Marty Kane Dies at the age of 37
On December 5th, 2000 the sport of drag racing lost one of its most dedicated and influential supporters. Martin Wolfe Kane, Jr. died at the age of thirty-seven as a result of self-inflicted gunshot wound. A memorial service was held in California on December 13th. A separate memorial service will held at the first AMA/Prostar race in Gainesville, Florida on March 2, 2001 immediately following the AMA Prostar championship banquet.
Marty Kane had a significant influence on the sport of drag racing – more than most will ever know. He was a take-charge person who could do everything involved in staging an event, including configuring the computer system, media relations, track preparation, technical inspections, event operations, announcing and photographing, just to name a partial list. There was not a task at hand that Marty Kane could not, or would not, accomplish.
By far his greatest achievement in the sport was his website, Dragbike.com. Painstakingly designed and engineered by Kane, dragbike.com is the informational hub for hundred of thousands drag bike racers, fans and sport bike enthusiasts worldwide.
His involvement in drag racing was but just a part of Marty’s life. He was also involved in offshore boat racing as a competitor and NASCAR as a software programmer and known by most of today’s teams. His involvement in church was what he was most proud of. His love for contemporary Christian music was evident in his home life. Marty is survived by his wife, Tara Kane, son Robby, daughter Alexandria, mother Eleanor and sister Ellen.
Marty will be sorely missed by all of us here in the sport of drag racing as well as his friends from NHRA, boat racing, church and at home.
Marty’s main concern was dragbike.com and that it continue. He left specific instructions as to his wishes. Addressing this, he left control of the site to AMA Prostar president Keith Kizer. Kizer has since formed a team consisting of himself, Scott Valetti and Matt Polito, charged with the task of keeping the website operational in the short term while developing it to the fullest extent of Marty’s vision for years to come.
Dragbike.com is Marty’s legacy and it is Kizer’s unwavering goal to adhere to the quality, timeliness, and accuracy in reporting that Marty established. The site will remain as the leading drag bike website with unmatched information access as well as being an open forum where all voices can be heard.
Marty made sure that all the additional websites he maintained would remain operational until long-term changes could be made. Companies and individuals who have websites developed by Marty will be instructed very soon as to their options. Kizer asks for patience during this difficult time.
The memory of Marty and his vision will continue with the assistance of many volunteers who have come to the aid of his family. A trust fund to benefit his 18-month old son, Robbie, has been established. Proceeds from dragbike.com will go to the trust fund. Those who wish to donate directly to the trust fund may do so by mailing to:
Marty Kane Memorial Foundation
20th Century Fox Federal Credit Union
Attention: Robert Norris
10301 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Please make checks payable to Martin Robert Kane.