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 a 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.  


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.  This was a huge step for Richard in the racing industry, running the car at the full 24 event NHRA series.  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 wife, Tina, for 20 years and has 3 beautiful daughters, Alexis, Ashley and Allie.   In his spare time, Richard enjoys running his 1955 Chevy Nostalgia Funny Car with the help and support of his three girls, and tinkering with new projects.  He also enjoys helping his daughter, Ashley, pilot her Junior Dragster down the track.   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 been friends and J.Ed had done a lot of work for the Raybestos team that Richard one time drove.   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, doing most of the mounting of bodies and chassis work.   He is single, enjoys traveling 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 worked on both Bruce Litton and Terry McMillen/Amalie Motor Oil Sponsored Top Fuel teams.  He travels often, but now calls Anderson home.

Don Lynch joined Hartman Machine Works in 2012.  He brings more than 25 years of machining experience to the business.  Don also worked as the "bottom end guy" on the Terry McMillen/Amalie Motor Oil sponsored Top Fuel Dragster.  He resides in Hartwell, Georgia with his wife and three children, Zachary, Dylan, and Piper.  


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