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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Ram-Tuning Roundup

By Steve Magnante

 

It has been nearly 65 years since Dodge first applied the theory of ram tuning to its engines as a means of picking up some free horsepower, fuel economy and torque through the use of skillfully designed intake manifolds. Unlike many competing manufacturers’ induction systems, for the 1960 model year, Dodge (as well as Chrysler, DeSoto and Plymouth) came up with “tuned” intake manifolds designed to take advantage of the naturally occurring pressure waves present within the intake tract of every running Otto-cycle piston engine.

 

You see, during the intake stroke, as the piston is pulled to the…

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Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part 2

By Steve Magnante

 

The Dodge high performance world lost a pioneer with the June 2, 2014, passing of former Chrysler Corp. Race Vehicle Design Manager and Ramchargers race team member, Jim Thornton. Recently, we reviewed some of Mr. Thornton’s many contributions to the evolution of Dodge stock-bodied drag race vehicles. Now, let’s continue our tribute with a look at how he helped ensure that Dodge drag race package cars were ready to fully employ the mighty output of the 426 Race HEMI® engines that powered them down the drag strip.

 
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