Fans enjoy hearing the stories of Swamp Rat 1, 1 B and SR 8 during a group tour.
Don poses for a quick photo next to his 1956 Chrysler 354-CID Hemi engine preparing for his 1948 Limo restoration project.
A framed photograph of Patricia Garlits,Don’s wife of 61 years( graduation 1952) is on display at the museum of dragracing.
A collection of framed photographs and awards are just some of the many highlights at the museum.
Don Garlits stands next to his first 1939 Ford Coupe powered by a 331 cubic cu in Chrysler Hemi, coupled to a 41 Lincoln OD transmition this car using duel quads for caruretion had tremendous top speed around 135 mph.
This sleek 1956 Chrysler Imperial luxury sedan owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower was just one of the many stunning classic cars on display at Big Daddy Gartlits Museum on Monday September 23, 2013. The car features a custom 45 rpm record player that his wife Mamie had installed for his birthday in 1956 so he could listen to his favorite music. Some of his favorite records included Cole Porter, Victor Herbert and the Tchaikovsky’s symphony #6 in B minor. Under the hood you will find a Hemi V8 engine,354, auto transition, the car also had a gas heater and AC along with air crafted tail fins and was one of Dwight’s favorite cars. Lisa Crigar / Ocala Star-Banner