Marty Robbins Dodge
that was built and maintained by
We just go back from Running Willow Springs Raceway with the car. 5-1-08.
Here is a video of the car going around the track. www.Blairvideo.com edited the film for youtube.
Above is a picture from Mopars at the School for the Deaf in Riverside. We won first place 4-20-08.
Above is at the car show Fall Fling 2007.
Cotton was more than a gentleman he came out and signed the car.
Below Cotton Owens in his hey day 1964 the year of the 426 HEMI and David Pearson.
We went to see Cotton Owens on Sept 16, 2006 for a party and reunion.
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Drivers and car builders in attendance:Cotton Owens, Junior Johnson, Ray Fox, Glenn Wood, David Pearson, Ned Jarret, Charlie Glotzbach, Marvin Panch, Juney Dunleavy, Rex White. Also there but not pictured were Neil Castles and "Tiger"Tom Pistone. Email me and I will add the names I left out. While at the party I got to talk to a lot of people who either worked on the car or remembered it. Thanks for all the stories. I would still like to hear from anyone that wants to share anything on Cotton Owens, the car, or Marty Robbins.
We appreciate the invite and the hospitality given. Thanks again.
Started in 1971 Finished in 1981
Marty Robbins/Cotton Owens Dodge
A vehicle of Historical Significance
This unique car has a lot of history, having been originally built as a 1971 Plymouth by Cotton Owens. It was raced that year by Pete Hamilton, who won its first race out one of the 125-mile qualifying races at Daytona in the car. The following year, it was converted to a Dodge and run a total of three times by Charlie Glotzbach finishing its second Daytona 500 in 2nd for Cotton Owens. Then in 1973 it was run in the Daytona 500 a third time with driver Dick Brooks running for Cotton it finished 3rd. Then driven for the last time as #6 by Peter Gregg at the 73 World 600 he qualified 7th but wrecked on lap 34. It was then purchased by C/W music star Marty Robbins. For the next nine years, Owens rebuilt and maintained the car, while Robbins was the owner and driver.
Marty first drove the car in the Alamo 500 at Texas World Speedway in 1973, and drove it for the last time in the ARCA 200 at Talladega in August of 1981. It was wrecked three times (the National 500 at Charlotte in 1974, and at the Daytona 500 and the Winston 500 at Talladega, both in 1975) and was rebuilt each time by Owens. It was also re-skinned several times to meet NASCAR model specifications, and wound up as the 1978 Dodge Magnum that it is today.
Marty raced the car 19 times, 10 of them at Talladega, four times at Michigan, three times at Daytona and once each at Charlotte and Texas. All of the races except its last one were Winston Cup races. Marty's highest finish was at Michigan in June of 1974, when he placed fifth in the Motor City 400.
After Marty passed away in December of 1982, his son, Ronnie Robbins, had Owens to restore the car to pristine condition, and in July of 1983, it was donated by the Robbins family to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega. It has been on display there ever since. In February of 2003, it was valued in an independent appraisal of all Hall of Fame vehicles/exhibits at $50,000.
Pictures below are from the Talladega Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Below is the car as it appeared in the 1971 Daytona 500. These cars ended up wrecking into eachother ending their day.
Pete Hamilton Getting Ready for a Race This is the same seat and headreast the car has today.
Pete Hamilton in the pits before the race.
Race Results 1971 Cotton Owens and Pete Hamilton. http://www.racing-reference.info
22 starts, 4525 of 6248 laps completed (72.4%), 219 laps led
Below is the next phase of the cars life in 1972 at the Daytona 500
Cotton Owens leaning over the wall during a pitstop.
Above (top right) is the car as it appeared in 1972 Charlie Glotzbach driving it in the World 600 at Charlotte he finished 3rd, the car competed in two other races. The Daytona 500 finished 2nd and the Virginia 500 at Martinsville finishing 28th.They had a problem getting sponsorship. Charlie Glotzbach signed the picture for me at Cotton Owens Day 2006.
Race Results 1972 Cotton Owens and Charlie Glotzbach. http://www.racing-reference.info
3 starts, 709 of 1100 laps completed (64.5%), 0 laps led
Race Results 1973 Cotton Owens and Richard (Dick) Brooks. http://www.racing-reference.info
Race Results 1973 Cotton Owens and Peter Gregg.
Marty Robbins 1973 Season the first race at Daytona was in the Charger he bought from Bobby Allison.
4 starts, 334 of 798 laps completed (41.9%), 1 lap led
Marty Robbins 1974
4 starts, 550 of 890 laps completed (61.8%), 0 laps led
Marty Robbins 1975
Marty Robbins 1977
Marty Robbins 1978
Marty Robbins 1979
Marty Robbins 1980 (only two of these races were in the car we own)
Marty Robbins 1981 (the last race run with the Dodge)
August 2, 1981 ARCA Race 1978 Dodge Magnum, finished 35th
he's best known for his old-timey cowboy anthems, Marty Robbins was not that much
different from Roger Miller in that there was so much more to his musical style than what
was commercially successful. Sure, he was known for his classic gunfighter ballads but he
also played and recorded some rootsy rock 'n' roll songs as well as some lush,
string-laden pop. Robbins' youth was peppered with many exciting and rich Americana
experiences; his grandfather was a medicine show man who spun wild tales of the Wild West,
so it shouldn't have been a big surprise that he worked at a dude ranch, before quitting
school and living his life as a freewheelin' hobo. After a stint in the military, he
started playing cowboy songs under the pseudonym of "Jack Robinson." It wasn't
long before success found him and he decided to play under the name Marty Robbins.
The late country and western
singer Marty Robbins loved his NASCAR racing. Thanks to his immense success in C&W,
he, unlike most of us, was in a position to indulge this affection. From 1966 to 1982, he
ran in 33 events, collecting about $50,000 in prize money, with a best finish of 5th at
Michigan in 1974. (There was a movie made about his career in Stock car racing, in which
he played himself. )
Below are words taken from an interview on another website of Cotton Owens recollection of the Marty Robbins car.
Cotton Owens: I sold Marty Robbins a racecar and we changed it into a '73 Dodge it was Pete Hamilton's old car. We made a Dodge out of it. I sold Marty Robbins that car and that car is in the museum now in Talladega. We ran that car all the way, just kept changing. Changed it into a Magnum, you could run the body three years.
A lnk to Cotton Owens website showing the Marty Robbins information.
Marty Robbins and Bobby Allison They both raced this 1971 Charger. This is not the one built by Cotton.
Below are pictures from the Texas World Speedway 1973 Alamo 500. Marty dropped out with a broken valve spring. This is the Cotton Owens maintained Charger's inaugural race as the Marty Robbins special. This is the same car as the Magnum.
Marty got along well with the drivers and was well respected in the Grand National Winston circuit.
Above is the before at Motor Speedway (Lowes) in October 1974 below is the after.
These pictures were given to me by Bill Walker who was a member of the pit crew and had worked with Cotton Owens on preparing the car for the race. Although Marty had raced this car a number of times, on this day he hit the front stretch wall on the first lap to avoid a spinning Buddy Baker, who was driving the Bud Moore Ford.
Bill Walker above left posing with Marty Robbins at Talladega 1974.
Ready to go for the next race. Notice the quarter window louvers below.
Marty Gave up the # 42 when Kyle Petty began to race in 1979. Thats why you see the 6 and the 36 on the car.
Marty Charges to the
www.friendsofmartyrobbins.org/ Hosts an annual Marty Robbins Reunion in Arizona.
www.martyrobbins.net/ Song lyrics and info for Marty Robbins fans.
www.cmt.com/artists/az/robbins_marty/artist.jhtml CMT's Marty Robbins tribute page.
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