Close Calls by Don Garlits SIGNED Drag Race Car Driver HRB-7. Up for sale this week is a signed copy of Don's book Close Calls. It was signed by Don for me in person in Don's Garage at the famous drag racing museum in Ocala Fl. Most people don't know Don has a personal garage called DON'S Garage for his own personal use, it's not open to the public, it's behind the museum. Many years ago my racing buddy and I went to the museum and spent many hours there, on our way out to the parking lot I see a fence, I go to look to see what greatness is behind the fence, we hear a call, "you guys want to come back", we say sure.It was the man himself Big Daddy inviting us into his personal shop. We spent many hours with Don telling stories about his life. He was restoring a 1940 Ford for the museum, he was telling us how hard it is to get the right insulation for under the dash, and how hard it is to make it look like factory, he said to me look under the dash. I went to look under and I felt a hand on my shoulder directing me to look in a certain direction, It was Don the greatest drag racer of all time showing me where to look. It's a time we will never forget. Close Calls: The Thrills, Triumphs, & Tragedies of. Born January 14, 1932, Tampa Florida is an American race car driver and automotive engineer.
Considered the father of drag racing, he is known as "Big Daddy" to drag racing fans around the world. A pioneer in the field of drag racing, he perfected the rear-engine Top Fuel dragster, an innovation motivated by the loss of part of his foot in a dragster accident. This design was notably safer since it put most of the fuel processing and rotating parts of the dragster behind the driver. The driver was placed in front of nearly all the mechanical components, thus protecting him and allowing him to activate a variety of safety equipment in the event of catastrophic mechanical failure or a fire. Garlits was an early promoter of the full-body, fire-resistant Nomex driving suit, complete with socks, gloves, and shoes.
Garlits was the first drag racer to officially surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, and 270 mile-per-hour marks in the quarter mile. He has been inducted into several Halls of Fame and has won many awards during his career.