1:18 scale Don Garlits figurine by GMP diecast. "Big Daddy", "Swamp Rat", "Old Man", Don Garlits may have many nicknames, but regardless of which one you mention, any hardcore drag racing fan will immediately recognize him as THE top fuel drag racer. What else can you say about a man that won the very first NHRA drag race he entered with the very first drag car that he built. Through 34 different cars that he built, Garlits won 144 major open events and 17 national championships. He had to retire at the age of 60 due to eye trouble as a result of deceleration G forces! That didn't last too long though as he was back in the seat even at the age of 70.