Not that this should surprise anyone, but 87-year-old “Big Daddy” Don Garlits broke another drag-racing speed record this weekend, reaching 189.03 miles per hour in his Swamp Rat 38 electric dragster at Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida.
While Garlits and his crew were hoping to hit 200 mph, the drag-racing legend had good things to say about his run—especially after learning the car was running underpowered due to two dead battery cells.
“We set a new record…and we had a good day,” Garlits told the Palm Beach Post. “We’re happy with that.”
About those dead battery cells…
“It’s the same concept as running a V8 on seven cylinders,” said grandson and race team member Rodney Garlits to the Post.
Sounds like they’re going to go back to the shop, tighten a few screws, and come back to finish what they started.
“It’ll take a few weeks to get everything squared away. And then we’ll be back,” Don Garlits said.
Ageless, this man. We’re in awe, and can’t wait to see what’s next.