Don Edwards Biography & Photo Gallery




As a young innovator and Drag Boat enthusiast, Don Edwards has helped to
shape the Drag Boat industry from the very beginning. He has won many races
and awards while building his reputation as one of the best in the business!





Since the beginning Don was part of an elite group of racing legends
in the industry including: Keith Black, Dave Zeuschel, Gary Gabelich, Ray Caselli,
Larry Schwabenland, Dwight Bale, 'Sanger Jack' Davidson, René Andre Maddox,
Rudy Ramos, Rich Hallett, Ed Pink, Louis Unser and many others . . .




Left to right: (top) Tom Grist, Jim Noteboom, Tom Roberts, Harlan Orrin, Bob Silva, Spike Morelli
(bottom) Ted Phillips, Don Edwards, Barry McCown, Larry Schwabenland


Don Edwards has won many awards with his hydro drag boat Golden Komotion.
Don currently enjoys coordinating reunions and boat shows.
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Through the years Don has pulled together these classic photos and stories
in this book featuring over 120 pages of the best and brightest stars
from the glamour decade of 1960's Drag Boat Racing.

Order your copy today - $36.95 each plus $5 shipping

Send check payable to:

Don Edwards Enterprises
3153 Riley Road
Solvang, Ca 93463
main (805) 688-5060
cell (805) 350-1206

goldenkomotion@gmail.com

A look back - through the years . . .
 

Finished replica of the Golden Komotion II model kit -
Designed by Bob Bolton at Mad Dog Models

Garage poster-art announcing drag boat racing "heyday" of the 60's era
The original Golden Komotion was designed by Don Beck in 1960


Golden Komotion II was constructed & designed in 1965 by Rich Hallett
The Blown Chrysler Hemi featured a 450cu engine built by Dave Zeuschel

Program show sign depicting those who made it happen: Keith Black, Lee Taylor,
Rene Andre, Louis Unser, Barry McCown, Don Edwards, Larry Schwabenland,
Bob Nordskog, Eric Rickman, Jim Ramsey, Otto Crocker, Dave Zeuschel


Garage art display featuring race and event posters, memorabilia
and rare racing boat parts collected over the decades

Don at home in Solvang next to his vintage wood drag hydro Golden Komotion IV
with Blown Chrysler Hemi engine souped-up & maintained by Ken's Racing Engines
Golden Komotion IV is classic example of legendary boat building by Rich Hallett


Avenue of the Flags Car Show - June, 2012
Olivera's Automotive - Buellton, California

Advertisment of 2010 South Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic
Featuring the famous Thunderbird and the Golden Komotion IV

1967 LIFE Magazine featuring Chuck Stearns record water ski run clocked at 119mph
Seen here pulled by the Golden Komotion II at Long Beach Marine Stadium


Don on a fall day under the hood with his FORD Coupe
Over the years he has owned several of these 1940 FORD Coupes

276ci Flathead Merc 1948 Engine - Ported & Relieved Block with Sharp Heads
Edelbrock 4 Carb Manifold with Stromberg 81's
Harmon Collins Mag and Isky 400 Jr. Cam


Cover of Hot Rod Magazine with Don's 1940 FORD Standard Coupe
Mercury full race flathead engine - Featured photo taken in 1956

When hot rods were outlaws - Don was among 100 drag racers chased by local police
as seen on the front page headlines in the Santa Barbara News Press - January 1956


Don and his wife Lydia when they moved to Solvang, California
Danish Capital of America - Photo taken 1973

Don traded drag racing for slower driving in 1974 - His affection for Lydia and engines
never diminished as Lydia shows off his International TD-9 Crawler Tractor


Don's Truck/Trailer/Crawler Combo was featured in the Truck Gazette Catalog
This magazine edition was published in February 1993

Don's love of tractors and farm equipment lead to their purchase of a 158 acre ranch
located near Lompoc and the Santa Ynez Valley - Edwards Ranch Est. 1979


After traveling the back roads of Santa Maria - Don discovered and restored
this vintage 1952 GMC 900 Series truck and flatbed

This Truck/Tractor/Crawler Combo featured a 671 diesel engine and 35 ft. flatbed
Seen here hauling a 1942 International TD-14 Crawler Farm Tractor


Harvesting grain on the Edwards Ranch with the John Deere 45 Combine
Circa 1983

The romance of a cattle ranch was a new and exciting learning experience:
Lots of work, worry and wide open spaces


Discing the earth for garbanzo beans was more enjoyable on the International TD-14
than herding cattle on a horse!

Feed the cattle first - There's nothing like farming to help keep you in shape!
Photo taken in 1985


Restoring this John Deere 45 Combine was a labor of love for Don on the farm
Don was always up for the challenge of keeping the ranch running!

A good days work! Planting grain with "Junior" Silva and his Caterpillar D4
shown here with Don's International TD-14


Pop Edwards next to our Allis Chamlers HD-14 Crawler with 671 GM diesel engine
Don Edwards father always liked the great outdoors and the rural ranch atmosphere

Farm "work-horse" rigs shown here at rest while contented cattle graze
The work day ends as the harvest moon rises . . .

Thanks for visiting - See you at the races!
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