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Happy 90th Dode

words and photos: justin


    Well Dode Martin’s birthday was about a month back but today was the party, combined with a little open house up at the dragmaster world headquarters in the little town of Fallbrook Ca. What was once an every 5 year or so event has become an annual gathering at Dode’s property that I look forward to attending every year, and if you don’t know who Mr. Martin is, the brief history goes something like this, world war 2 hero, one of the first guys to build a rail style dragster, founder of dragmaster with Jim Nelson, winner, innovator, safety advocate, master machinist, and now at 90 years old still one of the hardest working guy in motorsports.

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Dode will tell ya, “to keep the body working you gotta keep your mind working” , he’s still out in the shop just about everyday, building engines and recreating some of his earlier creations. His latest project is a replica of the first dragster he built, a little flathead powered job on an a chassis that he would eventually run up to 135mph in the early 50’s, we’ll have more on it as the progress gets moving along.

Back to the party, just a gathering of buddies, bs’ing, eating some great food, listening to some nitro cackling, and getting fat on birthday cake, can’t wait to do it all again next year.

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