“If you love racing or autos, this is the place for you”​

Reviewed April 3nd, 2016


My family, visiting from out of state, had passed by Don Garlits Museum several times without stopping. We decided to go on this trip and were very happy we did. It's actually two museums. The first one is a large collection of antique autos and trucks. The second one has many drag racers, drag cars, and race engines. All displays have signs describing what you are looking at. The whole family really enjoyed the day. Be sure to allow at least three hours to see all and keep in mind that the antique museum closes an hour before the race museum.




Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing


Monday, May 2nd, 2016



The Don Garlits Museum is the number three rated Tripadvisor attraction in the Ocala area, and has received a 97% rating from visitors (see a typical review in the left sidebar)  There are approximately 300 cars to see, including one of the largest collections of Fords, muscle cars, rare vintage cars, history making dragsters, funny cars, and many other exciting racing vehicles from the early days of drag racing to the current day.


We will offer two types of tours – 1) a self guided tour that takes about 2-3 hours and   2) a private, behind-the-scenes tour conducted by Don Garlits which takes about 1-2 hours. People who choose the private tour can also spend additional time taking the self guided tour. Please note that we will need to limit the number of people taking the private tour to fourty. 


The private tour with Don includes access to the private garage areas. Don will tell us about his latest projects, and he will fire up some engines. He will also sign autographs and take photos. For those new to racing, Don is considered the father of drag racing. After he was involved in an accident he perfected the rear engine ‘top fuel dragster’ design. He was the first racer to officially surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, and 270 miles per hour marks in the quarter mile; he was also the first to top 200 in the 1/8 mile. In May 2014, at age 82, Garlits set a 184 MPH speed record in an EV dragster, a battery-powered electric vehicle.


This will be a morning trip, with arrival at the Museum between 9:30-10am. There will not be a group lunch, but there are several restaurants in the area which will be given out at the Laurel Manor meeting prior to departure.


The cost for the self guided tour is $12 per person, and for the private tour with Don Garlits the cost is $44 per person. The private tour also includes admission to the self guided tour.


Trip Leaders:

Len Stein