Category Archives: Don Garlits

Dream Machine's* On Sunday At The HMB Airport: Meanwhile

ENJOY “BURT BLUMERT TAKES THE GREAT ‘BIG DADDY’ DON GARLITS ON A HARROWING SIGHT-SEEING TOUR OF SAN FRANCISCO” (Photo: L-R, Burt Blumert and “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.) Friends of ours hosted a birthday party for Burt Blumert, at a home … Continue reading

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To read Don Garlits' press release about the passing of the great Connie Swingle

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Garlits v Prudhomme: The 1/4 Mile, 7-Second Rush of Acceleration: Half Moon Bay Drag Strip

Part 4 The day of the match race finally arrived and the stage was set for the two biggest names in the sport, Don Garlits and Don Prudhomme, the only two men to win drag racing’s triple crown. At 6:15 … Continue reading

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Garlits v Prudhomme:The 1/4 Mile, 7-Second Rush of Acceleration: Half Moon Bay Drag Strip

PART 3 (Photo: Don Prudhomme with Half Moon Bay Drag Strip “Theme Girl” Tammy Thomas) For Coastside kids, now adults, the Half Moon Bay Drag Strip remains a fond memory. In the late 1990s I interviewed Mark Andermahr, owner of … Continue reading

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Garlits v Prudhomme: The 1/4 Mile, 7-Second Rush of Acceleration: Half Moon Bay Drag Strip

Part 2 (Photo: Don “Big Daddy” Garlits standing behind his dragster with Jim McLennan, wearing striped shirt in the background) For the uninitiated, drag racing is a lightning speed contest between hot rods racing side-by-side. In the 1960s, to reach … Continue reading

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Garlits v Prudhomme: The 1/4 Mile, 7-Second Rush of Acceleration: Half Moon Bay Drag Strip

Part I The Coastside sky was an endless milky white as 29-year-old Don “Big Daddyâ€? Garlits towed his “Swamp Ratâ€?, the strange looking, low-slung drag strip racing machine, into the isolated Half Moon Bay Airport. Bold block lettering on the … Continue reading

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