Ocala, Florida: Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing

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13700 SW 16th Ave., Ocala, FL
I-75 exit 341. East on Hwy 484, then a quick right onto SW 16th Ave. The museum will be on the right.
Daily 9-5. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing.

Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing

A car museum for people who usually don't like car museums, because dragsters aren't really cars -- they're horizontal missiles with wheels. Out front: a monument of a flipping dragster, and an A-7 jet that raced Big Daddy's car.

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Speed Limit 300.

Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

The museum displays a couple of Texaco manual fuel pumps outside. Besides the automotive collection, there is an old Coke (bottle) machine, a Wurlitzer bubble jukebox, and some vintage slot machines.

On the emergency-exit door at the back of the museum is an official-looking "SPEED LIMIT 300" sign. Funny.

[Jon Morgan, 06/27/2018]

1970 Plymouth Superbird.

Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing

Still an awesome attraction. Plan on about $15 a head. You can totally see "Big Daddy" here when he is not working in his garage.

[Carter, 07/29/2012]

Burned rubber in the parking lot.

Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing

Evidence of inspired visitors leaving the Garlits Museum of Drag Racing: massive peel-outs and burnt rubber trails in the parking lot.

[Scott Archibald, 04/29/2009]


Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

Now for sale in the gift shop: spark plugs, motor castings, and racing slicks signed by Don. The tires go for over $200, so the spark plugs at $5 apiece -- each in a baggy -- are a relative bargain. Also for $5 are signed "Don Garlits for Congress" brochures (He lost.) Museum of Drag Racing stock certificates sell for $50 apiece. A new Drag Racing Hall Of Fame Memorial stands out by the road. Atop the concrete base is a live-size bronze replica of the dragster Big Daddy flipped over and crashed in the early 1980s. Don Garlits emerged unscathed. The dragster is frozen nose up, in mid-flip.

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 05/04/2003]

April 2009: Photo added.

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