A Cruise Around the Museum
WELCOME TO THE MUSEUM
Enjoy the Ride
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 1976, 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.
- Adults $20
- Seniors (60+) $15
- Military & Veteran $15
- College students $15
- Teenagers (13-18) $15
- Children (5-12) $10
- Adults $12
- Seniors (60+) $10
- Teenagers (13-18) $10
- Assisted-living Facilities $7
- Children (5-12) $3
- Adults $50.00
- Seniors (60+) $45
- Students $45
- Children (5-12) $30
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.”Our Collection” 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.
GROUP/PRIVATE TOURS WITH DON
A private tour with Don includes, behind the scenes access to the private garage areas that are not open to the public. See his latest projects and listen to amazing stories about his life and career. This tour will last about 1-2 hours depending on questions and projects at that time. After your private tour with Don, you can head back to the Antique and Drag Racing Museum to finish your self-guided tour through the two buildings. You determine how much time you would like to spend in the buildings, we suggest taking 2-3 hours to fully enjoy everything. Tickets are good all day so you can take a break, leave the grounds and grab a bite to eat after your tour. Don also takes time to sign autographs and pose for photos. Don’t miss our Gift Shop! We have many unique items that are perfect for autographing and collecting! All private tours must be booked in advance and can take a couple of days to get the date and time approved with Don. You can book tours with Rodney Garlits at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 877-271-3278. Due to limited spaces, cancellations must be confirmed at least 72 hours before your scheduled tour. This allows ample time to fill the tour, as there are waiting lists that accommodate each private/group tour with Don Garlits. Cancellations must be submitted online via the Contact Box, Phone or Email by/before 72 hours, if a full refund is wanted. However, cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to scheduled date and time, will lose the deposit for the group/private tour. The CEO and/or GM is the only person(s) to change this policy.
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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