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Landy Legacy Tour, Part 5: The Drag Racing Cars of “Dandy Dick” Landy

By Geoff Stunkard

 

Clearwater, Florida, is perhaps not known as a racing town. The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack ate up the miles from Gainesville to there quickly; I could not have been happier with the satellite radio and multiple plug-ins built into the car. Todd Werner has taken some of his money from a successful inventing career and created a substantial collection of vintage race cars. When I told him about my cross-country jaunt, he was happy to make time for me to come and see the Dick Landy cars he presently owns.

 

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Landy Legacy Tour, Part 5: The Drag Racing Cars of “Dandy Dick” Landy

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