He never enjoyed the worldwide acclaim of "Big Daddy" Don Garlits or the immense race-winning statistics of Bob Glidden. But to a generation of drag racing fans who loved race cars with doors -- and especially those that were built by Mopar -- the recent death of "Dandy" Dick Landy is a deep, sorrowful loss. Landy died last week at the age of 69 from kidney failure.
Like many restless Southern California teenagers, Dick developed a liking for fast cars at an early age. He soon decided it was better to join the winning side. After obtaining his first powered Plymouth, he was surprised to find the box-stock Plymouth ran as fast as his much-modified and tweaked Ford.
Why would we let our perfectly good Hemi rot for a decade-plus? It was also featured in Car Craft inthen forsaken in a dusty garage. Terminal neglect was an ignominious end for an engine with some great parts and a notable history.
Richard J. His memorable career and performances covers nearly five decades of automotive racing. The popular Hemi engine that was introduced by the Chrysler Corporation during the s helped to launch Landy's racing career. Landy quickly became a major competitor on the track and in the west coast.
The evolution of motorsports is one that sometimes requires wholesale changes. This was the state of Super Stock drag racing by Super Stock was the top class for factory-bodied late model specials; it had been part of the Stock Eliminator class from untiland it was where the Detroit manufacturers spent their time and money.
Few names in Mopar performance lore live up to the great "Dandy" Dick Landy, and his former Dodge Dart Super Stock drag racer is now headed to auction. In the world of Mopar performance, few names live up to the great "Dandy" Dick Landy. Landy spent his entire life drag racingmany of those years behind the wheel of a Dodge, including this incredible Super Stock Dart up for grabs at Mecum's upcoming Harrisburg auction on July August 3.
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