Hanging with Don Garlits


Big Daddy Don Garlits is another legendary guy I used to read about as a kid in the mid-Seventies. Who knew we’d become first-name pals. Though it’s certainly a much bigger deal for me than for Big, I’m thrilled whenever I get the chance to do an interview with this drag racing pioneer. His memory is as sharp as a 20 year old. Here we’re chatting about his then-new 392 (Gen III ) Hemi powered front-engine retro dragster at the 2008 SEMA show.

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About Steve Magnante

You can call me Steve Mags, it’s easiest that way. You’ve watched me on the Barrett-Jackson auction block for the past eight years on SPEED TV. You’ve read my technical and feature stories in HOT ROD, CAR CRAFT and MUSCLE CAR REVIEW magazines (and many others). You’ve seen my books; “How-To Build Altered Wheelbase Cars”, “Rusted Muscle; A Collection of Derelict Dream Machines” and “Steve Magnante’s 1,001 Muscle Car Trivia Facts” (which comes out in June, 2013). I am an automotive journalist, automotive historian, drag racer, car builder and TV host with over 20 years in the business.

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