Tales from the Drag Strip: Memorable Stories from the Greatest Drag Racer of All Time

Tales from the Drag Strip: Memorable Stories from the Greatest Drag Racer of All Time

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Since the moment that young men began modifying and personalizing their automobiles back in the 1940s and ’50s, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits was squarely in the thick of this intoxicating pursuit. Tales from the Drag Strip with “Big Daddy” Don Garlits is a first-person account of the many memorable experiences this drag racing icon has lived through in his half-century of nitromethane-fueled exploits. The many races, racers, race fans, and race tracks that have touched his colorful career are recounted as only Big Daddy can, painting a vivid picture of his life at speed and the triumphs and tragedies that came along the way. Insightful, ironic, humorous, and touching—but all true—Big Daddy’s remembrances are the next best thing to reliving the glory days of America’s quickest and fastest motorsports through the eyes of an American institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613217559
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Series: Tales from the Team
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Don Garlits is known as one of the greatest drag racers in the history of the sport. Garlits, who raced for over thirty years, has been inducted into multiple Halls of Fame, including the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bill Stephens has been an automotive and motorsports host, commentator, producer, and journalist since 1989, and he has been seen on such national television networks as ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Fox, and SPEED. He is the author of several books chronicling the racing careers of such legends as “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, and Kenny Bernstein. He is currently an expert commentator on Discovery’s Velocity Channel covering the Mecum Collector Car Auctions and a color analyst on ESPN’s coverage of NHRA drag racing. Stephens resides in Cotuit, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.

Shirley Muldowney began drag racing in the 1950s. She won three NHRA Top Fuel championships (1977, 1980, and 1982) and was the first driver in NHRA history to win multiple Top Fuel titles. She won an AHRA Top Fuel crown in 1981 and in 1982 won the US Nationals. She has been inducted into both the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Muldowney resides in Chesterfield, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

In the Beginning 3

Bubba's Girl 5

Flatheads Forever? 8

Beat the Clock 9

Coupe de Gras 10

A Chevy from the Levy 12

Eastern Upstart 13

And If They Didn't 15

The First "Big" Win 16

The Challenges of Travel 18

Long Pulls 20

Ju$tice for All 21

But Was It Worth It? 23

In the End, It Was 23

Cook-ed His Own Goose 27

166.97 28

Hero Worship 28

Another Cook & Garlits Adventure 29

Shades of Chester, South Carolina 32

Art Malone's Timely Visit 36

December 1959 38

A Little Help from His Friends 39

Christmas Bonus 41

Bad Run of Luck? 42

Big Daddy Burns Again 43

Swingle Pinch Hits 45

Racing as a Business? 46

Super Stock Dodge 49

"Collecting" the Cash 52

Pass the Nitro 53

Chrysler Comes A-Callin' 56

Hemi Style 59

A Legend Helps a Legend-to-Be 60

Two "Kings" Are Bunkmates in Vietnam 62

Tricks of the Trade 63

The Wheels of Progress 67

Fire Burnouts 68

The Best at the Burn 71

The Fire's Out 72

Garlits vs. Carbone … In Every Round! 74

"The Great Burndown" Revisited 75

Deadly Competition 77

"Impressing" King Hogan 79

"Love at First Sight" 80

Return to the Strip 81

Beating the King 82

Big Daddy vs. the NHRA 85

Snapshot 87

Clubbed 87

Big Daddy vs. the NHRA II 88

A Short Truce 96

The Wing Is the Thing 98

Pit Politics 98

Not My Line 100

Across the Pond 101

Lights Out 103

Bad Timing 104

PRA 105

Mending the Fences 110

Rubber War 110

Publicity Stunt 112

Shirley 117

Then There Was the Time at Martin, Michigan 118

More Fun with Muldowney 121

Garlits and Gwynn 123

The Computer 125

When Ingenuity and Luck Shake Hands 127

Lions, 1970 128

More from the Hospital 132

Indy, 1984 133

Not the End of the Road 136

Turned on Its Head 137

Home Away from Home 139

Pomona, Here We Come 140

Lost Treasure 141

The Race to End All Races 142

Fun and Games with the Snake I 145

Fun and Games with the Snake II 146

The Blowover 149

Indy, 1967 152

Four Seconds at Over 300 157

Swamp Rat XXXIV 160

Don Cook: Ironman 161

You Want to See Tough? 162

Big Daddy Was Tough, Too 163

Autofest 2000 165

Epilogue 169

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