Don "Big Daddy" Don Garlits' Museum of Drag Racing, Ocala, Florida, 2006


Input & Photos from Eddie Montgomery    Visitor Input


I don't know how many times I've driven past Big Daddy's museum but finally, in 2006, we decided to check it off our bucket list and stop for a visit. On this same trip we also took the time to visit Plains, GA to see where President Jimmy Carter took root and the infamous Confederate Prison Camp at Andersonville, GA. I strongly suggest that the next trip down I-75 you also visit these three places, especially if you're interested in Civil War History and/or the sport of drag racing. (Page created on February 9, 2009)

Sorry, but I don't have any descriptions or titles to accompany these photos. They merely represent what caught my eye and that of my fishing buddy, Bill Applegate from Peebles, OH. Please, if you recognize any of these cars, etc. and can add some background or history email me at





"King of the Wheelstanders", Bill Maverick Golden's Little Red Wagon.


Input from Eddie Montgomery

Here's some photos and information about some of the many vehicles housed at the Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. These were sent to me by Eddie Montgomery.

These 2 dragsters, the blue one was "Sneaky "Pete Robinson's car of the 60s And the red one is Connie Kalitta's car of the 60s, Connie (how he got a woman's name, I don't know). Anyway,  he is celebrating his 50th year in drag racing this year.

This was Garlit's rendition of a Funny Car, back when.

This was a 41 Willys, campaigned by KS Pittman, after I think wrecking his 33. He started out with a 33 Willys, just like "Ohio" George Montgomery's, except for the colors and power plants Montgomery ran Ford engines and Pittman run Mopar Hemis. Before anyone tries to correct me, George Montgomery had a small block Chevy in the very beginning in his 33. There used to be Gasser Wars, at a lot of the strips, with Pittman, Montgomery, Mazmanian, and Stone Woods & Cook


This was one of Garlit's cars that he had at Bonneville.


Visitor Input

The one I know is the Snake, as I met Don in person here in Minneapolis when I was an Army Recruiter and also at Brainerd International Speedway. I had him sign a Hotwheels package of his car and that day my boys thought I was something. They still say something about that sometimes and I still have that car sig and al. I also have a few of Don's Army iron-on giveaways that the Army gave away around 1979-80. Anyone that wants to contact me, I can be reached by phone or at my new website,

Don Mowery 2/13/09

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