I couldn't drag my husband away from Don Garlits’ Museum.

The Villages, FL, is near Ocala, FL and Ocala, FL is where Don Garlits’ Museum is located. Now that we were living in The Villages, my husband thought he was going to be going there often. I understood why my husband had an affinity for Don Garlits’ Museum. He knew him when he was a young man. My husband spent most of his summers on a motorcycle, always trying to break a speed record. Don Garlits’ Museum is a museum filled with drag racing facts and cars. He even has a part of his car that was involved in an accident and took off half his foot. It was what led to a need for rear motors in drag racing. Since my husband was a motorcycle drag racer, and he knew Don Garlits, he felt the need to know more and see his museum. He wanted to see cars and motorcycles, especially the first motorcycle to break the 200 MPH speed limit. On a hot summer day, he had me leave my air-conditioned home and go to Don Garlits’ Museum with him. Some of it was interesting, but I was more interested in the air conditioning. I followed my husband around as he talked about the smell of the fuel and the night being lit up by flames. He said the roar of the engines had him running to the track. Even if he was working on his bike, he walked away when he heard the roar. I got to see him race during his last couple of years and help him with his motorcycle. I could understand why Don Garlits’ Museum was such a big draw for him.


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