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Historic Drag Video: Garlits Does England Circa 1976 — An Awesome Look At Big Daddy In The Mid-1970s!


Historic Drag Video: Garlits Does England Circa 1976 — An Awesome Look At Big Daddy In The Mid-1970s!

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As we speed ever closer to our live broadcast of the Throwdown in T-Town this Friday and Saturday, we’re coming at you with some more killer drag racing footage from the past. This time it is a two part video showing Don Garlits taking on all comers at Santa Pod Raceway in England back in 1976.

It is our opinion that Don Garlits is the greatest drag racer who ever lived (and is still living BTW). He was a competitor at the first March Meet back in 1959, although it took him until 1964 to win the race, which always featured the strongest field of fuel dragsters in the country. In ’64 Garlits was part of the US Drag Team that went to England to show the folks in jolly ol’ what American drag racing was all about. The videos below show his second trip to the country, 12 years later, in 1976.

The interviews and footage are great and show just how big a draw Garlits was during the height of his career. The place is absolutely packed and they’re all at the strip to see him. Note the area behind the starting line that looks like a covered grandstand. That was the (in)famous viewing area at Santa Pod called “The Barn.” It has since been removed but standing there must have been awesome, and even a bit scary as junk was surely thrown back at spectators off of spinning slicks.

Big Daddy versus the Brits!

PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE GARLITS IN ACTION!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Historic Drag Video: Garlits Does England Circa 1976 — An Awesome Look At Big Daddy In The Mid-1970s!

  1. Moss Haines

    Thanks Brian the article and videos brought back some very pleasant memories as I was fortunate enough to have been there to see it. The disappointment of Don Garlits and his car not performing was balanced by seeing Stormbringer run the 5.97.

    Happy daze – cheers!

  2. Nick Worsell

    Ah.. that was a good event.. I’d just got my car licence and borrowed my dads car and me and a mate drove about 5 hours to get there.. it was absolutely jammed and I remember how disappointed we were that Garlits wasnt running too well.. though the car itself was so nice.. the trick candy designs over the black was a real surprise… and Peter Crane vs Garlits was awesome.. Garlits hardly seemed to move.. but Crane was gone.. we knew it was quick.. there was such a hush.. but then all me and my mate heard was FIVE.. the rest was lost to the cheering.. a really good day at the day at the Pod!

  3. padragster

    I think it was rigged! No one else even close to a 6.0? I think the red light was bogus, as was the timing. They wanted to embarrass Big Daddy.

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