For 35 years (Innovator™ Designer) Joe Adams worked to complete a promise to his friend Don Garlits. Later he would become a digital designer for The Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing & The International Drag Racing Hall Of Fame. Here are a couple of the race trailer designs.
Click on the photos to read - "The House Of Big Daddy" in mopar Magazine. Photos above, are the property of Mopar® Magazine.
1963, the year I was born is FCAs official start of the drag pac or Light weight factory built race car. Honoring the legends of drag racing is something that I was born to do with our new muscle car customizing line. I love the new direction God has my life going with the new Innovator™ customizing program. Yesterday I had a meeting with one Dodge dealership owner for almost a couple of hours, a wonderful man, he just didn't understand. But by the grace of God, I got the call later that evening from another Dodge Dealer who understands and is really excited to come work with my wife and I, he's coming to join us in January 2021. He is coming in the month Big Daddy turns 89. We will only do a small run for Innovator™ to honor all the legends of drag racing, especially Big Daddy.
Unless you spent a couple decades around Big Daddy Don Garlits you really could never understand just how much hard work was done by the man most call legend, a man I call friend. It's an honor to have worked with and for him on projects over the years. My work for Don is my most prized work even over my Indy Car, Nascar and Hollywood projects. In hindsight, when Big Daddy gave me the design project for SRXXXVI, I believe without question he knew he was giving me an iconic project. I never would have dreamed it would take my wife and I where we are now, etched in the history of muscle cars and my favorite sport, drag racing. Now, I am the first person in muscle car history to ever attain a $100,000 valuation from a major insurance company from a rendering, before Innovator™ was even built.
I first saw Big Daddy in Swamp Rat VIII (above left) at Utica Rome Speedway in upstate New York ... of course it's my favorite Swamp Rat. Swamp Rat XXXVI (below with me in the Mopar booth), was a co-designed. It was Don's idea to put the flames on the car and he was the art director on the project. We did what Big Daddy wanted, period. Then when he has the flames pin stripped, it really made a beautiful improvement.
I knew Swamp Rat XXXVI was my chance to create a Picasso / a one of one to be etched in drag racing history at the Museum of Drag Racing. Off the record, we didn't like the sound of the V-10. The Hemi V-8s is the way. Big Daddy knew how sad I was because I was to lose the design for Swamp Rat XXXV, so he promised me the next one. Then I got the call and project.
Hearing a Garlits tuned Hemi is like listening to Sinatra ... it's magical if you know and feel what you're hearing - and you have stood at a parts washer countless hours in your life to rebuild mechanical like I have. Oh nothing like the hours Big has spent - but that's one of the reasons they call him legend. HARD WORK - it's the secret.
Innovator™ - A New Collectable Hemi Challenger Build To Order Program - Now Taking Orders For 2021 - Own A Part Of Drag Racing's Design History Let Big Daddy's Hall Of Fame Inductee Kenny Youngbood Design Your One of One Innovator™, A New Collectable Priced Below Contemporary Market Value. Kenny's new design is breathtaking.
Pro Motor Sports Designer / US Inventor Joe Adams - Digital Designer of Swamp Rat XXXVI Above (right) With Friends / Mentors & Heroes - Don Garlits & Kenny Youngblood.
This is the car that started the project and the first story on the Adams' design for the legendary 17 Time World Champion "Big Daddy" Don Garlits Drag Pak Challenger Swamp Rat XXXVI (above ). Big Daddy's 1 of 1 factory race car built by Dodge / Mopar.
We created Innovator to customize a small number of collectable cars for the next generation that follows the design for the legendary 17 Time World Champion "Big Daddy" Don Garlits Drag Pak Challenger Swamp Rat XXXVI (design #1 above).
The Innovator™ was built in part to promote our United States Techs Association's national movement to help our trades force foundation and bring awareness to young parents on the important value of their children building with their hands and digital skills combined. Our build to order custom packages for the 2021 Challengers line will be a limited to 50 units with 50 special Youngblood editions. Each package will come with an amazing certificate of authenticity book with renderings, photos and historic lineage position tied to your car with a breathtaking designer & high performance package at the Museum of Drag Racing's the standard of excellence.
For 30 years I have worked with and worked for Big Daddy and his family and the betterment of The Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing as an inventor, digital designer, photographer and webmaster. He was my hero from 7 years old when I first saw him at Utica Rome Speedway. Now, my invention Adamstand™ has been used in the shop by Don with one of my original prototypes now on display at his museum for almost three decades. This video to the left is the finest I have ever seen online about Don. I'm proud to say you can actually see me at work, shooting some photos in front of one of the trailer wraps I designed at minute (9:30) in the web film above. Don and myself pictured visiting on the electric car's debut. He was so happy racing. To be allowed to design Swamp Rat 36 was a an honor and gift from Don that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Click on the link above to check out the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. A museum you must visit on your next trip to Florida.