Don Garlits

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Birthday
14, 1932
Birthplace
Tampa, FL
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
14, 1932 (age 86)
Birthplace
Tampa, FL

About

Influential drag racer who has been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame as well as the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. He set several speed records, becoming the first person to reach 200mph in the 1/8th mile.

Before Fame

He built his first drag race car using a modified 1927 Ford Model.

Trivia

The National Hot Rod Association ranked him first on their list of the Top 50 Drivers from 1951 to 2000.

Family Life

His wife of more than 60 years, Pat Garlits, died in 2014.

Associated With

He was a public supporter of Ron Paul's bid for the U.S. presidency in 2008.