Drag racing pioneer and Tampa native Don Garlits is behind the wheel yet again.
The NHRA legend, at 79, is driving his black Swamp Rat XXXV, a 2009 Dodge, in a sportsman division this weekend in Topeka, Kan.
"We were black-leather, jacketed hoodlums … and I've never changed," Garlits told the Kansas City Star of his first days racing in Florida.
He went more than 300 mph in a Top Fuel car in his early 70s but now is happy to race against common folks who get up to 133 mph.
"Their whole lives … they dreamed they might get to race Big Daddy sometime," Garlits said of his current foes. "And now they are."