Though Garlits Swamp Rat 1-R was by no means the first rear-engine dragster, his was the first one that “worked.” While recuperating from a horrific crash in 1970, Garlits couldn’t get it out of his head that there must be a way of making a rear-engine dragster go straight. Many had tried before, and nearly all had crashed or were so hard to drive that they were never raced again.
When his friends found out that Garlits was actually building a rear engine car, they all thought that Big Daddy had REALLY lost it. And like previous rear-engine dragsters, his was very hard to drive. He actually called it, “The Evil Little Witch!” But somehow, Don had the insight that maybe the steering gear was too fast, causing the car to over-steer at high speed. Garlits changed the steering gear to a slower ratio and the car drove arrow straight!
When Garlits took the car to its first race, the track owners had him pit all the way at the end of the pits so that no one would notice his folly. But after his first run and eventual win, EVERYONE switched to the rear-engine layout. Once again, “Big Daddy” made drag racing history.
Printed on high quality tan-colored parchment paper using a Xante professional grade printer.
This print comes in one size:
11” x 17”
Print is shrink wrapped on 11.5" x 17.5" cardboard so that they stay flat and clean and shipped via USPS Priority Mail. All prints are signed by the artist. They make a wonderful gift for the car lover in your life!