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    Dragster breaks in half - photo and video

    Don Garlits' Swamp Rat XIII breaks in half after a transmission explosion at the Lions Drag Strip on March 8, 1970. Garlits survived but lost all of his toes on his right foot.

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    That is the accident that lead him to build the first rear-engined top fuel dragster; which rapidly became the standard. (after he started winning everything in sight with one)

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    Forward thinker for sure!!!

    Don has always been an innovator, still is, not content to stand by and watch, always has to have his hands deep into it.

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