Living in FL, I had many opportunities to see Garlits run. He used to race and test at Valkaria, often running a carbed engine on pop; he didn't need the blower to whip up on the guys there, unless it was a big meet. THEN you'd get to see what he could really do- 1320' of mostly-controlled tire smoke! Never saw him run in a rear engine rail, don't like them anyway.
Saw a lot of big name racers there. It was at this track I saw/heard/felt my first nitro burner. The driver/car is lost to time, but did it impress me? Was about 8, almost peed myself!