Just before press time on the morning of January 11, 2007, we lost Dandy Dick Landy to kidney failure. The racing legend was just 69 years old. While in recent years, Dick Landy Industries has been involved with everything from Alcohol class racing to Baja to building the world's fastest flathead Ford for Bonneville, Dick is known best to Mopar fans for his famous Mopars that he drag raced from 1963 through his final Pro Stock effort in 1981. After his success with early Stock-class cars, Landy had one of the factory altered-wheelbase '65 Dodges that was among the first Funny Cars, and he match-raced it endlessly outside of the NHRA events, where it was illegal. Dick and his brother Mike took epic road tours in those years and ran record numbers of match races, experience that led to Dick's hosting the Dodge Safety & Performance Clinics; Landy visited Dodge dealers while he was on the road, while the also recently deceased Ronnie Sox covered the Plymouth guys with Supercar Clinics. During that time, Landy returned to NHRA's stock-bodied ranks and was a member of the Car Craft All-Star Drag Racing Team. This car is his '70 Pro Stocker at the Nationals that year
But beyond the facts of his life, Dick was also a great guy and a good friend and aid to various CC staff members over the years as we sought his tutelage on drag racing history and Mopar engine building. We'll miss our cigar-masticating hero.