Landy Legacy Tour, Part 3: Bakersfield and Beyond

By Geoff Stunkard

 

My time with the Landy family was over too soon, but not before I had a chance to head up over the mountains to a well-known historic drag race in Bakersfield, California. Started back in 1959, this race has more recently become one of the largest gatherings of historic drag cars at one time. Once again with Robert Landy riding shotgun, I put the HEMI® V8 in our 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack through its paces as we rolled down into the valley to witness nitromethane-fueled action.

 

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Landy Legacy Tour, Part 3: Bakersfield and Beyond

Landy Legacy Tour, Part 2: California, Here I Come…

 

By Geoff Stunkard

 

As I worked my way west with the 2015 Challenger R/T Scat Pack, the mother road beckoned stops. In Texas, I found a vintage-car graveyard, complete with Mopars from the era of tail fins and chrome excess; somewhat hauntingly, it reminded me I was following paths blazed long ago. Old Route 66 and US40 intersect and become one in some locations, and with a chill in the air, I stopped off at a legendary steakhouse near Amarillo. It actually tied into the trip, as a major drag racing event was held nearby during the heyday of Dick…

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Landy Legacy Tour, Part 2: California, Here I Come…

Landy Legacy Tour, Part 1: Highway Stars

By Geoff Stunkard

 

The Scat Pack. This storied name had first arrived in 1968, when the Charger R/Ts and Super Bees were new. At that time, a California drag racer named Dick Landy had been given an almost-Herculean task of helping promote the Dodge brand’s performance image by touring the county, racing and also holding clinics about performance and safety at select dealerships. Known by the nickname Dandy Dick for his clean operation, Landy built the brand’s reputation during the era of Detroit’s muscle cars, sometimes away from home 300 days a year. This in turn led to Landy becoming…

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Landy Legacy Tour, Part 1: Highway Stars