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Don Garlits – the Big Daddy of Drag Racing.

A lifelong hero of mine is the legendary US drag racer Don Garlits. This year – and for the first time – he came over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to perform some demo runs in one of his original slingshot dragsters and I spent an enjoyable 1/2 an hour chatting to him in the agreeable surroundings of the Drivers’ Garden. 83 years old – he is still doing demo runs but took the decision three years ago to stop competing after his Top Fuel Rail broke the 300mph barrier with a tyre-smoking 303 mph pass over the quarter mile. Hear him tell the story here

Graham Benge

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