Yesterday we took a trip to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala. Bob used to drag race a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner back in the day. He loved that car, and had a blast racing it on the street and at Atco Race Track. That street driven car ran in the 13.20's at 102 mph, with the best time being a 13.12. Today his son Rob races a 1971 Challenger RT at Atco, and has won lots of trophies and money for years now. The Challenger RT below is running times around 11.5 - it's a great car, and Rob is a terrific driver.
|Rob Perrottet's 1971 Challenger RT|
Naturally, with all this drag racing history, Bob has been wanting to go to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in nearby Ocala. Whether or not you're a drag racing enthusiast, this is a great place to visit. There are two sections to the museum - an antique car museum, and a drag racing museum.
Take a look at some of the beautiful cars that we saw in the antique car section.
|1947 Studebaker Dump Truck|
|1934 Ford Station Wagon|
|1936 Ford Phaeton|
|1950 Mercury Lead Sled|
|1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger RT|
|1958 Chrysler Convertible|
|Dodge Coronet 500|
This car was donated by Naomi Tillet in honor of her husband Jack. This was Jack's favorite race car, and he won many races in it.
|1940 Willys 4 door Sedan|
Bob thinks that this beautiful truck is a Willys, but since there was no sign on it, we're not sure.
And now for the Drag Racing part of the museum......
|1981 Swamprat 27 Sidewinder|
|The parts of Don's car after his accident in 1970|
|Don's accident in 1970|
That accident cost Don part of his foot. He was lucky to get out alive.
|Darrell Alderman's Champion Pro Stock 1991 Dodge Daytona|
Bob saw this car race at Englishtown.
|Shirley Muldowney's 1980 Attebury Car|
|2005 Top Fuel Engine|
|2012 Dodge Challenger A Stock Automatic|
|Dodge 1962 Factory Max Wedge|
|61 Plymouth Max Wedge|
|Bruce Larson's 65 Chevelle Funny Car|
|Barbara Hamilton's 1937 Willys Coupe|
I've only shown but a few of this huge collection of wonderful cars. If you get a chance when you're in the Ocala area, this museum is really worth seeing.