“Big Daddy” Garlits’ 200 mph+ Attempt Ends in Sparks

MAR 3 2015 BY TDILLARD 4

After three respectable warmup runs of 8.770. 148.29 mph, 7.814 166.79 mph and 7.469. 174.11. mph, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat 37 started to unravel, first with a fourth run of 10.552. 80.07 mph and a smoked set of brushes, replaced for the fifth attempt, which went like this:  

That, friends, is what a “fireballed comm” looks like, caught in the wild (or at least some exploding brushes) …and even in slow-motion sound we can make out the bystander’s reaction.

(Hat tip to John Metric of NEDRA for the live Facebook feed coverage throughout the day!)

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4 Comments on "“Big Daddy” Garlits’ 200 mph+ Attempt Ends in Sparks"

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Dammit!

a SparkEV! 🙂

Brushed DC just has it’s limits.

Every once in a while these brushed DC motors remind you that technically they are 25kW motors.