OCALA, FL — About the only thing missing from the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala is the roar of engines and the smell of exhaust. What you will find is a comprehensive history of the sport of drag racing curated by the father of the sport, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. The Tampa native has been setting records since the 1950s. After losing his foot in a crash in 1970, Garlits went back to work on a new vehicle design that eventually transformed the sport. In 2014, at age 82, he set a 184-mph speed record in an electric dragster.
In addition to the cars that made history — including 34 of his “Swamp Rat” dragsters — here are a few of the odd and unusual exhibits that made us do a double-take. Check them out: