GARLITS BEATS MULLDOWNEY

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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THESE DRAGSTERS AREN’T AIRPLANES, BUT THEY DO HAVE WINGS AND THEY REALLY FLY. THIS PARTICULAR DAY, DON GARLITS WAS THE WINNER OVER SHIRLEY MULLDOWNEY AT FREEMONT RACEWAY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THIS SHOT WAS TAKEN IN 1985 ON A CANON AE-1 WITH A 100-200MM F:5.6 ZOOM LENS AND KODAK 100ASA COLOR FILM. I’M NOT 100% SURE, BUT I BELIEVE THIS WAS THE LAST TIME SHIRLEY AND BIG DADDY RACED SIDE BY SIDE. I KNOW FOR A FACT IT WAS THE LAST TIME AT FREEMONT RACEWAY, SINCE THIS TRACK NO LONGER EXISTS. IT WAS TORN DOWN ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO NOW. THAT MAKES THIS A HISTORICAL PHOTO. I’VE BEEN LUCKY TO GET SEVERAL HISTORICAL SHOTS LIKE THIS. I’VE GOT A ONE OF A KIND SHOT THAT I TOOK OF JOHN BRUTE FORCE, BEFORE HE EVER RACED FOR QUAKERSTATE. AT THE TIME HE WAS DRIVING FOR COCA COLA AND JOLLY RANCHER CANDY, NOW HE’S A 14 TIME NHRA CHAMPIAN. I WOULD LOVE TO GET THIS SHOT SIGNED BY BOTH SHIRLEY AND BIG DADDY, BUT I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WILL EVER HAPPEN. I E-MAILED THE DON GARLITS MUSEUM IN FLORIDA, BUT I NEVER RECEIVED AN ANSWER IF I COULD SEND THE PHOTOS OUT AND HAVE THEM SIGNED AND RETURNED. SO, I’M NOT GOING TO RISK SENDING MY PHOTOS AND I WILL JUST HOPE I RUN INTO EITHER OF THEM IN THE FUTURE WHEN I HAVE THE PHOTO IN HAND. THE SHOT OF THIS RACE, I AM PROUD TO SAY, I TOOK THE IMAGE,,PROCESSED THE FILM IN MY GARAGE,,,,EXPOSED THE IMAGE ON PAPER FROM MY ENLARGER IN MY GARAGE,,,PROCESSED THE PRINT IN MY GARAGE. NOTICE THE ORANGE STAINS ON THE LOWER RIGHT SIDE, THAT’S FROM USING THE DEVELOPER CHEMICALS MORE THAN ONCE WHEN DOING THE INITIAL PROCESSING. THAT’S ONE OF THOSE LESSONS YOU LEARN ON THE SPOT. I WAS NEVER ABLE TO PRINT ANOTHER PRINT, SO THE STAIN REMAINS. I HAVE DONE A DIGITAL RENDERING AND MANAGED TO CLONE OVER THE STAINS, BUT THIS SHOT IS STRAIGHT FROM FILM IMAGE TO THE SCANNER AND THEN THE HARD DRIVE.

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