Making a Scene during Dode Martin’s Picnic
January 20, 2017 - Picnic Time
It’s roughly turn hackneyed to discuss “The Greatest Generation” these days, those who fought selflessly in WWII. But when we accommodate a member of that generation, there’s a certain aura that surrounds them that we can clarity in your soul. Such is a feeling one gets around Dode Martin, not customarily a WWII fight favourite though also one of a greats in drag racing. Dode was in a Battle of a Bulge during one of Europe’s coldest winters. His feet, like so many others in that conflict, were frostbitten. He was hospitalized for 3 months in Belgium and France.
After a war, when his Southern California contemporaries were during a dry lakes, Dode was a drag racer. He never went to a lakes. It was while racing his Dragliner that he met a late Jim Nelson, who was a tech inspector. Nelson suggested that Dode reinstate a flathead in his dragster with a small-block Chevy, and as they say, a rest is history. The dual shaped Dragmaster, where they built their famous dragster chassis. In a early 1960s, they were a toast of drag racing, winning races with their framework while building a far-reaching accumulation of framework and competition cars for others.
While they both drove, Nelson was a front male who had all a connectors and a present of gab. Dode was a spook in a appurtenance who designed and built a chassis. He never had any grave training in automatic pattern or engineering, though he combined works of art. When a NHRA authorised nitro again, a span was not meddlesome in competing in that arena. But a Dragmaster emporium stayed open for business until about a decade ago.
Dode Martin is one of those guys who’s always busy. He has continued to build a few Dragmaster-style chassis, and even a facsimile of a team’s 1960s-era Two Thing dragster in a emporium adjacent to his house. Along a way, he has mentored several immature group who now have their possess shops, where they build a far-reaching accumulation of prohibited rods and customs.
As he has for many years, Dode hold an annual open residence during his shop, where many former drag racers came to reminisce and suffer a large lunch he and his family courteously serve. The area around Dode’s emporium is filled with a far-reaching accumulation of cars, some that are customarily brought out spasmodic and not customarily seen on a internal journey night circuit. In new years, crow cars have been partial of a event, too, and this year was no exception, with 3 jolt a ground. His emporium and a circuitously garage during his residence are filled with decades of his drag racing memorabilia, adequate to make an zealous eBayer get cloudy eyed. The soft-spoken Dode seems to remember everyone’s name, and his stories are a provide to hear. He’s simply one of a nicest guys you’d ever wish to accommodate and a loyal prohibited rod hero.