About Us

Hartman Machine Works was established in 1996 by   Richard Hartman.   It was Richard's dream to own and operate his own machine shop.  After years of hard work and dedication to various Machining and Injection Molding businesses'  he  was able to build his business dream.   In 2003, Hartman Machine Works merged with Horton Race Cars and the well respected Chassis Fabricator J.Ed Horton.   The joining of forces allowed for more diverse projects and the potential to produce more products   used in the chassis and fabrication business in house.     Hartman Machine Works can accommodate all of your machining needs, from single prototype jobs to full production, high volume CNC Mill and Lathe work.   Hartman Machine Works specializes in the manufacturing of quality racing components for the professional drag racing industry.   Horton Race Cars continues to build quality chassis' and perform fabrication work for the sportsman and professional racer alike.   In addition, Hartman Machine Works and Horton Race Cars sell a full line of complementing products from the following companies:   Strange Engineering, Hartman Enterprises, The Chassis Shop, SPE, DJ Safety, Stellito, Enderle, Electrimotion, XRP, Legris, SMC, Clippard, T&R Graphics, Interstate Batteries and more.   

The Guys 

Richard Hartman has been in the Machining Business virtually his entire life.   He retired from the driving aspect of drag racing in 1997, and took on a position with Bruce Litton Racing as his Crew Chief. In 2007, Richard was able to enjoy the excitement and honor of being a part of Bruce Litton's team as they won the IHRA Top Fuel World Championship.  In 2009, Richard joined the Terry McMillen/Amalie Motor Oil sponsored top fuel dragster as Crew Chief and Lead Tuner. He moved to Tim Wilkerson's Levi, Ray & Shoup sponsored team in the Nitro Funny Car category in 2015, and has enjoyed winning 3 races with Tim.  He has the knowledge and experience to build quality parts for race cars and thoroughly enjoys this aspect of Hartman Machine Works and Horton Race Cars.  Richard has been married to his wife, Tina, for 24 years and has 3 beautiful daughters, Alexis, Ashley and Allie, and a dog named Maddy. In his spare time, Richard enjoys running his 1969 Camaro Nostalgia Funny Car with the help and support of his three girls, and tinkering with new projects. He has also enjoyed helping his daughter, Ashley, pilot her Junior Dragster down the track.  His girls and wife, along with their white fluffy dog, Maddy are often at the races with him.  If you ever see them together at the track it is hard to say who is wearing the bigger smile!

J.Ed Horton has spent the majority of his life working with and around various professional IHRA and NHRA race teams.  J.Ed was ready for some bigger adventures in life and decided to sell Horton Race Cars in 2003.   Richard and J.Ed had a long running friendship and work relationship.  J.Ed had done a lot of work for the Raybestos team that Richard drove for back 1989 through 1991. The two decided that it would be a good business decision to have Hartman Machine Works and Horton Race Cars under one roof and thus Richard bought Horton Race Cars.   J.Ed is still very active in the business.  He is single, enjoys traveling to visit his son, Jay, in Montana, and lives in Belton, South Carolina.  

Philip Hartmann, no relation to Richard, just coincidence, started working for Hartman Machine Works in 2006.   He is originally from Minnesota and moved to Anderson, South Carolina to be a part of the racing industry.   Phil is a big part of our daily machining, fabricating, and welding at Hartman Machine Works and Horton Race Cars.  Additionally, Phil has worked on several Top Fuel teams such as Bruce Litton, Terry McMillen, and Bob Vandergriff.  He achieved his racing goal by winning his first Top Fuel race in Norwalk, Ohio in 2018, with Bob Vandergriff's team. Phil is married to his wife, Johanna (JJ), and now calls Anderson, South Carolina home.  


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