Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Ocala

4.8
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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.
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  • A quiet little gem right off of I-75 that is totally worth going to. The amount of history and background you find in these two buildings is amazing. Garlits put together the largest collection of.....  more »
  • What a collection of drag racing cars and memorabilia. There are 2 buildings, one for drag racing and the other with classic cars and collectibles. We spent definitely more than an hour walking...  more »
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  • A great visit for the family. Could use some updates. Overall good experience for the kids. Has lots of potential if someone was motivated to update it and bring people in, maybe a once a month engine running or someone to speak in person about the cars and what it takes to keep one running during the season.
  • Took my father in law and daughter there because father in law huge fan. Ive been to probably 30 car museums across the country and the history of drag racing in this place is unreal. Then his personal collection on top of it... Wow. I grew up same town as Mr. Garlits come to find out. Its a great thing he has done preserving this rich history. Worth the travel worth going to dont hesitate....

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