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Shit. Dick Landy's Dead

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"Dandy" Dick Landy, one of the most innovative men in drag racing history, has died of kidney failure at the age of 69. Proprietor of Dick Landy Industries, Landy kicked the 1/4 mile onto its ear with what was the predecessor to the Funny Car, rocked early Pro Stock, built a flathead that was good for 300mph at Bonneville and constructed the 440 for what is undoubtedly the most famous ambulance of all time: the Yates/Needham/McClure/Chaos TransCon Medevac. Dick, you passed too soon, but thank you for everything you gave us. We at Jalopnik offer our deepest sympathies to the Landy family.

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Veteran Mopar star "Dandy Dick" Landy dies [NHRA]

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I met him when I was a kid, the local Dodge dealer (Iversen Motor Co., Santa Maria, CA) had him and his car in the showroom for a couple of days before he put on a show at the local drag strip that weekend. He was a completely and totally nice guy, cigar and all.