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Martin's new dragster headed toward competition , 82-year-old gets NHRA license


Last updated 6/12/2008 at Noon

Dode Martin will be returning to competitive drag racing, at least as a car owner.

A new car called “The Dragmaster Trainer” was completed after 14 months of work and has been tested at the Barona drag strip. Some of the driving was done by Martin himself, who at the age of 82 obtained a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) competition driver’s license earlier this year.

“I thought it would be kind of interesting and fun to see if I can do that after 45 years,” Martin said.

Martin began his drag racing career at the Santa Ana drag strip in 1950, prior to the existence of the NHR...

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