• Jan 15th 2007 at 5:36PM
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Dick Landy, the man synonymous with Dodge's wildly-successful factory drag racing program in the 1960s and '70s, has died from kidney failure. He was 69 years old.
Landy made a name for himself and his factory sponsor by combining the legendary Hemi with an altered wheelbase to create the first "funny car". The combination of horsepower and traction led to the banning of his vehicles by the NHRA; relegated to the exhibition circuit, Landy then introduced nitromethane, mechanical fuel injection, and supercharging to the equation and established the foundation for the highest tiers of modern drag racing. Landy later returned to the world of officially-sanctioned racing to participate in the formative days of the Super Stock and Pro Stock classes, and remained involved with Chrysler for the remainder of his long career.

The muscle car era would not have been the same without Dick Landy, and he will be missed.

[Source: NHRA; a hat tip to Jalopnik]

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      kevin mesirow
      • 8 Years Ago
      well it was 1992 and i was fresh out of high school. i went for a job interveiw and it happened to be for dick landy. i had worked for MR D for 8 years BEST TIME. .i seen them both genie & Danette & MR D in the bank before x mas
      little thing most pepole don't know is the "dodge stelth" that was robert blakes. "the whole wife thing"
      used to be MR D'S i remember robert picking the dodge up.. seems like yesterday
      bill dugan
      • 8 Years Ago

      A true gent. Inspired me to do a clone to his '65 Coronet. Took me 10 years,"Big Daddy" saw it at E town and put it on ESPN. Thanks Dick!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I used to see "Dandy" Dick Landy at Lyons drag strip when I was a young teen with my father. His car would have me literaly shaking in my shoes in the pits as soon as he would fire it up. I can still hear that wierd sound his car made when he ran 180 degree headers WOW nastiest sounding Hemi A/FX car ever. Thank you for the memories Mr. Landy. I'm sure you and my late father will soon meet in Drag race heaven. God Speed
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have fond memories of seeing Dick Landy racing against the likes of the Melrose Missle and the California Flash at the Puyallup Valley Raceways night drags back in '65. Truly one of drag racing's greats.
      R.I.P. Dick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In 1970, at New England Dragway, Dick Landy had his Pro Stock car with the then-new two-spark-plugs-per-cylinder Hemi engine. I was 15 years old, and was watching him change plugs on the car, kind of peering over his shoulder. He unexpectedly took a step backwards and landed on my foot, and even though I was certainly the one at fault, he apologized profusely. When I told him I was going to ask him for an autograph when he was done working, he promptly wrote "To Clay, a great race fan. Sorry I stepped on your foot. Dandy Dick Landy". I still have that autograph and those memories. A he was great racer and a great man.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was in Viet Nam in 1967 and I would day dream about Lyons Drag Strip and that wonderful larger than life cigar chomping MOPAR Racer. You my good friend are a true legend and I feel so fortunate to have watched you race when I returned to our great nation. I salute you MR. Landy you will never know how much I loved to watch you make that Big Hemi roar down the quarter mile. RIP
      • 8 Years Ago
      A Mans-Man! A fast car and good Cigar! I tip my hat Mr. Landy
      • 8 Years Ago
      Make sure your belts are tight Dick! Sox and Carlton are waitng for you. Thanks for what you have done to the sport of drag racing and what you did for MOPAR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A true legend. Sad news for all drag racing fans.
      • 8 Years Ago
      See ya Dick, good racing. Saw him race many a time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i went to the san fernando drag strip every sunday many years ago in the early to mid sixtys and thats when i first seen dick landy. what an impression he made. he paved the way for a lot of future drag racers. he will always be remembered as a legend. he will be missed.
      Rick @ MOPAR
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for all of the fond memories. You and those silver and black Dodges will never be forgotten.