restoration, and preservation of historical vehicles, involvement in research of said history, honoring prominent individuals who were the sports’ pioneers, development of a National Archive and Library, collecting, documentation of state history, educating the general public on the history and progress of all racing and presenting the uniqueness of this sport auto racing.
Nearly 300 vehicles on display and thousands of artifacts. Our antique building has one of the largest collections of Ford’s, also included in the collection are muscle cars and rare vintage automobiles. Our dragracing building has a collection of world-famous, history making dragsters, funny cars, motorcycles, and many other exciting racing vehicles from the early days of dragracing to current day. Spread throughout the two buildings is an amazing collection of hemi engines, flathead engines, rare manifolds, and carburetors that have been restored by Don Garlits himself.

QUICK FACTS

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
In May 2014 at age 82, Garlits set a 184 mph speed record in an EV dragster, a battery-powered electric vehicle that does not burn fuel.
Don Garlits drew the plans and constructed the World’s First Rear-engined Top Fuel Dragster

In 2004 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
In 1997, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1989 as the sole representative of drag racing.

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THE QUEST FOR 200 – Indy 2014

HIS LATEST QUEST: TO BECOME THE FIRST MAN IN DRAG RACING TO DRIVE 200 MPH IN A BATTERY-POWERED CAR

Dubbed Swamp Rat 37, the electric dragster resulted from a gift to a friend. Back in 2011, Las Vegas-based contractor and car nut Mike Gerry rolled out two mini-dragsters that ran on DieHard batteries so Garlits could race long-time rival Darrell Gwynn, who suffered a racing injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. The two raced at the NHRA Gatornationals, buzzing down the track at up to 30 mph. The experience got Big Daddy thinking about the future, a place Garlits dwells most of the time.

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