Driver, showman, builder, teacher, engine developer, innovator
“Dandy Dick” Landy was one of the leading proponents of early Stock, Super Stock, A/FX and Pro Stock competition. Attracting factory support as early as 1962 for his fast, immaculately prepared machines, his altered wheelbase 1964 Hemi-powered Dodge 330 is considered by many the world’s first “funny car.” It was the first in a list of Landy innovations. Later in the ‘60s, Landy, along with inductees Sox & Martin and Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, pioneered a new kind of racing that led the NHRA in 1970 to introduce the incredibly popular Pro Stock category. After rules changes he perceived to be unfair to Hemi teams, he focused on the AHRA, where he won Pro Stock titles in 1973 and ’74. Throughout his career, Landy also helped grow support for drag racing by appearing at Dodge dealers throughout the country where he held clinics on going fast and safely. He was inducted into the Car Craft All-Star Racing Team, Hot Rod Hall of Fame and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.