In Florida: Old-Fashioned Ingenuity on Wheels

One day back around Christmas, Drag Racer Don Garlits called a major tire company to ask if it could make him a tricycle-size front tire capable of running the quarter mile in 5.4 sec. at a top speed of, oh, 275 m.p.h. The tire company said it would have to get back to him. In July, maybe.

This is the reason Garlits, also known as Big Daddy, showed up recently at the National Hot Rod Association Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., in a new $100,000 dragster with no front tires at all. What he had instead, under an aerodynamic wraparound front end...

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