02/01/2017: Garlits sponsors Allard Chrysler.
Don and Donna Garlits of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida have donated $1000 to help keep Europe's first dragster, the Allard Chrysler, maintained in fire-up and parade condition during 2017. Owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, the dragster is on permanent display there and is available for static display or fire-up shows and parades having been restored during the past nine years by the Allard Chrysler Action Group headed by Brian Taylor.
The link between the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Sydney Allard and the Garlits family goes back to 1964, when Don was part of the American team touring the UK in Sydney Allard's First British International Drag Racing Festival and 1976, when a visit to the museum with Peter Billinton gave Don and his late wife Pat the idea of opening their own museum of drag racing.
The donation was handed over by Donna during a recent visit to the UK and she was joined by David Marks of the Beach Boys whose link with Sydney Allard also goes back to 1964 when the Beach Boys were touring the UK. During this time they organised a photo shoot with an Allard Dragon dragster in London.
Brian Taylor said "Although the restoration project is now complete we will still need funds and expertise to keep the dragster in fire-up and parade condition so this donation from Don and Donna is very welcome. I would like to thank all of our supporters for their help in getting the dragster to this stage and organisations wishing to have the car on display during 2017 can contact me on email@example.com or Museum Manager Doug Hill on 01590 614600."