Don Garlits - Swamp Rat XIII - A transmission explosion using a special two-speed unit at Lions Drasgstrip on March 1970 broke the Swamp Rat 13 in half in a horrifying incident that nearly cost Garlits his life and severly wounded a young spectator.
In 1964, Barb Hamilton became the first woman in NHRA history to receive a license to drive a Supercharged car. It took two years of continuous campaigning. Barbara and her racing partner Nancy Leonello, in their 20's - built, tuned and raced their C/Gas Supercharged Willys from 64 to 73, flat-towing the race car all over the Midwest and into California. Barbara and Nancy won the 1966 NHRA Springnationals. Inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in March of 1992.