Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Ocala

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The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is located at 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, Florida, just off Interstate 75. Opened in 1984, it chronicles the history of the sport of drag racing. Some 90 racing cars can be seen in the Drag Race building, while a further 50 vehicles are in the Antique Car building. Many of the Garlits "Swamp Rat" cars are here, but he also turns out to be a pack rat with an accumulation of cars and memorabilia from other top names in the sport. The iconic cars of Dean Moon, the Mooneyes gas dragster and the Moonbeam sports car are on display.
The museum is home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Inductees include Art Arfons, Sydney Allard, Zora Arkus-Duntov, Ray Godman, Raymond Beadle, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, and Don Schumacher, Connie Glen Swingle. Plan to see Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and other attractions that appeal to you using our Ocala journey builder app.
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  • A nice place to spend a day looking at the old dragsters, customs and old cars. If you are a car enthusiast at all, you will have a nice time here. 
    A nice place to spend a day looking at the old dragsters, customs and old cars. If you are a car enthusiast at all, you will have a nice time here.  more »
  • If you love cars and Motors this is a must. Meticulous docs and detailed explanations and offcourse the machines themselves make this outstanding day trip. Make sure you budget at least 3 hours of... 
    If you love cars and Motors this is a must. Meticulous docs and detailed explanations and offcourse the machines themselves make this outstanding day trip. Make sure you budget at least 3 hours of...  more »
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  • Absolutely Amazing Museum. Some great cars and exhibits. Spent about 3 hours there but could have probably spent another 3 easily. If you like Drag Racing, this is a MUST SEE. The Car Museum is Absolutely Amazing as well. I couldn't believe, not only the cars, but all of the old school engines and antiques they had. Totally worth a stop if you're traveling to Florida. Nostalgia City.
  • Lots of Great Don Garlits drag racing history and quite a few other cars from other racers on display with there backgrounds. Plus his personal car collection from over the years is enjoyable to look at as well. The day we were there Don actually came into the museum and told a few stories! And took some pictures with people there. That was a special treat for those that happened to be there.

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