Dart Machinery has announced its founder Richard Maskin has passed away at the age of 74.
“He was an innovator in motorsports, a fierce competitor, a good friend, a loved family man, a generous and respected employer, and we all will miss him immensely,” the company said in a post. “Richard leaves behind a great legacy. One that spans decades and can’t be put into just a few words. We do take solace in knowing that his contribution to racing will continue, however, with every Big M engine block that finds a home under someone’s hood. He is the namesake, the original, and the one and only ‘Big M.’”
Maskin’s engines have won multiple NHRA Pro Stock world championships and national events. Dart Machinery’s products can also be found on cars in a wide range of drag racing categories, including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Street, Pro Mod and more.