Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing Inc.

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We are pleased to announce the 2022 Inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to these...
09/12/2021

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Congratulations to these individuals who have contributed to the sport of Drag Racing.

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Congratulations to these individuals who have contributed to the sport of Drag Racing.

Just  a reminder of Dream Giveaway latest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats.  A 2021 Durango H...
09/05/2021

Just a reminder of Dream Giveaway latest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0721H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0721H.

Just a reminder of Dream Giveaway latest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0721H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0721H.

Lazydays RV of The Villages will be at the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy November 6th and 7th. They will be  display...
09/05/2021

Lazydays RV of The Villages will be at the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy November 6th and 7th. They will be displaying RV's they have in stock. RV's are a terrific way to travel, see the country, with the conveniences of home.

Lazydays RV of The Villages will be at the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy November 6th and 7th. They will be displaying RV's they have in stock. RV's are a terrific way to travel, see the country, with the conveniences of home.

With today being the Final Rounds of the NHRA US Nationals. We go back 35 years to 1986; this is the year Don Garlits, w...
09/05/2021
Drag Racing 1986 NHRA US Nationals TOP FUEL Final

With today being the Final Rounds of the NHRA US Nationals. We go back 35 years to 1986; this is the year Don Garlits, with Swamp Rat 30, became the first Top Fuel Driver to win 3 consecutive US National Titles and the first to win a total number of 8 US National Titles. Make sure to catch all of the 2021 US Nationals excitement on FOX at 1pm.

Don Garlits vs Darrell Gwynn.

Just got the proof for the 70's Throwback Shirt.  As soon as the '50's and '80's shirts are completed we will post them ...
08/17/2021

Just got the proof for the 70's Throwback Shirt. As soon as the '50's and '80's shirts are completed we will post them and let you know when all the shirts will be available.

Just got the proof for the 70's Throwback Shirt. As soon as the '50's and '80's shirts are completed we will post them and let you know when all the shirts will be available.

Just another reason to come out to the Mopars with Big Daddy. Judy Lilly's 1967 Plymouth Belvedere will be on display.  ...
08/17/2021
Historic Hemi Super Stock Racer: Judy Lilly's 1967 Plymouth Belvedere

Just another reason to come out to the Mopars with Big Daddy. Judy Lilly's 1967 Plymouth Belvedere will be on display. This is a beautiful car. https://www.hemmings.com/auction/1967-plymouth-belvedere-1?itm_source=Blog&itm_medium=PostLink&itm_campaign=LillyBelvedereFeature

Yes, America, it may be 2021 but it’s still possible to find a for real, documented, beautifully restored factory Mopar racer that legitimately did tire-smoking combat during the Super Stock...

Just  a reminder of Dream Giveaway  latest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats.  A 2021 Durango ...
08/02/2021

Just a reminder of Dream Giveaway latest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0721H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0721H.

Just a reminder of Dream Giveaway latest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0721H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0721H.

07/31/2021

This weekend is the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. We flash back 34 years ago to 1987. This was the last NHRA WInternationals title Don won driving the famous Swamp Rat 30. Shortly after the 87 Winternationals Swamp Rat 30 would be retired and be inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Now on display with the Top Fuel Dragster Shirley Muldowney won her second NHRA World Championship in 1980 &  the dragst...
07/15/2021

Now on display with the Top Fuel Dragster Shirley Muldowney won her second NHRA World Championship in 1980 & the dragster used in the movie Heart Like A Wheel are all of Shirley's helmets from her career. We are honored to have this helmet collection to exhibit for all the drag racing fans who visit the museum.

Now on display with the Top Fuel Dragster Shirley Muldowney won her second NHRA World Championship in 1980 & the dragster used in the movie Heart Like A Wheel are all of Shirley's helmets from her career. We are honored to have this helmet collection to exhibit for all the drag racing fans who visit the museum.

Coming soon the museum will have throwback t-shirts of Don's from the '50's, '60's, '70's, and '80's.  Thought we would ...
07/10/2021

Coming soon the museum will have throwback t-shirts of Don's from the '50's, '60's, '70's, and '80's. Thought we would give you a preview of the 1967 Throwback T-Shirt. Who had this shirt back in the day?

Coming soon the museum will have throwback t-shirts of Don's from the '50's, '60's, '70's, and '80's. Thought we would give you a preview of the 1967 Throwback T-Shirt. Who had this shirt back in the day?

Hello Wisconsin!! Don is in Iola today, tomorrow, and Saturday for the 49th Annual Iola Car Show.  Make sure to stop and...
07/08/2021

Hello Wisconsin!!
Don is in Iola today, tomorrow, and Saturday for the 49th Annual Iola Car Show. Make sure to stop and see Don, the museum trailer, and SR12. Also, you can buy merchandise, get photographs, and an autograph from Don. Here are the daily line ups for this weekend’s event.

Thursday July 8th

6:00 AM- Gates Open
10:00 AM- Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
Ian Roussel Signing, Greg’s Speed Shop
11:00 AM- Kuzin’s Kustom 70’s to 80’s Crossover Reveal, Kuzin’s Kustom Tent
2:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales End
Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
4:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Winner Drawn
5:00 PM- Wes Brown Concert, Tunderaland Stage

Friday July 9th

6:00 AM- Gates Open
10:00 AM- Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
Ian Roussel Signing, Greg’s Speed Shop
Cackle Starts Don Garlits & Bruce Larson
Linda Vaughn Signing, Special Exhibit
11:00 AM- Kuzin’s Kustom Stuck in the 70’s Unveiling, Kuzin’s Kustom Tent
2:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Sales End
Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
4:00 PM- 50/50 Winner Drawn
5:00 PM- Doo-Wop Daddies Concert, Tundraland Stage
7:00 PM- BoomBoxx Concert, Tundraland Stage

Saturday July 10th

6:00 AM- Gates Open
10:00 AM- Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
Ian Roussel Signing, Greg’s Speed Shop
Cackle Starts Don Garlits & Bruce Larson
Linda Vaughn Signing, Special Exhibit
12:00 PM- Miss Iola Pinup Contest Tundraland Stage
2:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Sales End
Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
4:00 PM- 50/50 Winner Drawn
Cruise Out
6:00 PM- Tony Rocker Concert, Tundraland Stage

Hello Wisconsin!!
Don is in Iola today, tomorrow, and Saturday for the 49th Annual Iola Car Show. Make sure to stop and see Don, the museum trailer, and SR12. Also, you can buy merchandise, get photographs, and an autograph from Don. Here are the daily line ups for this weekend’s event.

Thursday July 8th

6:00 AM- Gates Open
10:00 AM- Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
Ian Roussel Signing, Greg’s Speed Shop
11:00 AM- Kuzin’s Kustom 70’s to 80’s Crossover Reveal, Kuzin’s Kustom Tent
2:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales End
Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
4:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Winner Drawn
5:00 PM- Wes Brown Concert, Tunderaland Stage

Friday July 9th

6:00 AM- Gates Open
10:00 AM- Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
Ian Roussel Signing, Greg’s Speed Shop
Cackle Starts Don Garlits & Bruce Larson
Linda Vaughn Signing, Special Exhibit
11:00 AM- Kuzin’s Kustom Stuck in the 70’s Unveiling, Kuzin’s Kustom Tent
2:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Sales End
Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
4:00 PM- 50/50 Winner Drawn
5:00 PM- Doo-Wop Daddies Concert, Tundraland Stage
7:00 PM- BoomBoxx Concert, Tundraland Stage

Saturday July 10th

6:00 AM- Gates Open
10:00 AM- Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
Ian Roussel Signing, Greg’s Speed Shop
Cackle Starts Don Garlits & Bruce Larson
Linda Vaughn Signing, Special Exhibit
12:00 PM- Miss Iola Pinup Contest Tundraland Stage
2:00 PM- 50/50 Raffle Sales End
Barry Williams Signing, Iola Car Show Offices
4:00 PM- 50/50 Winner Drawn
Cruise Out
6:00 PM- Tony Rocker Concert, Tundraland Stage

07/04/2021
Dream Giveaway newest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats.  A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Ch...
07/02/2021

Dream Giveaway newest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0721H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0721H.

Dream Giveaway newest giveaway is the opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0721H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0721H.

Don has tours scheduled for Wednesday June 30th and Monday July 5th at 10AM. There are currently 2 spots  for 06/30.  Th...
06/25/2021

Don has tours scheduled for Wednesday June 30th and Monday July 5th at 10AM. There are currently 2 spots for 06/30. The cost is $100.00 per person. If you want to join the tours contact the museum and reserve a spot.

Don has tours scheduled for Wednesday June 30th and Monday July 5th at 10AM. There are currently 2 spots for 06/30. The cost is $100.00 per person. If you want to join the tours contact the museum and reserve a spot.

Just a reminder Father's Day is a week away.  Are you are looking for a Father's Day gift for your dad?  Why not bring h...
06/12/2021

Just a reminder Father's Day is a week away. Are you are looking for a Father's Day gift for your dad? Why not bring him to the museum! He can relive his youth walking around, in air conditioning, looking over the drag racing history preserved here at the museum. Drag racing cars, memorabilia, photographs in one building. Plus a second building with antique and muscle cars dating back to 1904. What could be a better gift?

Just a reminder Father's Day is a week away. Are you are looking for a Father's Day gift for your dad? Why not bring him to the museum! He can relive his youth walking around, in air conditioning, looking over the drag racing history preserved here at the museum. Drag racing cars, memorabilia, photographs in one building. Plus a second building with antique and muscle cars dating back to 1904. What could be a better gift?

Dream Giveaway is starting their new give away. The opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats.  A 2021 Durango Hellcat...
06/06/2021

Dream Giveaway is starting their new give away. The opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0621H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0621H.

Dream Giveaway is starting their new give away. The opportunity to win not one but two Hellcats. A 2021 Durango Hellcat and a 2021 Charger Hellcat. Visit https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/tickets/hellcat?promo=GA0621H
to enter for the chance to win. Make sure you use the Promo Code GA0621H.

We would like to thank O'Reilly Auto Parts for their participation in the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy.  They will ...
06/06/2021

We would like to thank O'Reilly Auto Parts for their participation in the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. They will be providing buckets of car care products to be raffled off on Saturday November 6th. They will also be on site for the weekend with the O'Reilly Auto Parts Trailer.

We would like to thank O'Reilly Auto Parts for their participation in the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. They will be providing buckets of car care products to be raffled off on Saturday November 6th. They will also be on site for the weekend with the O'Reilly Auto Parts Trailer.

Don has scheduled a tour for tomorrow at 10:00 AM.  Don talks about the history of his career, the museum, and the sport...
05/13/2021

Don has scheduled a tour for tomorrow at 10:00 AM. Don talks about the history of his career, the museum, and the sport of drag racing. He also fires up some engines he has rebuilt when talking about the history of engines and horsepower. There are eight spots available. If you would like to join the tour call the museum to reserve your spot. The cost is $100.00 per person.

Don has scheduled a tour for tomorrow at 10:00 AM. Don talks about the history of his career, the museum, and the sport of drag racing. He also fires up some engines he has rebuilt when talking about the history of engines and horsepower. There are eight spots available. If you would like to join the tour call the museum to reserve your spot. The cost is $100.00 per person.

Recently Artist Thomas Estrada donated this drawing he did of Don to the museum for display.  Thomas has graciously deci...
05/13/2021

Recently Artist Thomas Estrada donated this drawing he did of Don to the museum for display. Thomas has graciously decided to make another drawing of Don which will be raffled off at the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. The drawing will be a one of a kind. We can't wait to see what he comes up with! You can see more of his artwork by visiting Artofthomasestrada or visiting his website at www.artofthomasestrada.com.

Recently Artist Thomas Estrada donated this drawing he did of Don to the museum for display. Thomas has graciously decided to make another drawing of Don which will be raffled off at the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. The drawing will be a one of a kind. We can't wait to see what he comes up with! You can see more of his artwork by visiting Artofthomasestrada or visiting his website at www.artofthomasestrada.com.

We remind you to make sure you come to the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. On Saturday November 6th we will be having...
05/09/2021

We remind you to make sure you come to the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. On Saturday November 6th we will be having a raffle. Items are currently being collected for the raffle. As we get the items collected we will update the show event information (see our event page) listing items and companies who donated items. Proceeds from the raffle will be given to Helping Hands Foundation. This is a nonprofit charity, serving the people of Ocala/Marion County. It was established to provide shelter and related assistance for the homeless, and others who are in difficult situations. Besides shelter, they assist residents with jobs, food, clothes, medical, dental, transportation, counseling, Bible study and fellowship, and other needed services.

We remind you to make sure you come to the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. On Saturday November 6th we will be having a raffle. Items are currently being collected for the raffle. As we get the items collected we will update the show event information (see our event page) listing items and companies who donated items. Proceeds from the raffle will be given to Helping Hands Foundation. This is a nonprofit charity, serving the people of Ocala/Marion County. It was established to provide shelter and related assistance for the homeless, and others who are in difficult situations. Besides shelter, they assist residents with jobs, food, clothes, medical, dental, transportation, counseling, Bible study and fellowship, and other needed services.

We would like to thank Summit Racing Equipment for their participation in the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy.  They w...
04/12/2021

We would like to thank Summit Racing Equipment for their participation in the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. They will be providing gift cards, and a Summit Racing Equipment Tent to be raffled off on Saturday November 6th.

We would like to thank Summit Racing Equipment for their participation in the 34th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy. They will be providing gift cards, and a Summit Racing Equipment Tent to be raffled off on Saturday November 6th.

Just in case you missed the LIVE interview yesterday with Summit Racing Equipment; we are sharing the interview today. D...
04/10/2021
Special Guest: Drag Racing Legend Don Garlits!

Just in case you missed the LIVE interview yesterday with Summit Racing Equipment; we are sharing the interview today. Don talks about his history, the sport, his favorite rivals, and the museum. He also answered questions from viewers. There is 58 minutes of stories and knowledge to watch and take in.

Join the conversation as we welcome drag racing legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits! Submit your questions now and if we ask yours during the livestream, you'll b...

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter. After celebrating Easter Sunday come by the museum we are open today 9AM-5PM.
04/04/2021

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter. After celebrating Easter Sunday come by the museum we are open today 9AM-5PM.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter. After celebrating Easter Sunday come by the museum we are open today 9AM-5PM.

03/31/2021

If you are in the area tomorrow April 1st. Don will be giving a tour. The cost is $100.00 per person and starts at 10AM. There are 8 spots available. Please call the museum if you would like to reserve a spot on the tour.

Sharing the WFO Radio Live Stream with Don which was done in early March. Don talks about the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee...
03/27/2021
Don Garlits goes WFO Live with Joe Castello at 12 Noon ET!

Sharing the WFO Radio Live Stream with Don which was done in early March. Don talks about the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees and shares some of his favorite stories from the past and present. WFO Radio NHRA Drag Racing, Nascar, & Motorsports Podcast is done by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. If you want to see more interviews with drag racings past, current, and future stars visit their YouTube page you won't be disappointed.

Big Daddy drops by WFO to discuss the 2021 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

03/26/2021
Dream Giveaway Charger Hellcat

Only days left to win this 1000hp Charger Hellcat Widebody that's made for comfort on the streets and beastmode on the track. This bad-to-the-bone MOPAR masterpiece was approved by "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and featured in Mopar Collector's Guide and Mopar Action magazines. Plus you don't have to worry about those pesky federal winnings taxes, we pay the $20,000 for you. ENDS 03/30/2021.



Double your chances when you use promo code BIGDADDY. Enter now at https://www.dreamgiveaway.com/dg/hellcat?promo=BIGDADDY

Address

13700 SW 16th Avenue
Ocala, FL
34473

General information

Admission Prices: Regular Admission Adults $20.00 Teenagers (13-18) $15.00 Children (5-12) $10.00 Children (5-Under) FREE **AAA Card 10% Discount on Regular Admission Discounted Admission Seniors (60-Older) $15.00 Military (Active & Retired) $15.00 First Responders $15.00 College Students $15.00

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(352) 245-8661

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Established by Don and Pat Garlits in 1976; the museum, a non-profit organization, was originally located in Seffner Florida next to their residence. The museum was moved to Ocala Florida and the official grand opening took place in March of 1984. Don and Pat’s vision was to preserve the history of Drag Racing for the sport and future generations. The museum strives to present this history to Drag Racing enthusiasts and the general public in an accurate and informative format.

The museum is also home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame which was also founded by Don and Pat in 1990. The hall of fame recognizes individuals who have pioneered, contributed, or made their mark in the history of the sport of drag racing. The hall of fame inducts individuals yearly every March. The new inductees are recognized at the annual banquet held in Gainesville the week of the NHRA Gatornationals.

For current information on admission prices group tours, and private tours; as well as, the purchase of gift shop merchandise go to www.garlits.com You can also call the museum at 1-877-271-3278 if you have any questions or would like to place an order for gift shop merchandise.

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Check out my NOS Don Garlits "Big Daddy" Dixco Tach!
any chance don will be doing any tours the 25 threw 30th?
92 Indy 85 Indy
I don't know if you have a picture of your A-7 in VA-86 colors before it was repainted, so am providing you this one. Be aware that Cdr Michael Hoff of VA-86 was shot down in 1970 on our second Viet Nam Cruise on the USS Coral Sea. His wife is the person who initiated the POW/MIA flag
Big Daddy Don in ink Artofthomasestrada
It was my pleasure to meet Don Garlits during an exhibition appearance that he made at the Hallsville Drag Strip in Hallsville, Texas. This was on a Sunday afternoon in March during 1978 where he set the track record at about 250-MPH (or more!) and I will bet that it still stands today. Mr. Garlits was quite the gentleman as he posed for me to take his photograph next to the Swamp Rat.
April 1966, Grand Bend Ontario. This is prior to the crash at Detroit. Check out all the Canadian Drag Racing memories at https://www.facebook.com/colesysplace/
This place is AMAZING!!! You absolutely must see it! It is awesome to have such a cool person and place here in Ocala!
Thank you Don for your legacy of innovation and dedication to family and racing! In the 60s and 70s I enjoyed watching you and family/team race in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at Edmonton International Speedway. I currently own a vintage 1966 Coronet 426 Hemi 4 speed manual and always enjoy a quick trip to the grocery or to our local quarter mile race track in Edmonton, Canada. All the best to you for 2021!
is there anyone out there remember a funny car by the name of baby huey and if do what happen to them this was back in the 70's
given that it's "Big's" BDay and that you're focused on his Museum, I thought I should post this on YOUR site (I posted it on a couple of others today) . I'm reminded of how "Big" helped many of us in drag racing without him even being aware of it . at (I think) the '76 March Meet, one of the "genius" organizers decided that all the AA/BAD and TF cars would have to be push started ... well my car had no provision for that (after NHRA said the cars had to be self-start, so why the hell would I) . when that decision was announced at the driver's meeting, I said, "who do I see to get my entry money back, because I have no way to push-start, so I'm going home" ... I knew no one gave a rat's ass whether I ran my car or not, so I REALLY wanted to know how to get my money back and leave . UNTIL, that is, "Big" said, "I'm going home too, so I want to hear your answer" . damned if those "genius" organizers didn't change their tiny little minds ON THE SPOT . thanks "Big" for an assist you didn't even know you gave! . here's a photo from that meet ... we ran the event
Your 2 friends are sending you wishes from heaven , Doug Rose and Broadway Bob, photo by Mark & Laura Bruederle