"Dandy" Dick Landy was one of drag racing's first factory-sponsored
drivers and one of the all-time greats of Super Stock and Pro Stock.
Landy's '65 A/FX Dodge is arguably the best-known altered wheelbase car
of all time, and his prowess both behind the wheel and with mechanical
innovations remains legendary. Landy performed performance clinics at
Dodge dealerships coast-to-coast, and a cigar clamped tightly in the
corner of his mouth became synonymous with Landy - he very rarely
appeared without one. Landy won several Pro Stock titles in the early
days of the class and countless championships in both the NHRA, AHRA,
and IHRA. Dick formed Dick Landy Industries in Los Angeles, where
hundreds of race engines have since been produced, and he had a hand in
building virtually every form of racing engine known to exist. Dick
passed away in 2007.
Without Larry Rathgeb, the legacy of Chrysler's NASCAR domination in the
late sixties and early seventies would be quite a different story.
Rathgeb began his career with Chrysler as an engineer and worked his way
through the ranks to become the head of Chrysler's "Special Vehicle
Group" by the mid-sixties. This made Larry the "get it done" man for
securing race teams and building stock cars that won races. Rathgeb's
accomplishments with Chrysler in the sixties and seventies are numerous,
but his biggest legacy will always be that of being the man who took
the Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird from fantasy to reality.
Rathgeb was there when the Daytonas broke 200 mph, he was there through
the NASCAR Hemi ban and the NASCAR wing car ban; Larry Rathgeb was the
guy Ford and GM loved to hate. Without Larry Rathgeb's work, Chrysler
wouldn't have owned NASCAR for almost an entire decade.