Landy's Dodges: The Mighty Mopars of Dandy Dick Landy

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             One of the most exciting competitors and innovators of his time, the late 'Dandy Dick' Landy was one of those guys who made you rush back to your seat from the concessions stand so you could watch him navigate the quarter-mile. Win, lose, or draw, watching one of Landy's Dodges battling the likes of Ronnie Sox' Plymouth, "Grumpy" Jenkins' Camaro, or Dyno Don Nicholson's Ford was worth the price of admission alone.           Landy's Dodges: The Mighty Mopars of "Dandy" Dick Landy takes you chronologically through the cars of Dick's career, from his earliest mounts (such as Ford Galaxies and Plymouth Max Wedges) through his many years of campaigning Coronets. Chargers, Challengers, Darts and Super Bees after being sponsored by the Dodge Division of Chrysler starting in 1964. Racing historian and author Geoff Stunkard presents a highly detailed account of Dick's cars, from the early stockers through the revolutionary first funny cars to the final Pro Stocks, including vehicle development, narratives on rules-making and race results, and rare never-before-seen images from the Landy family's personal archive. Coupled with modern shots of Landy's restored cars and exclusive photos from the legendary Petersen Publishing (TEN) Archive as well, this book is profusely illustrated and features special 'Where Are They Now,' information on the surviving and missing cars today.                 In addition to detailed coverage of cars like Landy's 1964 S/SA Hemi Dodge, 1968 Hurst Hemi Dart, and 1970 Pro Stock Dodge Challenger, information on the factory race clinic programs, car transporters, DLI (Dick Landy Industries) race engine shop, and personal recollections by Dick and members of the Landy family are included. Broken into easily-read sections based on Chrysler B-, A- and E-body platforms, at no other time has Landy's entire career been chronicled and cataloged in print. From hard launches in the gold dust on fuel to the racing strategies that made Dick Landy a winner on raceday, sit back in your recliner (wheels up) and enjoy the most comprehensive book on the history of "Dandy" Dick Landy and his legndary Mopar racecars, retold by a veteran motorsports journalist who knew him personally.

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After being asked to do this narrative by CarTech, I agreed to do so only if the family of the late Dick Landy was willing to be involved. Vocationaly, my own life had interacted with Mr. Landy on many occasions, both as editor of Mopar Muscle magazine (1999-2001) and as a serious documentary photographer of vintage drag racing vehicles; I had interviewed Dick regarding his career and racecars on a number of occasions as well, and therefore felt comfortable tackling the incredible history he had left behind. Gean Landy, his wife; children Richard. Danette, and Robert; and brother Mike Landy all assisted in bringing the legend of Dick Landy to life in this printed recollection, and did so without reservation. To Gean I have dedicated this book, noting that she gave us as race fans her husband and friend for many weekends, somebody who then helped write the history of Chrysler racing and left us with today's rich legacy of Mopars in drag racing. Coupled with the extensive data she had archived, numberous photos from herself and others, and remaining artifacts and period reports, it is my earnest hope that we have honored that legacy as no other could have. Enjoy the legend of 'Dandy Dick' Landy - Geoff Stunkard

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One of the greatest innovators of his time, Dick Landy was one of those guys who made you rush back to your seat from the concessions stand so you could watch him navigate the 1320. Win, lose, or draw, watching one of Landy's Dodges battling the likes of Ronnie Sox, "Grumpy" Jenkins, or Hubert Platt was worth the price of admission alone.

Landy’s Dodges: The Mighty Mopars of “Dandy” Dick Landy takes you chronologically through the cars of Dick's career, from piloting his first mount (1954 Ford Pickup) through his historic years of campaigning Dodges. Chrysler racing historian and author Geoff Stunkard presents a highly detailed account of Dick's cars, including results and images from the Landy family’s personal archive and modern shots of his restored cars. In addition to coverage of Dick’s 1964 S/S Dodge and 1968 Hemi Dart, you also find scarce information about his Ford Galaxies and Plymouth Savoy.

At no other time has Landy’s entire career been chronicled and cataloged in print with this much attention to detail. Sit back in your recliner (wheels up) and enjoy the most comprehensive book on the history of "Dandy" Dick Landy and his cars.

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