Garlits Setting Records at 87!

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  1. SRT-Tom

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    Incredibly, Don Garlits is still setting drag racing records at age 87. Racing for the first time since 2003, Garlits fell short of his 200-mph goal on Saturday night at Palm Beach International Raceway. However, the legendary drag-racer still set a new world record by reaching 189.03 with an electric dragster on the quarter-mile strip. He would have gone even faster but the car's battery had two bad cells- that's like racing a V8 with only 7 cylinders working.


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    He is, and will always be "THE MAN" :)

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    Look through all the pics we took as Ocala, and this is the ONLY one I got of the Electric Rail.
    Yea, Electric Motors are instant torque, but the sound is just not there :(


    When there were all those HEMI'S, Old & New.

    My favorite, which he actually started for us was the Swamp Rat 12A with the NEW 392

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    Years of racing Top Fuel cars has taken a physical toll on Garlits' body. He has lost bits of fingers, toes, half of his right foot (in a 1970 engine explosion), and his hearing (one of his ears is deaf and the other one has a hearing aid). Also, due to repeated violet decelerations from 300 mph, both of his retinas detached and had to be surgically repaired.
     
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    I hope I am as sharp as he is, if I make it to his age.