Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame
Don Holben was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1950, and has lived in Grand Ledge for a great number of years.
Don's first exposure to drag racing was in 1963 when he
attended a drag race at the now-defunct Onondaga Dragway.
By 1966 at age 16, Don
started to regularly attend the drags by crewing for Al Moon, who raced a Modified Production Chevy Nova.
, while still helping Al Moon, also attended his first National Event that year, the AHRA Grand Nationals at Detroit Dragway
, and certainly became more hooked on drag racing, seeing it at the professional level.
That same year, Don graduated from Grand Ledge High and also went to US 131 Dragway to see some Funny Car shows.
These continued "dosages " of drag racing exposure drove a young Don
to want to obtain his
own Stock class car.
By 1971, Don
bought a 1969 Chevelle to race in Pure Stock, winning his
class title at local tracks often, and even managing an overall eliminator runner-up once in this first season competing as a driver.
In '72, Don
built another Chevy combination for Stock, a '66 Bel-Air 283, it being by Don's own admission, an eminently forgettable effort.
1974. The mentor-student relationship began with Dick Griffin, and with Don
racing a brand new 455 Cutlass wagon Stocker that season, Don won the US 131 Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Nationals Warm-Up Meet, his first major win.
In 1996, Don
obtained a new LT1 Firebird and has worked with and raced this car to the present, with friend and fellow racer Tony Goodman also driving the car.
has also driven a '69 Camaro stocker owned by Holland's Phil Veldheer.
has had a drag racing career that most would covet, and there is even more to Don's career that is in excess of the space allowed here.
is quick to thank those who have helped, influenced, inspired, and supported him over the years.