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SEMA Heritage: Big Daddy and Swamp Rat XII, 1968

Don Garlits’ accomplishments in drag racing are literally the stuff of legends. He won his first NHRA race in 1955, turned pro three years later and amassed a career total of 144 national event wins and 17 championships.

Check out this photo, taken by longtime drag-race photographer Bob McClurg, showing Don Garlits and Swamp Rat XII, a rail he first drove at the winternationals in 1968.