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“Dandy” Dick Landy was one of the high profile drag racers in Mopar history. His long line of Super Stocker and Hemi innovation made his engines one of the most sought after power plants in drag racing.
Landy’s altered wheelbase ’65 Dodge Coronet put Dick Landy’s Automotive Research, at the time in Sherman Oaks, California, the destination for Mopar engine horsepower. It could also be argued that along with the factory Dodge Chargers, Landy’s Dodge was a catalyst in the evolution of the funny car and garnered tons of publicity for the Mopar brand when he raced at Los Angeles area drag strips like Lions, Irwindale, Pomona, San Fernando and Fontana Drag City.
While helping clean out a storage locker for Drag Racing Online Editor at Large Emeirtus, Chris Martin, among the piles of dusty Drag News, National Dragsters, Drag Sport Illustrated and Super Stock & Drag Illustrated magazines there was an envelope at the bottom of a box. When opened it contained negatives and proof sheets from a May 20, 1965, photo shoot by Chris’s late father, Bob Martin, a shoot apparently for Chrysler publicity on the Mopar Drag Team and Landy’s Dodge.We thought the unearthing of photos of this pivotal Mopar racecar and of Dick Landy himself, the famous wheelstand photo, the venerable Automotive Research Hemi, the vintage Dodge wagon tow vehicle, Goodyear Blue Streak drag slicks and even Landy sipping a Coke with an open bag of Bell’s Potato Chips was the kind of stuff our Mopar Max readers would savor. Enjoy!